Lithium: the next big thing


Max Hägler and Silvia Liebrich, Guben

Great upheavals often begin small and inconspicuous, and sometimes in forgotten places. The overgrown industrial wasteland on the outskirts of Guben in Lausitz, for example, could become such a place of upheaval. Because if everything goes according to plan, one of the first large lithium refineries in Germany will go into operation here in two or three years. The aim here is to refine the raw material that the car and energy industries will need so urgently for their batteries in the next few years: a soft metal that shimmers silvery-white and is therefore also known as white gold.

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