Nevada Sunrise Gold Corp., a publicly traded company, has been actively exploring its Gemini Lithium Project in Nevada since 2019. The company announced it has provided a sample of its 17.9% lithium mineralized clay from two drill tracks to a pilot program that uses supercritical CO2 extraction.
Supercritical CO2 extraction, or SCO2 extraction, is a laboratory process where high-Temperatures and pressures are employed to extract desired components from a material. The SCO2 methodology utilizes a unique system of pumps and reaction vessels. Nova Molecular Technologies, a consulting partner of Nevada Sunrise, runs the program.
In a press release, Nevada Sunrise Gold Corp. stated that pilot results may be used to evaluate the economic potential of its lithium-bearing clays should a larger scale extraction process become viable for their Gemini Lithium Project in Nevada.
The company is excited about the potential of SCO2 extraction and the resulting data that can be used to determine the economic potential of their lithium-bearing clays. Nevada Sunrise Gold Corp. also believes that it may be able to use the SCO2 extraction process to create lithium-hydroxide separations–molecules of specialized lithium and water–which could play a role in the development of advanced battery technologies in the automotive or computer industries.
With the favorable decision by the United States Bureau of Land Management, earlier this year, to allow Nevada Sunrise to expand its exploration rights in the Gemini Lithium Project, the company is highly optimistic about the future of its project and the potential of its lithium-bearing clays. Nevada Sunrise Gold Corp. will be closely assessing the SCO2 extraction pilot results to determine if a larger-scale extraction process can be established.