5th to 7th December 2022
Lithium Economy at the Crossroads
The global economic competition for Lithium has started. Lithium investments will have substantial and decisive impact on investments in the value chains towards an all-electric society. What are the competitive advantages of Germany and Europe to develop these new industrial cores? What could be contributions of the German and European innovation landscape? Discussions on process innovations, lithium standards, by-product value chains, ESG-criteria, CO2-neutral production and circular lithium economy will be critical and central to the conference.
The #lithiumdays are the annual event of ITEL – Deutsches Lithiuminstitut GmbH to bring together experts, the lithium business, politicians and investors to promote the “New German Lithium Ecosystem”. Our partner country in 2022 is the Republic of Korea.
You can now book your ticket to be part of the Lithium Days 2022 – „Lithium Economy at the Crossroads”. Included is the personal attendance at all three conference days (5th to 7th December 2022) plus the framework program.*
The online ticket includes the fee to the live broadcast at all three conference days.
*Accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. If you need an overnight stay please use the option in the form below. Your choice will be reported to the hotel. Rooms are reserved straight at Conference location in the H+ Hotel Leipzig-Halle.
10:00 (CET) GUIDED MUSEUM TOUR
State Museum for Prehistory Halle (Saale) „The World of the Nebra Celestial Disc – New Horizons“
REGISTRATION and small lunch snack
Andreas Heilmann, Chairman of the Förderverein des Deutschen Lithiuminstituts e.V.
14:20 WELCOME ADRESSES
Dr. Jürgen Ude, State Secretary of the State Chancellery and Ministry of Culture in
Saxony-Anhalt & Staff Office for Major Investments and Structural Change
Egbert Geier, Major of the city Stadt Halle (Saale)
Dr. Hyun Ock Cho, Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea in Germany (tbc.)
Prof. Dr. Christine Fürst, Prorector for Research, Internationalization and Transfer of
the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Prof. Dr. Chinho Park, Vice President of Korea Institute of Energy Technology (KENTECH)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Krabbes, Rector at Merseburg University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth, Vice President for Transfer and International Affairs at Karlsruhe
Institute of Technology (KIT)
15:00 TECHNICAL OPENING – Lithium at the Crossroads
Prof. Dr. Ralf Wehrspohn & Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Ulrich Blum, ITEL and Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Michael Schmidt, German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA) of the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (tbc.)
Dirk Harbecke, Rock Tech Lithium Inc. (tbc.)
16:15 Coffee break
16:45 PANEL DISCUSSION – Status of the Lithium Site Germany and Europe
with Dirk Harbecke (Rock Tech Lithium Inc.), Michael Schmidt (DERA), Dr. Tobias Elwert
(BASF), Dr. Ulrich Wietelmann (Albemarle Germany GmbH)
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Ralf Wehrspohn & Prof. Dr. Ulrich Blum, ITEL and Martin Luther University
18:30 – 21:00
Networking with Buffet and Drinks
SESSION 1: APPLICATIONS FOR LITHIUM
9:00 Keynote: An overview on current battery technologies
Prof. Dr. Seokgwang Doo, Korea Institute of Energy Technology (KENTECH)
9:30 Albemarle – ein voll integrierter und diversifizierter Lithiumproduzent
Dr. Ulrich Wietelmann, Albemarle Germany GmbH
Prof. Dr. Christian Tietje, LL.M., Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Chair: Prof. Dr. Ralf Wehrspohn, ITEL and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
10:10 Coffee break
SESSION 2: LITHIUM RESOURCES
10:45 Keynote: POSCO’s Business and R&D Strategy for LIB Materials
Dr. Seung-Goo Kim, Research Institute of Industrial Science & Technology (RIST)
11:15 Potential of direct Li extraction by sorption: examples and application to geothermal brines from the Upper Rhine Graben, Germany
Prof. Dr. Jochen Kolb, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Dr. Elisante Mshiu, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Nico Kropp, ITEL and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
12:15 Electrochemical Lithium ion extraction
Volker Presser, Presser Group
Chair: Prof. Dr. Gregor Borg, ITEL and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
SESSION 3: SUSTAINABILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR LITHIUM ECONOMY
13:45 Keynote: The Department of Energy’s Minerals Sustainability Program
Anna Wendt, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management
Prof. Dr. Alissa Kendall, University of California Davis
Prof. Dr. Werner Gleißner, FutureValueGroup AG
14:55 Global battery materials market outlook 2030 – Supply chain risks, regulatory pres-sure and strategic implications
Tim Hotz, Roland Berger GmbH
Jiarui Zhong, ITEL and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Chair: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Blum, ITEL and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
15:35 Coffee break
SESSION 4: TECHNOLOGIES FOR LITHIUM EXTRACTION
Prof. Dr. Bernd Friedrich, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
16:45 New crystallisation process for battery quality LiOH
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Voigt, TU Bergakademie Freiberg
Prof. Dr. Bengi Yagmurlu, TU Clausthal
Dr. Claudia Pudack, KBR Sustainable Technology Solutions
17:45 The Lithium Converter – from spodumene to battery grade lithium hydroxide
Dr. Robert Buchfink, GEA Messo und Rock Tech Lithium Inc.
18:05 Safe and Eco-friendly Analysis of Lithium in Silicate ores
Victoria Raks, K-UTEC AG Salt Technologies
Chair: Prof. Dr. Hans Roggendorf, ITEL and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
19:00 – 21:00 Networking with Buffet and Drinks
SESSION 5: TRENDS IN ENERGY SOURCES FOR CO2 NEUTRAL PRODUCTION
Prof. Dr. Andreas Löschel, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Johannes Wege, HYPOS Hydrogen Power Storage & Solutions East Germany e.V.
Momme Feddersen, GP Joule GmbH
Simon Morgeneyer, Deutscher Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellen-Verband e.V. (DWV)
Chair: Dr. Maria Gaudig, ITEL and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
10:35 Coffee break
SESSION 6: CIRCULAR ECONOMY: LITHIUM RECYCLING AND BY-PRODUCT VALUE ADDED
11:00 Keynote: Circular economy of mineral raw materials
Peter Kurth, BDE Bundesver-band der Deutschen Entsorgungs-, Wasser- und Rohstoffwirtschaft e. V.
11:30 Possibilities of recycling residues from lithium production against the background of harmonized European product standards, European technical assessments, or na-tional rules
Dr.-Ing. Hans-Carsten Kühne, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)
11:50 Slags from the Iron and Steel Industry – An Example of Resource Conservation in Practice
Dr. Andreas Ehrenberg, FEhS – Institut für Baustoff-Forschung (e.V.)
12:10 Lithium intermediates from battery recycling as part of a future lithium supply chain in Europe
Dr. Tobias Elwert, BASF Schwarzheide GmbH
Max Fuhr, Chemiepark Bitterfeld-Wolfen GmbH (tbc.)
12:50 Options, challenges and limitations of a sustainable recycling for Lithium Batteries
Dr. Nils Wieczorek, Stiftung GRS Batterien
Chair: Dr. Christian Adam, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)
Call for Papers
Present your scientific paper on the topic “Lithium Economy at the Crossroads” at LithiumDays 2022! Send a short abstract (max. 1000 characters) to email@example.com by 20 November 2022. Please be sure to use the Call for Papers form!
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.
Managing Director German Lithium Institute GmbH; Chair of Economic Policy and Economic Research, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Ralf B. Wehrspohn
Managing Director German Lithium Institute GmbH; Chair of Microstructure-based Material Design, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Executive President Federal Association of the German Waste Management, Water and Recycling Industries (BDE)
Korea Institute of Energy Technology (KENTECH)
Prof. Dr. Ing. Dr. h.c.
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
KBR Sustainable Technology Solutions
FEhS Institut für Baustoff Forschung e.V.
Roland Berger GmbH
All info about the conference venue
H+ Hotel Leipzig-Halle
06188 Landsberg OT Peissen
Venue and reliable service partner of the LithiumDays in 2022 is again the H+ Hotel Leipzig-Halle. It is conveniently located on the outskirts of the Saale city of Halle. The exposed location to the international airport Leipzig/Halle as well as to the traffic arteries A9 and A14 makes the house an ideal place for our event.
A room contingent has already been reserved for participants of LithiumDays 2022. Therefore, please do not book your accommodation directly via the hotel, but via the ticket form.
Discover Halle (Saale)
Welcome to Halle (Saale). Look forward to a mixture of authentic big city and young art scene, award-winning theater freethought and original nightlife, creative open spaces and the coziness of a charming, compact old town. In short, when you visit the city of Handel, you will experience a unique, vibrant atmosphere that will captivate you.
Our recommendations for city discoveries after a long day of meetings can be found here:
Review of the LithiumDays 2022
After the successful premiere in 2021, the international lithium scene again met in Halle for the LithiumDays 2022 from December 5th to 7th, 2022. 120 participants followed the 30 inspiring and insightful contributions of the speakers in person and online. 15 poster contributions were also presented and discussed on site. As in the previous year, the venue for the LithiumDays 2022 was the H+ Hotel Leipzig-Halle.
Day 1: Introduction: Lithium at the crossroads?
The first day started with presentations around the motto of the conference and the question why lithium is at a crossroads: The global economic competition for lithium has accelerated, lithium investments have a significant and crucial impact on the stabilization of old and the development of new value chains towards a fully electrified society. The focus was on a series of questions: What are the competitive advantages of Germany and Europe in the development of the new industrial cores that are emerging? What contribution can the German and European innovation landscape make? What are the implications of the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), increasing multipolarity, what about ESG and what might be the future market barriers? What does the ban on internal combustion engines (ICE) in the EU from 2035 mean, which puts enormous pressure on the timeline. Are these sufficiently clear specifications for the battery industry? Special attention was paid to this timeline during LithiumDays.