A significant find of lithium in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district - dubbed "White Gold" due to its high global demand - will aid India's shift to renewable energy.
Lithium batteries (Li-Ion), which power the majority of these necessary electronic devices, are in high demand as nations around the world push for green energy options in response to mounting pressure to address environmental concerns. These batteries power everything from electric vehicles to mobile phones and laptops.
For the first time, a large deposit of lithium-bearing rocks was discovered during an annual field survey carried out by the Geological Survey of India (GSI) in Reasi around 70 km from Jammu city. In its annual technical report presented to the government of Jammu and Kashmir, it is revealed that 5.9 million tonnes of inferred resources (G3) of Lithium are present in Salal-Haimana area of the district.
Government representatives said that since the GSI's preliminary study had established the existence of lithium resources, a more thorough investigation will now be conducted. An official stated that "the thorough analysis will establish the precise quality and grade of lithium reserve."
“In the initial study, only the presence and the quantity of the resource have been established. Now G2 and G3 level exploration will be carried out to determine the exact quality and quantum of the lithium resource,” officials said.