The industry is now one step closer to being able to manufacture lithium-ion batteries from North American-sourced battery grade lithium carbonate.

RB Energy Inc. confirmed June 5 it has achieved continuous production of battery grade lithium carbonate (99.9 percent Li2CO3) at its Quebec Lithium operation located at La Corne, Quebec, Canada.

RB Energy Inc. stated Quebec Lithium remains on track to achieve commercial production levels by the end of the 3rd Quarter and “name plate” production (20,000 tonnes per annum) by the end of 2014.

“We are very excited to have achieved continuous production of high grade battery product at Quebec Lithium,” said Richard Clark, president and CEO. “We are now focused on increasing production levels, firstly towards meeting the initial shipping volumes required by our offtake partner Tewoo, secondly to reach commercial production levels and finally, to realize the design production threshold of 20,000 tonnes per annum. The commissioning process is on schedule and we will continue to keep the market updated with regular progress reports.”

According to RB Energy Inc., sales shipments to principal offtake partner Tewoo will begin when lithium carbonate production reaches 55 metric tonnes per week to confirm product quality consistency and to maximize shipping efficiencies. In the meantime, shipments of larger samples to Tewoo and other customers continue on a regular basis.