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So while there is no new investment to announce today, with lithium prices rising AGAIN we are currently liking the look of our long term lithium superstar and general market darling Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd (ASX:VUL) - we have been long term holders in VUL and most recently participated in the placement two months ago at $6.50.
Vulcan Energy Resources
We observe that the VUL share price has been busy working through the placement stock from the $120M placement, and has been bouncing around the $6 mark for the last couple of months.
While this may keep going for a while yet, the last couple of trading days have looked positive for VUL, testing back to the placement price after months of digestion - and with $120M in the bank we expect the news flow and progress from VUL to be plentiful in the next few months.
We also note a new macro theme that will be a positive for Vulcan’s Zero Carbon Lithium project based in Europe, our favourite and most aggressive emerging electric vehicle market.
Importing Lithium is about to get more expensive in Europe - introducing Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM).
The Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) has been strongly backed by the European Parliament. It is a mechanism for making sure there is no global “carbon leakage”, i.e. to prevent the EU shifting its high carbon industries to other countries where there is a low carbon price, or no carbon price.
Basically it will add costs on importing cheaper lithium that has a large carbon footprint from other countries.
Suddenly Zero Carbon Lithium from within German borders should sound very attractive for margin conscious European electric vehicle factories.
Carbon tariffs will apply to many sectors, including energy, steel and chemicals and are expected to commence in 2023.
The current lithium industry has a high carbon footprint, with hard rock lithium producing roughly 15t CO2 per tonne lithium hydroxide .
The EU has unprecedented lithium hydroxide demand, starting now and building over the next decade - with demand by 2030 many multiples of current total global demand.
The EU currently has zero local supply.
Knowing the carbon footprint of lithium is critical to battery makers - especially if it is imported...
VUL is developing a dual renewable energy and lithium chemicals project, with the world’s first Zero Carbon Lithium product. Vulcan will even be a net exporter of renewable energy.
High emissions companies and countries are about to be shut out or priced out of the global supply chain. VUL has got the jump on this with its Zero Carbon Lithium project.
Here is a selection of media on the topic for some weekend reading.
Vulcan Energy Resources: Will European Automakers Pay a Premium For Lithium? | LinkedIn