Breaking ground on Tesla’s in-house lithium refinery

Today, we're breaking ground on Tesla’s in- house lithium refinery, located in the lesser Corpus Christi area of Texas. Once complete, the  installation will represent an investment of>$1B in Southwest Texas. This investment is critical to our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy and represents our efforts to aggressively increase the supply of battery- grade lithium hydroxide available in North America.   

The 1,200 acre site will be the location of the first artificial deployment of an acid-free lithium refining route. This process eliminates the use of dangerous reagents and byproducts in favor of  further inert options. The byproduct from this  installation, a admixture of beach and limestone, is useful in the production of construction materials, making  salutary use of traditional waste streams.   In the future, we expect this facility to also reprocess other intermediate lithium feedstocks, including recycled batteries and manufacturing scrap.   

The construction effort will create nearly 1,000 construction jobs, and the facility will employ above of 250 full time  workers, including production technicians, operations  directors and engineering  places to support ongoing factory  conservation and optimization.   We're also committed to  erecting talent pipelines in the lesser Coastal Bend area through education investments in the Robstown Independent School District,  internship pathways at Del Mar Community College and internship opportunities with Texas A&M Corpus Christi. 

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