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Eye on Lithium: Harvard boffin ‘Li’ makes battery discovery; PLL, PMT, GL1 rated ‘strong buys’

  • Harvard scientists push solid-state lithium battery tech with newly published research
  • Three big gun ASX lithium stocks are strong broker consensus buys 
  • Today’s ASX lithium gainers led today by: LSR, EPM, EVR

Your lithium roundup for Friday January 12.

 

Forget sodium-tastic lithium killers dreamt up by AI-fulled think tanks (or at least just shift them to one side for the moment), because another new technological breakthrough (in the research stage) has come to our attention.

And the good news for lithheads is – it uses a shedload of lithium and has the potential to revolutionise EV batteries.

 

‘Li’ leads new lithium battery research… (can’t make this up)

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have reportedly developed a new lithium metal battery that blows away charging times and capacity of current options on the market.

The new tech is a solid-state battery design that can apparently be charged and discharged at least 6,000 times and can be recharged in a matter of minutes.

And get this, no other report we’ve read on this seems to think this amusing or somehow portentous, but the senior researcher and author of the Harvard department’s paper published on Nature Materials is called ‘Li’.

Xin Li, to be exact, who works for a Harvard spinoff called Adden Energy.

In a media statement this week, Li noted:

“Lithium metal anode batteries are considered the holy grail of batteries because they have 10 times the capacity of commercial graphite anodes and could drastically increase the driving distance of electric vehicles.”

Li and Harvard/Adden believe the new battery design could help make EVs more affordable, noting:

“Our research is an important step toward more practical solid-state batteries for industrial and commercial applications.”

 

Research looks… solid. And tasty, like chocolate

The scientists aren’t the only ones working on solid-state battery tech, of course, but they believe their tackling of a particular problem – dentrites – makes their research particularly… solid.

According to Li and the Harvard team’s research paper, one of the biggest challenges with current lithium-ion anode batteries is the formation of dendrites on the surface of the anode.

These are small fern-like growths that spread into the electrolyte, running interference between anode and cathode, and a primary reason for the shorting out of batteries and even causing them to catch fire.

Per the research, the team’s battery “sandwiches different materials of varying stabilities between the anode and cathode. This multilayer, multi-material design prevented the penetration of lithium dendrites not by stopping them altogether, but rather by controlling and containing them.”

Added Li:

“In our design, lithium metal gets wrapped around the silicon particle, like a hard chocolate shell around a hazelnut core in a chocolate truffle.”

Mmm… sounds delicious.

 

Strong lithium stock buys on the ASX right now

Meanwhile, shifting over to the ASX, here’s something, via Commsec data.

Looking through the lens of ‘broker consensus’, which is the average recommendation of five or more contributing brokers and research providers on a 1-5 scale (with 1 scored as a Strong Buy, 5 as a Strong Sell and 3 a Hold), we can tell you the following – sourced from and calculated by Morningstar.

“Strong Buys” for lithium plays on the ASX right now include the following big guns:

Piedmont Lithium (ASX:PLL) (down -57% over the past 12 months; market cap: $128.6m)

Patriot Battery Metals (ASX:PMT) (up 9.5% over the past 12 months; market cap: $461.1m)

Global Lithium Resources (ASX:GL1) (down 64% over the past 12 months; market cap: $197m)

 

 

Friday: FULLY CHARGED ????

Lodestar Minerals (ASX:LSR) +33% (hmm, but on not much volume at time of writing)

Eclipse Metals (ASX:EPM) +25%

EV Resources (ASX:EVR) +17%

 

Friday: RUNNING LOW ????

Manhattan Corp (ASX:MHC) -25%

MTM Critical Metals (ASX:MTM)  -16%

Stellar Resources (ASX:SRZ) -13%

 

ASX lithium form guide:

Scroll or swipe to reveal table. Click headings to sort. Best viewed on a laptop. (Note: figures accurate per ASX at 3pm.) 

Stocks missing from this list? Email [email protected] and [email protected]

CODE COMPANY TODAY WEEK 1 MONTH % 12 MONTH % PRICE MARKET CAP
ADV Ardiden Ltd 0% -3% 0% -51% 0.17 $10,627,976
AGY Argosy Minerals Ltd 2% -9% -13% -82% 0.1225 $168,528,900
1MC Morella Corporation 10% 10% 10% -61% 0.0055 $30,893,997
AML Aeon Metals Ltd. 0% -18% -18% -69% 0.009 $9,867,606
ASN Anson Resources Ltd 0% -12% -18% -45% 0.115 $147,860,004
AVZ AVZ Minerals Ltd 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.78 $2,752,409,203
CXO Core Lithium 8% -19% -16% -82% 0.21 $416,702,431
EMH European Metals Hldg -4% -16% -37% -50% 0.34 $44,813,608
EUR European Lithium Ltd 0% -13% 30% 15% 0.091 $126,875,765
GLN Galan Lithium Ltd -2% -10% 3% -49% 0.6 $215,618,091
INF Infinity Lithium -1% -8% -8% -23% 0.092 $43,021,065
INR Ioneer Ltd 2% -12% -5% -71% 0.1325 $274,483,579
JLL Jindalee Lithium Ltd 0% 2% 8% -47% 0.99 $59,885,216
LIT Lithium Australia 3% 3% 14% -37% 0.032 $37,887,942
LKE Lake Resources 0% -8% -8% -86% 0.115 $163,581,141
LPD Lepidico Ltd 0% -6% -6% -53% 0.0075 $57,287,310
LPI Lithium Pwr Int Ltd 0% -1% 3% 18% 0.555 $353,852,270
LTR Liontown Resources 0% -6% 12% 0% 1.5 $3,632,977,133
MIN Mineral Resources. -1% -8% 2% -28% 63.2 $12,421,664,278
MLS Metals Australia 0% -3% -3% -35% 0.034 $21,217,230
AKE Allkem Limited 0% 0% 18% -13% 9.83 $6,304,350,967
PLL Piedmont Lithium Inc -4% -12% -13% -56% 0.345 $132,349,248
PLS Pilbara Min Ltd 0% -2% 5% -5% 3.79 $11,375,788,832
QPM Queensland Pacific -1% -4% -2% -55% 0.05 $101,633,286
PSC Prospect Res Ltd -5% -8% -1% -29% 0.084 $40,773,213
RLC Reedy Lagoon Corp. 0% 0% 0% -48% 0.005 $3,097,704
SYA Sayona Mining Ltd 1% -13% -3% -76% 0.0555 $566,131,281
TKL Traka Resources 0% -33% -36% -68% 0.002 $1,750,659
TON Triton Min Ltd 0% -6% 0% -41% 0.022 $34,350,639
VUL Vulcan Energy -1% -13% 0% -69% 2.2 $383,722,808
GL1 Globallith -6% -35% -40% -66% 0.75 $208,212,239
BMM Balkanminingandmin 0% -20% -23% -69% 0.1 $7,104,051
LEL Lithenergy 1% -4% -4% -31% 0.535 $54,595,300
ARN Aldoro Resources 1% -18% 18% -60% 0.098 $13,058,503
NMT Neometals Ltd -9% 5% 11% -77% 0.205 $140,105,321
IGO IGO Limited 2% -6% 1% -44% 8.135 $6,020,279,113
AAJ Aruma Resources Ltd 0% -4% -13% -60% 0.026 $5,119,179
PAM Pan Asia Metals 0% -23% 32% -57% 0.165 $27,689,768
AX8 Accelerate Resources -3% -15% -6% 42% 0.034 $20,058,561
AM7 Arcadia Minerals 0% 1% -5% -70% 0.07 $7,633,507
AS2 Askarimetalslimited 0% 0% 6% -75% 0.17 $13,217,536
BYH Bryah Resources Ltd 0% 0% 0% -49% 0.013 $5,636,894
EMS Eastern Metals 0% 0% 33% -51% 0.036 $2,967,345
FG1 Flynngold -3% 14% -10% -42% 0.057 $8,597,731
FRS Forrestaniaresources 10% 21% 21% -78% 0.034 $5,015,358
GSM Golden State Mining 0% -10% -19% -73% 0.013 $3,631,818
IMI Infinitymining 0% 0% -14% -51% 0.12 $14,250,407
LRV Larvottoresources 0% -6% -8% -52% 0.068 $15,205,592
MMC Mitremining 0% -2% -8% -18% 0.23 $13,038,154
RAG Ragnar Metals Ltd 4% 0% 9% 94% 0.024 $10,901,562
CTN Catalina Resources 0% 0% 0% -50% 0.004 $4,953,948
TMB Tambourahmetals -4% -4% -18% 10% 0.115 $9,952,842
TEM Tempest Minerals 13% 0% 13% -67% 0.009 $4,091,068
EMC Everest Metals Corp -1% -2% -14% -5% 0.081 $13,389,215
WCN White Cliff Min Ltd 0% 11% -9% -23% 0.01 $12,765,593
WML Woomera Mining Ltd 4% -7% -16% 53% 0.026 $30,453,475
AZL Arizona Lithium Ltd 4% -13% -33% -60% 0.027 $97,678,643
CRR Critical Resources 3% -8% -16% -60% 0.0185 $32,001,305
KGD Kula Gold Limited 0% 0% -27% -41% 0.016 $6,709,852
LRS Latin Resources Ltd 2% -8% 7% 92% 0.23 $628,606,395
PNN Power Minerals Ltd 0% -7% -10% -65% 0.19 $16,601,459
WR1 Winsome Resources 3% -22% -25% -58% 0.78 $141,234,639
KZR Kalamazoo Resources -2% 20% 20% -44% 0.1325 $23,357,406
MTM MTM Critical Metals -16% -12% 304% 26% 0.097 $11,435,265
QXR Qx Resources Limited -4% -8% -4% -55% 0.022 $25,531,791
SCN Scorpion Minerals -6% -6% -30% -57% 0.03 $13,102,598
AZI Altamin Limited 0% 11% 15% -22% 0.06 $25,687,316
ENT Enterprise Metals 0% 0% 0% -56% 0.004 $3,207,884
KAI Kairos Minerals Ltd 0% -10% -19% -38% 0.013 $34,071,858
STM Sunstone Metals Ltd 0% -7% -7% -66% 0.013 $45,340,553
PGD Peregrine Gold 5% 9% 24% -31% 0.305 $19,428,979
AVW Avira Resources Ltd 0% 33% 0% -33% 0.002 $4,267,580
NVA Nova Minerals Ltd 6% -7% 6% -51% 0.34 $67,484,788
GT1 Greentechnology -2% -20% -18% -76% 0.225 $72,967,982
BNR Bulletin Res Ltd 4% 4% 22% 27% 0.14 $39,637,799
CAI Calidus Resources 9% 1% 21% -40% 0.2175 $122,354,269
MRR Minrex Resources Ltd -7% -13% -18% -66% 0.014 $16,273,013
A8G Australasian Metals -7% -7% -13% -33% 0.14 $7,818,074
EFE Eastern Resources 0% 0% -11% -58% 0.008 $9,935,572
MQR Marquee Resource Ltd -4% 0% -7% -25% 0.027 $11,574,763
SRZ Stellar Resources -13% -13% -13% -46% 0.007 $9,192,212
LSR Lodestar Minerals 33% 0% -11% -20% 0.004 $6,070,192
NWM Norwest Minerals 4% -16% -7% -40% 0.027 $7,476,807
AOA Ausmon Resorces 0% 0% 0% -50% 0.003 $3,020,998
VKA Viking Mines Ltd 7% 14% 45% 100% 0.016 $15,378,876
IPT Impact Minerals 8% 18% 30% 86% 0.013 $34,376,447
SRI Sipa Resources Ltd 0% -4% -22% -19% 0.025 $5,703,953
VMC Venus Metals Cor Ltd 3% 3% 3% 36% 0.1025 $18,972,868
RGL Riversgold 0% -8% -14% -57% 0.012 $11,611,937
ZNC Zenith Minerals Ltd 0% 7% 11% -42% 0.15 $52,857,132
RAS Ragusa Minerals Ltd 0% -6% -18% -73% 0.033 $4,705,760
G88 Golden Mile Res Ltd 0% -10% -14% -11% 0.018 $5,929,011
EPM Eclipse Metals 25% 43% 25% -58% 0.01 $16,500,434
EVR Ev Resources Ltd 17% 8% 56% 0% 0.014 $13,195,060
WC8 Wildcat Resources 3% -8% -11% 2025% 0.6375 $741,419,636
MNS Magnis Energy Tech 0% 0% 0% -90% 0.042 $50,378,922
RIO Rio Tinto Limited 1% -3% 1% 9% 129.855 $47,664,161,878
THR Thor Energy PLC 3% 10% 14% -47% 0.032 $5,767,126
YAR Yari Minerals Ltd 0% -9% 0% -44% 0.01 $4,823,578
MXR Maximus Resources -4% 26% 8% 0% 0.043 $14,427,260
DRE Dreadnought Resources Ltd 0% -4% -16% -72% 0.027 $93,934,970
MM1 Midasmineralsltd 0% -7% 13% -35% 0.13 $11,277,142
M2R Miramar 0% 19% -11% -67% 0.025 $3,721,739
LLI Loyal Lithium Ltd 9% -18% 14% 3% 0.36 $27,484,815
LRD Lordresourceslimited 0% -5% -15% -71% 0.062 $2,302,192
WMC Wiluna Mining Corp 0% 0% 0% 0% 0.205 $74,238,031
AUN Aurumin 0% 12% 32% -54% 0.029 $10,394,849
ZEO Zeotech Limited 3% 0% -14% -25% 0.03 $50,269,269
ALY Alchemy Resource Ltd -10% -10% 0% -63% 0.009 $11,780,763
LIS Lisenergylimited 0% -6% -14% -58% 0.155 $99,231,036
GW1 Greenwing Resources 0% -12% 15% -59% 0.115 $20,038,920
KTA Krakatoa Resources -3% -26% -33% -36% 0.028 $13,691,109
TYX Tyranna Res Ltd 0% -6% 0% -29% 0.017 $55,886,231
DAF Discovery Alaska Ltd -7% -17% 47% -14% 0.025 $6,324,337
FTL Firetail Resources 0% -1% -22% -58% 0.07 $10,423,389
IR1 Irismetals -2% -10% -22% -27% 0.845 $111,357,085
LNR Lanthanein Resources -5% 0% -9% -52% 0.01 $13,543,025
DAL Dalaroometalsltd 0% 0% 4% -76% 0.025 $2,068,750
TKM Trek Metals Ltd -5% -3% -17% -49% 0.038 $20,523,074
CY5 Cygnus Metals Ltd -4% -8% -12% -74% 0.115 $34,987,097
TUL Tulla Resources 0% -100% -100% -100% 0 $118,262,971
WES Wesfarmers Limited 1% 2% 6% 22% 57.72 $64,988,357,915
LLL Leolithiumlimited 0% 0% 0% -8% 0.505 $498,553,663
OCN Oceanalithiumlimited -2% -22% -31% -80% 0.09 $4,975,038
A11 Atlantic Lithium 2% -1% -17% -35% 0.425 $261,625,744
CMD Cassius Mining Ltd 0% -10% 3% 71% 0.036 $18,093,980
VSR Voltaic Strategic -5% -5% -14% -31% 0.018 $9,178,974
SGQ St George Min Ltd -3% -3% 6% -52% 0.034 $34,444,503
LLO Lion One Metals Ltd 2% -5% -5% -21% 0.9 $13,486,634
PAT Patriot Lithium 3% -8% -13% -48% 0.165 $10,962,741
PL3 Patagonia Lithium 0% -7% 0% 0% 0.13 $6,386,705
BUR Burleyminerals