Namibia – the new renewable energy powerhouse

As climate change and depleting resources continue to threaten the future of our planet, it’s no surprise that the demand for renewable energy is rising. What we may not consider is that this demand is transforming the mining industry. Coal, gold, iron ore and copper have always been popular mining ventures, but we’re seeing a sudden rise in lithium, manganese, nickel, cobalt and graphite mining too. 

Why? Because all these materials are essential to battery manufacturing. And batteries in turn are essential for storing renewable energy. After all, the sun isn’t always shining and the wind isn’t always blowing. So when conditions for power generation aren’t perfect, we can tap into batteries’ stored energy for a consistent power supply. 

And let’s not forget the importance of batteries in electric vehicles, which are crucial in reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and cutting down greenhouse gas emissions.


Namibia’s Minerals: An Untapped Opportunity

Namibia is sitting on a rich reserve of lithium and rare earth minerals. And while traditionally Namibia has exported its raw minerals, it’s become clear that there are far more benefits to processing them at home. Recently, Namibia has placed a ban on the export of raw minerals. Instead, choosing to process them into market-ready materials used for the production of batteries. This could mean a big economic boost and new job opportunities for the country. 


Laying the Groundwork for Local Processing

To turn this potential into reality, we need to roll up our sleeves and build the right infrastructure. This involves setting up advanced processing facilities where raw minerals are refined into products ready for the global market, establishing robust transportation networks for efficient material movement, ensuring a reliable power supply for continuous operations, and securing sufficient water resources for processing needs. Not to mention creating supportive logistics and warehousing solutions, alongside advanced communication networks to enable a seamless flow from extraction to export. 


How Lithon can help

We’re excited to help bring Namibia’s renewable energy and battery capabilities potential to life. With our engineering expertise, talented multi-disciplinary teams and infrastructural know-how, we’re all set to lay the foundations for productive lithium processing plants and streamlined logistics. We’re passionate about turning potential into impactful results, boosting community growth, driving economic prosperity, and promoting sustainable resource use for a brighter future.


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