Peter Ehren is an independent Lithium Consultant. He has more than 2 decades of experience in the industry. He started his interest in the lithium business during his master's thesis at Technical University of the Delft where he investigated for BHP Minerals the recovery of lithium from geothermal brine (Salton Sea), applying a Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) technology. After his thesis he worked for SQM as process engineer, and R&D manager till 2007. Since 2007 he started to work as independent consultant in lithium, boron and potassium industry. He is a world expert in solar evaporation systems, phase chemistry and process developments. Additionally, his experiences covers product applications, OPEX and CAPEX estimation, process simulations, engineering, R&D and product development. He has worked in the majority of lithium basins and production facility worldwide. He is one of the few consultants in the industry who has built projects from lab scale all the way through to industrial production. During this period he brought 4 project to DFS level. (Orocobre -AllKem , ioneer, Millennium Lithium, Lithium Power International) He has visited and evaluated many lithium brine and minerals operations in the whole world.
He is Chartered Profesional (AusIMM) and Qualified Person for NI-43-101 and JORC.
Key Learnings are:
-One of the major risk is the selection of the process equipment.
-Team work with key professionals shortens project development and reduces risk