Jadar is named after jadarite, a lithium sodium borosilicate mineral Rio Tinto discovered in Serbia in 2004, near the city of Loznica in western Serbia.
As one of the largest greenfield lithium projects in the world, Jadar could produce lithium carbonate, a critical mineral used in large scale batteries for electric vehicles and storing renewable energy.
Lithium will play an essential role in the transition to a low carbon economy. The scale and high-grade nature of the Jadar deposit provides the potential for the mine to supply lithium products into the electric vehicle value chain for decades, positioning Serbia as the European hub for green energy. Double digit demand growth is forecast for lithium over the next decade.