Geology and Ore 32, 2019

Graphite potential in Greenland

Graphite is the most common naturally occurring form of crystalline carbon. It has special characteristics due to its crystallographic structure, making graphite a very important industrial mineral with many applications including refractories, electrodes and crucibles, brake linings, lithium-ion batteries, etc. The production of total graphite in 2017 was 1.2 mio. tonnes. A conservative prediction is that the demand for flake graphite will rise 50% by 2025 to about 900,000 tonnes per year, especially due to the production of lithium batteries for electric cars.