It is extracted as an ionic compound that is transformed into metal via electrolysis using molten salt techniques. The famous lithium metal is soft and of a silver grey colour and must be kept in an inert atmosphere.
And that’s good, since containment and inert atmosphere is our strong suit at Jacomex. Our gloveboxes are made in the highest leaktightness class standard ensuring the purity of the atmosphere and a purification system absorbs all the remaining O2 and H2O particules (down to <1ppm).
Here is an example of purified glovebox for lithium storage. In addition to the multiple shelves, we even added storage beneath the glovebox floor.