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Chile is giving away solar energy, for free, because it has so much

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Chile has a problem with its solar industry. DON'T MISS: North America's largest coal power plant to become 44-MW solar farm Consequently, Chile is now. It's not that the industry can't meet electricity demand for the South American country—quite the opposite, in fact. renewable energy solar clean energy South America energy

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A123 Systems to supply 20MW of Li-ion storage systems to AES Gener for spinning reserve project in Chile

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AES Gener has ordered 20MW of A123’s advanced Li-ion energy storage solutions for a spinning reserve project in Northern Chile. The project expands the relationship between A123 and AES Energy Storage and is AES’ second in Chile to use A123 energy storage technology. Brief

Albemarle granted permit to increase lithium brine extraction rates in Chile; MOU for 27-year lithium quota

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Albemarle Corporation, a premier specialty chemicals company and leader in the production of lithium and lithium derivatives, has been granted approval by the Environmental Assessment Commission (CEA) of the Antofagasta Region to increase its currently authorized lithium brine extraction rate at the company's facility in the Salar de Atacama, Chile.

Tesla And Other Tech Giants Scramble For Lithium As Prices Double

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Right now, most of the world’s lithium comes from Australia, China and the “Lithium Triangle” of Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.

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Tesla Model X driven, Apple car by 2020, Ford criticizes Euro carbon goals: Today's Car News

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Chile is. Today, we drive the Tesla Model X, Tesla CEO Elon Musk predicts Apple will build electric cars by 2020, and European Ford boss Jim Farley says stricter emissions standards could make cars unaffordable. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Today in Car News

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Scientists suggest quantum control of atoms may make fusion energy production more efficient

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Berrios, lead author of the paper, is a research scientist at the University of Chile, Santiago. —Berrios et al. —Berrios et al.

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Shanghai GM Begins Exports of Chevrolet New Sail to Chile; First Locally Developed Passenger Car from Global Brand Sold Worldwide

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Shanghai GM, GM’s flagship passenger car joint venture in China, began exports of the Chevrolet New Sail to the Chilean market. Earlier post.) Plans are in place to sell the small family sedan to additional markets in South America, North Africa and the Middle East. Authorized Chevrolet dealers will sell and service the New Sail outside China.

First electric rally car takes on Dakar challenge

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Travelling through Argentina, Chile and, for the first time, Peru, participants will take on challenging [.]. The very first electric rally car is set to take part in the Dakar rally next year. Produced by Latvian motorsport engineering company OSC, the OSCar eO car will be the first to take on the gruelling 9000 km challenge.

Opinion: Why Lithium Will See Another Price Spike This Fall

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by James Stafford of Automotive Thrust. Volkswagen AG announced last week that it was considering LG Chem Ltd. or Panasonic Corp.

Opinon: Lithium Market Set To Explode; All Eyes Are On Nevada

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Most of the world’s lithium comes from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Australia and China, but American resources being developed by new entrants into this market have set up the state of Nevada to become the key venue and proving ground for game-changing trade in this everyday mineral. by James Stafford of Albemarle Corp.

IHS Automotive forecasts 88.6M unit global light vehicle market in 2015; 2.4% growth

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million units—a 10% drop from 2013; with politics impairing Argentina and Venezuela, and the economic climate weighing down markets like Brazil, Chile and Peru, where it may take a few years for demand to recover to previous highs. Uncertainty lingers over Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Venezuela for 2015. from 7.4% North America.

SQM and Lithium Americas announce joint venture to develop lithium project in Argentina

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Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. Sales of lithium and lithium derivatives from SQM’s existing operation in Chile accounted for 13% of revenues in 2015. SQM is committed to the lithium business, both in Chile and abroad. SQM) and Lithium Americas Corp. —Patricio de Solminihac, Chief Executive Officer of SQM. Brief

Roskill forecasts increasing dependence of Li market on batteries; switch from portable electronics to hybrids

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Lithium extraction, which totalled more than 168,000t LCE in 2012, is undertaken predominately in Australia, Chile, Argentina and China, with roughly half of lithium output from hard rock sources and half from brine. Production is dominated by Talison Lithium in Australia, SQM and Rockwood Lithium in Chile, and FMC in Argentina.

Global investment in renewable power reached $270.2B in 2014, ~17% up from 2013; biofuel investment fell 8% to 10-year low

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billion) were all in the top 10 of investing countries while more than $1 billion was invested in Indonesia, Chile, Mexico, Kenya and Turkey.

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Audi going to the moon; Audi lunar e-quattro rover

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Double wishbone suspensions are used at all four of the wheels that can each be rotated over 360 degrees. The theoretical maximum speed is 3.6 km/h (2.2

Renault makes public its lifecycle study of Fluence ICE vs Fluence EV

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Renault’s comparison of the carbon footprint of EV and ICE vehicles over production, operation and end of life. The EV footprint (Fluence Z.E.) 70 kW.

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Rockwood Lithium opens new lithium production facility in Nevada; announces global price increases for lithium salts

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Rockwood Lithium also recently announced plans to invest $140 million in a new lithium carbonate production plant in Chile. Rockwood Lithium has opened its expanded manufacturing facility in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Between 1980 and 2009, the demand for lithium has tripled. Earlier post.). Brief

Audi introducing supercharged gasoline engine version of SQ5 SUV at Detroit Show

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New Audi SQ5. Click to enlarge. The new Audi SQ5 shown at the Detroit Auto Show is powered by a 3.0L Various measures dampen compressor noise. Brief

Global geothermal industry passes 12,000 MW operational

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Financing was announced for projects in Costa Rica, Dominica, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Tanzania, and the United States, while projects in drilling and start-of-construction phases made headway in Chile, Germany, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Montserrat, The Philippines, Rwanda, and Zambia. Brief

Galaxy notes lithium carbonate prices in China rose 17% over last 12 months

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Galaxy is also advancing plans to develop the Sal de Vida (70%) lithium and potash brine project in Argentina situated in the lithium triangle (where Chile, Argentina and Bolivia meet) which is currently the source of 60% of global lithium production. —Galaxy Managing Director Iggy Tan. This means that as well as adhering to the 99.5%

Ford building new $1.6B plant in Mexico for small cars

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Vehicles produced in Mexico also serve customers in the US, Canada, China, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and South Korea. Ford is investing US$1.6 billion in a new small car plant in Mexico, building a new manufacturing site in San Luis Potosi State. Construction begins this summer. billion in China.

JAC sells 300,000 S3s in 600 days, breaks compact SUV sales record

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The S3 is currently being adapted for different markets globally, and is already being sold in places such as Egypt, the UAE and Chile, among others.


Volvo launches the world’s largest bus; 30m, 300 passengers

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Volvo has delivered more than 4,000 buses to the BRT-systems of Curitiba, Bogotá, Guatemala City, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile and San Salvador. Volvo launched the world’s largest bus chassis at the FetransRio exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The bus will be able to carry up to 30 passengers more than the preceding model. Brief

Study outlines supply chain challenges for lithium

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The majority of known lithium reserves are located in China, Chile, Argentina and Australia. A doctoral student in engineering management at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Ona Egbue, is studying potential disruptions to the long-term supply chain for lithium. —Ona Egbue. The US is a major importer of lithium. Brief

The Future of Electric Cars Could Lie in.Afghanistan?

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Today's sources of lithium are far and few: Bolivia has something like 40 percent of the world's deposits, while Russia, South Africa, Chile and Argentina have some. Electric cars like the 2011 Nissan Leaf require lots of lithium and other precious heavy metals to make them go.

BASF creating dedicated global business development unit for enhanced oil recovery

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The Regional Business Management in Santiago de Chile, Chile; Houston, Texas and Ludwigshafen, Germany will remain located where they are today. As part of a larger reorganization of its Global Oilfield and Mining Solutions business, BASF is establishing a dedicated Global Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Business Development unit. Brief

Global Gas Prices | Hybrid Sales

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Chile. Expert predictions about where oil and gas prices are headed vary widely. prices at the pump. to $4 per gallon. car market. Country.

Rolls-Royce wins $6.5M contract to supply LNG propulsion package for fish food carrier; Bergen gas engine

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BioMar has 11 factories producing fish food, in Norway, Chile, Denmark, Scotland, Spain, France, Greece, Turkey and Costa Rica. The 81.5m Brie

UN Secretary-General assembles high-level advisory group on sustainable transport

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The group will be led by Olof Persson, CEO of the Volvo Group, and Carolina Toh, the mayor of Santiago, Chile. Absent major changes in policy, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions are predicted to increase by nearly 50% by 2030 over what they were at the end of 2009. Brief

Mitsubishi Motors to promote EVs with Hsinchu County in Taiwan

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After its launch in Japan, the i-MiEV has been sequentially rolled out internationally to Hong Kong, Australia, Costa Rica, Chile, 19 countries throughout Europe and also is planned for rollout the United States and Canada this fall. Brief

Five Canadian and developing country teams awarded total of C$12.5M to study climate change adaptation

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Fernando Santibañez, Universidad de Chile, Chile; David J. million (US$12.8 million) under the International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change (IRIACC). Each team will receive $2.5 Two teams will focus specifically on vulnerable indigenous populations. Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change. Brief

New algorithm improves speed and accuracy of pedestrian detection; cascade detection + deep learning

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The technology, which incorporates deep learning models, could be used in “smart” vehicles, robotics and image and video search systems. Resources.

Waterfront Shipping to commission new ships with methanol flex-fuel engines

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Waterfront Shipping will charter these vessels to replace older vessels in its fleet and to support increased demand from Methanex Corporation’s growth initiatives, including the relocation of two methanol plants from Chile to Geismar, Louisiana. Waterfront Shipping Company Ltd. has reached an agreement with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. Brief

AES integrates 20 MW of A123 Li-ion storage with 544 MW thermal power plant

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AES Gener and AES Energy Storage have begun commercial operation of the second energy storage project in Northern Chile, integrating 20MW of Li-ion battery-based energy storage (BESS) with a 544MW thermal power plant. A123 Systems supplied the energy storage systems for the project. The power controls modules were provided by ABB. Angamos).

Talison Lithium agrees to be acquired by Chengdu Tianqi

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The Directors of Australia-based Talison Lithium (which is listed in on Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX), a producer of lithium with projects in Western Australia and Chile, are recommending the company’s full acquisition by China-based Chengdu Tianqi Industry (Group) Co., Ltd for C$7.50 per share. per share. per share was agreed. Brief

Korean consortium forming JV with Bolivian miner Comibol for lithium production in Salar de Uyuni

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Among the other countries, identified lithium resources for Bolivia and Chile total 9 million tons and in excess of 7.5 Korea Herald. A Korean consortium including Korea Resources Corp. KORES said that Korean Li-ion manufacturers SK Innovation and LG Chem are also likely to participate in the project. million tons, respectively. Brief

Sustainable Oils Opens Expanded Camelina Research Facility in Bozeman

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The company also does off-season, or winter research, at locations in Chile. The Yuma and Chile locations also allow Sustainable Oils to test and develop camelina varieties that can better tolerate heat and drought stress. Earlier post.). The new facility doubles Sustainable Oils’s laboratory and office space. —Jack Kiser.

Bio Architecture Lab and Statoil Partner to Commercialize Macroalgae-to-Ethanol Process in Norway

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Statoil is responsible for developing and managing the seaweed aquafarming operations, with consultation from BAL, which already has aquafarming operations in Chile. BAL has been building out a similar program off the coast of Chile as part of a program funded by the Chilean government. Earlier post.)

Global Fuel Economy Initiative launches second 3-year campaign; ICCT joins partnership

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The Global Fuel Economy Initiative ( GFEI ) ( earlier post ) launched its second three-year effort to improve vehicle fuel economy around the world at the International Transport Forum in Leipzig. It also announced that a new partner—the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)—has joined the effort. Earlier post.). Outreach.

GM Creates New South America Regional Organization

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GM South America includes GM’s existing sales and manufacturing operations in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela as well as sales activities in those countries and Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. General Motors is creating a new regional organization to meet rising customer demand in South America. Ed Whitacre.