BYD wins Chile lithium extraction contract

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Chile’s Ministry of Mining awarded China-based BYD a contract to extract up to 80,000 tons of metallic lithium. The other lithium extraction contract, also for 80,000 tons, went to Chile-based Servicios y Operaciones Mineras del Norte SA, for an offer of US$60 million. Among the losing bidders were Albemarle, which produces 19% of global lithium, and Chile’s SQM (17%). Until 2016, Chile was the world’s largest producer of lithium, with 37% of the market.

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Ground-breaking on Haru Oni eFuels plant|in Chile; Porsche to use in motor sports from 2022

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neutral fuel (eFuel) in Punta Arenas, Chile. In southern Chile, we’re implementing one of the energy industry’s most exciting projects for the future and driving forward the decarbonisation of the mobility sector.

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Yutong Bus to deliver 100 electric buses to Chile

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will deliver 100 full electric buses to Chile. The E12 Electrical Bus, the model Yutong will deliver to Chile, is equipped with 324 kWh battery capacity and low energy consumption. To serve vehicles that are already in use in Chile, Yutong has set up seven service stations in partnership to provide one-stop service, as well as operational training. Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co.,

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Porsche, Siemens Energy and partners advance climate-neutral eFuels development; Haru Oni pilot in Chile

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Porsche, Siemens Energy and partners are developing and implementing a pilot project—the “Haru Oni” project—in Chile that is expected to yield the world’s first integrated, commercial, industrial-scale plant for making synthetic climate-neutral fuels (eFuels).

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In 2017, Australia, Chile, and Argentina produced 91% of the world’s lithium

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In 2017, Australia, Chile, and Argentina produced 91% of all lithium while the rest of the world supplied the remaining 9%. Some key materials used for manufacturing lithium-ion batteries are lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, and natural graphite, which come from more than 30 different countries. The Democratic Republic of Congo produced 59% of the world’s cobalt. Other lithium-ion battery materials, such as nickel, have a more even distribution of production throughout the world.

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BASF, Daimler, Fairphone & Volkswagen Group funding partnership for sustainable lithium mining in Chile

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Several companies have initiated a “Responsible Lithium Partnership” aiming to work towards responsible natural resource management, including lithium, in Chile’s Salar de Atacama. This cross-industry partnership is funded at its inception by BASF, Daimler AG, Fairphone, and Volkswagen Group. The partnership intends to foster a dialogue among local stakeholders, generating—and synthesizing scientific facts—and seeking solutions in a participatory manner.

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Chile’s SQM signs long-term contract to supply LG with lithium

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SQM (Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A.) reached a long-term agreement to supply lithium products to LG Energy Solution (LGES). As pat of the agreement, which runs from 2021 to 2029, SQM will supply battery-grade lithium carbonmate and lithium hydroxide for the production of high-quality cathode materials for EV battery cells. The contract considers a total of approximately 55,000 MT of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE).

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Consortium led by POSCO, Samsung SDI to build $54M cathode materials plant in Chile for EVs

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A consortium led by South Korea’s POSCO and Samsung SDI, and including China’s Sichuan Fulin Industrial Group and Chile’s Molyment, has won a bid to build a cathode materials plant in Chile to support that country’s Li-ion batteries project. POSCO and Samsung SDI will jointly invest about $54 million in the plant, which will produce 3,200 tonnes of cathode a year starting in the second half of 2021, which will be used to make lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

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New Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8 Coupé makes its debut in Chile; wireless charging

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The new Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8 Coupé made its debut on Thursday in Santiago, Chile. The car will feature from the fourth race in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, which will take place on Saturday. BMW i has been “Official Vehicle Partner” since the first Formula E season and is now on track with the next generation of the Qualcomm Safety Car BMW i8 Coupé, featuring a range of technical advances.

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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.

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Chile, US navies to carry on working on drop-in alternative fuels

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Chile’s energy agenda, which calls for 45% of newly-installed capacity for 2014-2025 to come from non-conventional, renewable energy sources, is consistent with the United States Department of the Navy’s expressed goal of obtaining 50-percent of total organizational consumption through alternative energy sources by 2020.

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Rockwood Holdings to invest $140M in new lithium carbonate plant in Chile

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plans to invest $140 million in a new lithium carbonate production plant in Chile. Under the new investment program, Rockwood will build a 20,000 metric ton lithium carbonate plant at the sight at LeNegra, near the port of Antofagasta in northern Chile. Rockwood Holdings, Inc.

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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. The advanced energy storage installation provides contingency services to maintain the stability of the electric grid in Northern Chile, an important mining area.

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Chile’s Copec Voltex Chooses Driivz to Power Nationwide Public EV Charging Infrastructure

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The Driivz technology will allow the company to continue delivering electromobility to Chile’s citizens, help preserve the environment, and ensure sustainable resource management, all through an integrated platform.

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AES Selects Mitsubishi-GS Yuasa and Parker-Hannifin to supply Li-ion grid Energy Storage System in Chile

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The project is the companies’ third energy storage facility in Northern Chile, integrating 20MW of advanced battery-based energy storage with a 532MW thermal power plant. AES Gener and AES Energy Storage have selected Parker-Hannifin to supply advanced battery energy storage systems for their new Cochrane power station.

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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. There is actually more available solar energy than there is use for it. renewable energy solar clean energy South America energy

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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. The New Sail is the first locally developed and manufactured passenger car from an international brand to be exported.

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BrineMine Project at KIT: responsible extraction of energy, raw materials, and drinking water from geothermal wells

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Mineral resources from Chile are of great importance to Germany. The use of the limited freshwater resources in northern Chile for mining regularly fuels conflicts with the local population. Northern Chile is one of the driest regions on earth, but has extensive geothermal resources. AGW has a long history of cooperation in the field of geothermal research in Chile.

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Refineries in the Americas produce a greater share of gasoline per barrel of crude oil than refineries in other world regions

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OECD Americas: Canada; Chile; Mexico; United States. When processing petroleum, refineries can produce products in varying amounts to meet regional demands. The International Energy Agency’s Monthly Oil Statistics shows that there are differences in refinery output throughout the world.

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Bogotá orders 379 electric buses from BYD

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This order also sees BYD again smashing the record for the largest electric bus order in the Americas, following its delivery of 183 buses to Chile during August 2019.

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Argonne partners with Chilean company SQM to better understand lithium life cycle

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Chile has long been a leading producer of lithium, which has become an essential element for the rechargeable battery market, among other uses. Evaporation ponds at SQM’s lithium mining site in the Salar de Atacama, in Chile.

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Copper prices rise to 10-year high, near record

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Although Chile and Peru contributed 40% of global mine supply in 2020, Roskill observed, copper production there is yet to fully recover to pre-pandemic levels.

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GlobalData: Global lithium production to triple over the next four years

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Currently, the highest production is in Australia with 18.3kt, followed by Chile and Argentina with 14.1kt and 5.5kt respectively. Three spodumene operations in Australia and two brine operations each in Argentina and Chile accounted for the majority of world lithium production in 2017, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). It will be followed by Argentina with 29%, Canada with 16%, Chile with 9%, the US with 6%, and Mexico with 4%.

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BYD wins order for another 406 electric buses in Bogotá, Colombia

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Throughout Latin America, BYD’s new energy vehicle footprint has spread to major markets including Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Barbados, Panama, Costa Rica, Uruguay and Argentina.

Roskill: COVID-19 could wipe out US$1.0B of lithium supply in 2020

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In Chile, SQM has stated that COVID-19 prevention measures have, so far, had “no material impact” on operations, with other facilities in the Atacama presumed to have seen a similar effect. Roskill anticipates 2020 production losses in Chile to be kept below 20%.

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BYD to add another 183 electric buses to Santiago’s fleet

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BYD electric buses are servicing markets in many countries across Latin America, including Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, and Uruguay. The Chilean Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Gloria Hutt, recently announced a new order for 183 BYD electric buses for the Chilean capital of Santiago, due to arrive in August of this year.

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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. The Salar de Caucharí is a great complement to our existing lithium operations in Chile, and it is located just a few hundred kilometers from the Salar de Atacama. SQM) and Lithium Americas Corp.

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ADEME / IFPEN study examines non-geological risks in the security of lithium supplies based on electrification of global car fleet

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Production is currently concentrated between Australia (40%), Argentina and Chile (50% between them). The latter two countries belong to the lithium triangle (Argentina, Bolivia and Chile), which represents about 55% of the world’s resources.

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EC JRC finds delivery of large amounts of green hydrogen over long distances could be cost-effective

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Chemical carriers as ammonia or liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC) become more economically competitive with longer delivery distances, opening up import options from suppliers located, for example, in Chile or Australia.

LME copper prices at 9-year high

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Strong ocean swells delayed the loading of concentrate and refined metal shipments onto vessels from Chile and Peru during January, while delays of up to three months are reported in Ningbo port for containerized scrap to be inspected and cleared by customs.

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Tesla Cybertruck spotted on Fremont Test Track with massive wiper blade

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YouTube user Chile AI100 flew a drone over the Fremont Test Track on December 10, recording what appears to be a newly-revised Tesla Cybertruck, sporting some interesting features. Credit: YouTube | Chile AI100 via @SawyerMerritt on Twitter.

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Tianqi Lithium takes $4.07B stake in world’s largest lithium producer SQM

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China-based Tianqi Lithium, a leading global supplier of lithium products, has agreed to purchase 62,556,568 A shares of Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. The company has established global mineral and chemical operations in China (Sichuan, Chongqing, Jiangsu and Hong Kong), Australia, and Chile, allowing the company to service customers across Europe, Asia, the Americas and Oceania.

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GlobalData: growing global electric vehicle market will more than double lithium demand over the next 5 years

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This in turn will result in increased consumption of lithium and support investment in mine expansions across Chile and Australia and new mine development in Chile, Australia, Argentina and Canada. Data and analytics company GlobalData forecasts that the demand for lithium needed for the production of lithium-ion batteries for use in EVs will more than double from 26.7kt in 2018 to 58.3kt in 2022.

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Argonne study compares life cycle emissions of battery-grade lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide from brines and ores

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In addition to the brine-based lithium extracted in Chile, the researchers augmented their data by modeling ore-based lithium extracted from spodumene ore in Western Australia.

Worldwide Campaign for Neurorights Notches Its First Win

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The government of Chile is taking a stand: Its citizens must be protected from technologies that are capable of mind control, mind reading, or any other nefarious interference with their brains. Chile’s congress is currently considering.

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UN report highlights urgent need to tackle impact of EV battery production boom

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In Chile, lithium mining uses nearly 65% of the water in the country’s Salar de Atamaca region—one of the driest desert areas in the world—to pump out brines from drilled wells.

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Future Fuel Strategies: 40+ countries developing light-duty vehicle fuel economy standards

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Several countries in the last year—including Kenya, Chile, the Philippines and Thailand—have implemented LDV fuel economy policies. Fuels market analyst Tammy Klein notes that more than 40 countries are developing light-duty vehicle fuel economy standards. Ten years ago, only four governments 10 years ago had introduced mandatory GHG emission and/or fuel economy standards: China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States.

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DiDi to introduce first shared EV fleet to Mexico; 700+ EVs and hybrids to start

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In Latin America, DiDi offers various ride-hailing, taxi-hailing, and food delivery services in Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and Costa Rica, as well as in Brazil under the 99 brand.

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Wärtsilä report finds accelerated adoption of renewables can reduce electricity production costs by up to 50%

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In addition to the deep-dive models, the report’s chapters focusing on Australia, Chile and the UK’s energy transitions underline that the technologies needed to achieve 100% renewable power systems are already available at scale around the world.

Fincantieri and Enel Green Power Italia to explore use of green hydrogen in ports and long-range maritime transport

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The Group has therefore started studying new business models that include the supply of green hydrogen for the decarbonization of industrial sectors, with partnerships and projects already being developed in Italy, Chile, the United States and Spain. Fincantieri and Enel Green Power Italia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to define an integrated solution for the production, supply, management and use of green hydrogen for port areas and long-range maritime transport.

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. Volvo is a leading supplier of buses for high passenger capacity transport systems, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). The new biarticulated chassis, Gran Artic 300, is 30 meters in length and can carry up to 300 passengers.

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15 countries agree to work toward 100% ZEV truck and bus sales by 2040

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Under the new Global Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Zero-Emission Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles (ZE-MHDVs), Austria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Wales are setting an interim goal of 30% zero-emission new vehicle sales by 2030. Fifteen countries have agreed to work together toward 100% zero-emission new truck and bus sales by 2040.

COP26 declaration on accelerating the transition to 100% zero emission cars and vans

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Signatories by category: Governments: Austria; Azerbaijan; Cambodia; Canada; Cape Verde; Chile; Croatia; Cyprus; Denmark; El Salvador; Finland; Iceland; Ireland; Israel; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Poland; Slovenia; Sweden; United Kingdom.