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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BMW Group joins sustainable lithium mining project in Chile

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The aim of the project is to reach a shared understanding of responsible management of natural resources with local interest groups and develop a vision for the future of the Salar de Atacama salt flat in Chile.

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From 2016-2019, > 90% of lithium imported to US came from Argentina and Chile

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From 2016-2019, more than 90% of the lithium imported to the United States came from Argentina (55%) and Chile (36%). The United States imports many of the minerals used in EV batteries, such as cobalt, graphite, lithium, manganese, and nickel, with lithium being the predominant mineral.

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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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Albemarle inaugurates new $500M lithium plant in Chile; doubling production and reducing water consumption by 30%/tonne

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Albemarle Corporation, one of the largest lithium producers in the world and present in Chile for more than 40 years, inaugurated its third chemical conversion plant, La Negra III/IV, in Antofagasta, Chile, as one of the most modern chemical conversion plants in Latin America.

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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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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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Nissan Chile delivers fleet of 25 LEAFs to Enel, the country’s largest electricity group

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Nissan Chile delivered a fleet of 25 LEAF electric vehicles to employees of Enel, Chile’s largest electricity group in terms of installed capacity. The initiative is part of the first electric vehicle sales program exclusively for fleet customers in Chile. Today we celebrate a very important milestone for Enel, which will mark a before and after in the massification of electric mobility in Chile. —Nicola Cotugno, general manager of Enel Chile.

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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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ŠKODA ENYAQ COUPÉ iV, Chile’s 1St Fast-Charging Station for EVs, Nissan New Electric Compact

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The post ŠKODA ENYAQ COUPÉ iV, Chile’s 1St Fast-Charging Station for EVs, Nissan New Electric Compact appeared first on EV Obsession.

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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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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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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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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’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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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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New research explores the economic benefits of recent transmission investments in Chile. Total installed solar capacity in Chile now exceeds a whopping 4.4 That’s 20% of all the installed … Continue Reading Market Integration and Renewable Energy. Uncategorized featured

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Porsche strengthens commitment to industrial production of eFuels with $75M investment in HIF Global

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Among other projects, the Santiago de Chile-based company is building the Haru Oni eFuel pilot plant in Punta Arenas (Chile). The additional capital will be used to develop industrial eFuel facilities in Chile, the US and Australia, which have large supplies of renewable energy.

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German-Chilean consortium investigating new ways of reducing arsenic in copper concentrates: ReAK

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Chile is the world’s top copper producer (27% of global production) and exporter. In Chile, copper is mostly found in sulfide ores, especially in chalcopyrite (CuFeS 2 ), bornite (Cu 5 FeS 4 ) and chalcocite (Cu 2 S). In 2021 alone, Chile mined about 5.6

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HIF Global begins approval process for its first eFuels manufacturing facility in Australia; third globally

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With 250 megawatts of electrolyzer capacity and at least 40 years of operating life, the facility design is similar to other eFuels facilities in Chile and the United States that HIF Global is preparing for construction in 2023. HIF Chile, HIF USA, HIF Asia Pacific, and HIF EMEA are wholly owned subsidiaries of HIF Global. HIF Chile is currently constructing the Haru Oni Demonstration Facility in Magallanes, Chile in partnership with Porsche and Siemens Energy.

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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Minerals used in electric cars: How much does the US import and from where?

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Chile, Canada, Mexico. Argentina, Chile, China, Russia. The main import sources for the eight minerals are Canada (nickel and zinc), China (natural graphite and rare earths), Chile (copper), Gabon (manganese), Norway (cobalt), and Argentina (lithium). by Michael Sivak, Sivak Applied Research. This post focuses on minerals used uniquely in the manufacture of electric cars. The three questions of interest are: Which minerals are they?

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Start-Up MOBI LATAM partners with EnergyX to develop Bolivian domestic lithium battery supply chain

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Bolivia is lithium-rich; the USGS estimates identified lithium reserves in the country to be 21 million tons—ahead of Argentina and Chile, the other members of the “lithium triangle”. However, Bolivia is production-poor; Chile and Argentina are top global producers, but Bolivia has yet to produce the mineral in commercial quantities.

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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Rough road for EV industry

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Chile and Bolivia appear to be heading down the same path, placing rigid restrictions on outside access to the countries’ lithium. Mexico is also pushing for a coalition with Bolivia, Chile and Argentina to create a lithium version of OPEC, which would control more than half of the world’s lithium resources. By Brent Wilson, CEO of Galvanic Energy. America’s electric vehicle (EV) industry seems to have hit a rough patch of pavement in recent months.

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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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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Mexico forms state-run company to mine lithium: Litio para Mexico

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million tons of identified lithium resources, ranking the country 10 th in the world behind Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, the US, Australia, China, Congo, Canada and Germany. Mexico has formed a state-run company called Litio para Mexico (LitioMx) to mine the country’s lithium. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador made the announcement in a decree issued in the DOF (Diario Oficial de la Federación). Litio para Mexico will begin operations within the next six months.

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LG Energy Solution partners with 3 Canadian suppliers to augment cobalt, lithium supply chain in N America

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battery-grade lithium chemicals), and signed a non-binding MoU with SQM of Chile on investigating and developing joint investment projects of electro-mobility industry value chain. LG Energy Solution (LGES) signed separate partnership agreements with three major critical mineral suppliers in Canada. The latest arrangements to secure lithium and cobalt from Snow Lake Resources Ltd., Electra Battery Materials Corporation and Avalon Advanced Materials Inc.

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.

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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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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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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The World’s Largest Camera Is Nearly Complete

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Rubin Observatory in Chile. In May 2023, if all goes according to plan, the camera will finally fly to its destination, itself currently under construction in the desert highlands of northern Chile.

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Keliber says studies show its lithium hydroxide will have smaller carbon footprint than most of the competition

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Production in Chile, based on naturally low-carbon brine, causes slightly more emissions than Keliber’s route: 5.25

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