Bolivian-German JV tackles world’s largest lithium reserve
For the first time, a German company gains direct access to lithium and literally tons of it. After Bolivia reportedly appointed a German consortium as a strategic partner for the industrialisation of the county’s vast lithium deposits, the contract has been signed and production rates specified.
Bolivia selects Germany to mine huge lithium deposit
Bolivia’s state-owned lithium minier Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB) has selected the German company ACI Systems as a strategic partner to industrialise the lithium deposit of Salar de Uyuni, the country’s vast salt lake. This bears its own problems for extraction.
Bolivia, Red Bull, UCLA, Go-e Onwheel.
Lithium demand from EVs: Bolivia plans to invest 925 million dollars up to 2019 in the industrialization of lithium, which exists in Salar de Uyun salt flat. German company K-UTEC was chosen to prepare the design for the construction of a plant to provide lithium carbonate for electric car batteries.
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Fuel cell research: Researchers from UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute have developed a nanochip for analyzing how fuel cell nanocatalysts convert chemical reactions into electricity. The new tool could give researchers more insight into how to make fuel cells less expensive and more efficient.
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