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Lithium battery dreams get a ​rude awakening in South America due to nervous​ investors

Lithium refining and battery-assembling facilities could help kickstart economies. But so far, public and private initiatives in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil and Chile have failed to deliver even a single lithium cell factory. And none are set to be built through 2025. South America controls about 70 percent of the world’s reserves of lithium, the metal used in rechargeable batteries for mobile phones and electric vehicles, but none of the infrastructure needed to put it to work. Lithium refining and…

Copper and Lithium, Chile’s Crown Jewels

One in every four tons of the world’s copper supply comes from Chile, a country with mining in its DNA, and one that also has the world’s largest reserves of lithium, often dubbed “white gold,” a coveted mineral that will be key in the coming years with the rise of electric mobility. The history of Chile and its economy are closely linked to mining, first with the buoyant salt industry at the beginning of the last century and later with the exploitation of copper. Essential in the transmission…
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