The ABC’s of Lithium Production in South America

South America is a major producer of the world’s lithium in an area known as the “The Lithium Triangle” joining Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile. Each of these countries are at different points in the quest to meet the projected demand for lithium needed for tomorrow’s energy storage demands.

In Chile, two major companies produce most of battery-grade lithium carbonate which comes from the Atacama desert, whereas Argentina is regarded as an upstart producing lithium at the Salar de Hombre Muerto.  Bolivia is looking to become a global producer of lithium because the Salar de Uyuni contains a large majority of the world’s lithium reserves, but challenges abound for this aspiring supplier.

One Resonance Sensors visited the Ministry of Mining and Metallurgy/COMIBOL in La Paz as well as the production site at Llipe, near the Salar de Uyuni to demonstrate how the MobiLab 130 Lithium Analyzer can run more lithium analyses faster, which is critical for exploration and production. The personnel of the Llipe production site recognized how useful this technology will be in their effort to improve their exploration of the vast dry salt lake, called the Salar de Uyuni, a 4,086 square mile salt flat in southwest Bolivia.

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