Bolivia, the lithium challenge

En Portada travels to the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia, the biggest salt extension of the planet, to show the economic and strategic importance of the region, and how those resources are being managed.

This salt could be key for a change in the energetic model.

 

Lithium is the lighter metal and an abundant nature resource, but its exploitation is not always profitable. The easier and cheapest to get is brine, as the one we can find in Uyuni, that host half of world’s resources of lithium.

But Uyuni has achieved an economic and strategic importance. Its mineral richness may determine the evolution of transport from fossil fuel to electric vehicles. Lithium is key for that transformation. As for the Bolivian analyst, Juan Carlos Zulueta, the Uyuni salt falts may become in 10 or 20 years in the energetic center of the planet.

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Spanish

Genre

Current Affairs

Length

1 x 40

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One Off

Format

HD

Production

TVE