Next Time You Look at a Lithium Battery, Think about Bolivia
As technology for cell phones and electric vehicles develops rapidly, the world is looking to a new source of energy: the vast salt flats of Bolivia. The poorest nation in South America is home to the world’s largest reserves of lithium, a metal that is highly valued by multinational companies for its potential use in batteries. Lithium already fuels many cell phone and camera lilon (lithium-ion) batteries. Lilons have a superior ability to hold and discharge electricity and are more durable and compact, which is why many see them as the key to the future development and proliferation of more sustainable electric cars. Since 2004, lithium production in Bolivia has increased dramatically from 16 tons to 25 tons annually.
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