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Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flats totally more than 4,000 square miles and rich in lithium salts
Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flats totally more than 4,000 square miles and rich in lithium salts

The Lithium Revolution's Begun

By Juan Carlos Zuleta

Our resident -- in Bolivia, actually -- scholar on lithium production offers four stylized arguments for a spreading revolution in energy storage powered by lithium.

I wrote my first paper on lithium deposits in Bolivia as related to lithium batteries and electric vehicles (EVs) in 1993. Back then few people had even heard of the Salar de Uyuni and its vast deposits of lithium salt brines, and both lithium batteries and EVs were almost seen as part of a science fiction story. This contribution was followed by a blog and two exclusive articles published on EVWorld in 2008. The present research is based on these four pieces.

* The term "stylized facts" was coined in the 1960s by economist Nicholas Kaldor to better account for criticisms of the neoclassical models of economic growth. He suggested that economists concentrate on broad tendencies, ignoring individual detail. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stylized_fact.

Publisher's Note: Historically, EV World has focused on popular accounts of people, policy and products in the EV world. This article represents a one-time break with that tradition. Below is the text of the author's more scholarly styled journal article.

Addendum: Because the embedded links in the article may not work in all browsers, the author asked that we include direct links to two of his previous articles on EV World:

http://evworld.com/article.cfm?storyid=1649
http://evworld.com/library/zuleta_lithium_era.pdf

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Originally published: 08 Apr 2017

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