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JUAN CARLOS ZULETA

Bolivian. I hold a Masters´in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and did Ph.D. studies in Economics at the New School for Social Research. My main interest now is in research on the economics of lithium, subject on which I have published a number of articles since 1992. Due to two main contributions to EV World.Com in 2008, I was invited to participate as a speaker at the inaugural Lithium Supply & Markets Conference held in January 2009 in Santiago, Chile.

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Bolivia brimming with lithium ambition

A recent report on Bolivia’s lithium by Myles McCormick, published by Industrial Minerals (UK), including comments by Heiner Marx from K-UTEC (Germany), Brian Jaskula from USGS (USA), Oscar Ballivian, Bolivian geologist, and Juan Carlos Zuleta, lithium economics analyst.

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Korea says that Bolivia is missing an opportunity to sell lithium *

As the lithium market starts to boom, Bolivia is lagging behind other lithium producing countries. Bolivian news agency Erbol picked up some recent comments by the Korean embassador in La Paz regarding this seemingly missing opportunity for Bolivia. They also reflected the opinions of Juan Carlos Zuleta regarding a revolutionary technology to extract and process lithium developed by Posco, a well-known Korean firm that due to an impasse with the Bolivian government in 2012 failed to implement a project to produce lithium cathodes directly from Uyuni brines.

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Technology the key to newcomers in lithium?

A recent report on new lithium extraction technologies by Myles McCormick, published by Industrial Minerals (IM), including comments by Chris Berry, founder of House Mountain Partners and Juan Carlos Zuleta, lithium economics analyst.

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Lithium: An Increasingly Precious Metal?

A recent report on lithium published by The Economist gives additional support for my contention about the arrival of a new way of doing things in the world with lithium as its main element. But this development may have found Chile and Bolivia not ready to meet the market requirements which explains the present price climb and comparable projections for the near term.

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A Further View Of One Of The Reasons Why Tesla Is Not Going Wireless *

In this blog I present additional evidence for my contention that wireless battery charging is just around the corner and could have interesting implications on the lithium-ion battery market in the coming years.

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Will Wireless Hypercharging Be Used First/Soon in All-Electric Buses?

In this blog I argue that wireless hypercharging may make a lot of sense for all-electric buses. This would in turn pave the way for an accelerated transition towards electric propulsion in the world. Some implications of this interesting development would be: 1) More lithium is to be required; 2) Lighter materials might be searched for; and 3) mass commercialization of all-electric buses could be around the corner.

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Companies Seek New Lithium Opportunities in Chile

In this blog I republish an article by Adam Page from Industrial Minerals about the interest of the Chilean government and lithium producers in securing public-private partnerships as they seek to exploit the world’s largest lithium reserves, a move that appears to have brought optimism back to Chile’s mining sector.

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Final Report of the National Lithium Commission of Chile

The National Lithium Commission of Chile appointed in May 2014 by President Michelle Bachelet in which I participated as an International Member culminated its work last Tuesday with presentation of its final report available only in Spanish.

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Lithium in Latin America*

About a month ago I was interviewed on lithium in South America by Industrial Minerals, a leading specialized magazine from the United Kingdom (UK). Here is the complete transcript of that interview.

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Argentina wants a triple alliance to extract lithium *

In an interview with Los Tiempos, a prestigious Bolivian newspaper, Juan Carlos Zuleta comments on a recent proposal by Argentina´s Mining Minister to form a triple alliance with Chile and Bolivia to extract lithium.

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Taran`s Questions about Bolivia`s Lithium

In this blog I answer a few simple questions on Bolivia´s lithium formulated by Taran, a Grade 8 student at Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools in Canada. They have to do with the resources and the political situation regarding the extraction of lithium. I have since included some postscripts with some of my more elaborated views on the subject.

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Nuclear Fusion

In a recent interview with David Letterman, Jamie Edwards, a 13 year old boy from England informs that he was able to build a nuclear fusion reactor at his school. Notwithstanding the fact that this represents an amazing result for a kid of that age, there might be more to this incredible tale. It, together with other recent developments in the electric car industry, could be an indication that, contrary to a previous supposition of mine, we might indeed be witnessing right now the inauguration of the lithium era in the world.

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Is this the end of lithium?

Bolivia and the world have both much to lose with Toyota´s announcement that later this month it will unveil its first mass-produced fuel cell electric car to be introduced into the market in 2015. But this doesn’t necessarily mean the end of lithium in the world.

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What’s Behind GM’s Decision to Drop Li-ion Batteries from its 2014 Malibu Hybrid?

GM’s decision not to use Li-ion batteries in its 2014 Malibu hybrid has nothing to do with a displacement of lithium by lead. It pertains to ambivalence of its electrification strategy.

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Tesla’s Super-Duper Charging: How about Going Wireless?

In this blog I ask myself whether we won’t need to wait for the arrival of “the next best thing” (i.e. metal-air batteries) to be part of the electric car revolution in the world.

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