Published on 29th January 2018

Lithium, The Driving Force of THe 21st Century

  • An aerial view of the mineral formations along the Rio Grande delta, at the edges of the salt flats. The Rio Grande delta is mostly dry because of the Comibol’s lithium mining and processing in the area. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

  • Salt miners from a Tavua village are loading their truck with salt.
    They are the people that will get the most effected by the lithium mining in the area, which is using most of their water. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

  • Manuel and his family are traditionaly minig for salt at “Salar de Uyuni” since he was a child.
    They are the people that will get the most effected by the lithium mining in the area, which is using most of their water. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

  • Desert energy as workers call it - Enormous lithium pools near Llipi production plant.
    Brine is pumped in to this large evaporation pools on the southern edge”Salar de Uyuni”, where it is left to evaporate for many months. It is then processed at Comibol’s Planta Llipi near by. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

  • Final stage of the Lithium carbonate production process. At the time I was there only two Comibol persons at Llipi were qualified to do it. Salar de Uyuni, Llipi, Bolivia

  • Mr. Lino Fita is in charge of Comibol’s potassium production plant on the salt flats of “Salar de Uyuni”.
    The brine here is rich with potassium and magnesium, which makes it harder and more expencive to extract lithium. Salar de Uyuni, Llipi, Bolivia

  • A heated room which is full of lithium carbonate, or “desert gold,” as workers at Planta Llipi refer to it. Salar de Uyuni, Llipi, Bolivia

  • The Bolivian company Corporación Minera de Bolivia, or Comibol, tests brine at a site located near the lithium evaporation pools. Spots are carved out in the middle of the salt flat. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

  • Vehicle tracks scar the beautiful salt flats of “Salar de Uyuni”.
    “Open Veins of Latin America” as Eduardo Galeano used to describe in his book…
    »Our defeat was always implicit in the victory of others; our wealth has always generated our poverty by nourishing the prosperity of others - the empires and their native overseers. In the colonial and neocolonial alchemy, gold changes into scrap metal and food into poison.«
    Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

  • A grave in the middle of the salt flat, near the lithium pools. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

  • Winter testing site on the frozen Amur river on the border between China and Russia where APG Elaphe and 65 other Chinese companies are testing their new prototype electric cars. Heihe, China

  • Workers are packing battery cells at the production line in “Soundon New Energy”, a huge lithium ion battery factory in Xiangtan, China.

  • Cleaning process before entering a Soundon New Energy production line - a huge lithium ion battery company in Xiangtan, China.

  • Workers during their afternoon rest are playing with their smarthphones, at a Soundon New Energy, a huge lithium ion battery company in Xiangtan, China.

  • A Chinese APG bussiness man after his meeting at the luxury hotel in Shanghai, China.

  • A Chinese couple with their polution masks on their faces, is passing by the popular Tesla store at a “Tai Koo Li” shopping centre in Chengdu, China.

  • ZD a Chinese E car company’s production line in Linyi county. Cars are made for Italy, where ZD has a joint venture company Share&Go - a car sharing in Milano Italy. Linyi County, China

  • A female worker at ZD facilities in Linyi is pooling a Model 2 chasie through the factory.
    ZD is a Chinese E-car company producing E-cars for Italy, where they have a joint venture company Share&Go - a car sharing in Milano Italy. Linyi County, China

  • ZD’s Model 2 at Linyi county production plant waiting to be shipped to Milano, Italy for the “Share&Go” car sharing service. Linyi County, China

  • Open veins of China. Cars during the evening rush hour jamming and polluting the center of Shanghai at a huge intersection. Shanghai, China

Lithium, The Driving Force of THe 21st Century

Contemporary Issues, Nature & Environment, Documentary

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  • bolivia
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