Stanley Whittingham on development in Chile: “Perhaps in 15 years they will no longer have internal combustion vehicles”

This news article was originally published on on Jan. 19, 2022.

The chemist referred to encouraging the production of clean energy in order to stop the damage that has been caused during the last 30 years, which has encouraged global warming. In addition, he pointed out that Chile is an example for South America in the implementation of clean energy.

Recognized with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2019, the scientist and professor Stanley Whittingham was present on the third day of the Future Congress 2022.

With his talk “The world after lithium”, he presented a series of indications and challenges to solve the problem of energy production, the challenge of clean energy and the natural capacity that Chile has with its sources of lithium and nickel .

Stanley made it clear that a society without lithium is almost non-existent. Today it can be found in cars, cell phone batteries, televisions, among others.

Most of these devices have helped fuel the acceleration of climate change . The expert is categorical and points out that “we can prevent the deterioration with fossil energy sources, cleaning our energy sources and using wind and solar energy.”

In addition, he pointed out that “as for climate change, it will disrupt all our lives with fires, floods, etc. We will have to adapt, but we must control and Chile has the possibility of taking a leading role compared to other nations ”.

“Chile has the mineral resources to build a supply chain for batteries. They have the main resource of lithium, the largest in the world, they have a huge resource. They have plenty of sunlight for clean energy generation and the capital, Santiago, has an ideal climate for electric vehicles like San Francisco. So Santiago could be an example for South America and the world and perhaps in 15 years they will no longer have internal combustion vehicles, “he said.

Regarding mineral extraction by Chile, the expert assured that “mining needs cleaner technologies, using less water than today. So there is a proposal to make an institute in Chile of clean technologies and it is addressing such challenges”.

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