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The Lithium Triangle Explored

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The lithium triangle holds nearly half of the world’s lithium

The Lithium Triangle: Clean Energy’s Trump Card

Most people’s lives are affected by the lithium triangle. If you’ve ever used a cell phone or PC, chances are you’ve benefited from the region’s rich mineral wealth.

Made up of South America’s 3 largest lithium producers: Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, the lithium triangle possesses 54% of the world’s lightest metal.

Each country exploits this advantage in different ways.

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Argentina offers the best conditions for lithium production

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Ultra Lithium has several lithium brine projects in Argentina. Our flagship venture, the Laguna Verde site, comprises nearly 8,000 hectares and contains a new high grade of lithium.

Most sites throughout Argentina are at high altitudes. Large drills bore into the ground, allowing lithium to dissolve into evaporation pools. These pools also produce potassium and represent the most sustainable way to mine lithium.

Meanwhile, Argentina’s depressed economy is working to take advantage of its natural mineral wealth. Consequently, the government has streamlined mining and exploration processes to attract business.

Of the 3 lithium triangle members, industry experts point to Argentina as the best-positioned to benefit. Both working conditions and policies support this claim.

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Bolivia is struggling to attract foreign lithium investors

Bolivia

Almost a quarter of the world’s lithium can be found in Bolivia. Not surprisingly, it’s investing heavily in exploration and mining operations.

However, production lags behind both Argentina and Chile. This has happened for a number of reasons.

First, the left-leaning government scares off foreign buyers. The socialist state is not a free market darling, meaning an ideological clash hurts progress.

Second, brine mining is affected by weather. It relies on natural evaporation to dissolve lithium.

Lastly, it owns the lithium triangle’s worst working conditions. The poor country lacks the infrastructure enjoyed by its competitors.

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A single mine in Chile holds 33% of the world’s lithium

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Chile’s thirst for lithium has created a water war. Needed to pump lithium out of aquifers in the ground, companies are forced to compete for H2O.

Unfortunately, this rings true for the world’s largest lithium mine. Called Salar de Atacama, the Chilean mine holds 33% of the world’s known lithium supply.

The salar runs 55km and forms the country’s lithium base.

Currently, Chile is the world’s largest supplier of lithium. However, Argentina is now a worthy challenger.

Paving the Future

The lithium triangle is the key to overcoming dirty energy. With Argentina leading the pack, these South American countries are positioning themselves to meet global lithium demand.

Furthermore, the global lithium shortage is expected to increase the mineral’s value.

As China, North America and Europe electrify their transport industries, the lithium triangle will grow in global importance.

 

Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of lithium experts with a finger on the pulse of clean energy news, Ultra Lithium is a lithium exploration company with holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V:ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

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Lithium Brine Mining and Sustainability

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Lithium brine mining produces evaporation ponds, called salars

Lithium Brine Mining is Environmentally Friendly

Clean energy relies on lithium. Electric vehicles, smartphones and PCs all use lithium-ion batteries. Consequently, lithium brine mining is the most eco-friendly way to extract it.

Ultra Lithium Inc. has several lithium brine mining operations throughout Argentina, in South America’s lithium triangle.

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Lithium brine mining is the safest way to extract the mineral

How does Lithium Brine Mining Work?

Brine mining is quite simple. Brine allows salt to naturally dissolve from lithium in evaporation pools. These pools are called salars.

This process takes a number of months.

To begin: geologists survey an area that could have lithium beneath the watery surface. This is usually at a high altitude. Once potential is confirmed, drilling starts.

If results are positive, water is pumped into salars. Then, potassium is extracted. Eventually, lithium is available. 

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Beijing, China – Lithium is the key to improving global air quality

The Global Importance of Lithium Brine Mining

Storage capacity isn’t the only reason lithium is valuable. On the contrary, it’s the best alternative to refining oil.

This explains China’s commitment to lithium. In various Chinese cities, air quality reduces average life expectancy by 1 year. In 2015, both China and India had 1.1 million air-pollution-related deaths. Consequently, China strives to change this.

The communist state has set a lofty standard: zero transportation-produced carbon emissions by 2030. Therefore, a nation of 1.4 billion will stop using gas-powered vehicles.

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ULI has lithium brine projects in Argentina, Canada & the US

Ultra Lithium Inc. Powers the Future

Acquiring enough lithium to supply this dream goes through South America. 

Ultra Lithium’s (ULI) current projects will play a large role.

 

Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of clean energy experts with a finger on the pulse of mining news, ULI is a lithium exploration company with holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V: ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

Electric Cars 2018: Top Producers

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Our Electric Cars 2018 list looks at Asia, North America and Europe

Electric Cars 2018: An industry disrupted

The 21st century is all about disruption. Not surprisingly, the auto industry is no exception. Our Electric Cars 2018 list breaks down the industry’s major players.

With China leading the way, plug-in vehicle sales records are regularly broken. North America and Europe are steadily catching up, but the Asian superpower has a clear lead.

In the wake of such rampant change, we’ve decided to let you know who the major players are.

Without further ado, our Electric Cars 2018 list.

You’ll find 3 offerings. One from each of the world’s largest markets. Asia, North America and Europe.

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The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance offers the Nissan Leaf, among other EVs

Europe: Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance

Regrettably, the European Union relies on Russian gas to fuel its automotive industry. As a result, electrifying its motorways could improve the region’s energy situation.

Leading the domestic charge is the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, which originally formed in 1999. The Nissan Leaf is the current global leader in units sold per month.

Ultimately, the merger is a tool to increase shareholder value and EV market share. So far, it’s working.

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Tesla’s size is expected to grow rapidly

North America: Tesla

The continent’s flagship EV producer is also its most successful. The Model 3 laps the pack in monthly EV sales, and over half of overall sales run through Tesla’s factories.

With its gigafactory set for completion within the next few years, Mr. Musk’s early start has benefited the firm immensely.

Competition for the American behemoth is growing, but nowhere near fierce. Furthermore, Tesla sits very close to the United States’ largest lithium reserve in Nevada. As companies and countries lobby for lithium projects, Tesla is well positioned as lithium demand intensifies.

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BYD leads an impressive Chinese EV push

Asia: BYD (Build Your Dreams)

We finish with a Chinese Titan. While China is home to many producers, we chose BYD because the private company has ascended the auto ranks remarkably fast.

That and Warren Buffett invested $230 million USD in BYD’s parent company. He owns a 10% stake.

On top of this, BYD sold the most EVs in the world in 2017.

 

Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of clean energy experts with a finger on the pulse of mining news, ULI is a lithium exploration company with holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V:ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).

 

 

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Green Revolution in India

Green Revolution in India: 100% by 2030?

India’s Prime Minister has over 14 million Instagram followers. Narendra Modi’s Twitter following is even larger. Nearly 44 million receive live updates from Lok Kalyan Marg, the PMs official residence. The conservative leader is “with it.” A green revolution is never far from mind.

As a result, his vision of a nation pushing for modernization has few coal mines.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi works toward a Green Revolution

India’s Air Quality is Horrific

It’s rare that a country of 1.3 billion agrees on anything. An exception: pollution levels.

Traffic congestion is largely to blame and costs the nation’s four largest cities nearly $20 billion every year.

The government has been vocal about changing this. However, few bought the hype when it echoed China’s goal of 100% electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030.

Nearly 22% of Indians live below the poverty line

Maddening policy issues curb economic growth, so the public is used to tempering expectations.

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The Green Revolution can bring about major social change

Yet, the world’s largest democracy owns the world’s 6th largest economy. As a result, its size is cause for optimism.

Nevertheless, massive slums are everywhere. They are home to over 100 million. Any revolution – especially a green revolution – would greatly improve the overall quality of life.

India’s Green Revolution is Needed

The government is no longer aiming for 100% EVs by 2030. Instead, it now aims for 30% of all 2030 vehicle sales to be electric.

This is a far cry from the original goal, but a realistic approach is needed.

To achieve this goal, the country will support private, corporate and government partnerships

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Smog blurs Mumbai’s skyline

A Better India for the Next Generation

Pollution levels exceed China’s major cities. In addition, the country lacks the infrastructure to deal with health problems.

Even worse, 30% of the world’s poorest children live in India. Child labour is common and sanitation levels are unacceptably low. 

The country’s economy grew 250% from 1975-1995. Over the same time, vehicular pollution grew by over 700%.

In response, auto-rickshaws became commonplace.

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Auto rickshaws have reduced pollution levels

The rickshaw changed transportation nationwide. They are 3-wheeled, door-less vehicles that allow for increased mobilization. Many of these vehicles run on natural gas (CNG), a market that has diminished in recent years.

While this transition from two-stroke engines reduced overall emissions, it’s impact was small.  

Making Indian Roads Clean

India is a developing country with an economy hampered by overpopulation and civil disorganization.

Besides, traditional values keep one-half of its workforce at home. 

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Where a Green Revolution is needed – A highway in Delhi, India.

Electrifying its auto-industry would reduce the global EV price. This would improve the average Indian’s quality of life.

A nation used to coughing its way out of bed would benefit from a green revolution.

Help is on the way.

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OLA’s rideshare service uses electric vehicles

Rideshare company OLA is adding over 10,000 electric rickshaws to its fleet in 2018. 

The country produces over 500,000 rickshaws every year. Nevertheless, this represents a large shift.

Technology Improves the Green Revolution

India has much to be excited about.

Lithium-ion batteries are holding longer charges than ever. More countries are investing in clean transportation initiatives.

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Modi backed Obama’s clean energy initiatives

Green revolution technology is becoming cheaper and more sophisticated.

Modi could set his country on a prosperous path.

Ultra Lithium Inc. A team of lithium experts with a finger on the pulse of clean energy news, Ultra Lithium is a lithium exploration company with holdings in Argentina, Canada and the US (TSX-V:ULI, OTCQB: ULTXF and Frankfurt: QFB).