Chile’s Patagonia benefits from first hydroelectric-solar microgrid

A hydroelectric power station, photovoltaic installation, and battery storage system have been combined to provide facilities in the Patagonia National Park with electricity from renewable energy sources. According to Gonzalo Rodriguez, an engineer at the Patagonian installation company SyR Energía, the hybrid solution will achieve a total output of 115 kilowatts peak. Two hydraulic turbines were combined with a solar system, both with AC coupling. The lithium-ion battery storage units have a capacity of 144 kilowatt hours (kWh).

Chilean miners will increase production as copper prices rise

Chile has no plans to reduce its copper output this year, according to recent statements made by Chilean state officials. The main reason for this decision is the ongoing rise of global prices copper prices pushed higher by the recovering Chinese demand. In addition, so far the pandemic has had a generally small impact on the country’s mining sector, particularly copper mining. Last week copper once again cleared the important $3 a pound level, and copper prices have a strong potential for even higher prices over the next several months. The rising copper price has created conditions for an increase in copper production in some major global producing countries, particularly Chile.

Detailed testwork to begin on Galan Lithium’s Hombre Muerto West lithium brine

Detailed laboratory testwork on Galan Lithium’s Hombre Muerto West (HMW) brine is about to begin after a sample arrived at the renowned Universidad Catolica del Norte in Antofagasta in (UA) Chile. UA and Galan’s specialised lithium consultants Ad-Infinitum will begin testwork on the 3 cubic metre brine sample to generate a battery grade lithium carbonate product. The university’s facilities, equipment and technical personal will work with Ad-Infinitum’s team with testing anticipated to take up to 18 weeks to complete.

Chilean avacado producers challenged with drought

Chilean avocado producers are currently facing a challenging factor: the drought and water deficit that occurs in various regions of the country. “In some parts there are no avocados or less plantations. Avocado plantations reduced their production by 30%, from 245,000 tons in the 2016-2017 harvest to 168,000 in the 2019-2020 harvest," said Francisco Contardo, Executive Director of Paltas de Chile A.G. He revealed the export volume of avacados: 71.3% were exported to Western Europe, 10.3% went to South America, 9.1% to North America and 8.6% to Asia.