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Chilean Mines Minister: Electromobility and Chile’s Mining Future

25.04.2019


At this year’s Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention, the Investing News Network had the chance to talk to Chile’s mines minister, Baldo Prokurica. Prokurica shared his thoughts on mining in Chile, what challenges are ahead for the country and what the future holds for lithium, cobalt and copper projects there. Watch the…



Climate Change and a Salty Dilemma

31.01.2019


HAVANA TIMES – As the threat of water scarcity increasingly grows, many have turned to the Earth’s plentiful oceans for a solution. However, this has created a new risk threatening public and environmental health: brine. In a new study, the United Nations University’s Institute for Water, Environment, and Health (UNU-INWEH) assessed the state of desalination…



Desalinated water affects the energy equation in the Middle East

24.01.2019


Perhaps more than in other parts of the world, in the Middle East energy and water are closely intertwined. Any discussion about the outlook for electricity in the region also becomes a discussion about water. As we examined in detail in the latest WEO special report, Outlook for Producer Economies, this is largely because of…



Brazil, in the face of the danger of water shortages

23.01.2019


Brazil has 12% of freshwater in the world and, even so, today it is in crisis mainly in the southeast region, where the largest population concentration is. To the classic problems of waste, pollution, irregular distribution and losses due to deficiencies in the maintenance of the distribution system, we must now add the greatest drought…



MEXICO, a thirsty city


Mexico is in a critical situation regarding the use of its water resources due to overexploitation, pollution and misuse of water sources. The poor quality of the aquifers has caused the population to distrust the running water and resort to the consumption of bottled water. In the political sphere, the scarce access to water has…



Fluence puts $8.4 million into Peru project

22.01.2019


Fluence is investing $8.4 million in a seawater desalination plant in Peru to provide process water to industrial clients. The company has signed a 10-year water purchase agreement (WPA) with an industrial customer that will generate $1.7 million in yearly revenue. The contract is for 1.1 million cubes of industrial-grade water a year. The initial…



December rains and desalination boosts reservoirs

18.01.2019


HEAVY rain in December combined with three weeks of processing seawater to top up the Island’s depleted drinking-water supplies means reservoir levels are almost three-quarters full. By the end of November, after months of very low rainfall, reservoir levels had fallen to 46 per cent, leading Jersey Water to turn on the desalination plant at…



Seawater turns into freshwater through solar energy: A new low-cost technology


According to FAO estimates, by 2025 nearly 2 billion people may not have enough drinking water to satisfy their daily needs. One of the possible solutions to this problem is desalination, namely treating seawater to make it drinkable. However, removing salt from seawater requires 10 to 1000 times more energy than traditional methods of freshwater…



Latin America’s largest desalination plant


A project to build the largest seawater desalination plant in Latin America has been approved by the Chilean Environmental Assessment Commission. The plant will be constructed in the Atacama region of northern Chile at a cost of about US$500 million and it will have the capacity to process up to 2,630 litres of water per…



DESALINATION OF SEA WATER, A PRACTICALLY UNKNOWN REALITY IN ARGENTINA…

09.01.2019


15% of the Argentine population does not have access to drinking water and 40% lives without sewers. Worldwide, at least 2000 million people are supplied with a source of drinking water that is contaminated by remains, and another 2300 million still have no basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines that are not shared…