ACI Systems Alemania becomes strategic partner for mining lithium in Bolivia

In the future, to exploit the world’s currently largest-known lithium deposit in the Bolivian Andes for industrial purposes, the state-owned company Yacimientos de Lito Bolivianos (YLB) will be relying on technical expertise from Germany. Located in Zimmern ob Rottweil, ACI Systems Alemania stands for innovative and sustainable manufacturing solutions for the photovoltaic, battery and automotive industries, and is a strategic partner in this important raw material project.

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After deciding on ACI Systems Alemania as a cooperation partner, the next step is the formation of a Bolivian-German joint venture, which will take over the conception of the technical and economic implementation of lithium mining. Among other things, ACI Systems Alemania will be responsible for the final selection of further technology and implementation partners, as well as the construction of the necessary production lines.

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Lithium is an extremely important raw material for the future of electromobility. Lithium-ion batteries, which are also found in laptops and mobile phones, are currently regarded as the most promising alternative to the conventional combustion engine. Up till now, the lithium deposits at Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt pan on Earth, have remained largely unused. YLB and ACI Systems Alemania now want to work together to change this.

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What convinced the Bolivians was the outstanding technical expertise of the team of experts from ACI Systems, strengthened by the cooperation with K-UTEC AG Salt Technologies from Sondershausen. ACI Systems distinguished itself in the selection process by its integrated concept which, in addition to lithium hydroxide, also enables potassium sulphate, magnesium hydroxide and sodium to be extracted and processed from the residual brine. Furthermore, its commitment to train and qualify employees on site finally won the company the contract for the project.