Race to the Sun

Race to the Sun

Still heavily reliant on imported oil, coal and gas, Chile is hoping to become a major energy supplier in the coming decades. Not only is the country a top producer of lithium, the critical ingredient in electric vehicle batteries, but it is looking now to convert an almost infinite potential for renewable energy into giant hydrogen exports. Half the size of the United Kingdom and almost completely uninhabited (and inhabitable), northern Chile’s Atacama Desert offers the highest levels of solar radiation in the world. Chilean Patagonia also has world-class conditions for wind energy. Carpeting just 60% of its surface area with photovoltaic solar panels could meet a fifth of the world’s energ

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