The Netherlands enters energy cooperation with Bolivia
The Netherlands has entered into an energy cooperation with Bolivia for the development and processing of lithium, and will provide knowledge and expertise around applications involving Lithium batteries.
The worldwide demand for lithium batteries is constantly increasing due to their inclusion in many high-tech products such as laptops, mobile 'phones and electric vehicles. Bolivia possesses considerable reserves of lithium but lacks the necessary knowledge regarding extraction and processing for industrial applications. The cooperation initiative involves both Dutch and Bolivian governments, knowledge institutes and private companies. Delft Technical University (TU Delft) will work together with a number of Bolivian universities, providing courses there, and will also provide research seats for some 40 Bolivian masters students in Delft over the next four years. TU Delft will also provide the opportunity for Bolivian graduates to further their material knowledge regarding lithium power sources. The project marks the start of a broad-based cooperation on energy between the Netherlands and Bolivia.