December 02, 2022 #SustainableChile

5 ways in which Chile is creating the future

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The virtuous union between talent, cutting-edge technology and a privileged territory is the key that is transforming Chile into a relevant player in the industries of the future and setting international standards.

Here are 5 initiatives that Chile is creating a better future for all:

Green hydrogen:

Our country's first green hydrogen-based synthetic fuels project is in its final stages in the Magallanes Region, with HIF Global's Haru Oni demonstration plant expected to begin production of its first liter of carbon-neutral fuel in December. HIF Global's Haru Oni demonstration plant expects to begin production of its first liter of carbon neutral fuel in December. How? The project will obtain green hydrogen from water with wind energy, and then, through a synthesis process with CO2 captured from the atmosphere, will produce methanol. From this, a gasoline will be obtained that can be used in conventional vehicles without modification, making transportation carbon neutral! The project, the first of its kind in Latin America, will include a plant for the production of this ecological fuel, a 3.4 MW wind turbine and a 13 kV back-up transmission line.

6 green hydrogen projects to be installed in Chile

Renewable energies:

The Ministry of Energy announced in October that for the first time in Chile, solar and wind energy surpassed coal in electricity generation. In the last 12 months, 29% of the national electricity generation came from both renewable energy sources, surpassing 27% from fossil fuels. In this way, our country is making consistent and determined progress towards a cleaner energy matrix, which is key to achieving the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality. Furthermore, according to the recent Climatescope ranking published by Bloomberg, Chile is the most attractive emerging market for investment in renewable energies.

Astronomy:

The Atacama Desert is the best place on the planet to study the universe. The Humboldt Current, together with the Andes Mountains, provide a stable, dry and light atmosphere that allows observing the sky with immense clarity. During the last 50 years, Chile has established the conditions to host the most advanced observatories in astronomy, becoming the eyes of the human being towards the universe with 70% of the telescopic ground capacity installed in the country.

The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) of the European Southern Observatory(ESO) is currently under construction in the Antofagasta Region. This will be the largest visible light and infrared telescope in the world, that is, the largest eye on the planet to look at the sky. It is expected to be operational by the end of 2027 and, thus, observe what has never before been explored by mankind in space research.

ALMA Observatory

Electromobility:

Chile is betting on sustainable public transportation. According to the Ministry of Transportation, we currently have 810 electric buses and next year we will have 1,900 zero emission buses as part of the system's electric fleet, not only in the Metropolitan Region, but throughout the country. And it will no longer be necessary to import electric buses. In July of this year, the first electric bus factory in Latin America was inaugurated in Rancagua. Reborn Electric Motors expects to develop 200 buses per year and, in this way, avoid the emission of 65,200 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere per year. This type of clean and environmentally friendly transportation has also captivated the private sector: it is already possible to find electric trucks in some mining companies in the north of the country.

This commitment to electromobility has allowed Santiago to become the second city in the world with the largest number of electric buses after Chinese cities, and Chile to become a leader in this area at the regional level.

Climate Change Observatory:

At the beginning of the year, Chile launched this platform that collects data from a network of sensors strategically located in our territory, from Visviri in the north to Antarctica in the extreme south. The Climate Change Observatory sensors allow obtaining information on temperatures, precipitation, sea levels, ice mass levels, solar radiation, wind speed and direction, among many others, and makes them available in an open and standardized way to contribute to decision-making based on scientific evidence, not only for our country, but for the world. In this way, Chile has become a global sensor of climate change.

 

 

 

 

 

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