The eight international R&D and innovation centers join the consortium that is led by the Alta Ley Corporation, and made up of The Association of Industrialists of Antofagasta (AIA for its acronym in spanish) and 11 Chilean universities, including the Catholic University of the North and the University of Antofagasta .

CSIRO from Australia, Fraunhofer and the Technical University of Freiberg from Germany, NREL from the United States, Eurecat and Leitat from Spain and The Faraday Institution together with Imperial College of London from the United Kingdom, joined the consortium of the Association for the Development of the Institute of Clean Technologies (ASDIT, for its acronym in spanish) which is nominated to implement and lead said entity.

The consortium, led by the Alta Ley Corporation and integrated by the Association of Industrialists of Antofagasta (AIA) and the 11 most important universities in the country, has been working for 12 months in the application process for the Institute of Clean Technologies (ITL, for its acronym in spanish) investing all their energies to develop a robust and coordinated plan with the different participating institutions that make it possible to generate a great impact in the Antofagasta region and the country. «For our consortium it is a pride to have the interest, support and participation of these six well known centers of knowledge and research worldwide, which undoubtedly represent a great contribution to the construction of our proposal for the Institute of Clean Technologies,» said Víctor Pérez, executive director of ASDIT.

It’s also fit to point out that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) is an independent Australian federal government agency responsible for scientific research and whose primary function is to improve the economic and social performance of the industry for the benefit of the community. From its Canberra headquarters, it works with leading organizations worldwide and maintains more than 50 offices in Australia, France, Chile and the United States. CSIRO Chile presents collaboration agreements in applied research between Chile and Australia, where they seek to resolve existing gaps with a focus on the current and future challenges of the mining industry, addressing, among other points, topics focused on water resource management.

For its part, Fraunhofer is a leading organization for applied research in Europe. It has 72 institutes located throughout Germany, each with a specialization in a different field of applied science. It maintains direct international collaboration with leading research partners and companies from around the world, driving scientific progress and economic development in various regions. Fraunhofer Chile focuses on developing applied science and technology to respond to needs raised by the industry, focused on promoting the growth of solar activity in the country. It has direct support from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Germany.

A great contribution is the experience of the Technical University of Freiberg, a specialist in mining and technology, which was founded in 1765 in Germany as a School of Mines, being the oldest in the world. This center of applied and specialized university studies in mining is recognized worldwide for its constant contribution to the development of the world mining industry and its technologies, and has served as a model for numerous Mining Schools in the world.

Meanwhile, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), owned by the United States government, receives funds from the United States Congress to apply to research and development projects. It specializes in renewable energy and energy efficiency. His areas of study are renewable electricity, energy productivity, energy storage, systems integration and sustainable transportation.

In addition, the Imperial College of London is a world-class university whose mission is to benefit society through advanced development and excellence in science and engineering, among other branches of study. It has extensive experience in development and applied research in the field of renewable energy and green hydrogen generation.

Eurecat is the Technological Center of Catalonia, Spain, and a benchmark in public-private cooperation in the field of research and innovation, being one of the main actors in the implementation of the technological strategy of this town. Eurecat promotes alliances with the main agents of the innovation system, both nationally and internationally, in order to respond to their innovation needs and boost their technological competitiveness in the business world.

Leitat, for its part, is a Technological Center that was born in 1906 from the city of Barcelona, ​​Spain. Its work is focused on managing technologies to transform technological challenges into high social, environmental, economic and industrial value. In collaboration with companies and entities, they collaborate with more than 38 countries, developing more than 215 projects, joining efforts to research and open up more to a globalized and competitive market with creativity, innovation and learning.

Finally, The Faraday Institution, located in the United Kingdom, specializes in applied research regarding new electrochemical energy storage technologies, with the aim of developing batteries and storage systems with better performance, reliability, modularity and scalability. To achieve its goals, it involves researchers together with business partners, in order to ensure a process sensitive to the real demands of the industry.

The ITL is an initiative tendered by CORFO and aims to boost research and development activities, technology transfer and innovation, specialized technological and technical assistance, technological diffusion and support for the regulation and development of public policies in the areas of solar energy, mining of low emissions and advanced materials of lithium and other minerals from the Antofagasta region with an impact at the regional, national and global levels. This initiative, which is financed with funds from the «Salar de Atacama Contract», represents the largest contribution from the State in R&D, after the contribution from the mining royalty.

On March 31st the applicants have to present their final proposals to Corfo and in May the winning consortium of the tender will be known.