Lithium science applied to development (+ Photos) – Radio Santa Cruz

Lithium – atomic number 3 of the periodic table symbolized by the acronym Li – is an alkaline, univalent and very reactive metal; It is mainly used in heat-conducting alloys and electrical batteries, although it has also been given medical uses to treat mental disorders. It is a soft metal in its pure form, the lightest metallic element on Earth, with silvery white color and oxidizes quickly in water or air. It occupies an irreplaceable place in the traditional chemical industry, and also plays a vital role in high technology, medicine, new energy and other fields.

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world: three floors with 550 square meters and four exhibition areas that show how This chemical element was formed, its industrial applications, future potential and role in sustainable development.

The screening of “Origin” welcomes visitors. The film, which takes viewers on a journey through the world of lithium, begins with the creation of the element during the Big Bang, 13.8 billion years ago, and continues with an explanation of the numerous applications that were discovered for this element. over time and its role in the energy transition.

Inside the Museum, funded by Tianqi Lithium Co. Ltd, there are also exhibits on how lithium is extracted from the Salar de Atacama in Chile and the Greenbushes spodumene mine in Western Australia.

Each room is a spectacle in itself, where the useful is combined with the interactive: with the help of acoustic and optical technology, combined with visual devices, the history of the evolution of lithium, the advancement of technology and how the industry has modernized to become the protagonist in the Chinese government’s aspiration to create a “carbon-free” planet, where man and nature coexist harmoniously.

The design of the Lithium Science Museum is conceived so that the public not only explores the fundamental properties of Li and its scientific trajectory, but also becomes part of the chain, which includes the extraction and refining processes, and, together with the final product, feel and see the wide range of applications of lithium and how its role in various industries makes it an essential part of the strategic context at a macroeconomic level.

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

“Lithium is a gift from nature, and its unique properties make it a fundamental element of civilization. Our goal is to educate the public about the history of lithium and its future potential, narrate the scientific trajectory of this element and promote a concept of sustainable development that guarantees a harmonious coexistence between humanity and nature,” explained Jiang Weiping, the founder and president of Tianqi Lithium Corporation.

Precisely, many scientists consider it as a “miraculous” element and this adjective is not far from reality if we take into account, for example, how the innovative use of lithium batteries has revolutionized the daily lives of citizens throughout the world. world. These batteries are not only the source of energy for modern 3C devices (computers, communications, consumer electronics), but also play a crucial role in electric vehicles and renewable energy storage systems, a commitment of the Chinese government in its modernization process, which we have talked about several times in Cubadebate.

“Miraculous” are also the applications of this element in the treatment of mental illnesses and the relief of symptoms; in the metalworking industry and its use to improve productivity and reduce manufacturing costs; and in the glass industry, to create more durable and lighter products.

The “Future Chapter” is presented on the second floor of the museum, where the concept and practice of sustainable management is shown to the public. Photo: Chengdu Press

The “Future Chapter” is presented on the second floor of the museum, where the public is shown the concept and practice of sustainable management, how to effectively reduce the impact on the ecological environment and improve understanding and commitment to social responsibility in the lithium extraction and production process.

Likewise, through videos, graphs and images, the sustainability perspectives of this industry are presented, in particular its key role in promoting energy efficiency and the circular economy.

On the third floor of the exhibition pavilion there is a School of Sustainable Development, where students can learn about the principles of sustainable development, how to make a lithium-ion battery and carry out chemical experiments with this element.

The concept of ESG (for its acronym in English “Environmental, social and corporate governance”) and sustainable development predominates throughout the plant. The exhibition area is anchored in the concept of “green and sustainable” environmental protection, and all materials used in the construction process are made of “zero carbon” materials.

The Museum is, as a whole, an image of the future, not only because of the cutting-edge technology in each room and the interactive way of displaying its contents, but also because of what Lithium means for humanity, for the search for that future. sustainable that perhaps years ago was seen as a utopia. Today China, with intelligence and effort, is demonstrating that chimeras can be achieved. (Taken from Cubadebate)

In photos, Lithium Science Museum

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

In Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, the Lithium Science Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2023, the only one of its kind in the world. Photo: Chengdu Press

 
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