January 15 will be a date that will go down in history for the Institute of Clean Technologies (ITL). After the CORFO Council gave its implementation to the Association for the Development of the Institute of Clean Technologies (ASDIT) last April, nine months ago, the ITL was formally established by signing its laws.
ITL is a consortium promoted by CORFO, as part of an agreement between the state entity and the company SQM Salar, which aims to promote the creation of a new clean energy and green mining industry in Chile. , which became the largest R&D investment. of the country in its history. This initiative was able to bring together different and important actors from academia, from the world of national and foreign applied research, and the most important mining and energy companies in the country to a new project. which, taking advantage of the unique conditions of the Antofagasta region, creates a new sustainable industry that will change the productive structure and quality of life in northern Chile and the country.
The signing of the laws took place in the city of Antofagasta and was attended by 24 partners of the constituency, in addition to three interested institutions that are part of this legal framework. “With this milestone ITL is formally established and we can implement all the carefully designed management. Also, we can start evaluating and selecting the projects that ITL will carry out with third parties. This is a historic moment for the Region of Antofagasta and for Chile,” said Víctor Pérez, executive director of ASDIT and who will temporarily lead the direction of ITL.
“We have closed the process of installing the most important technological institute in the history of the country and in record time” – Víctor Pérez, executive director of ASDIT and who will temporarily assume the direction of ITL
Víctor Pérez emphasized that with this important step “we are finalizing the process of installing the most important technological institute in the history of the country and in recorded time. In addition, with the commitments from the university , technology and industrial world in line with the goal of achieving sustainable development in the Antofagasta Region and the country, through the traction generated by green mining, energy storage, electromobility, hydrogen green and renewable energies “.
“For the Catholic University it is a pride to be part of this selected group of institutions that are part of this technological consortium and to contribute through research to transform the national mining and energy industry” – Pedro Bouchon, vice-rector of UC Research
ITL seeks to develop applied research projects that significantly involve regional actors and especially supplier companies that are part of the mining and energy industry’s value chain.
“For the Catholic University it is a pride to be part of this select group of institutions that are part of this technological consortium and able to contribute through research to transform the national mining and energy industry, positioning Chile as a world leader in facing the challenges of climate change and the main driver of sustainable energy in the world,” said UC Vice-Rector for Research, Pedro Bouchon.
After this signing, the next steps are to get the executive team of the organization and the physical installation of everything in the future ITL offices in Antofagasta.
The 24 signatory institutions of these laws are:
1. Industrial Association of Antofagasta AG
2. Antofagasta Minerals SA
3. Colbún SA
4. Alta Ley Corporation
5. Atamos Tec Corporation
6. National Copper Corporation, CODELCO
7. Energia City SpA
8. Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation
9. Fundación Leitat Chile
10. The University of Nottingham Chile Foundation
11. Hydrox SpA
12. Minera Escondida Limited
13. Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
14. Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso
15. Psinet Chile SpA
16. Adolfo Ibáñez University
17. Catholic University of the North
18. University of Antofagasta
19. University of Chile
20. University of Concepción
21. University of Santiago de Chile
22. University of Talca
23. University of Tarapacá
24. Federico Santa María Technical University