What we are looking for?

The SQM finishing plants have a unit operation for drying salts. To carry out this process, a rotary dryer is used which requires heating the salts to 500°C. Once the process is finished, the product is cooled before shipping to the next phase of the process, resulting in the dissipation of heat at 130°C through the industrial chimneys.

We are looking for a technological solution that allows capturing the residual heat released during this process, taking advantage of the temperature difference for reuseing it as energy in the process. In this way, we hope to reduce energy consumption and, therefore, the use of fossil fuels.


Chemical and Mining


Chile, with projects in Australia and China.

Revenue (2021)

US$10.711 billion in 2022



How will we evaluate your solution?

It is expected to achieve a reduction of at least 30% in the energy required for the operation of the dryer.

We are expecting to find

Equipment for gas heat transfer

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Venture Client step by step


April 4 to June 4, 2024

Finalists selection

June 17 to July 12, 2024

Value Proposition Days

July 22 to 26, 2024

Proof of Concept Implementation

August to October 2024