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Graphene and other Carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals

Scarce metals are found in a wide range of everyday objects around us. They are complicated to extract, difficult to recycle and so rare that several of them have become “conflict minerals” which can promote conflicts and oppression. A survey at Chalmers University of Technology now shows that there are potential technology-based solutions that can replace many of the metals with carbon nanomaterials, such as graphene. They can be found in your computer, in … Continue reading

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Shortage of Graphite electrodes ‘threatens to strangle EU steel production’, Eurofer warns

The global shortage of carbon graphite electrodes is threatening to “strangle EU steel production”, the European steel association, Eurofer, said on Monday September 18. As well as being essential for for electric arc furnace (EAF) steelmaking, the graphite rods are indispensable in the ladle furnace (LF) metallurgy stages of both the EAF and blast furnace-basic oxygen furnace (BF-BOF) production routes. “Graphite electrodes are made from high-quality needle coke. Needle coke is a premium-grade, high-value … Continue reading

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Suzuki to set up India’s first 3 Lithium Ion battery unit with Toshiba & Denso

NEW DELHI:SuzukiBSE -0.61 % Motor will invest more than Rs 1,150 crore along with Japanese partners Toshiba and DensoBSE 0.32 % to set up India’s first lithium ion battery facility in Gujarat. The announcement by the parent of the country’s largest carmaker, Maruti SuzukiBSE -0.61 %, is a major boost to the government’s ambitious vehicle electrification and Make in India initiatives. Suzuki Motor chairman Osamu Suzuki on Thursday also promised to invest Rs 3,800 … Continue reading

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Chinese plan to phase out petrol lifts Lithium

Lithium players have enjoyed strong gains this week after the government of the world’s most populated country indicated it would ban petrol and diesel-powered vehicles. While China’s government did not give a date for the proposed ban, it said it was working with its regulators on a deadline that would mandate the introduction of low-emission electric vehicles. China’s announcement follows similar bans announced by Britain and France set for 2040. Motorists in China are … Continue reading

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Canada’s Sherritt eyes Nickel products for booming battery market

(Reuters) – The rise of electric cars is spurring Sherritt International Corp (S.TO) to consider branching into producing the types of nickel most sought after by battery manufacturers, the chief executive of the Canadian company said on Monday. David Pathe said Sherritt, which is one of the world’s largest producers of nickel, was studying the economics around building a plant to produce nickel sulphate, a powder-like substance particularly suited for use in batteries. Sherritt … Continue reading

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BBC News: ‘No fire risk’ with new Lithium batteries

Lithium-ion batteries that are resistant to exploding or catching fire have been developed by scientists. The devices produced sufficient energy for use in household electronics, but did not ignite – even when punctured repeatedly with a nail. The batteries use a water-salt solution as their electrolyte, removing the risks carried by some non-aqueous commercial models. The research is published in the journal Joule. “In the past, if you wanted high energy, you would choose … Continue reading

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Bolivia lining up bidders for Uyuni Lithium project

Bolivia will get another chance to develop its US$875mn state lithium project, after failing to line up bidders in May, a government official said. The process to line up a minority partner for the project in Potosí department is “highly complex” as the government has to evaluate lithium technology, markets, patents and legislation, deputy energy minister Luis Alberto Echazú said. “We’re negotiating with German and Chinese consortiums, but there are also offers from other … Continue reading

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SouthKorea’s SK Innovation starts production of batteries with more Nickel

SEOUL, Aug 31 (Reuters) – South Korea’s SK Innovation said on Thursday it has started commercial production of lithium-ion batteries with an increased portion of nickel, while reducing the usage of expensive components such as cobalt to extend battery life and cut costs. With cobalt prices rising, Asian battery makers have been trying to develop new lithium-ion batteries with a higher proportion of nickel for use in electric cars. Typically, nickel, manganese and cobalt … Continue reading

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LME considers starting Lithium contract to tap ElectricCar boom

The London Metal Exchange is considering introducing a contract for Lithium, a mineral that is in heavy demand because of its use in electric cars, as the 140-year old company tries to reverse a fall in volumes. The exchange, which sets the global price for metals such as Copper, Aluminium and Nickel, has been looking at the feasibility of trading the metal, which is extracted in SouthAmerica and Australia and mostly sold in a … Continue reading

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It’s Hard to Keep Up With All That Lithium Demand

Hidden within the salt flats high in the Andes mountains of South America are vast deposits of the lithium that Elon Musk may need for his electric-car revolution. But extracting the mineral from brine ponds created by Orocobre Ltd. has proved more difficult than expected. Bad weather and pump glitches meant production at the Olaroz facility in northern Argentina was 21 percent below Orocobre’s initial target in the year through June. While things are … Continue reading

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