Monthly Archives: February 2017

Battery demand to drive Lithium, Cobalt market for years ahead: panel – Indaba Mining Conference

Battery demand will continue to drive the lithium and cobalt markets for years to come, supporting prices for the sought-after minor metals, panelists speaking at this year’s Indaba mining conference Tuesday said. “Forecasts are unified in their projections as overall demand for battery metals is expected to soar,” according to the panel moderator and general manager at Industrial Metals, Barbara O’Donovan. Forecast demand for lithium-ion batteries from passenger electric vehicles, consumer electronics and stationary … Continue reading

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Halifax professor wins $1-million science prize for Tesla battery research

HALIFAX—A Halifax professor who is working with Tesla to make better lithium-ion batteries has won the $1-million Herzberg prize, Canada’s top science award. Dr. Jeff Dahn of Dalhousie University was to receive the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering Tuesday evening in Ottawa. The university says Dahn, 60, is one of the world’s leading battery researchers, working on lithium and lithium-ion batteries since 1978. Last summer, he began a “five-year exclusive … Continue reading

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POSCO to churn out Lithium for commercial use

POSCO produces lithium for commercial use for the first time in Korea. The country’s largest steelmaker has developed its own individual technologies in lithium production for the last seven years. POSCO held a ceremony for the POSCO lithium extraction factory in Gwangyang, South Jeolla Province, Tuesday. Some 100 company and government officials, including POSCO Chairman and CEO Kwon Oh-joon, LG Chem President Lee Ung-beom, Samsung SDI CEO Cho Nam-seong and Gwangyang Mayor Jeong Hyun-bok, … Continue reading

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China’s secret Trump card: Could Beijing deprive our military of critical defense components?

Candidate Donald Trump promised to bring jobs back to America, rebuild our military, and on trade get tough with China, which he said was “raping” our economy. President Trump may find his administration the victim of exactly the job-exporting policies he railed against and face the very real possibility that China could cut off U.S. access to 17 rare materials vital to our advanced aircraft and guided missile systems. FILE — Jan. 17, 2017: … Continue reading

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Potanin tells Putin he will make Nickel industry greater, cleaner

In his one-to-one meeting in the Kremlin on Tuesday, Vladimir Potanin highlighted to President Putin that Norilsk Nickel will boost production and cut emissions as part of a major modernization effort. «Our long-term development program has already started and will run until year 2023», the powerful owner and CEO of Norilsk Nickel told the President, a transcript from the Kremlin reads. Ore extraction will be doubled and the volumes of enriched nickel will increase … Continue reading

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