Monthly Archives: March 2017

This New Robot Graphene Skin Is More Sensitive Than A Human Hand

It’s a softer, gentler kind of skin. Researchers at the University of Glasgow have developed an electronic, self-powered robotic mitt that’s more sensitive to touch than a human hand. Professor Ravinder Dahiya, an electrical engineer at the University of Glasgow, says his first-of-its-kind sensor is a step towards more lightweight prosthetic limbs for people, as well as more natural-feeling robots covered in soft-skinned bodies. His new bot skin, which is made of a single … Continue reading

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Green Batteries’ Graphite Adds to China Pollution

As more environmentally conscious Americans do their bit to help clear the air by paying up for an eco-friendly Prius or a sporty Tesla, a damaging form of polluted rain is falling in China. The link is graphite, a vital component in batteries used in Tesla’s Model S, Toyota’s plug-in Prius and other electric cars, as well as in electronic gadgets including iPhones. It’s mostly mined and processed in China where graphite pollution has … Continue reading

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An Ex-Tesla Exec’s $4.2 Billion Battery Battle With Musk

Former Tesla executive expects to announce site in March Battery demand seen rising sixfold through to 2024: BNEF NorthVolt AB, the Swedish company founded by a former Tesla Inc. executive, wants to cut the cost of storing power in half with a 4 billion euro ($4.2 billion) lithium-ion battery factory. The Stockholm-based company wants to raise 1 billion euros by 2018, when it plans to break ground on a factory during the second half … Continue reading

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Lithium enjoys the Tesla effect

With electric car and battery costs falling towards mass-market prices, and demand rising for #Lithium use in off-grid power storage, the market faces a global shortage. According to one estimate by Morningstar, the supply shortfall will grow to 100,000 tonnes by 2025 and demand for lithium will increase by 16 percent each year until then. Ref: http://nanthavictor.com Read more from original source:

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Antam to Seek Permit to Export 6m Tons of Nickel Ore

Jakarta. Indonesian state miner Aneka Tambang will apply next week for a permit to export 6 million tons of nickel ore for a year, a company spokesman said on Friday (10/03). The company, better known as Antam, will seek export permission from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, corporate secretary Trenggono Sutioso told Reuters. There has been market speculation about the amount of nickel ore Antam is planning to export after the government … Continue reading

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Electric vehicles won’t depose stainless in Nickel demand dynamics

Investors hoping for explosive nickel demand growth, in tandem with the electric vehicle revolution, could well be disappointed as any increase is seen as unlikely to change a market dominated by stainless steel producers. Some watching the frenzy of interest in battery materials such as lithium and cobalt say nickel is due its turn in the spotlight given its use in batteries to power EVs, seen as a way of reducing air pollution and … Continue reading

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Argentina Eyeing Lithium Superpower Status Amid Battery Boom

If all projects go ahead, output would reach 165,000 tons/yr Argentina says CITIC among companies wanting to mine lithium Argentina has some good news for Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc., and bad news for lithium producers elsewhere: the country may be about to flood the market with lithium. After President Mauricio Macri removed currency and capital controls and taxes introduced by his predecessors, about 40 foreign companies began to consider opportunities in Argentina’s mining industry, … Continue reading

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Glencore Is on to a Winner With This Obscure Metal – Cobalt

Metal used in lithium-ion batteries doubled in past 8 months Cobalt is ‘enjoying its day in the sun,’ Glencore CFO says Cobalt is having a moment in the spotlight. Historically a minor byproduct of copper and nickel mining, the metal is a key ingredient for lithium-ion batteries and now a growing money maker for Glencore Plc. In the past eight months, prices more than doubled on speculation that supply won’t keep up with demand … Continue reading

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Philippines may consider ban on exports of unprocessed Minerals – official

The Philippines may consider banning exports of unprocessed minerals in an effort to promote value addition in the mining sector, a senior environment official said on Friday. The Philippines is the world’s top nickel ore supplier, shipping nearly all of its output to China. Previous governments have supported calls to spur domestic processing of raw minerals but earlier efforts in Congress to enact appropriate laws have failed to take off. “It’s one of the … Continue reading

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Codelco’s Lithium assets lure big sector companies: CEO

International and domestic companies have expressed interest in partnering with Codelco, the world’s biggest copper producer, to develop its lithium assets, the Chilean state-owned company’s chief executive said on Tuesday. In a wide-ranging interview, CEO Nelson Pizarro said Codelco was sticking to a shrunken capital expenditure program to revive and expand its copper assets unveiled last year amid weak copper prices, despite a rebound in prices by nearly a third since November. Pizarro also … Continue reading

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