Monthly Archives: September 2017

Volkswagen moves to secure Cobalt supplies in shift to ElectricCars

By Pratima Desai LONDON (Reuters) – Germany’s Volkswagen is moving to secure long-term supplies of cobalt, a vital component of rechargeable batteries, as the group accelerates its ambitious shift to electric cars. Cobalt industry sources told Reuters that VW, the world’s largest automaker, has asked producers to submit proposals on supplying the material for up to 10 years from 2019. Volkswagen, which decided on the strategic shift to electric vehicles (EVs) after it was … Continue reading

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Scientists Just Manufactured #Australia’s First #Lithium-Ion Battery

Thanks to QUT, Australia’s first facility to produce commercial grade lithium-ion batteries is up and running. It is the only place in the country capable of making the batteries – which are in the same format as those used to power Tesla cars – because of it’s low humidity electro-manufacturing dry rooms. “Importantly, as part of this project we identified the best lithium-based powders to use to create a battery of the highest energy-efficiency … Continue reading

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The Graphite fix: Inside China’s newest commodity addiction

MANILA/BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s aggressive environmental protection campaign has tightened supplies of graphite electrodes used in steelmaking, boosting the fortunes of big producers like Fangda Carbon as mills search far and wide for a material now in short supply. Beijing’s campaign for clearer skies has closed thousands of mills and mines producing low-quality steel and coal, and makers of electrodes, particularly those near big cities, have not been spared. Graphite electrodes are used to … Continue reading

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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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Atomize This: Metal Powder From This Canadian Plant Will Fire Up The 3D Printing Revolution

Ehteshami expects the additive industry — including materials, machines and services — to grow from $7 billion today to $80 billion in a decade. Arcam and Concept Laser — both of which GE Additive acquired controlling stakes in last year — shipped 200 printers in 2016. Ehteshami expects to ship 500 machines this year, and GE Additive’s revenues are estimated to reach $1 billion by 2020. “The numbers are just jumping, and the demand … 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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Chinese EV Shares Surge as Government Mulls Petrol Car Ban

SHANGHAI — China’s new-energy auto firms saw shares surge in Monday morning trade, extending recent strong gains, after a government official said over the weekend that China had begun looking at a ban on traditional petrol-engine cars. Chinese electric-car maker BYD Co Ltd, backed by U.S. billionaire Warren Buffet, saw its shares jump, while lithium products maker Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co Ltd rose more than 5 percent to a record high. China has begun … Continue reading

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