Monthly Archives: September 2018

The Californian Rare Earths Mine Caught Between Trump and China

The only operating rare earths mine in the U.S. – and once the world’s biggest — is caught up in the crossfire of the Trump administration’s trade war with China. Rare earths, an esoteric group of materials used in everything from Tesla Inc. automobiles to high-tech military equipment, were dropped this week from the U.S.’s final $200 billion catalog of tariffs on Chinese goods, but China didn’t reciprocate on its own hit list. For … Continue reading

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Bloomberg: The World’s Leading Electric-Car Visionary Isn’t ElonMusk

Wan Gang pushed China to leapfrog the West in electric vehicles. At this year’s Beijing Auto Show, a retired Chinese bureaucrat bent down to run his hands over the hood of a sleek sports coupe billed as the world’s fastest battery-powered car, and he smiled like a proud father. In a way, that’s exactly what he was. Two decades earlier, Wan Gang persuaded China’s State Council to throw its vast power behind the risky, … Continue reading

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Chemists at DOE – ORNLdemonstrate sustainable approach to carbon dioxide capture from air

From left, Radu Custelcean and Neil Williams of Oak Ridge National Laboratory used a solar-powered oven to generate mild temperatures that liberate carbon dioxide trapped in guanidine carbonate crystals in an energy-sustainable way. Credit: Carlos Jones/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Sept. 19, 2018—Chemists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a practical, energy-efficient method of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from air. They report … Continue reading

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China’s Grip on Rare Earths May Have Proven Too Strong for Trump

Minerals no longer in list of Chinese goods targeted by U.S. China supplied 78% of America’s rare earths imports last year The U.S. appears to have shelved its plan to levy tariffs on a critical collection of minerals used in everything from hybrid vehicles to electronic gadgets and military hardware. Rare earths including scandium and yttrium are absent from the latest list of about $200 billion of Chinese goods on which the Trump administration … Continue reading

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CVMR® Wins Two Massive Concessions of Nickel and Cobalt in Burundi

(MENAFN Editorial) TORONTO, September 20, 2018 (Newswire.com) – Honourable Côme Manirakiza, Minister of Hydraulics, Energy and Mines of the Republic of Burundi, informed La Société CVMR Energy Metals Burundi SURL (CVMR®), a subsidiary of CVMR Energy Metals Inc. of Canada, that the Cabinet of the government of Burundi has approved the awarding of mineral concessions Waga and Nayabikere to CVMR®. The Right Honourable Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi, ratified the decree on Sept. 14, … Continue reading

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Nickel producers eye Indonesia to plug into EV battery market

JAKARTA, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Several global metals producers have set their sights on Indonesia’s nickel reserves to tap an expected surge in demand for the metal for electric vehicle batteries. Sumitomo Metal Mining Co Ltd (SMM) said on Thursday that it and nickel miner PT Vale Indonesia are conducting a feasibility study to build a nickel processing project in Pomalaa, Southeast Sulawesi. Major nickel producers are taking a closer look at Indonesia whose … Continue reading

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Nickel price to benefit from short supply, strong steel demand through 2019

JAKARTA – Slower production increases in leading supplier Indonesia and continued growth in stainless steel demand are forecast to extend a supply shortage in the global nickel market, supporting price gains through 2019. Nickel, which recently hit its lowest since December, could climb as high as $16 000 a tonne by the end of 2018 and $18 000 a year later, Macquarie Capital senior commodities consultant Jim Lennon said on the sidelines of the … Continue reading

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Congo plans to build special economic zone for Cobalt users

KINSHASA – The Democratic Republic of Congo plans to establish special economic zones for companies that manufacture goods from the country’s minerals, President Joseph Kabila said. “There is a need to create special economic zones for the final users of Congolese natural resources,” Kabila said at a conference Wednesday in the southeastern city of Kolwezi. The area will allow producers of electric vehicles, smartphones and other goods to “install themselves in the DRC,” he … Continue reading

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CO2 Capture Could Be Super Cheap by 2040s if the Path of Batteries Followed.

Earlier this summer, a Harvard researcher said he can potentially pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere for as little as $100 per metric ton. The news reinvigorated many people who had resigned themselves to an ever-warming planet. The announcement also received pushback from some scientists and environmentalists who fear creation of a “moral hazard” if experimentation undermines the political will to halt emissions and the subsequent technology turns out not to work well … Continue reading

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NASA asks public to help astronauts survive carbon dioxide on Mars

Because CO2 is readily abundant within the Martian atmosphere, such technologies will translate into in-situ manufacturing of products to enable humans to live and thrive on the planet. NASA has launched a public competition that asks people to find solutions to turn carbon dioxide into molecules that would help astronauts endure the harsh atmosphere on the Red Planet. Called the “CO2 Conversion Challenge”, the competition asks public to discover ways to develop novel synthesis … Continue reading

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