Category: mineral resource

8th October 2020 | Silverstone

Coronavirus could have a lasting effect on China-dominated lithium sector

It’s been a tough time for miners of lithium, the metal essential to many high-performing batteries. Just as the market looked to be crawling out of a two-year slump that knocked about 60% off the battery metal’s prices, its biggest player, China, has been hammered by the novel coronavirus outbreak. Three major mining firms have…
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20th March 2020 0

U.S. Launches Tool to Stake Claim to World’s Rare Earth Minerals

In a high-tech twist on hammering pickets into the ground, the U.S. State Department has helped launch an online tool aimed at staking America’s claim to many of the world’s rare-earth minerals. The U.S. has become increasingly concerned about securing a stable supply of critical minerals used in car batteries, solar panels and wind turbines. Many…
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17th March 2020 0

Audi announces three-motor e-tron S performance models

Audi is systematically moving forward with its e-offensive: The Audi e-tron and the Audi e-tron Sportback are becoming more agile, sharper and more dynamic as S models. The three electric motors, two of which are located on the rear axle, together provide 370 kW of boost power and 973 Nm (717.6 lb-ft) of torque. This…
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5th March 2020 0

Estimating The Carbon Footprint Of Utility-Scale Battery Storage

Since the turn of the century, there has been a global explosion in the production of renewable power. According to the 2018 BP Statistical Review of World Energy, global renewable energy production in 2000 was 218 Terawatt-hours (TWh). By 2018, that number had reached 2,480 TWh, with average annual growth over the past decade averaging…
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19th February 2020 0

Battery tech in electric cars presents a huge opportunity to SA mining

SA is by far the world’s largest manganese producer and is estimated to have 70% of the world’s manganese reserves The global motor industry is moving increasingly towards electric vehicles (EVs) from the carbon-emitting internal combustion engine. This requires extensive investment in battery technology, which presents huge opportunities for SA mining. Various rare-earth minerals are…
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11th February 2020 0

Green Principles For EV Sustainability

As electrification begins to spread across the transportation sector, the way in which battery systems are developed, manufactured, used, and recycled has a significant effect on the scale of their environmental impact. Growth from just a few percent today to more than 40% of the new vehicle market within the next 10-20 years means that…
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15th January 2020 0

Declining Renewable Costs Drive Focus on Energy Storage

An oft-repeated refrain—the sun doesn’t always shine, and the wind doesn’t always blow—is sometimes seen as an impediment to renewable energy. But it’s also an impetus toward discovering the best ways to store that energy until it’s needed. Declining costs in available technologies have propelled interest in energy storage forward like never before. The price…
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6th January 2020 0

Northvolt Zwei: Expanding the green blueprint for battery manufacturing into Germany

Partnering to enable a sustainable transport future, the Northvolt–VW joint venture will establish the Northvolt Zwei lithium-ion battery gigafactory in Salzgitter, Germany.   One was never going to be enough Now at the edge of a new decade, industries across Europe are gearing up for the shift away from carbon-based fuels and the transition towards a cleaner future built around electrification.…
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16th December 2019 0

Local authorities, climate emergencies and the burgeoning role for solar car ports

Local authorities continue to be interested in the development of solar PV projects. This has become even more urgent with the swathe of climate emergency motions that have been passed across the country. Whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero is a wider concept than energy, many authorities are in fact seeking to make considerable…
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13th December 2019 0

Driving toward a healthier planet

Materials Day speaker Brian Storey describes how the Toyota Research Institute is embracing machine learning to advance the use of electric vehicles. With 100 million Toyota vehicles on the planet emitting greenhouse gases at a rate roughly comparable to those of France, the Toyota Motor Corporation has set a goal of reducing all tailpipe emissions…
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29th November 2019 0