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Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc Eric Desaulniers Matawinie graphite project

Nouveau Monde Graphite eyes milestones

2021 is shaping up to be a watershed year for Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc.'s mission to be a carbon-neutral supplier of the graphite needed in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries. "This year will... — Updated 1/12/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
UC San Diego ZPower silver-zinc flexible battery Joseph Wang Ying Shirley Meng

Bending the rechargeable battery rules

The future of rechargeable batteries and the technologies they will power just got a lot more flexible, thanks to a recent breakthrough in screen-printable, high-capacity silver-zinc batteries by... — Updated 12/22/2020 Full story

 
Vanadium redox flow V-flow battery electrolyte test tubes oxidized states

VanadiumCorp acquires key refining tech

VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. has acquired full rights to a unique, low-carbon emitting means of extracting vanadium, another key to its goal of unlocking the potential of vanadium redox flow... — Updated 12/8/2020 Full story

 
Syrah Resources Ltd. Vidalia Louisiana graphite EV lithium-ion battery

US graphite anode plant takes vital step

Syrah Resources Ltd. has taken another major step toward scaling up production of natural graphite anode material at its facility in Vidalia, Louisiana to help meet the demands of rapidly... — Updated 12/8/2020 Full story

 
Mercedes-Benz Daimler AG DRC cobalt Ambition 2039 Jungo Brüngger

Mercedes tackles cobalt mining issues

Mercedes-Benz says it will follow its supply chains all the way back to the mines, if that is what it takes to ensure that the lithium and cobalt going into its rapidly expanding line of electric... — Updated 11/17/2020 Full story

 
Vanadium redox flow battery metal mine project

World-class vanadium deposit at Lac Doré

VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. has confirmed that its Lac Doré project in Quebec hosts one of the most significant undeveloped vanadium deposits on the planet, furthering the company's mission of dev... — Updated 11/10/2020 Full story

 
Curved graphene supercapacitors store braking energy electricity

Graphene capacitors aid fuel cell buses

Skeleton Technologies, a global leader in graphene-based ultracapacitor energy storage, Oct. 19 announced a deal with Northern Ireland-based Wrightbus to supply its next generation high-energy... — Updated 10/20/2020 Full story

 
Lithium spodumene refinery to hydroxide for lithium-ion batteries

Tesla secures Texas Terafactory lithium

Just a week after Tesla Battery Day 2020, where CEO Elon Musk unveiled the electric automaker's massive lithium-ion battery ambitions, the iconic electric automaker has cut a deal to buy some of... — Updated 10/13/2020 Full story

 
Lithium ion batteries in Tesla Powerwall EV need nickel and cobalt

US invests $25M in Brazilian Nickel mine

A week after President Donald Trump declared America's heavy reliance on adversarial nations for critical minerals a national emergency, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation... — Updated 10/13/2020 Full story

 
Rechargeable lithium ion cell for electric vehicles nickel from Giga Metals BC

Tesla in rumored talks with Giga Metals

Tesla wants low-carbon nickel from a future mine at Giga Metals' Turnagain nickel-cobalt deposit in northern British Columbia, Canada, according to Reuters. Citing three unnamed sources, the... — Updated 9/29/2020 Full story

 
2019 Noble Prize chemistry Goodenough solid sate lithium ion battery

Goodenough to change batteries again

Nobel Prize winning co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery John Goodenough is teaming up with a new generation of scientists and entrepreneurs at Energy Exploration Technologies, or EnergyX, to... — Updated 9/22/2020 Full story

 
Democratic Republic of Congo small lithium ion battery metal mining

Tesla empowers artisanal cobalt miners

Tesla Inc. has joined a growing effort to address artisanal cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, not by boycotting this much maligned source of the lithium-ion battery metal but by... — Updated 9/15/2020 Full story

 
Supercapacitor rechargeable battery cells graphene KIT

Ultra-fast charging graphene SuperBattery

The ability to charge an electric vehicle in just 15 seconds would wipe out many of the barriers to EV ownership – slow charging times, battery degradation, and range anxiety. Skeleton... — Updated 9/9/2020 Full story

 
Tesla lithium ion battery cell electric vehicles EV renewable energy storage

Is Elon Musk considering Tesla gigamines?

Will gigamines be added to the front of the Tesla supply chain? While Elon Musk's offer of a "giant contract" to mining companies able to supply nickel suggests the Tesla CEO would rather not... — Updated 8/12/2020 Full story

 
Zinc8 zinc air grid scale rechargeable electric storage batteries

Zinc makes in-roads in batteries market

While debate rages over whether lithium-ion and vanadium reflow energy storage systems will usher in the next wave of power generation, another technology, batteries that store energy using zinc,... — Updated 8/12/2020 Full story

 
Tesla Gigafactory 1 lithium ion battery cell plant Sparks Nevada

Keeping pace with the EV revolution

From mines to gigafactories, it is going to take a massive and coordinated effort to scale up the entire North American lithium-ion battery supply chain at a pace that meets the growing demands... — Updated 8/4/2020 Full story

 
Northvolt lithium ion battery gigafactory Sweden wind hydro green electricity

BMW, Northvolt sign 2B Euro battery deal

In what has been series of moves toward expanding its electric vehicle lineup, BMW Group has signed a 2 billion euro (US$2.28 billion) long-term supply contract with Northvolt, a Swedish... — Updated 7/29/2020 Full story

 
BMW Group headquarters in Munich Germany EV electric vehicles

BMW sources sustainable Moroccan cobalt

BMW Group has secured a deal for 100 million euros worth of the sustainably sourced cobalt needed for the lithium-ion batteries that are powering its expanding line-up of electric vehicles. This... — Updated 7/29/2020 Full story

 
Nickel manganese cobalt lithium ion batteries ebikes evs tools battery metal

Battery-grade manganese from Battle Hill

Manganese X Energy Corp. said recent tests have improved the efficiency and economics of recovering manganese from the exploration company's Battle Hill project in New Brunswick, Canada. Manganese... — Updated 7/1/2020 Full story

 
Vanadium iron titanium magnetite drill core Vandiumcorp Lac Dore Quebec

The vanadium mines to batteries strategy

VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. has positioned itself along the entire vanadium-based energy storage supply chain, from Canadian mineral exploration projects that could provide future supplies of this... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
Vanadium colors aqueous solution for flow redox rechargeable batteries

Vanadium fuels growing demand for VRFBs

Vanadium, which is in high demand today for its ability to strengthen steel alloys – specifically for manufacturing high-strength, low alloy rebar used in earthquake-resistant construction... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
High grade core from Graphite Creek Stax deposit near Nome Alaska

Stacking uses for Alaska STAX graphite

The adoption of electric vehicles and renewable energy is driving increased demand for graphite, a major ingredient in lithium-ion batteries. Graphite, however, is high on a list of 35 critical... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
First Cobalt refinery Ontario sulfate electric vehicles EV lithium ion batteries

Critical step for Ontario cobalt refinery

First Cobalt Corp. has taken a critical step toward its goal of supplying North American and European electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturers with 25,000 metric tons of battery... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Hornsdale Power Reserve Tesla Megapack lithium ion battery energy storage system

Big batteries offer reliable, green power

Tesla's "big battery" utility-scale Powerpack systems are emerging around the globe, proving a supplemental energy storage system that reduces costs and provides a reliable backup in cases of... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
Tesla Roadster electric vehicles EV batteries drive demand for lithium mining

Electric vehicles power lithium demand

Despite global mines supplying more lithium than markets demand and the effects COVID-19 is having on the worldwide economy, Morningstar Inc. sees the 2020s as being "a transformational decade... — Updated 4/21/2020 Full story

 

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