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 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
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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 7/10/2020 Full story

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
Copper mineralization at Nico cobalt gold bismuth mine project NWT

Fortunate mix of critical metals in Canada

As lithium-ion battery and electric car companies seek reliable and ethical sources of cobalt, Fortune Minerals Ltd. has sights set on supplying some of that cobalt – along with copper, gold... — 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

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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A new horizon for battery recycling

Adapting to a future of renewable energy, trendsetters are focusing on recycling lithium-ion batteries to create a more efficient repurposing of one of the most vital and important technologies... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
African workers at Glencore Mutanda copper cobalt mine DRC

Samsung SDI, Glencore sign cobalt deal

Glencore Plc Jan. 10 announced that it has signed an agreement to provide Samsung SDI with a five-year supply of cobalt hydroxide, a key ingredient in the lithium-ion batteries used in electric... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
Tesla Giga Nevada lithium-ion battery electric vehicle EV manufacturing plant

Tesla growth built on battery production

Most people know Tesla Inc. as a world-leading electric vehicles manufacturer with a growing line of cars, trucks and SUVs. However, the company's foundation is built off its ability to make... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
Tesla CEO Elon Musk Gigafactory lithium-ion battery cobalt mine deal

Tesla heads to the mines for its batteries

Tesla Inc. needs an increasing amount of lithium, graphite, nickel and cobalt for the lithium-ion batteries that power its growing lineup of electric vehicles. With its own rapid expansion,... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 
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Plenty of lithium to go around for now

Half as dense as water, lithium is the lightest of all metals. Because it is highly reactive, however, it would not work to make super buoyant boats. Instead, this metal believed to be one of... — Updated 6/27/2020 Full story

 

Lithium-ion batteries revolutionize energy

The advent of the lithium-ion battery at the close of the 20th century has dramatically changed how we live, work and play. This revolutionary transformation, which began by allowing us to put our... — 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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