#Tesla comes to #India, sets up office in #Bengaluru

BENGALURU: Ending speculations of whether or not it would come to India and where in the country, Elon Musk’s Tesla has set up its office in Bengaluru, even as details of what the company plans to do in India remains elusive.

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#Norway eyes sea change in deep dive for metals instead of oil

This time, Oslo is looking for a leading role in mining copper, zinc and other metals found on the seabed and in hot demand in green technologies.

Norway could license companies for deep-sea mining as early as 2023, its oil and energy ministry told Reuters, potentially placing it among the first countries to harvest seabed metals for electric vehicle batteries, wind turbines and solar farms.

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-norway-deepseamining-insight/norway-eyes-sea-change-in-deep-dive-for-metals-instead-of-oil-idUSKBN29H1YT

What if our smartphone screens could produce solar energy?

The scientists developed a solar cell from a glass substrate and a metal oxide electrode, on which they deposited thin layers of TiO2, then NiO, before adding a coating of silver nanowires.

The cell was highly reactive and operated in low-light conditions. In addition, more than 57% of the visible light was transmitted through the layers of the cell, giving it a transparent appearance, say the research authors.

“While this innovative solar cell is still in its infancy, our results suggest that it is possible to further improve transparent photovoltaics by optimizing the cell’s optical and electrical properties,” said professor Joondong Kim of the department of electrical engineering at Incheon National University, who led the research.

Read more: https://technology.inquirer.net/107095/what-if-our-smartphone-screens-could-produce-solar-energy#ixzz6jFcKzGR0

Eye on #China, #India looks at #lithium reserves in #Argentina, #Chile and #Bolivia

The new company, Khanij Bidesh India Ltd — incorporated in August, 2019 by three state-owned companies, NALCO, Hindustan Copper and Mineral Exploration Ltd, with a specific mandate to acquire strategic mineral assets such as lithium and cobalt abroad — is also learnt to be exploring options in Chile and Bolivia, two other top lithium-producing countries.

Currently, India is heavily dependent on import of these cells and the move to ink sourcing pacts for lithium is seen as another salvo in the front against China, a key source of both the raw material and cells. India is seen as a late mover as it attempts to enter the lithium value chain, coming at a time when EVs are predicted to be a sector ripe for disruption. And 2021 is likely to be an inflection point for battery technology, with several potential improvements to the Li-ion technology, and alternatives to this tried-and-tested formulation, under advanced stages of commercialization.

Read more at: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-china-relation-argentina-lithium-reserves-economic-growth-rate-7131626/

#Reuters: Miners praise #US spending bill that funds rare earths programs

(Reuters) – The pandemic aid and spending package signed by US President Donald Trump last Sunday includes more than $800 million to fund rare earths and strategic minerals research, spending that mining companies say will help counteract China’s dominance over the sector.

The bill requires better geological studies of federal lands, funds studies into the processing and recycling of rare earths, and supports improvements to mining education programs.

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#BBCNews: #Japan developing wooden satellites to cut space junk

A Japanese company and Kyoto University have joined forces to develop what they hope will be the world’s first satellites made out of wood by 2023.

Sumitomo Forestry said it has started research on tree growth and the use of wood materials in space.

The partnership will begin experimenting with different types of wood in extreme environments on Earth.

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#Apple targets car production by 2024 and eyes ‘next level’ battery technology – sources

Apple Inc is moving forward with self-driving car technology and is targeting 2024 to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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How #Biden Can Unleash $7.8 Trillion Investment And Create 6 Million Jobs By Expanding The Grid

Investments in a cleaner, more interconnected grid are significant job creators: CapX2020 alone created 8,000 construction jobs. ACEG’s study finds expanding and modernizing the Eastern U.S. transmission grid would create 1 million new net electricity sector jobs by 2030 and 6.5 million new net jobs by 2050, spread broadly over the entire region.

Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/energyinnovation/2020/12/15/how-biden-can-unleash-78-trillion-investment-and-create-6-million-jobs-by-expanding-the-grid/?sh=401176674e90

#London #nickel scales 14-month peak on supply crunch fears


Nickel hit a 14-month high in London and scaled a contract peak in Shanghai on Monday, on higher stainless steel prices in China and concerns about supply.

Three-month nickel on the London Metal Exchange rose 2.8% to $17,775 a tonne, the highest since Oct. 11, 2019.

The most-active February nickel contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange climbed 3.4% to 133,190 yuan ($20,376.04) a tonne, advancing for a sixth consecutive session.

Shanghai stainless steel futures jumped more than 3% in early trade.

Nickel and other base metals in London were also supported by investors turning cautiously optimistic over prospects of an additional U.S. economic stimulus and the extended E.U.-U.K. trade talks.

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