#Graphene oxide nanosheets could help bring #Lithium-metal batteries to market

#Lithium-metal batteries—which can hold up to 10 times more charge than the lithium-ion batteries that currently power our phones, laptops and cars—haven’t been commercialized because of a fatal flaw: as these batteries charge and discharge, lithium is deposited unevenly on the electrodes. This buildup cuts the lives of these batteries too short to make them viable, and more importantly, can cause the batteries to short-circuit and catch fire.

Now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed a solution to this problem in the form of a graphene-oxide coated ‘nanosheet’ that, when placed in between the two electrodes of a lithium-metal battery, prevents uneven plating of lithium and allows the battery to safely function for hundreds of charge/discharge cycles.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-03-graphene-oxide-nanosheets-lithium-metal-batteries.html#jCp


#Samsung in Talks for Multi-Year #Cobalt Deal From #Congo

Electric cars market threatened by potential cobalt royalties hike in Congo

#Samsung C&T Corp., an affiliate of the world’s biggest #Smartphone maker, is in talks for a multi-year deal to buy #Cobalt from a #Congolese miner, joining #Apple Inc. in the global rush to secure supplies of the metal at the heart of the #ElectricCar boom.

Read more at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-13/samsung-is-said-in-talks-for-multi-year-cobalt-deal-from-congo

#UK firm pilots using blockchain to help #BMW source ethical #Cobalt

BMW mining deals imminent as cobalt price powers on - report

Automaker #BMW is working with a #London-based start-up to use transaction-recording technology blockchain to prove batteries for its #ElectricVehicles will contain only clean #Cobalt, the start-up’s CEO said.

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mining-bmw-blockchain/uk-firm-pilots-using-blockchain-to-help-bmw-source-ethical-cobalt-idUSKBN1GH2UP

#Bloomberg: The #Russian Oligarchs’ Feud That Will Affect #ElectricCars

#Russian billionaires are feuding over control of a giant natural-resource business that dates back to the #Soviet era. So far, so #Russia. What makes the battle for MMC #Norilsk #Nickel PJSC more important than typical business maneuvering is that it will affect development of one of the largest deposits of nickel and #Cobalt, which are used in batteries for goods including #iPads and #Tesla cars.

Read more at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-06/the-billionaires-feud-that-will-affect-electric-cars-quicktake

#Forbes: #Graphene And #Nickel Atoms To Convert CO2 Into Usable Energy


A team of scientists  at #USDOE are using single atoms of #Nickel anchored to a sheet of #Graphene. The single atoms react perfectly to produce CO. The team is now focused on producing the catalyst in a cheap large-scale way. This could mean a lot for the world’s energy crisis.

Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinanderton/2018/03/03/using-nickel-atoms-to-convert-co2-into-usable-energy-infographic/#78258f4c1156

World needs at least 50,000 tonnes more #Lithium per year

The chief executive of #Chilean mining company #SQM said on Thursday global markets will need at least 50,000 tonnes of Lithium per year of additional supplies in coming years. SQM’s Patricio de Solminihac said in an earnings call he expects world lithium demand will continue to be strong with an estimated growth of 80 percent annually in the next five years.

Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/sqm-results-output/world-needs-at-least-50000-tonnes-more-lithium-per-year-sqm-idUSC0N1NN018

#Apple turns to miners to lock in #Cobalt supplies: #Bloomberg

Apple iPhone batteries

#Cobalt, a by-product of #Copper and a key ingredient in #Lithium-ion batteries, has seen strong demand due to its use in smartphones and would get a further boost as electric vehicles come to the fore.

The #iPhone maker is seeking contracts to buy several thousand metric tons of cobalt for five years or longer, #Bloomberg reported.

Read more at: https://ca.reuters.com/article/businessNews/idCAKCN1G50M3-OCABS

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