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#NobelPrize in Chemistry Honors Work on #Lithium-Ion Batteries


John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their development of lightweight lithium-ion batteries, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Wednesday in Stockholm.

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Researchers in #Canada develop million-mile #Lithium-ion battery


A group of scientists led by Jeff Dahn, a professor at Canada’s Dalhousie University and a research partner with Tesla, published a paper in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society where they present the concept of a new battery able to power an electric vehicle for over one million miles.

The battery, thus, could make Tesla’s robot taxis and long-haul electric trucks viable. It is also expected to last at least two decades in grid energy storage.

The power cell uses a nickel-rich alloy for its cathode. The alloy contains 50% nickel, 20% cobalt, and 30% manganese and is considered to be very stable.

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#US – #China #TradeWar – Nine countries join US strategic minerals initiative


(Reuters) – The United States on Thursday said nine countries have joined its initiative to help discover and develop reserves of minerals used to make electric vehicles, part of an effort to cut the world’s reliance on China for the high-tech materials.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday met with foreign ministers from the nine countries on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The countries joining the United States include Australia, Botswana, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, the Philippines and Zambia.

Under the Energy Resource Governance Initiative (ERGI) announced in June, the United States will share mining expertise with member countries to help them discover and develop their minerals such as lithium, copper and cobalt, as well as advise on management and governance frameworks to help ensure their industries are attractive to international investors.

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Better Mining of Energy Minerals Sought in #US Backed Effort


The move, spearheaded by the department’s Bureau of Energy Resources, aims to lay the groundwork for cleaner mining of the minerals that will be crucial components in shifting to a greater reliance on renewable energy. That includes solar cells wind turbines and the batteries that will power the 130 million electric vehicles projected to be on the road in 2030, up from 5 million today.

“There’s this incredible bottom-up demand but that has incredible stressors on the demand for the minerals that allow those products to exist,” Francis Fannon, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for energy resources, said in an interview. “As clean and green as any technology is, it requires really big shovels at the beginning of their life cycles.”

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#China’s Aug #RareEarth magnets exports to #US hit highest since at least 2016


BEIJING — China’s exports of rare earth magnets to the United States in August rose to the highest level since at least 2016, customs data showed on Wednesday, pointing to further stockpiling as concerns linger that Beijing could restrict supply in the Sino-U.S. trade war.

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#Vanadium: One Battery Material Sector Is Cheering For Lower Prices

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(Bloomberg) — Lower prices of vanadium, a metal mainly known for strengthening steel, are key in the drive to increase its use in the booming battery sector, according to the developer of an Australian mine.

The metal’s retreat from a price spike in 2018 is being welcomed — rather than lamented — by producers as they seek to extend vanadium’s use in large-scale energy storage batteries, according to Vincent Algar, managing director of Australian Vanadium Ltd., which plans to bring its project into production by about 2021.

Vanadium can be used in redox-flow batteries that advocates argue are better suited than existing lithium-ion technology to store large amounts of energy to back up power grids, or to integrate more renewable energy assets.

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#Reuters: #US, #Australia to unveil plan to improve #RareEarth mineral supply


#WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald #Trump and #Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison are set to release a plan on Friday aimed at securing the supply of rare earth minerals, a senior administration official said, as concerns grow that China could cut off shipments of the prized commodities.

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