#SouthAfrica’s #Eskom to test #Vanadium redox flow battery solution

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#SouthAfrican power utility #Eskom is set to test a #Vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) solution developed by #Bushveld Energy at its research, testing, and development (RT&D) centre in #Rosherville.

The test is a result of market studies commissioned by Bushveld Energy and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) to evaluate the demand of VRFB in #Africa, as well as the potential demand and requirements of vanadium electrolyte worldwide, reported Engineering News.

Read more at: https://www.power-technology.com/news/south-africas-eskom-test-vanadium-redox-flow-battery-solution/

#China is winning #ElectricCars ‘arms race’

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#China is the top market for electric and hybrid cars, accounting for roughly half of global sales, and the government is pushing the development of the industry within its borders. That calls for a lot of #Lithium, a key component of the vehicles’ batteries.

The #Chinese government has been quietly instructing state-owned enterprises to hunt down lithium resources outside China, according to Francois Perrin, a portfolio manager at investment firm East Capital. He predicts that over the next few years, China will wield increasing influence over the supply of lithium and other metals used in electric batteries.

Read more at: http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/20/investing/lithium-china-electric-car-batteries/index.html

#China urged to ease reliance on #DRC for #Cobalt

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#China is depending too much on the Democratic Republic of #Congo (#DRC) for #Cobalt, a crucial component in electric vehicle (EV) batteries, and should take steps to ensure security of supply, delegates said at an industry conference.

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-metals-electric-vehicles/china-urged-to-ease-reliance-on-drc-for-cobalt-idUSKBN1D70GT

#Australia’s #Nickel industry is at a ‘natural turning point’

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Most of the #Nickel ore mined in #Australia is processed locally into nickel concentrate by downstream smelting and refining companies.

“Australian nickel producers have been in a lot of strife in recent years, but we’re starting to see the #ElectricVehicle players begin to shore up supply,” says Romano Sala Tenna, portfolio manager at Katana Asset Management.

 “While the actual electric vehicles are probably two or three years away, this is extremely good for Australian producers because we have really great grades of nickel.”
Nickel sulphate is a key ingredient in #Lithium-ion batteries, which are being installed in electric vehicles made by companies from Tesla to General Motors.

One Metal Will Be Transformed by the Electric Car Boom

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#Glencore Plc and #Trafigura Group Pte are often at loggerheads, but one thing they agree on: the #Nickel market will be transformed by the rise of electric cars.

Nickel sulphate, a key ingredient in #Lithium-ion batteries, will see demand increase 50 percent to 3 million metric tons by 2030, Saad Rahim, chief economist at Trafigura, said in an interview. While other battery metals like #Cobalt and lithium have more than doubled since the start of last year, #Nickel prices have been subdued because of large inventories.

The #Canadian ghost town that #Tesla is bringing back to life

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Renewed demand for cobalt, the metal, is breathing new life into Cobalt, the town in Ontario.

The heightened interest in the metal is evident in #Cobalt. Earlier this month, two dozen investors, bankers and hedge fund managers from as far away as #Shanghai boarded a chartered plane and then a bus from #Toronto through the autumnal splendor of #Ontario’s boreal forest. Their host was First Cobalt, a #Vancouver-based miner that recently abandoned the #Congo in order to secure more land around Cobalt’s old mining camp.

Read more at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-10-31/the-canadian-ghost-town-that-tesla-is-bringing-back-to-life



#Nickel the latest metal to feel the #ElectricVehicle buzz

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First it was #Lithium. Then it was #Cobalt. And now it is #Nickel’s turn in the #ElectricVehicle spotlight.

Nickel is just as important as the other two metals in manufacturing the batteries that will power the green technology revolution.

It is used in both currently dominant lithium battery configurations, nickel-cobalt-manganese and nickel-cobalt-aluminium.

The International Nickel Study Group (INSG) is forecasting supply will fall short of demand again next year, meaning three consecutive years of deficit to the cumulative tune of almost 200,000 tonnes.

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/nickel-batteries-ahome/rpt-column-nickel-the-latest-metal-to-feel-the-electric-vehicle-buzz-andy-home-idUSL8N1N06GV

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