#Indonesia drawing plans to restrict nickel pig iron, ferronickel smelters

JAKARTA (Reuters) -Indonesia is considering a plan to restrict construction of smelters producing nickel pig iron or ferronickel in order to optimize use of its limited nickel ore reserves for higher-value products, a senior mining ministry official said on Thursday.

Indonesia is currently the biggest producer of the two crude metals, and a restriction on more smelters coming online could hit Chinese stainless steel producers who are among biggest customers for Indonesia’s relatively cheaper materials.

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/article/indonesia-nickel/update-1-indonesia-drawing-plans-to-restrict-nickel-pig-iron-ferronickel-smelters-idUSL2N2O60EZ

#Glencore to Reopen One of World’s Biggest #Cobalt Mines in #Congo

(Bloomberg) — Glencore Plc could reopen its Mutanda Mining copper and cobalt project in Democratic Republic of Congo by the end of 2021, about two years after idling the mine.

Congo’s new mines minister, Antoinette N’Samba Kalambayi met with representatives from the Swiss company Monday to discuss the restart of the mine, which closed in November 2019, the ministry said in a statement sent to reporters. Mutanda “will start the commissioning of operations towards the end of this year in order to allow the return to production in 2022,” Glencore said in a separate emailed statement.

Read more at: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/glencore-reopen-one-world-biggest-202121574.html

#WSJ: U.S. Plans to Spend Big on Critical Minerals; Choosing Where Isn’t Easy

The U.S. has pumped millions of dollars into researching how to extract rare-earth minerals from abandoned coal fields, an approach some say won’t work. The Pentagon has invested in a U.S.-based rare-earth magnets manufacturer that sources many of its products from China. Canada has put money into a 21-year-old mining company that has never mined and handed an option to control its main asset to a business run by the chief executive’s son.

The U.S. and other Western governments are rushing to secure domestic supplies of materials including rare earths, lithium and boron, which are essential for growing technologies such as electric vehicles, satellites and wind turbines. They also want to develop the capability to process them.

The Senate this month approved a bipartisan, $250 billion bill to boost government spending on technology research and development to catch up with China, including funds for digging up and processing critical minerals at home and with allied nations.

Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-plans-to-spend-big-on-critical-minerals-choosing-where-isnt-easy-11624186800

A #nickel refinery tops #US battery metals wish list

The United States government should invest in nickel refining capacity in coordination with its allies, according to the Biden Administration’s 100-day review of critical supply chains.

“If there are opportunities for the U.S. to target one part of the battery supply chain, this would likely be the most critical to provide short- and medium-term supply chain stability,” the report said.

It’s an unexpected priority. Nickel isn’t on the U.S. list of critical minerals. Although the country depends on imports, 68% of supplies come from what the report calls “allied nations” such as Canada, Australia, Norway and Finland.

Read more at: https://www.mining.com/web/home-a-nickel-refinery-tops-us-battery-metals-wish-list/?utm_source=Daily_Digest&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MNG-DIGESTS&utm_content=home-a-nickel-refinery-tops-us-battery-metals-wish-list

#NASDAQ: Johnson Matthey, Nano One In Development Agreement For #Lithium-ion Battery Materials

Johnson Matthey Plc. (JMAT.L), a provider of sustainable technologies, and Nano One Materials Corp., a clean technology innovator in battery materials, announced Thursday a joint development agreement on process innovation for a new generation of lithium-ion battery materials.

Nano One’s One-Pot process is designed to form a type of cathode material known as a “coated single crystal” that can improve durability. This process can also produce materials directly from metal powder and lithium carbonate to address cost, energy and sustainability goals throughout the lithium-ion battery supply chain.

Read more at: https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/johnson-matthey-nano-one-in-development-agreement-for-lithium-ion-battery-materials-2021

#Forbes: #Indonesia On Track To Dominate The Supply Of #Nickel To Make Batteries

Karyawan mengendarai bus listrik saat uji coba di Kantor Pusat PT Transjakarta, Cawang, Jakarta, Senin (6/7/2020). PT Transportasi Jakarta (Transjakarta) melakukan uji coba dua bus listrik EV1 dan EV2 rute Balai Kota – Blok M dengan mengangkut penumpang. ANTARA FOTO/Galih Pradipta/wsj.

Indonesia is on track to become the world’s nickel capital with new projects potentially lifting the country’s share of the important stainless steel and battery metal ingredient to a whopping 60% of global output later this decade.

Much of the planned investment is linked to Chinese companies keen to cement their grip on stainless steel production and to meet fast growing demand for batteries which require a range of new-energy metals such as nickel, lithium, cobalt and copper.

Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/timtreadgold/2021/06/02/indonesia-on-track-to-dominate-the-supply-of-nickel-to-make-batteries/?sh=14ff88807488

#Nickel atom aids carbon dioxide reduction

Knowing how a nickel iron sulfide catalyst helps reduce carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide and other carbon-based products could lead to technologies that can convert carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into industrially useful chemicals.

Scientists are closer to finding ways to convert carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into industrially useful chemicals thanks to a RIKEN study that looked at how nature converts carbon dioxide into more complex organic compounds—one of the processes underpinning the origin of life.

In nature, carbon dioxide is converted into carbon monoxide and then into more complex organic compounds through reactions that are most likely linked to the origin of life on Earth.

Carbon dioxide reduction occurred only in the presence of nickel, which binds to carbon while iron binds to oxygen. As the potential was increased, the iron sulfur and nickel cluster catalyzed the further reduction of carbon monoxide into the formyl group, which was then converted into methane and ethane.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2021-05-nickel-atom-aids-carbon-dioxide.html

#reuters: #BASF, #Canada in early talks on EV battery production – source

Several companies, including Germany’s BASF SE, are in preliminary talks about tapping a federal clean tech fund to set up production for electric vehicle batteries in Canada, a government official with knowledge of the discussions said.

The talks are centered on understanding whether the goals of BASF and others fit with the aim of the C$8 billion ($6.6 billion) “Net Zero Accelerator” (NZA) fund, the source said. Canada has set a goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

BASF is a key supplier of cathode active materials (CAM) needed for the production of lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles (EV), and is the world’s largest chemicals and plastics producer by sales.

Read more at: https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/basf-canada-early-talks-ev-battery-production-source-2021-05-20/

#Canada has “right ingredients” to be EV battery leader

Canada has a “once-in-generation” opportunity to establish itself as a major player in the global battery sector, but it needs to act fast to seize the opportunity, a new report reflecting the views of stakeholders across the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain shows.

Canada is rich in lithium, graphite, nickel, cobalt, aluminum and manganese, key ingredients for advanced battery manufacturing and storage technology.

That could mean the country is in a good position to tap into the global market for lithium-ion batteries, which is expected to exceed $100 billion by 2030. The vast majority of this growing demand will come from electric cars, buses, and trucks.

Read more at: https://www.mining.com/canada-has-right-ingredients-to-be-ev-battery-leader/

#Forbes: Developer Of #Aluminum-Ion Battery Claims It Charges 60 Times Faster Than #Lithium-Ion, Offering #EV Range Breakthrough

The graphene aluminum-ion battery cells from the Brisbane-based Graphene Manufacturing Group (GMG) are claimed to charge up to 60 times faster than the best lithium-ion cells and hold three time the energy of the best aluminum-based cells.

They are also safer, with no upper Ampere limit to cause spontaneous overheating, more sustainable and easier to recycle, thanks to their stable base materials. Testing also shows the coin-cell validation batteries also last three times longer than lithium-ion versions.

Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltaylor/2021/05/13/ev-range-breakthrough-as-new-aluminum-ion-battery-charges-60-times-faster-than-lithium-ion/?sh=722764486d28

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