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Editor's Blog

John Shepherd

Mining firms digging deeper for 'battery gold'

13/08/2018

The great ‘batteries gold’ rush is under way as realisation dawns that mining companies have a major part to play in our business.

You did not have to dig deep at last week’s miners’ hoedown in Australia to see that eyes are now on the prize of tapping into the lucrative global battery materials market, as we report this week.

So all that glitters does not have to be gold. And— as we keep on drilling home from here— that includes lead! While Europe’s policy chiefs think the EU is better off without lead, Asian competitors including Amara Raja and Exide India, as you’ll read here, are investing and stealing the march.

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What matters: FIFA or ESA….the ball is in your court.

So ESA’s annual event is over for another year. It’s no longer an event for battery scientists or even battery vendors but it looks like an excellent networking event for everyone else. As a conference with formal presentations, forget it.

Musk has set the pot boiling

It’s funny how us lesser beings can pursue a technical topic till we’re blue in the face and no one seems to take any notice. Electrical Energy Storage is just one such topic.

Savannah 2015— the verdict

Well, BCI sure has gone digital— the only analogue service was Ann Noll and her ‘ring out your dead’ bell. I remember Michael Mayer of ELBC fame in a similar role but that’s another story.

Apple Electric Car? B*ll*cks !

Short of a definitive announcement from the company, you can take all the stories about Apple coming up with electric car any time soon as total bollocks and a figment of a flaccid and useless mainstream press adding up one and one and making it 27.

The editor’s take

AABC: Lead is far from dead again and nobody else is making money!
There’s a plethora of hybrid, pure electrics and plug in electrics now available from German manufacturers— more than 60 variants but nobody is buying— well not in any serious numbers…

Musk was right… now make it happen

What’s your definition of good engineering? Mine would include making use of the stuff that’s already there, cannibalising (if necessary) existing kit to make what I need or want to try. That’s what I learned as a kid messing around with electronics half a century ago and I’m glad to say it's a philosophy that rings true with some of the best minds out there today.

Alevo: The Apple of energy storage?

North Carolina-based Alevo believes it is 'redefining energy', y'all.

Energy storage: Not ready for prime time (yet)

There’s good reason to believe energy storage is not ready for prime time. Not yet.

Seriously missing Google

It’s only the absence of Google that makes you realise just how dependent we’ve become on it and how valuable it is.

Energy storage: It’s been a long time coming

It’s been a long time coming: this ‘energy storage’ malarkey. But visitors to this year’s Intersolar in Munich were in for a treat— a whole hall dedicated to the stuff.

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