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Key lithium-ion, lead-acid and VRFB materials placed on EU Critical Raw Materials list

Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:34 -- Paul Crompton

Key lithium-ion, lead-acid and vanadium redox flow battery materials have been placed on the 2020 Battery Critical Raw Materials list by the European Commission.

Lithium, antimony, cobalt, natural graphite, and vanadium have all been placed on the list, which is composed every three years following a review of raw materials for their economic importance and concerns over supply risk.

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Japan discover cobalt supply that could feed its lithium-ion battery making demand for 88-years

Tue, 08/25/2020 - 14:31 -- Paul Crompton

Japan has announced the successful excavation of rare metals including battery critical materials cobalt and nickel from the seabed of its exclusive economic zone. 

The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), commissioned by the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, excavated about 650kg of cobalt-rich crust in July, according to the country’s news outlet The Japan News.

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Panasonic to boost energy density and develop cobalt free 2170 lithium-ion cells

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 09:53 -- Paul Crompton

Tesla’s long-term battery partner aims to increase the energy density of its 2170 cells by 20% within five years and commercialise a cobalt-free version within three years.

The bold claims by the head of Japan’s Panasonic’s US EV battery business, Yasuaki Takamoto, were reported by global news agency Reuters.

 

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BMW Group inks deal to secure ‘ethically’ sourced cobalt supply from Morocco

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 09:54 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM BMW Group has signed a €100 million supply deal to secure a ethically sourced cobalt supply from Morocco as the company extends its electric vehicle fleet.

The supply contract will see BMW firm source around a fifth of its cobalt needs for its electric drive trains from Moroccan mining company Managem Group. 

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Daimler focusing research on designing cobalt and lithium out of lithium-ion batteries

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 15:06 -- Paul Crompton

Mercedes-Benz, a subsidiary of Daimler, is researching ways to design cobalt and other “critical” materials like lithium out of lithium-ion batteries.

The German vehicle OEM is looking at a variety of post-lithium-ion batteries— mainly based on manganese— that use less critical resources as it investigates ways of increasing energy density of its technology.

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Manganese imbalance worse than cobalt in the lithium-ion battery materials supply chain

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 12:01 -- Paul Crompton

While the battery industry’s attention has been on cobalt, supplies of manganese— that other key raw material for lithium-ion manufacturing— is facing a potential shortfall.

A chart drawn up by industry analysts Benchmark Mineral Intelligence suggests manganese’s production capacity across the battery supply chain is as precarious as the highest risk raw materials of lithium and cobalt.

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VW follows Tesla with move to 811 lithium-ion cells in hunt for higher driving range

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 14:17 -- Paul Crompton

German vehicle OEM Volkswagen is moving to a NMC 811 cell format in its electric vehicle battery packs with the “medium to long term” goal of one day producing cobalt free cells.

The company is following Tesla’s lead in moving to the NMC 811 cell format, which VW’s China battery supplier CATL believes gives better performance capabilities over its previous NCM 523 cells. 

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Tesla and Glencore remain tight-lipped over cobalt supply deal for China gigafactory

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:55 -- Paul Crompton

Electric vehicle OEM Tesla has been in talks with Glencore in a bid to secure a cobalt supply chain for lithium-ion battery packs used at its China gigafactory, according to reports.

Swiss firm Glencore has been in negotiations for a long-term contract to ship cobalt to Tesla’s electric-vehicle factory in Shanghai, according to news outlet Bloomberg.

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Audi and Umicore to recover cobalt and nickel from lithium-ion batteries as they continue to pursue closed loop goal

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 10:24 -- Paul Crompton

Vehicle OEM Audi and recyclers Umicore have recovered 90% of the cobalt and nickel from the German car maker’s e-tron battery packs during the test phase of their strategic research project. 

Audi and the Belgian materials technology and recycling firm will now enter the next phase of the plan to cooperate on a closed loop for cobalt and nickel materials. 

The recovered materials will be used in new battery cells.

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Experts warn on ‘raw material cost’ of powering EVs

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 13:07 -- John Shepherd
Experts warn on ‘raw material cost’ of powering EVs

Experts have warned that producing a new generation of electric vehicles— and supplying the electricity to keep their batteries charged— will add up to costly and “huge implications” for the world’s natural resources.

The UK alone would need just under twice the current annual world cobalt production to meet its EV targets for 2050, according to a letter to government climate change advisers co-authored by the head of earth sciences at the UK’s Natural History Museum, Prof Richard Herrington.

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