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Mine waste powers battery business

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Adrian Griffin

VSPC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lithium Australia (LA), has successfully manufactured lithium-ion cathode material and lithium-ion batteries themselves from lithium mining waste.

This announcement marks the success of an extended project for LA, after BEST Battery Briefing reported last August that they had obtained permission to extract lithium from mining dumps in Western Australia.

Waste tri-lithium phosphate— which is a direct waste product from lithium mining— was successfully converted into lithium-iron-phosphate cathode material at LA’s laboratory and pilot plant facility in Brisbane, Queensland.

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Zimbabwe ‘to build batteries’ on back of lithium mining

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
July Moyo

Zimbabwe’s government has set out proposals to build battery-manufacturing plants as part of a “lithium beneficiation” programme.

The minister for local government, public works and national housing, July Moyo (pictured), said an unspecified number of plants would be built in the country’s central Midlands Province— spurred by renewed lithium mining activity.

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Portugal looks to lithium

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Jorge Seguro Sanches

Portugal is set to offer licences for the exploration of lithium in the country in a bid to grab a share of the lucrative battery materials supply market for electric vehicles.

Energy secretary Jorge Seguro Sanches said in an interview with Reuters the country would launch a call for tenders for the licences “by the end of the year”.

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Project ‘eyes Indonesian nickel for batteries’

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:56 -- Hugh Finzel
PT Vale Truck

Two mining firms have reportedly started working on plans in Indonesia that could pave the way for launching a battery metals production facility.

Japan’s Sumitomo Metal Mining is conducting a feasibility study for the proposed project with PT Vale Indonesia, according to Reuters.

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Mining firms dig in to turn nickel into ‘battery gold’

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:50 -- John Shepherd
Nickel West Mt Keith operation. Photo: Nickel West

Mining behemoth BHP is stepping up investment in nickel mine development and exploration in Western Australia to become “a globally-significant battery materials supplier”.

Asset president of BHP’s Nickel West Australia mine-to-market business, Eduard Haegel, told a mining conference the group’s strategy is to secure supplies of a key battery material to supply increasing demand for electric vehicles (EVs).

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Chinese car firm signs lithium supply deal

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:53 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese car firm signs lithium supply deal

Chinese car marker Great Wall Motor Co Ltd., said it has taken a 3.5% stake in Australian lithium miner Pilbara Minerals Ltd., to help secure supplies of a key mineral for its electric vehicle development plans.

Great Wall said it would take the equity interest in Pilbara for around AUD28 million ($22m) through its wholly-owned Hong Kong-registered subsidiary Billion Sunny Development Ltd.

 

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Glencore bullish on boost for EVs, storage

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:07 -- News Editor
Glencore bullish on boost for EVs, storage

Switzerland-based mining and commodities giant Glencore has increased its earnings guidance for 2017 because of an expected “large scale” push for electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

CEO Ivan Glasenberg (pictured) said in half-year results released on 10 August the group had increase its full-year marketing adjusted earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) guidance by $100 million to between $2.4 billion and $2.7bn.

 

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Australian mining firm milestones at vanadium pilot plant

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:47 -- Paul Crompton
Australian mining firm milestones at vanadium pilot plant

Mining firm Australian Vanadium is celebrating this week after achieving two milestones in its energy storage strategy.

The company has produced its first batch of vanadium catholyte from the pilot plant it installed last year at the University of Western Australia.

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Graphite producer notches up eighth US defense agreement

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:32 -- Paul Crompton
Graphite producer notches up eighth US defense agreement

Canadian mining firm Alabama Graphite has manufactured and shipped three one-kilogram test samples of its Purified Micronized Graphite (PMG) to a US-based lithium-ion battery maker.

The unnamed company produces lithium batteries for military applications under contract from the United States Department of Defense (DoD).

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Electrovaya deliver Li-ion battery to Canadian mine

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 16:39 -- Paul Crompton
Electrovaya's battery has been designed for use in remote mining operations.

Canadian battery manufacturer Electrovaya has delivered its lithium-ion battery technology at Glencore’s Raglan Mine in Quebec.

The lithium-ion battery technology solutions manufacturer has added the battery component to diesel generators in the $700,000 deal.

The 2.0 battery system technology has been installed at the mine in partnership with Tuqliq Energy Corp. and Hatch Ltd. who are engineering coordinators for the project.

When paired with a diesel generator the 2.0 system allows it to operate at maximum efficiency, reducing diesel consumption and lowering maintenance costs.

The 2.0 lithium-ion battery does not rely on specific components, instead, its innovation is independent of the cathode, anode and separator component selection which gave the product the ‘platform technology’ moniker.

The battery technology has been designed for use in remote mining operations, which have no grid connections and rely upon alternative energy sources.

The company says that its battery technology can store generated energy at an efficiency of greater than 90% to further improve energy efficiencies.

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