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IEA urges ‘minimum standards’ on battery materials and recycling

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:03 -- Xuan Zhong
IEA urges ‘minimum standards’ on battery materials and recycling

Lithium-ion is “likely to remain the technology of choice” for electric vehicle (EV) batteries over the next decade— but “minimum standards” should govern material supplies and recycling, says a new study.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) report, Global EV Outlook 2018, said “clearly defined and respected norms and requirements for traceability are needed” across the batteries supply chain, after the global stock of EVs climbed from one million in 2015 to more than three million in 2017.

 

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IEA urges ‘minimum standards’ on battery materials and recycling

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:03 -- Xuan Zhong
IEA urges ‘minimum standards’ on battery materials and recycling

Lithium-ion is “likely to remain the technology of choice” for electric vehicle (EV) batteries over the next decade— but “minimum standards” should govern material supplies and recycling, says a new study.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) report, Global EV Outlook 2018, said “clearly defined and respected norms and requirements for traceability are needed” across the batteries supply chain, after the global stock of EVs climbed from one million in 2015 to more than three million in 2017.

 

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Chinese lithium recycler in NEV lithium link-up with BAIC

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:23 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese lithium recycler in NEV lithium link-up with BAIC

Chinese lithium battery recycler GEM has teamed up with domestic state-owned carmaker BAIC to establish a used batteries collection and recycling operation.

The move is the latest response to Chinese government guidelines to ensure the prompt recycling of batteries from the country’s fast-developing new energy vehicle (NEV) market.

 

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Huayou partners with LG Chem as China-South Korea ‘battery wars’ thaw continues

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:19 -- Xuan Zhong
Huayou partners with LG Chem as China-South Korea ‘battery wars’ thaw continues

Another Chinese-South Korea investment deal has been done to produce lithium battery materials in China— in the latest sign of a thaw in economic tensions between the countries.

Chinese mining company Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt said its subsidiary, Huayou New Energy Technology, has signed a deal with South Korea’s LG Chem to launch two new joint venture companies at a total investment of some $645.6 million.

 

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Report says China ‘well ahead’ of Europe on battery recycling— urges EU to learn from lead-acid industry

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 10:16 -- John Shepherd
Report says China ‘well ahead’ of Europe on battery recycling— urges EU to learn from lead-acid industry

An independent report by Germany’s independent and non-profit Oeko-Institut has urged the European Union that, when it comes to lithium batteries, to follow the example set by the lead-acid industry in recycling batteries to create a “sustainable” system for conserving raw materials and reusing EV batteries for energy storage.

But the report— ‘Ensuring a Sustainable Supply of Raw Materials for Electric Vehicles’— shows EU leaders that China is already “well ahead” in having a “transparent” structure that efficiently regulates the use of materials in the electro-mobility sector, the Institute said.

 

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Lithium and cobalt facing “critical” supply issues, study says

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:48 -- John Shepherd
Lithium and cobalt facing “critical” supply issues, study says

Supplies of lithium and cobalt are set to become “seriously critical” as demand for lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles and other applications rises, according to a new study.

Researchers at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm of Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology say cobalt-free battery technologies, “including post-lithium technologies based on non-critical elements such as sodium”, plus magnesium, zinc, calcium and aluminium, could ease the “dependency”.

 

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China battery recycler GEM signs Glencore cobalt supply deal

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:42 -- Xuan Zhong
China battery recycler GEM signs Glencore cobalt supply deal

Chinese battery recycler GEM has signed a three-year colbalt materials supply deal with Swiss mining company Glencore.

GEM said the move would secure materials needed to supply batteries to China’s growing electric vehicle market.

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BMW to sign 10-year cobalt and lithium supply contracts

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:41 -- Xuan Zhong
BMW to sign 10-year cobalt and lithium supply contracts

Germany’s BMW Group is set to sign 10-year contracts to secure supplies of cobalt and lithium for production of electric vehicle batteries, the auto giant has told BBB.

A BMW spokesperson confirmed contracts would be signed with more than one supplier “in the near future”— but declined to name the firms involved.

 

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Call for ‘ethics pledge’ from Li-on users

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 09:41 -- Xuan Zhong
Call for ‘ethics pledge’ from Li-on users

The US-based Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is calling for companies that source lithium-ion batteries for electronic products such as electric vehicles to commit to using only “ethically-sourced materials”.

UCS’s clean vehicles policy analyst, Josh Goldman, said the use of lithium, cobalt, nickel “and other metals that are part of an EV lithium-ion battery pack, have raised red flags about the poor human rights and worker protection records in the countries where these materials are mined”.

 

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Cobalt crisis forces Koreans to act

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:23 -- News Editor
Cobalt crisis forces Koreans to act

Amid growing demand for the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles and smartphones, cobalt, the key energy metal, has seen a decline in production this year driven mainly by the unstable political situation of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which accounts for more than half of global cobalt production.

This month, the price of cobalt came to $61,000 per ton, a 90% jump from early in the year, according to industry data.

Photo credit: The Carter Center: G. Dubourthoumieu

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