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Lithium Werks in China giga-investment deal

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

Dutch lithium-ion battery producer Lithium Werks BV has signed a framework agreement to build a 60-hectare battery gigafactory in China’s Yangtze River Delta.

The agreement for the €1.6 billion (US$1.85bn) factory to produce cells for lithium-ion batteries was signed with the Zhejiang Jiashan Economic Development Zone Industry Corporation.

“With our Chinese partners’ help, and as we continue to grow both organically and through acquisitions, we will deliver the energy storage solutions that our customers increasingly ask for as the world transitions to clean energy,” said Lithium Werks chairman Kees Koolen (pictured centre).

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EU pledges more cash to prop up lithium battery alliance

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Maroš Šefčovič

The European Union is pledging to throw additional cash at projects that support plans for an EU-wide battery cell manufacturing industry to compete with Asia.

The move comes one-year after the launch of the EU Batteries Alliance initiative— which has been heavily criticised for favouring investments in lithium-based technologies for future electric vehicles while attacking the bloc’s lead-acid industry.

Now EU energy chief and European Commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, has said around €1 million of new funding could be made available under a newly-launched ‘Interregional Partnership for Batteries’ (IPB)— “to promote European cooperation across public authorities, research, and industry” in support of the Batteries Alliance.

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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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E3-Comstock deal eyes petro-lithium for battery metal bonanza

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 09:18 -- John Shepherd
Alberta Lithium Project. Photo: E3 Metals

Canada-based petro-lithium company E3 Metals and exploration group Comstock Metals have formed a joint venture to cash in on “exponential growth” in the battery metal sector.

E3 said its “immediate goal is to demonstrate a commercially viable chemical concentration process as a key driver to commercial production” of its Alberta lithium brine resources.

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Chinese firm takes first tranche of Namibia lithium

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:11 -- John Shepherd
Chinese firm takes first tranche of Namibia lithium

China’s Jiangxi Jinhui Lithium has taken delivery of its first 30,000-tonne tranche of lithium concentrate for processing under an off-take deal with an African company.

Jinhui said the shipment from Namibian lithium developer Desert Lion Energy will be processed in China.

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Chile competition probe into China lithium deal

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 17:07 -- Xuan Zhong
Chile competition probe into China lithium deal

Competition chiefs in Chile have launched a probe into a deal that would see China’s Tianqi Lithium become a key shareholder of the world’s second largest producer of lithium.

Tianqi confirmed last month it had agreed to buy a 25.9% stake in Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM) from Canada-based Nutrien— in a move to strengthen Chinese influence on the battery raw materials market.

 

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Australia urged to take on Asia in battery hub bid

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 09:12 -- John Shepherd
Australia urged to take on Asia in battery hub bid

Mining firms have unveiled a blueprint they say could transform Australia into a global battery development hub— and grab a multi-billion-dollar slice of the “lithium value chain”.

A new report from Australia’s Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) calls on the federal government to declare battery minerals processing an “industry priority”— and use tax breaks and other incentives to entice global industry giants to the country to kick-start a domestic battery industry.

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China firm increases Australia lithium investment

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:54 -- Xuan Zhong
China firm increases Australia lithium investment

One of China's largest lithium hydroxide and carbonate producers, Sichuan Yahua Industrial Group, is boosting its investment in Australian lithium producer Core Exploration.

Sichuan has used its Yahua International subsidiary to give Core Exploration $1.4 million as share placement – in addition to $2m cash it pumped into the firm last year.

 

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Temperature ‘heals lithium dendrites’— study

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 10:01 -- Xuan Zhong
Temperature ‘heals lithium dendrites’— study

Researchers in the US say they have developed a new technique using heat to “enable lithium-metal self-healing” to eliminate the dendrite build-up in battery anodes.

The team at New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute claim to have discovered a way to use internal battery heat “to diffuse the dendrites into a smooth layer”.

 

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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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