This past week has seen a surge of announcements from lithium producers and developers in North America looking to provide both mined and refined lithium products and capitalise on the forecast strong growth in demand. After suspending operations at both the Kings Mountain facility in North Carolina, USA and the Silver Peak facility… Read more
On 24 December 2020, AVZ Minerals, owner of the DRC-based Manono lithium project, announced it had secured a significant offtake agreement with a subsidiary of Ganfeng Lithium (Ganfeng). The agreement stipulates that subsidiary, GFL International, will purchase up to 160ktpy of spodumene concentrate at a grade of 6% Li2O from… Read more
Last weekend, NIO presented the new model ET7, a luxury sedan, equipped with a 150kWh battery with hybrid in-situ semi-solid electrolyte. The introduction of the semi-solid-electrolyte battery technology is reported by NIO as a significant step-forward in technology development providing a first mover advantage, though many questions remain around the… Read more
From $6,301/t in January, LME prices fell 27% to $4,617/t in March. But a steady recovery saw prices regaining the pre COVID-19 high in late July, completing a full recovery in just six months and have since risen to above $6,700/t, a two year high. A significant 40% fall in… Read more
World salt trade has shown resilience in 2020 and exports look set to exceed 63.2Mt by the end of the year, around 15% less than world exports in 2019. The fall is undoubtedly a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on economic activity around the world. The regions… Read more
Cathode patent landscape Since their development in the early 1990s, Li-ion batteries have become an integral part of our daily life, from powering smart phones and laptops to electrifying transportation. The evolution of the cathode chemistry is one of the key factors that have made the modern Li-ion technology feasible.… Read more
Cobalt is mostly mined as a by-product of copper or nickel with the copper-cobalt sulphide deposits of the Central African Copper belt being the principal source. The DRC dominates global mine production and accounted for roughly 60% of global supply in 2015.
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