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Battery supply chain market attracted $21bn of investment in 2020

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2021 Research agency Fitch Solutions says global investment of more than $21-billion toward the electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain shows the urgency of market expansion. With Western Europe claiming the biggest share of investment, it reflects the focus on producing EVs in the region and the... 

Cabinet expected to approve Hydrogen Society Roadmap by early 2022 at latest 

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2021 South Africa’s Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM) will be presented for Cabinet approval either before the end of the year or early next year and should outline how the country’s resource advantages should be leveraged to produce green hydrogen, as well as to integrate hydrogen-related technologies,... 

Local battery material champions planning first-mover advances into new geographies 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd April 2021 South Africa’s team of local battery material champions are planning first-mover advances into new geographies. Mining Weekly can today report that Thakadu Battery Materials, which is producing high-purity battery-grade nickel sulphate for export, has a pipeline of new projects in place that will... 

Metair won’t build lithium-ion plant in South Africa unless it secures offtake deal

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2021 Newly appointed Metair CEO Riaz Haffejee says the group is in a “good position” to be a “good partner” to a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery manufacturer in South Africa, or to partner with a vehicle manufacturer to produce these batteries. He says the group is currently piloting a plant at its... 

Cornish Lithium strengthens management team

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st April 2021 UK-based mineral exploration and development company Cornish Lithium said it has strengthened its management team with the appointment of three new members, namely Neil Elliot as corporate development manager, Kate Harcourt as environment, social and governance (ESG) officer, and Kathy Hicks as... 

Fitch warns that signs are emerging of weakness in copper price

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2021 Research agency Fitch Solutions has revised upwards its average copper price forecast for this year to $7 250/t, from $6 800/t previously, as prices have pushed higher than previously expected. The combination of bullish sentiment towards the economic recovery and a substantially weaker dollar... 

Schlumberger New Energy plans lithium extraction plant in Nevada as EV demand rises

By: Reuters     18th March 2021 Oilfield services firm Schlumberger's New Energy division said on Thursday it would launch a lithium extraction plant in Nevada to cash in on the surging demand for the battery metal from electric vehicle makers and technology companies. The division has invested more than $15-million in direct... 

Automakers using know-how to accelerate the uptake of platinum-based fuel cell systems 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th March 2021 While it is widely accepted that for hydrogen to fulfil its potential in enabling the clean energy transition, collaboration is essential and a recent report by the Hydrogen Council talks of the need to accelerate product and solution development, while acknowledging that this will require new... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum studying feasibility of 30 MW solar power plant   

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) which on Tuesday reported a record performance accompanied a R1.5-billion maiden dividend payment, is conducting a study into the economic feasibility building of a 30 MW modular photovoltaic (PV) solar energy plant at... 

Catalytic qualities of platinum driving constant innovation – WPIC

By: Donna Slater     3rd March 2021 Having been discovered two centuries ago, the use of platinum as a catalyst is driving new catalyst applications, reports platinum demand investment stimulator the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). In the early decades of the nineteenth century, scientist Sir Humphry Davy stumbled on the... 

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