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Bushveld Energy partners with US company on vanadium electrolyte rental product

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2019 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned Bushveld Energy subsidiary has enabled the successful deployment of a vanadium electrolyte rental product in industrial-scale batteries developed and sold by Avalon Battery Corporation of Fremont, California. Bushveld Energy and Avalon worked together to... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2019 Manganese could make its mark in the battery electric vehicle (EV) arena by displacing cobalt to a large extent in many of the cathode formulations, where the bulk of battery metals are used. The Junior Indaba heard on Wednesday that manganese, which South Africa hosts in abundance, is in a race... 

US report urges steps to reduce reliance on foreign critical minerals

By: Reuters     5th June 2019 The US Commerce Department on Tuesday recommended urgent steps to boost domestic production of rare earths and other critical minerals, warning that a halt in Chinese or Russian exports could cause "significant shocks" in global supply chains. The report includes 61 specific recommendations -... 

Cautionary rare earths tale found in Molycorp's rise and fall

By: Bloomberg     30th May 2019 Investors with long memories might be forgiven for a sense of deja vu over warnings about rare earths and Chinese supply. Chinese state media reports grabbed global attention Wednesday as they dropped heavy hints about export cuts. Rare earths – a group of 17 obscure, hard-to-pronounce elements... 

Collective SA effort needed to spotlight platinum’s deftness in climate change battle  

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2019 More vehicle manufacturers are acknowledging that platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells are the sole route to 100% carbon-free driving. But platinum’s own catalytic prowess is in danger of being under-acknowledged. 

Researchers see manganese helping fuel cells down cost curve 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2019 A new manganese-containing material may contribute to platinum-using hydrogen fuel cells being driven down the cost curve. The new material, made from manganese hydride, is being earmarked for use in molecular sieves that work with the fuel cells in hydrogen fuelled systems that generate... 

Equinox pours first gold at Brazil mine

By: Mariaan Webb     14th May 2019 Vancouver-headquartered Equinox Gold has hit the first gold pour milestone at its Aurizona gold mine, in Brazil, the company announced on Tuesday. The milestone was achieved with no lost-time injuries. 

Lone US rare-earth miner target of China tariffs, CEO says

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2019 The only US rare earths miner is crying foul over China’s decision to raise tariffs on American shipments of raw materials used in electric vehicles. MP Materials – once the world’s biggest producer of rare-earth materials – exports 3 000 to 4 000 metric tons of concentrates to the Asian nation... 

Sherritt CEO undaunted by Trump’s tightening of embargo on Cuba

By: Bloomberg     30th April 2019 One of Cuba’s biggest foreign investors isn’t fazed by President Donald Trump’s push to make doing business in the communist-run Caribbean nation more difficult. David Pathe said Sherritt International has deep roots on the island, and the chief executive officer is hopeful renewed oil... 

Platinum’s twinning with hydrogen bodes well for the metal as global fuel cell electric vehicle adoption grows

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2019 Where hydrogen goes, platinum usually follows, and since hydrogen is seen as a climate change solution, it is hoped that platinum demand is assured, in spite of the expected significant growth of battery electric vehicles, which do not use platinum. Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles are seen... 

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