Mining News Pro - Electric car pioneer Tesla is already producing units on a trial basis at its giant Shanghai gigafactory despite only breaking ground this year, but thanks to changes to the Chinese EV subsidy program, demand for locally-made Teslas may fall short of expectations.

Mining News Pro - The Australian stock exchange on Monday announced a trading halt on shares of Pilbara Minerals Ltd, pending an announcement from the lithium miner regarding an incident at a site that requires investigation.

Mining News Pro - Veolia Water Technologies has engineered and designed a production process that recovers lithium carbonate and sulphate of potash from clay deposits using HPD evaporation and crystallization systems. That is exactly what British firm Bacanora Lithium needed to advance its Sonora project.

Mining News Pro - Bolivia’s government has cancelled a joint venture project with Germany’s privately owned ACI Systems Alemania (ACISA), which was seeking to develop a massive lithium project in the country’s southern highlands.

Mining News Pro - A team of scientists at Penn State University in Pennsylvania have developed a method through which lithium-ion batteries can heat up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes and then rapidly cool down to ambient temperatures, allowing them to charge in that short time.

Mining News Pro - Electric vehicles (EVs) are catching on faster than even their most ardent supporters ever expected, which inevitably means the pile of spent lithium-ion batteries that once powered those cars is also rising fast.

Mining News Pro - London-based mining company Savannah Resources said on Monday it was in talks with several major European industrial groups, including carmakers, as it gears up to start commercial lithium production in northern Portugal in 2021.

Mining News Pro - Rio Tinto, (ASX, LON:RIO), the world’s No. 2 miner, may become the largest lithium producer in the United States if a pilot project that is kicking off at its Boron mine, in the California desert, proves to be successful enough to be expanded.

Mining News Pro - The Chilean Environmental Service notified Minera Salar Blanco, the operating company for the Maricunga joint venture, that it has extended the Environmental Impact Assessment evaluation process for 60 days.

Mining News Pro - Uranium One Group (U1G), a subsidiary of Russia’s state nuclear company Rosatom, has signed a deal with Canada’s Wealth Minerals (CVE: WML) to buy up to a 51% interest in the company’s Atacama lithium project, located in Chile’s northern Antofagasta region.

Mining News Pro - The application was completed last year, and the certificate outlines the tax regime and additional benefits bestowed upon Pastos Grandes for the next 30 years.

Mining News Pro - VSPC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lithium Australia, announced that it successfully built and tested lithium-ferro-phosphate batteries using high-quality cathode material composed of lithium phosphate from spent lithium-ion batteries.

Mining News Pro - Cornish Lithium, a start-up hoping to lead the development of an industry for the battery metal in the UK, has raised £1.4 million (about $1.7m) through a crowdfunding campaign launched in July, which will allow it to expand its ongoing drilling work in the ancient mining region of Cornwall, south-west England.

Mining News Pro - Strong demand from the electric-vehicle sector alongside supply cuts should help Australian lithium miners recover towards the middle of next year, earlier than expected, industry executives said on Wednesday.

Mining News Pro - Chile is making a renewed push for battery technology investment in return for access to its lithium deposits, piquing interest from China, Japan and Europe as global firms look to tie up supply of the metal vital for the shift to electric vehicles.

Mining News Pro - Australia’s Sayona Mining on Tuesday announced its intention to participate in the bidding process for North American Lithium’s (NAL) operations in Québec, which include a lithium mine and concentrator located in Abitibi near the mining district of Val d’Or.

Mining News Pro - Brazil-based lithium startup Sigma Lithium Resources Corp has held talks with Tesla Inc and other automakers about supplying the key battery ingredient in the coming years, the company’s chief executive said on Thursday.

Mining News Pro - China’s largest lithium battery maker has bought an 8.5% stake in Australian miner Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS), both companies said on Thursday, after falling prices caused mainly by oversupply drove the lithium producer to raise equity to fund working capital.

Mining News Pro - Chilean legislators have rejected a bill allowing the expropriation of private companies involved in lithium mining in the country, which would have left the door open for the state to take over firms such as Albemarle and SQM, the world’s No. 1 and second largest producers of the battery metal.

Mining News Pro - Having raced to ramp up lithium production over the past five years to exploit surging prices, Australian producers are now scrambling to cut supplies as prices plummet on falling demand in the world’s top electric vehicle market.

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