Rio Tinto says output from $2.4bn Serbia lithium project to be delayed

Mining News Pro - Rio Tinto on Tuesday pushed back its timeline by a year to 2027 for first saleable production at its $2.4 billion Serbia lithium project, saying it faces delays in key approvals and protests over environmental concerns.

How light can improve li-ion battery, fuel cell performance

Mining News Pro - Light can be used to significantly improve the performance of fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries, and other devices that are based on the movement of charged atoms, or ions, new research has found.

Chile court halts lithium auction days after quotas awarded

Mining News Pro - A Chilean court on Friday ordered the suspension of a lithium contracts auction that took place earlier this week, part of a plan by the South American country to boost production of the coveted mineral used in car batteries.

Serbia to decide on Rio Tinto’s lithium mine after April election

Mining News Pro - Serbia will decide whether Rio Tinto can proceed with developing a lithium mine in the country after a general election in April, its prime minister told Reuters, as protests by local communities continued.

SQM ups ESG agenda with Standard for Responsible Mining audit

Mining News Pro - SQM, the world’s second-largest lithium miner, announced Wednesday the beginning of a third-party audit against the world’s most rigorous standard of best practices in environmental and social responsibility at industrial scale mines: the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA)’s Standard for Responsible Mining.

Supply squeeze risks are pushing lithium price higher and higher

Mining News Pro - Lithium has burst into 2022 with a fresh price spike that hands electric-vehicle makers more warning of even sharper cost pressures to come.

Chile awards new lithium contracts despite political storm

Mining News Pro - Chile’s government pushed ahead with contracts to tap more of the world’s biggest lithium reserves, raising harsh criticism from President-elect Gabriel Boric and other opposition groups seeking to halt the bidding process.

Lithium Power to spin off Western Australia assets to focus on Chile project

Mining News Pro - Australia’s Lithium Power International Ltd said on Wednesday it will spin off its Western Australia assets into a separate firm on the Australian bourse, to allow the company to focus on its flagship Chile project.

Australia’s Liontown signs supply deal with LG Chem

Mining News Pro - Australian lithium miner Liontown Resources Ltd said on Wednesday it signed a deal to sell lithium spodumene from its flagship project to the battery unit of South Korea’s LG Chem, sending its shares soaring 13%.

Chile tensions over lithium contracts show scope of clean energy task

Mining News Pro - Mounting opposition to new lithium contracts in Chile is the latest indication of just how difficult it will be for the world to churn out the building blocks of the clean-energy transition.

Chile lawmakers ask courts to stop bidding on lithium mining contracts

Mining News Pro - Chilean lawmakers went to court on Tuesday to stop the outgoing government from taking bids for lithium mining contracts, with SQM and Albemarle , the world’s two largest producers of the ultra-light battery metal, in the running.

Vulcan gets five more exploration licences in Germany

Mining News Pro - Lithium developer Vulcan Energy Resources, which has supply deals with carmakers Volkswagen, Stellantis and Renault, has received five new exploration licences for geothermal energy and lithium in Germany.

Japanese researchers find formula for fast-charging lithium-ion batteries

Mining News Pro - A team of scientists at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) developed an approach to anode fabrication that could lead to extremely fast-charging lithium-ion batteries.

Tesla smashes quarterly delivery record with 308,600 cars

Mining News Pro - Tesla Inc. delivered 308,600 vehicles worldwide in the fourth quarter, smashing the previous record for the electric-car maker and setting a capstone on a year in which the company joined the exclusive $1 trillion market valuation club.

Indian researchers develop lithium-ion battery that can be recharged with solar energy

Mining News Pro - Researchers at India’s Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) have developed a compact lithium-ion battery with photosensitive materials that can be directly recharged with solar energy.

Lithium miner’s woes may exacerbate strain in EV supply chain

Mining News Pro - Pilbara Minerals (ASX: PLS), one of Australia’s top lithium miners, slashed its forecast for shipments, further exacerbating tight supply for the key ingredient in electric-vehicle batteries.

Rio Tinto to buy Argentina lithium project for $825m

Mining News Pro - Rio Tinto is expanding its lithium ambitions beyond the Jadar project in Serbia by agreeing to buy the Rincon brine project, located in the heart of the lithium triangle in Argentina’s Salta Province.

Rock Tech Lithium to raise $40 million for German, Ontario projects

Mining News Pro - Rock Tech Lithium is raising C$59.1 million ($45.6m) to build a high-grade lithium hydroxide converter and refinery in Guben, Germany, and to advance its Georgia Lake lithium project in Ontario,145 km northeast of Thunder Bay.

Electric car crystal ball gazing in China as the new year dawns

Mining News Pro - This time 20 years ago, China joined the World Trade Organization, kicking off a new era in the country’s automobile sector as overseas carmakers began to muscle in. Next year is also shaping up to be a banner one, particularly in China’s electric-vehicle segment.

Chilean miners ask leftist president-elect to foster industry

Mining News Pro - A leftist millennial who rose to prominence during anti-government protests in 2019 was elected on Sunday as Chile’s next president, following a bruising campaign against a free-market and anti-immigrant candidate often likened to Donald Trump.

Chile electing president between polar opposites in tight race

Mining News Pro - Chileans are electing a new president on Sunday in a race so tight between two candidates of such contrasting visions that a nation long known as stable and prosperous seems thrust into an identity crisis that will shape its economic future and reverberate across Latin America.

The world wants more lithium but doesn’t want more mines

Mining News Pro - Prices for lithium, the building block of electric-vehicle batteries, shot to a record this year, amplifying concerns there won’t be enough of the metal to fuel the switch away from combustion engines. In that climate, now should be a prime time to build a mine.

New tool monitors countries’ raw materials consumption

Mining News Pro - Australian and European researchers working with the United Nations have developed a tool that tracks how many resources each country consumes.

Geothermal brines in California’s Salton Sea could be future source of lithium in the US

Mining News Pro - A literature review prepared by Berkeley Lab scientists found that geothermal brines in the Salton Sea region of California are expected to be a major source of domestic lithium for the United States in the future but that significant technical challenges have to be overcome.

Vulcan Energy buys German geothermal plant to power lithium extraction

Mining News Pro - Vulcan Energy said on Friday it had agreed to buy a geothermal power plant in Germany’s Upper Rhine Valley for about 31.5 million euros ($35.6 million), as it works to supply lithium to Volkswagen and other European carmakers.

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