Peru targets local lithium battery production

Mining News Pro - Peru wants to produce lithium batteries domestically, a government official said on Wednesday, joining other Latin American nations with lofty ambitions to industrialize their resources of the ultralight metal needed to power electric vehicles.

South Korea’s SK On inks deal with Global Lithium Resources for lithium supply

Mining News Pro - South Korean battery maker SK On said on Thursday it signed a memorandum of understanding with Australia’s Global Lithium Resources Ltd for stable supply of lithium.

Australia’s mining state aims to build battery manufacturing hub

Mining News Pro - Western Australia is seeking to lure more overseas investment to become a key battery manufacturer, promising financial backers from ally nations they will avoid limits on foreign ownership or repatriation of profits.

US MINES act seeks to curb Russia, China grip on critical minerals

Mining News Pro - Republican congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) this week introduced the Monitoring and Investigating Nations Exploiting States (MINES) Act to “hold China and Russia accountable for their efforts to monopolize critical mineral resources around the world, particularly in developing nations.”

Vale says iron market ‘can only get better’ amid tight supply

Mining News Pro - The iron ore market has stabilized with impacts of China’s Covid-19 lockdowns and real-estate woes already priced in, according to a top producer of the steelmaking ingredient.

Forget rare earths, boron is the critical mineral to track

Mining News Pro - The 17 elements served as the basis of a top-selling video game, provided a plot point for a popular Netflix drama, sparked a drawn-out WTO dispute and were used to slam Barack Obama.

Dendrite formation in Li-metal batteries successfully tackled

Mining News Pro - Researchers at the Next-Generation Battery Research Center of Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) developed a 1D Li-confinable porous carbon structure with a hollow core, and a small number of gold nanoparticles with Li affinity inside the core, to be used in lithium-metal batteries to avoid dendrite formation.

The race for US lithium hinges on a fight over a Nevada mine

Mining News Pro - The high-desert mountain pass overlooking alfalfa fields and RV parks doesn’t look like a battleground that will shape the country’s clean energy future.

Push to shorten US mine permit review process gains steam

Mining News Pro - US mining companies, automakers and a bipartisan group of congressional members are recommending that the federal government cut the time needed to permit a new mine in order to boost domestic production of electric vehicle minerals.

China’s Sichuan, Chongqing resume power supply to industry

Mining News Pro - China’s Sichuan province and Chongqing city have resumed normal power supply for industrial and commercial usage, reported state broadcaster CCTV on Tuesday, reducing concerns over tight supplies of the battery metal lithium.

SQM gets green light on environmental plan

Mining News Pro - Chile’s environmental regulator said on Tuesday it approved a compliance plan for lithium producer SQM, a step forward for the company’s operations following a years-long sanctioning process for environmental infractions.

Where Does Tesla Get its Lithium?

Mining News Pro - US carmaker Tesla needs lithium to power its electric vehicles, but where does it get it from? Find out more here.

Mexico creates state-run lithium company, to go live within 6 months

Mining News Pro - Mexico, which nationalized lithium resources in April, has created a state-run company to mine the metal, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in a decree issued in the national gazette Tuesday afternoon.

China lithium prices near record as power cuts squeeze market

Mining News Pro - Prices of lithium in China are close to a record high as a power crisis in the nation’s major hub for the vital electric-vehicle battery ingredient threatens an already-tight market.

Climate disasters risk putting a damper on electric car making

Mining News Pro - Automakers racing to make more electric vehicles have a problem: climate change is catching up with the industry.

Volkswagen and Mercedes line up tariff-friendly battery supplies in deals with Canada

Mining News Pro - Volkswagen AG and Mercedes-Benz Group AG have sealed agreements with Canada to secure access to raw materials such as nickel, cobalt and lithium for battery production, according to people familiar with the accords.

Researchers figure out how to improve Li-ion batteries’ lifespan

Mining News Pro - Researchers at Korea’s Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology have developed a method to strengthen lithium-ion batteries’ anodes, making them more resilient to volume changes.

Teck and Chile discuss investments

Mining News Pro - Chile’s President Gabriel Boric and the chief executive of Teck Resources, Don Lindsay, met in the capital Santiago to discuss the Canadian miner’s projects in the country, including its biggest ever – Quebrada Blanca phase 2 (QB2).

SQM expects strong lithium demand despite price pressures

Mining News Pro - Chilean miner SQM saw demand for lithium soar in the last quarter and expects the trend to continue despite price pressures, its executives said during an earnings call on Thursday.

Toyota, CATL shut plants in Sichuan as power crisis worsens

Mining News Pro - Toyota Motor Corp. and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., the world’s top battery maker, are closing plants in China’s Sichuan province as a drought-induced power crisis worsens.

New Australia-based think-tank aims to broker enterprise relationships between miners

Mining News Pro - A new think tank, the Ian Kowalick Aboriginal Enterprise Institute, has been launched in Adelaide with the idea of helping Aboriginal people make more informed business decisions, particularly when it comes to resource extraction ventures in their traditional territories.

Researchers solve issues hindering silicon use in lithium-ion batteries

Mining News Pro - Researchers at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) are proposing a solution to some of the issues plaguing silicon micron-particles (SiMP), which hinder their use in lithium-ion batteries.

Albemarle windfall shows lithium’s resilience to recession fears

Mining News Pro - The lithium boom is proving so resilient amid recession fears that the world’s biggest producer now expects its operating cash flow to outweigh total expenditures for the first time in six years.

Albemarle studying ways to recycle lithium in North America

Mining News Pro - Albemarle Corp on Thursday said it is studying ways to develop a battery recycling business in North America and believes there would be many similarities with its current lithium operations.

Albemarle’s lithium sales surge after supply contracts renegotiated

Mining News Pro - Albemarle Corp, the world’s largest producer of lithium for electric vehicle batteries, raised its annual forecast on Wednesday and reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit after it renegotiated supply contracts for the metal at higher prices.

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