Fortescue commissions largest integrated battery energy storage system

Mining News Pro - Iron-ore major Fortescue has contracted Perth-based Pacific Energy’s subsidiary Contract Power Australia to build Western Australia’s largest network integrated battery energy storage system (BESS).

Battery metal rush pits miners against marine biologists

Mining News Pro - Controversial plans to mine the ocean floor face a key test this year when a United Nations body unveils rules that could spur the exploitation of hundreds of billions of dollars of battery metals.

Nornickel to boost output of nickel products in Finland for EV battery market

Mining News Pro - Russian metals producer Nornickel said on Tuesday it will boost output of nickel products at its Harjavalta plant in Finland as it bets on the expanding market for battery materials needed for electric vehicles (EV).

B2Gold commissions “world’s largest” off-grid solar battery plant at Fekola

Mining News Pro - Canada’s B2Gold has commissioned an off-grid solar battery hybrid system at its Fekola gold mine in Mali, said to be the world’s largest in the mining industry.

Rio Tinto produces battery-grade lithium from waste rock at US mine

Mining News Pro - Diversified major Rio Tinto has started production of battery-grade lithium from waste rock at a lithium demonstration plant at the Boron mine in California.

Saudi Arabia of cobalt: Congo eyes battery-metal price power

Mining News Pro - Democratic Republic of Congo, the world’s main source of vital battery ingredient cobalt, is also one of the poorest nations. And while it’s dominated by huge industrial mines, about a fifth of its silvery-blue metal is still hand-dug, in often unregulated and dangerous conditions.

The next electric-car battery champion could be European

Mining News Pro - With Europe expected to lead the world in electric-car sales for a second straight year, an epic rush to build a battery-supply chain from scratch is playing out across the continent.

Canadian Manganese aims to tap into growing battery metals market

Mining News Pro - Mineral developer Canadian Manganese Company (CMC) on Friday announced an agreement with Maximos Metals as part of its vision to create a new technology metals company

Investors flock back to lithium as battery bust turns to boom

Mining News Pro - Investors are betting big on a lithium comeback less than three years after prices of the metal used in rechargeable batteries collapsed from a record price and sent miners reeling.

VW plans to be battery juggernaut in $29 billion answer to Tesla

Mining News Pro - Volkswagen AG is stepping up efforts to unseat Tesla Inc. as the dominant electric-car maker with a plan to build six battery factories in Europe and invest globally in charging stations.

Mick Davis launches $300 million battery metals SPAC

Mining News Pro - Former Xstrata boss Mick Davis’ newly founded battery metals investment firm Vision Blue Resources (VBR) is stepping up efforts to reach the goal of becoming a battery metals giant by launching a $300 million special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC).

Sandvik unveils second battery-driven underground drill

Mining News Pro - Sandvik has released the DL422iE battery-electric top hammer longhole drill, which produces zero emissions and is fully automated.

Battery metals buzz is back as Europe reboots EV sector

Mining News Pro - The battery metals are back.

Neometals JV partners with Itochu for battery recycling

Mining News Pro - Neometals on Friday announced that its joint venture (JV) with SMS group GMbH, Primobius GmbH, had inked a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japan’s Itochu Corporation to investigate establishing a corporation for battery recycling.

Battery grade lithium prices in China surge 68%

Mining News Pro - Domestic Chinese battery-grade lithium carbonate prices assessed by Benchmark Mineral Intelligence are on a tear in 2021 after bottoming out in the second half of last year, following a lengthy slump.

New lead battery technology could be lower-cost solution to store solar energy

Mining News Pro - US-based engineers have joined forces to develop high-voltage reference batteries for behind-the-meter energy storage applications, based on a bipolar technology that uses silicon wafers in traditional lead batteries.

Nickel, cobalt price: 10 charts show China’s grip on battery supply chain to last decades

Mining News Pro - New study shows Asian cathode, precursor producers’ control of nickel, cobalt supply go way beyond long-term off-take agreements

Canada could be top player in global EV battery market

Mining News Pro - Canada has a sizeable opportunity to become one of the world’s leaders in the lithium-ion battery market, but that potential needs to be recognized and nurtured by regulators and miners, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence director Simon Moores told the House of Commons on Monday.

Tesla deployed more EV battery materials than its four closest competitors combined in 2020

Mining News Pro - A report by market researcher Adamas Intelligence states that Tesla deployed more passenger EV battery capacity and battery materials, namely lithium, nickel and graphite, than its four closest competitors combined in 2020.

Battery minerals demand surge to dwarf anything industry has seen before

Mining News Pro - Mining heavyweight Mick Davis, whose Vision Blue has raised $60-million to invest in battery metal assets, believes the world is on the cusp of an unprecedented surge in demand for certain commodities and that an immediate supply-side response is required from the industry.

Mick Davis’ battery metals firm Vison Blue raises $60m

Mining News Pro - Former Xstrata boss Mick Davis’ newly founded battery metals investment firm Vision Blue Resources (VBR) has raised $60 million and invested almost half of it in Canada’s NextSource Materials (TSX:NEXT), which is building a graphite mine in Madagascar.

African battery metals are central to global ESG agenda

Mining News Pro - The world is increasingly electrifying, while also focusing on environmental protection using green technology to do so, and Africa needs to capture as much of the investment value that goes along with those trends, Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo has said.

Glencore strengthens cobalt partnership with Norwegian battery producer

Mining News Pro - Diversified miner Glencore International and Norwegian battery producer FREYR have signed a letter of intent for the supply of up to 3 700 t of high-purity cobalt metal cut cathodes produced at Glencore’s Norwegian operations, Nikkelverk.

Tesla hit by battery shortage amid rallying lithium, cobalt, nickel prices

Mining News Pro - In a call to investors following disappointing financial results released Wednesday, CEO Elon Musk says Tesla doesn’t have enough cells to put new products like Semi truck into production.

Scientists develop anode-free zinc battery for storing renewable energy

Mining News Pro - Researchers at Stanford University and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have developed a prototype of an anode-free, zinc-based battery that uses low-cost, naturally abundant materials.

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