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blacksheep
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China battery giant CATL achieves 304Wh/kg in new battery cells
Xinhua | Updated: 2019-03-20 18:53
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FUZHOU -- China's largest lithium battery producer, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL), has announced that it has created a lithium-ion sample battery cell with an energy level of 304Wh/kg.

CATL batteries are primarily focused on prismatic cell formats using NMC (lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide) chemistries, which have found massive application in China's booming electric vehicles (EV) market.

Energy density, or energy per unit mass, presents a bottleneck for lithium-ion batteries and the EV industry, said Wu Kai, chief scientist with CATL.

Wu said the company had developed a high-performance anode cobalt material to improve battery capacity, and managed to extend battery life with a new coating method in the cathode.

He said CATL also used high-end light and solid aluminum material, a common material in the undercarriage of aircraft, as the lower box in its battery packs to improve energy density.

CATL is now capable of achieving a 240Wh/kg energy density level in mass production.

Headquartered in the city of Ningde in southeast China's Fujian province, the battery giant posted 29.6 billion yuan (4.4 billion US dollars) in revenue last year, up 48.1 percent.

Founded in 2011, CATL has inked supply contracts with a slew of global car manufacturers including BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler and Honda.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201903/20/W...42260b1a79.html



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blacksheep
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How much oil is displaced by electric vehicles? not much, so far
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Electric vehicles are taking ever-bigger bites out of global oil demand, but they haven’t yet caught up with the growing size of the pie.


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More than three-quarters of the displacement so far has come from electric buses, according to Tuesday’s report. About 500 barrels a day of diesel demand is displaced for every 1,000 electric buses on the road, about 30-times the rate for medium-sized battery electric cars. Most of the roughly 95,000 of such vehicles sold in 2018 were in China.

Morgan Stanley analysts earlier this month predicted that China’s oil demand would peak in 2025 as drivers forgo petroleum-fueled transport for battery-powered vehicles and high-speed rail.

read more - http://www.mining.com/web/much-oil-displac...s-not-much-far/



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nipper
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In Reply To: blacksheep's post @ Mar 18 2019, 01:28 PM

a bit ironic there, with Norway probably one of the greatest beneficiaries of hydrocarbon extraction, boosting the country's GDP over the last 30-40 years on a per capita basis rivaling or exceeding many of the OPEC nations. Virtue signalling on a national scale?



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In Reply To: blacksheep's post @ Mar 18 2019, 01:33 PM

Nice pictures... but they seem to think all Lithium comes from Chile and more importantly no Lithium comes from Australia.

In fact they have no minerals coming from Australia at all - not even Iron.

 
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Climate Smart Mining: Minerals for Climate Action
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Countries are taking steps to decarbonize their economies by using wind, solar, and battery technologies, with an end goal of reducing carbon-emitting fossil fuels from the energy mix.

But this global energy transition also has a trade-off: to cut emissions, more minerals are needed.

Therefore, in order for the transition to renewables to be meaningful and to achieve significant reductions in the Earth’s carbon footprint, mining will have to better mitigate its own environmental and social impacts.

Advocates for renewable technology are not walking blindly into a new energy paradigm without understanding these impacts. A policy and regulatory framework can help governments meet their targets, mitigate, and manage the impacts of the next wave of mineral demand to help the communities most affected by mining.

[b]Today’s infographic comes from the World Bank and it highlights this energy transition, how it will create demand for minerals, and also the Climate Smart Mining building blocks
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see link for infographic - https://www.visualcapitalist.com/climate-sm...climate-action/



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blacksheep
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In Reply To: blacksheep's post @ Mar 14 2019, 10:42 PM

Norway stands out in this graph, but , as mentioned in the article below...extract...

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Also, when you read articles on the success of BEV sales in Norway owing to heavy government subsidies, please remember that Norway's population is less than that of New York City.


Ditto, no doubt, the other Scandinavian countries who appear at the top of this graph
Attached File  electric_vehicle_sales_1.jpg ( 90.76K ) Number of downloads: 0


read more - Visualizing EV Sales Around the World - https://www.visualcapitalist.com/electric-vehicle-sales/




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blacksheep
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Brookfield's $20b bet against a rapid electric car revolution
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Brookfield was an early investor in renewables and believes in the electric car story. But CEO Bruce Flatt says it won't happen nearly as quickly as thought, writes James Thomson.

https://www.afr.com/brand/chanticleer/brook...20190315-p514lh




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Saw this in the Naos monthly quotes
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"Vehicle sales in January and February—a period that includes China’s movable Lunar New Year holiday—totalled 3.85 million, down 15% from a year earlier. Commercial vehicles sales increased 2% to 608,000 over the two months, but passenger-car sales were off 18% to 3.24 million. Electric-vehicle sales were the exception: They doubled in the first two months of the year to 148,000”
- China Association of Automobile Manufacturers

“[Vehicle] Sales will likely remain depressed until the second half of 2019…..Last year’s slowdown burdened dealers with too much inventory, and it will take time to reduce stock”
- Chen Shihua, Assistant Secretary-General of the Manufacturers’ Association [China]
that's less than 5% for EVs



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An Inconvenient Truth For The Global Auto Industry: Electric Cars Are Not Selling In 2019
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As global automakers rush to introduce new battery electric vehicles (BEVs,) an inconvenient truth is emerging: someone has to buy them. With so much focus on the race to secure raw materials to produce lithium-ion batteries and on Tesla's hourly/daily/weekly production rates at its single assembly plant in Fremont, CA, the demand side of the equation seems to have been forgotten. I have been following the auto industry for more than a quarter century and I love new powertrain technology as much as any other gearhead does. My background is as a sell-side analyst, though, and as a stock guy, I know that moving units moves the bottom line.

The biggest hindrance for BEV sales around the globe has been government interference in the markets. Tax credits in the U.S. are based on volume, and with the country's two largest sellers of BEVs--GM and Tesla--already surpassing the 200,000 unit threshold, their BEV models are seeing a net effective price increase. The government in CHina, by far the world's largest market for electric vehicles, will reportedly lower BEV subsidies by a third in 2019 and will phase them out completely in 2020. Europe is somewhat of a mishmash in terms of subsidies. Also, when you read articles on the success of BEV sales in Norway owing to heavy government subsidies, please remember that Norway's population is less than that of New York City.

read more - https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimcollins/201...9/#e06bd644072c



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Some good point made in this article. Five red flags banks look for before they invest in a mining project

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At the end of the day, all resources projects are high risk,” says METS Engineering principal consulting engineer Damien Connelly.

“We are in a risk business — we should never lose sight of that.”

Before they choose to invest, banks call on independent consultants like METS Engineering to go over a mineral development project with a fine-toothed comb.

That’s because the banks that lend the money to these projects don’t necessarily have the technical due diligence expertise themselves. They understand all the financial aspects, but not the geology, mining, processing, and even to some extent, the market.

“That’s where we get involved for independent technical due diligence as part of the accountability process,” Mr Connelly told delegates at the Paydirt 2019 Battery Minerals conference.

“Having a good understanding of the risk, and mitigating that risk, is absolutely critical.”

Here’s some of the red flags guys like Mr Connelly look for during the project due diligence process.

1. Project history

“There are projects out there that are recycled. They failed before, then they turn up again – that’s not a good look.”

“If a project has a number of false starts and technical difficulties it becomes very difficult to convince people that it’s going to be successful this time.”

2. Processing plant test work
“If you look at any financial model capital cost doesn’t kill it — the thing that drives it is [metal] recovery, operating costs, and metal prices.”

“We have seen a number of [lithium] projects struggle to get the recovery to start with.

“I’ve even had the banks say to me ‘this is bad! It’s not working!’

“I say listen — they have done bench scale test work, they’ve done locked cycle test work and they’ve done piloting. And it all says [the process] works.

“Having all that test work there to support the project is absolutely critical. Because in lithium, floatation is tough. You should never underestimate it.

“Sure, it’s not working in the plant right now but that’s more to do with grind size, or reagent optimisation – it’s a learning curve.

“If you look at a simple oxide gold ore you don’t need to pilot that because it’s easy.

“With graphite and lithium piloting is mandatory. If you haven’t done that it increases the risk.”

3. Financial modelling
“Financial models — you can manipulate them and turn a pig’s ear into a brilliant project.

When companies do their own financial models, they tend to polish it and polish it – but look at some of the basic assumptions and you quickly find [holes].

“We see projects where the financial model looks brilliant. The reality is that the project wont achieve it.”

4. Starting with the high-grade stuff
“Look at the ore schedule in relation to the processing plant.

“Early project [production] is absolutely critical, because if you get low grade, difficult to treat material it just screws with cashflow and destroys the financial model. It puts you behind the eight-ball [straight away].

“Some companies will try to go for high grade to start with and that’s not a bad idea because it generates lots of cash.”

5. Unrealistic timelines to production
“I think the industry is struggling with project execution plans.”

“Realistic timelines. That is something we can do better.”

“It takes a long time to get a project up and running. But by fast tracking progress you cut corners [and this] just increases the risk.

https://stockhead.com.au/experts/five-red-f...mining-project/



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