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blacksheep
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Brandenburg happy to get Tesla Gigafactory in eastern Germany
Tesla's decision to build a Gigafactory in the Eastern German state of Brandenburg surrounding Berlin has been met with unconditional approval by people living there. They're already dreaming about thousands of jobs.
https://www.dw.com/en/brandenburg-happy-to-...many/a-51222973

Ongoing Brexit issues in the UK are said to have contributed to Tesla selecting Germany over the UK - their original plan

Why Elon Musk picked Germany not the UK for Tesla's Europe gigafactory

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The news is a blow to Britain, where car makers are struggling under the pressure of the wider global slowdown, with problems compounded by uncertainty over Brexit.

Failure to seal a free trade deal is a massive worry for the industry, which employs 168,000 people directly in vehicle manufacturing and five times that in the wider sector. Combined, they generate annual turnover of £82bn and are responsible for 14.4pc of the UK’s goods exports: 80pc of the 1.5m cars built in Britain are sold abroad, mostly to Europe.

However, Musk’s decision is not a shock, says Professor David Bailey, an automotive industry expert at Birmingham University.

“Despite some excellent work here on battery R&D, it’s little surprise that Tesla didn’t really consider the UK as a location,” he says. “Brexit uncertainty has stymied investment in the automotive industry, which is down by over 80pc in the last three years.

“The longer that uncertainty goes on the higher the risk the UK misses investment in the new automotive technologies that are coming.”


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019...pe-gigafactory/



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blacksheep
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November 13, 2019 10:32 AM Eastern Standard Time
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Volkswagen of America today marked the start of construction for its electric vehicle production facility. The Chattanooga site, where production begins in 2022, will be Volkswagen's North American assembly base for electric vehicles.

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Volkswagen Breaks Ground on Expansion for Electric Vehicle Production in United States
Overall plant expansion brings $800 million investment, 1,000 jobs
VW plans to expand body shop by 564,000 square feet
Volkswagen also announces new battery pack assembly facility

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Battery pack assembly

The company also announced it intends to build a 198,000–square-foot plant for the assembly of battery packs for EVs at the Chattanooga site.

“With Volkswagen’s expansion, Tennessee is on the cutting edge of the move to electric vehicles and our workforce is up to the challenge,” Tennessee Gov. Lee said. “We look forward to a continued partnership with VW and the growth of advanced manufacturing in Chattanooga and beyond.”

Ambassador Haber added, "The United States plays an absolutely central role in German carmakers’ global activities. German carmakers like Volkswagen have already invested here, in Tennessee and in the U.S. as whole, creating jobs and training young employees. I wish Volkswagen of America and this new facility for electric vehicles all the best and a lot of success."

Tom du Plessis, Volkswagen Chattanooga CEO, said the expansion signals the start of new, high-tech processes in the plant. Hiring for the new assembly will begin in early 2020 and will continue as needed for ramping up production, he said. Positions added for the expansion include supervisors, specialists and a variety of engineers specializing in electrical, software, mechanical, manufacturing, chemical and quality.

“Electric vehicle and electric vehicle battery production require new and different technical skills than those we currently use,” du Plessis said. “We're working with our colleagues abroad, as well as with the Volkswagen Academy, to ensure our team members are well-prepared.”


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joules mm1
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NOVEMBER 13, 2019 / 5:04 PM / UPDATED 3 HOURS AGO
Lithium producers hit by first big downturn of electric vehicle era

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lithium-..._source=twitter



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blacksheep
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Pallinghurst is chaired by Brian Gilbertson - former BHP boss. They are looking to take controlling interests in battery materials projects such as lithium, graphite, and cobalt, but only targeting their investments in countries such as North America, Europe and Australasia - not Africa or Latin America. Pallinghurst has already invested in Nouveau Monde Graphite (Montreal) and is in negotiation with another North American company Nemaska Lithium.

Pallinghurst and Traxys to invest $2bn in battery materials
https://www.ft.com/content/3723f12e-0549-11...84-fbbacad9e7dd

Latest PR from Nouveau Monde Graphite - Nouveau Monde Provides an Update on Its Strategy to Produce Spherical Graphite Destined to Lithium-ion Batteries Market
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Equipment and Demonstration Plant

The equipment has been shipped following this validation phase, which was conducted in Asia by Nouveau Monde’s technical team. The Company expects to receive the equipment on Canadian soil at the end of Q4 2019. The equipment will be installed at the Company’s currently operating demonstration plant in Saint-Michel-des-Saints, to test the process developed by NMG for the production of value-added products (VAP) as of Q1 2020. Seneca has been awarded the engineering-procurement-construction contract for the micronization and spheronization demonstration plant.

Nouveau Monde is also developing a thermochemical purification process to complete its market offering, adding products with a purity above 99.95%. To this end, NMG has reserved an option to purchase 2 million square feet of land in the Bécancour Industrial Park in Quebec, an area with excellent development potential for the electric battery sector (KPMG, April 2019) due to the low cost of energy, availability of labour, access to logistical infrastructure and proximity to the U.S. market.

Nouveau Monde plans to build the secondary transformation plant for the production of anode material for lithium-ion batteries at an initial capacity of 35,000 tonnes per year for the first phase, and then up to 100,000 tonnes per year, with potential supply agreements with other graphite suppliers.

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Why Lithium Batteries Fail
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/...90821135244.htm

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The discovery, published Aug. 21 in Nature, challenges the conventional belief that lithium metal batteries fail because of the growth of a layer, called the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI), between the lithium anode and the electrolyte.

The researchers made their discovery by developing a technique to measure the amounts of inactive lithium species on the anode -- a first in the field of battery research -- and studying their micro- and nanostructures.

The findings could pave the way for bringing rechargeable lithium metal batteries from the lab to the market.




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Early next year, one of the first power projects that combine solar and wind generation with battery storage is planning to start up in Queensland. The Kennedy Energy Park, just outside the sleepy town of Hughendon, will combine 43 megawatts of wind and 20 megawatts of solar with a 2-megawatt Tesla lithium-ion battery.

Hybrid projects like Kennedy aim to tackle a problem faced by climate change challengers, and grid planners, across the globe: how to firm-up intermittent renewable power so that the lights stay on when the sun doesn't shine or the wind doesn't blow.

It could also be a precursor of what's to come in the next decade. Plunging green technology costs are opening up markets and suppliers are seeking new avenues to combat falling margins. Australia, India, and the US already have a combined pipeline of more than 4000 megawatts of hybrid, or co-located projects, according to BloombergNEF analysis.

Kennedy Energy Park's location is one of the best on the planet for pairing a strong and consistent solar resource with a highly complementary wind profile, said Roger Price, chief executive officer of Windlab, the company leading the development along with Eurus Energy Holdings.....

Originally Bloomberg, ...
https://www.afr.com/policy/energy-and-clima...20191106-p537sf



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Lithium could see further boom-bust cycles in long term
By MICHAEL GREENFIELD, MICHAEL GREENFIELD
Published: Tuesday, 05 November 2019
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Demand for lithium carbonate is probably fully covered until 2025, but the market could return to undersupply due to the current investor hesitance to invest in the lithium supply chain.

A lack of investment in the lithium supply chain could push the market back into undersupply in the second half of the next decade, and further boom-bust cycles may follow, delegates at the London Metal Exchange’s LME Week heard.

A shortage of lithium is being forecast in the long term due to the lack of investment in mining projects, speakers and panelists said during a panel discussion at the event last week.

Demand for lithium will catch up with today’s oversupply but, given the weakness in prices, miners were reluctant to invest in new or expanded capacity, because this could move the market into undersupply by the middle of the next decade, they added.

As a result, the market will experience further boom and bust cycles, according to Daniel Jimenez, partner at consultancy iLi Markets, who was speaking on the LME Week Battery Materials panel on October 31.

William Adams, head of base metals and battery research at Fastmarkets, described the electric vehicle (EV) and battery materials market as being in a "valley of disappointment," in a presentation that preceded the panel. These sentiments were later echoed by the panelists.

The lithium market has been facing low prices, a weakening global economic outlook, a softening in demand for EVs, and lithium mining projects that have either cut their output or halted altogether.


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Future Lithium Batteries, according to co-inventor.

Podcast: ... https://www-lifehacker-com-au.cdn.ampprojec...-co-inventor%2F



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Bolivia walks away from lithium project with German company
Cecilia Jamasmie | November 4, 2019

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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.

Residents of Potosí, where the partners had planned to build a factory for electric vehicles (EVs) batteries and a lithium hydroxide plant, have been protesting since early October against the project. They claimed the region was not getting enough benefits from the deal and demanded authorities to raise the agreed 3% royalty to 11%, Spanish news agency EFE reported.


read more - https://www.mining.com/bolivia-walks-away-f...german-company/



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blacksheep
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Miners doing their bit to clean up - RIO, BHP, FMG, all get a mention

The Next Frontier for Electric Vehicles: Deep Underground
To improve air quality and reduce emissions, mining companies aim to shift away from diesel equipment
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SYDNEY—The next boom in electric vehicles could be the world’s mining fleet.
From rural Canada to Australia’s dusty Outback, companies are swapping out diesel-fueled drills, loaders and utility vehicles for equipment powered by lithium-ion batteries. They are looking to reduce emissions and eliminate the exhaust fumes that foul the underground air and risk miners’ health.

read more - https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-next-front...und-11572687002





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