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Researchers discover an origin of dendrite growth in lithium-metal batteries

20.11.2019


Three pioneers of lithium-ion batteries shared the 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry but after four decades of research, the implementation of the batteries has not been without obstacles. Lithium metal, an ideal anode material for its high energy density, was used in the earliest lithium battery prototypes. However, this design has been shelved due to…



Argentina’s lithium producers hopeful as Fernandez set to take power

19.11.2019


Argentina’s lithium producers are cautiously optimistic that President-elect Alberto Fernandez’s incoming administration will not restrict capital flows or set other policies that could hamper their ability to supply the electric vehicle battery metal. Fernandez, a member of the Peronist party that has supported more economic intervention by government, defeated business-friendly incumbent Mauricio Macri in last…



Bolivian lithium: why you should not expect any ‘white gold rush’ in the wake of Morales overthrow


The overthrow of Bolivian president Evo Morales shows how the politics of environmentalism and social justice intersect in a silvery-white metal. As Morales flew to exile in Mexico, commentators wondered what will become of Bolivia’s lithium, a strategic resource used in consumer electronics and electric cars. Lithium batteries are the most energetic ever created, and…



Lithium Stocks Likely to Charge Higher on Chile’s Atacama Disruption

16.11.2019


In recent months, lithium prices slipped on oversupply issues, with producers cutting back on supply. However, those cuts are anticipated to eventually give way to a supply crunch. It’s why companies like Albemarle are still bullish on lithium. In addition, recent disruptions to lithium operations around Chile’s Atacama salt flats may also help to alleviate…



Beyond lithium: alternative materials for the battery boom


While lithium has long been touted as the future of advanced batteries, the technology’s limitations and accidents at lithium facilities have encouraged manufacturers to consider alternatives to power the battery revolution. Umar Ali profiles alternative battery materials with significant potential. Zinc Over the past seven years, 110 villages in Africa and Asia have received power…



Bolivian Coup Comes Less Than a Week After Morales Stopped Multinational Firm’s Lithium Deal

15.11.2019


The Sunday military coup in Bolivia has put in place a government which appears likely to reverse a decision by just-resigned President Evo Morales to cancel an agreement with a German company for developing lithium deposits in the Latin American country for batteries like those in electric cars. “Bolivia’s lithium belongs to the Bolivian people,”…



Albemarle’s lithium prowess questioned by analysts, dragging on shares


Albemarle Corp’s lithium business – the world’s largest producer of the battery metal – is overvalued and likely to be hampered by oversupply concerns for the foreseeable future, JPMorgan analysts said on Friday, pushing the company’s stock down more than 5%. The blunt assessment of the company, which supplies the white metal for use in…



Sonora Lithium project update


Bacanora Lithium plc, a London traded lithium company, has provided an update on its activities at the Sonora Lithium Project in Mexico following the recent completion of the strategic investment by leading global lithium company Ganfeng Lithium Co., Ltd. Ganfeng review and process testwork The Bacanora project team in Mexico continues to progress the final…



Lithium price: Worst may be over for Australian producers

06.11.2019


Investment in battery and electric vehicle manufacturing continues apace around the world, with Tesla already producing units on a trial basis at its giant Shanghai gigafactory despite only breaking ground this year. But the breakneck expansion of the EV industry, where lithium-ion batteries dominate, has not been enough to lift prices for the raw material,…



Accuracy equals efficiency: Overcoming the challenges of Australia’s lithium mining industry

01.11.2019


A key player in the global shift towards low-emission living, lithium mining is more important now than it has ever been and often regarded as one of the most valuable minerals of the foreseeable future. In 2017, Australia was the world’s leading producer of lithium, absorbing a significant 43 percent share, thanks largely to Western…



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