Race for lithium illustrates EU drive for ‘strategic’ raw materials

By |november 21st, 2018|Africa, batteries, China, cobalt, copper, Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, lithium, News, Raw materials|

The European Union is accelerating plans to develop lithium mining and refining capacity on its territory as part of a concerted EU push to develop a strategic value chain for manufacturing batteries for electric cars inside Europe.

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Metals: Friend or foe of the green economy?

By |november 14th, 2018|aluminium, circular economy, cobalt, copper, Emissions trading scheme, lead, lithium, Metals, mining, News, Nickel, Raw materials, Steel, zinc|

The green economy usually brings to mind traditional renewable materials such as wood, biomass, water and earth. Less likely poster children are the big metals that have formed the backbone of the industrial revolution – steel, copper, iron, tin and aluminium.

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Researcher: ‘The greatest bottlenecks can be expected for lithium and cobalt’

By |november 13th, 2018|cobalt, copper, lithium, Metals, News, rare earths, Renewable Energy|

As excitement builds about the opportunities of the new green economy, concerns are growing as well. The economic transition will require new grid infrastructure, new distribution models and, perhaps most importantly, more raw materials, says Kornelis ...

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