Tag: cobalt

Oct 21, 2019 - 01:06 pm

BMW is changing their resource strategy

The BMW Group is changing its strategy for purchasing raw materials for electric cars. In the case of important materials such as lithium and cobalt, intermediaries are to disappear from the supply chain.

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Sep 19, 2019 - 02:53 pm

Cobalt for Development kicks off in Congo

BMW Group, BASF, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics launch “Cobalt for Development”, a cross-industry initiative to promote responsible cobalt mining in micro-mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Sep 4, 2019 - 03:07 pm

CATL & Brunp Recycling launch joint venture

The Chinese battery manufacturer CATL and its subsidiary Brunp Recycling are planning to set up a joint venture for cathode materials. In this way, CATL intends to broaden its own supply of important raw materials.

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Aug 6, 2019 - 01:50 pm

Volvo banks on Blockchain for cobalt transparency

Volvo wants to use blockchain technologies to increase transparency regarding the origin of the cobalt used in the batteries of their electric cars. The first project in China, the home country of Volvo’s mother company Geely, has now been launched.

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Aug 6, 2019 - 01:05 pm

Indonesia plans a series of EV incentives

The Indonesian government is planning a series of incentives to increase the uptake of electric vehicles as well as supporting the manufacture of these in the country. Indonesia aspires to become a hub for electric vehicle manufacturing and an exporter.

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Aug 1, 2019 - 03:25 pm

ECO COM’BAT: High power battery by Fraunhofer

As part of the EU-funded ECO COM’BAT, ten partners from industry and research have been working on more sustainable high-voltage lithium-ion batteries since April 2016. As the project coordinator Fraunhofer ISC now communicates: apparently with success.

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Jul 25, 2019 - 02:34 pm

Indonesia: International consortium seeks nickel & cobalt

An international consortium of renowned e-mobility players plans to build a resource mining plant for lithium-ion batteries on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. In concrete terms, the project reportedly involves nickel and cobalt. Apparently, Tesla, CATL, LG Chem, Daimler and Volkswagen aim to participate in the consortium.

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Jul 15, 2019 - 12:58 pm

SVOLT presents cobalt-free Li-ion battery cell

The battery cell manufacturer SVOLT Energy Technology, which emerged from the Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall, has presented a  cobalt-free lithium-ion battery cell (NMx) and the four-element lithium-ion battery cell (NCMA).

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May 7, 2019 - 03:08 pm

Taskforce 40 CRM4EV goes live

The project Taskforce 40, Critical Raw Materials for Electric Vehicles (CRM4EV) of the International Energy Agency HEV technology collaboration has now finally gone live with a web presence and first results.

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Apr 24, 2019 - 03:20 pm

BMW to source cobalt from Australia and Morocco

After Andreas Wendt, the Board Member responsible for purchasing, recently announced that BMW will no longer purchase cobalt from Congo for the introduction of the fifth generation of electric vehicles from 2020/21, it is now clear that the raw material will instead come from Australia and Morocco.

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Apr 23, 2019 - 01:18 pm

Volkswagen joins blockchain for cobalt supply

Volkswagen has joined an industry initiative for responsible purchasing of strategic minerals, especially cobalt. Blockchain technology is to help to improve efficiency, sustainability and transparency in global and complex supply chains.

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Mar 26, 2019 - 06:51 pm

BMW to stop purchasing Congo cobalt in 2020/21

According to Andreas Wendt, the board member responsible for purchasing at BMW, the company will no longer purchase cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo with the introduction of the fifth generation of electric vehicles from 2020/21.

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Feb 21, 2019 - 03:16 pm

VW releases battery recycling details

The recently announced Volkswagen pilot plant for recycling electric car battery materials in Salzgitter, which will go into operation in 2020, is designed to initially produce 1,200 tonnes per year. The project in Salzgitter is to be followed by further recycling plants in the next few years.

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Jan 20, 2019 - 05:38 pm

Myth busting: Battery recycling does work

The battery of an electric car is often denigrated as rolling hazardous waste in circles still favouring the combustion engine. We were able to convince ourselves of the opposite at the specialist firm Duesenfeld that is disposing of the myth – Battery recycling works deep into the cell. It is only down to politics to […]

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Jan 18, 2019 - 06:49 pm

USA to recycle critical battery materials more intensely

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) announced the establishment of a research and development centre for the recycling of critical materials such as cobalt and lithium from electric vehicle batteries for example. The aim is to reduce dependence on foreign resources.

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Dec 4, 2018 - 04:39 pm

Cobalt now classed “strategic” substance in Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo has classified cobalt a “strategic” substance, meaning miners will pay nearly three times the royalty rate than before on the key component in electric vehicles batteries. The rate is now at 10 percent, states a government decree.

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Nov 30, 2018 - 07:06 pm

BMW, BASF & Samsung want sustainable cobalt mining

BMW, BASF, Samsung SDI and Samsung Electronics have launched a cooperative pilot project to support sustainable and fair cobalt mining initiatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The German development agency GIZ will coordinate the project.

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Oct 28, 2018 - 06:03 pm

Audi and Umicore develop closed loop battery recycling

Audi and Umicore are developing a closed loop for the recycling of high voltage batteries from electrified vehicles, which can be reused again and again. Particularly valuable materials, including cobalt, nickel and copper, will be stored in a resource bank.

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Oct 22, 2018 - 06:23 pm

BASF builds battery material factory in Finland

BASF has now officially selected Harjavalta in Finland as their first location to manufacture battery materials for the European automobile market. The facility will be built nearby the refinery belonging to Russian mining company Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel).

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Sep 5, 2018 - 07:22 pm

Research shows Tesla years ahead in battery tech

A new analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) shows that Tesla will be leading the field for EV batteries for years to come. The reason for this is, among other things, the low costs for the Panasonic batteries due to their low cobalt content.

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Jul 25, 2018 - 04:04 pm

Japan plans complete exit from combustion for 2050

Japan has now officially announced their goal to produce only electric and hybrid vehicles in the country as of 2050. The government plans to reach the goal with a system of subventions for the development of batteries and motors for electrified vehicles.

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Jul 13, 2018 - 06:17 pm

Panasonic plans to halve cobalt portion in batteries

The Japanese company plans to change up their battery manufacturing recipe within the next two-to-three years to use only half the current cobalt components. Head of the Panasonic passenger car division, Yoshio Ito, stated there are already working prototypes, but a complex evaluation process will take place before serial production.

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May 31, 2018 - 04:22 pm

Tesla Model 3 found profitable

German engineers “dissected” the Tesla Model 3 and its battery and found that costs for materials and suppliers come down to no more than 18,000 dollars. They also analysed the battery chemistry in detail, coming to exact and similar results, thus concluding Tesla could be making real money from the Model 3.

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May 31, 2018 - 03:40 pm

Panasonic to cut all cobalt from EV batteries

Tesla’s Gigafactory partner Panasonic says it is developing cobalt-free batteries to become independent of the rare and expensive material in the near future. Meanwhile, Tesla released their ‘Conflict Minerals Report’ and also aims for further reductions in cobalt use.

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May 2, 2018 - 05:58 pm

Daimler to buy its EV batteries from CATL

Daimler is turning to China as it wants Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) to supply battery cells for their electric cars. The German carmaker says CATL was the only supplier that agreed to follow human right standards.

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Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2019/11/06/volvo-sets-up-blockchain-system-for-tracing-cobalt-sources/
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