Apr 28, 2023 - 12:06 pm
Stellantis orders raw battery materials in Australia
Stellantis has secured nickel and cobalt from Australia. The car company entered into a binding agreement with Alliance Nickel (formerly GME Resources) to supply 170,000 tonnes of nickel sulphate and 12,000 tonnes of cobalt sulphate over an initial period of five years.
Apr 18, 2023 - 02:31 pm
EU project searches for local battery raw material sources
A new EU project called METALLICO is looking into how battery metals such as lithium, cobalt, copper, manganese, and nickel can be extracted in a sustainable way from primary and secondary raw material sources. The project includes 23 partners from nine countries.
Mar 24, 2023 - 10:38 am
EU and US near deal on EV subsidy agreement
After the US and the EU announced in mid-March that they wanted to negotiate an agreement on critical minerals for electric car batteries, the US government now submitted a concept paper for a transatlantic raw materials partnership to the EU Commission.
Mar 23, 2023 - 03:39 pm
Cirba Solutions joins the battery belt in South Carolina
US battery recycler Cirba Solutions is investing $300 mn in a new recycling factory in South Carolina. The company, which counts GM among its customers, plans to start construction near Columbia in Richland County this year and begin operations by the end of 2024.
Mar 1, 2023 - 01:19 pm
Trafigura to supply Next.e.GO Mobile with battery raw materials
The German electric vehicle manufacturer Next.e.GO Mobile has agreed on a cooperation with the raw materials trader Trafigura. Under the agreement, Trafigura will supply 100 per cent of e.Go’s future aluminium needs, as well as battery raw materials such as lithium, cobalt and copper.
Jan 25, 2023 - 04:31 pm
EV Metals to build processing complex in Saudi Arabia
The Australian battery materials company EV Metals Group has secured 127 hectares of land in Saudi Arabia to build a battery chemicals processing complex. Production of lithium hydroxide at the plant located in Yanbu Industrial City is scheduled to start in 2026.
Dec 23, 2022 - 01:40 pm
SK Innovation to get involved in battery recycling
SK Innovation and the recycling specialist SungEel HiTech want to launch a battery recycling joint venture in Korea. Both sides have just signed a letter of intent. The joint venture is to be founded next year.
Dec 21, 2022 - 01:41 pm
LG Chem invests in recycling specialist Jae Young Tech
The South Korean chemical company LG Chem has invested 24 billion won (approx. 17.6 million euros) in Jae Young Tech, a battery recycling specialist also based in South Korea. However, the joint plans mainly relate to North America.
Dec 12, 2022 - 05:49 pm
EU sets the stage for comprehensive battery market regulations
The European Parliament and the member states have reached a preliminary agreement on the revision of the EU regulations for batteries. The background to the regulation is the proposals presented by the EU Commission at the end of 2020 on mandatory sustainability criteria for batteries.
Dec 8, 2022 - 03:11 pm
Battery prices rise for the first time since 2010
In its current analysis of battery prices, BloombergNEF has recorded the first increase since the start of the evaluations in 2010. The experts attribute this to the increased prices for raw materials and battery components as well as high inflation.
Nov 2, 2022 - 02:32 pm
MAN announces battery recycling strategy
MAN Truck & Bus is working on an after-use strategy for its batteries. The manufacturer is currently drawing up an action protocol for this. In parallel, MAN has launched a project to test used MAN vehicle batteries in stationary storage facilities.
Oct 10, 2022 - 09:09 pm
Stellantis eyes GME Resources for nickel and cobalt
Stellantis has signed a non-binding agreement with GME Resources for the purchase of nickel and cobalt sulphate products from the NiWest project in Western Australia. The NiWest project is not yet in operation and a final decision has yet to be made.
Sep 23, 2022 - 03:17 pm
LGES orders lithium and cobalt from Canada
Battery manufacturer LG Energy Solution has signed cooperation agreements with three major suppliers in Canada for the supply of lithium and cobalt. The supply contract for cobalt sulphate is already binding, while the two lithium agreements still have to be finally negotiated.
Sep 17, 2022 - 05:59 pm
Evonik makes headway in battery recycling processes
The specialty chemicals group Evonik wants to make the recycling of lithium from drive batteries of electric vehicles easier, more economical and more environmentally friendly. The ceramic membrane process developed for this purpose should be ready for the market in three to five years.
Sep 9, 2022 - 03:42 pm
Tozero raises €3.5 million in funding
Munich-based startup Tozero, which specializes in recycling lithium-ion batteries, has raised €3.5 million in a pre-seed round. According to the company, it developed a novel process to recover critical materials from batteries. The funds will be used to build a prototype plant.
Sep 6, 2022 - 12:45 pm
Honda to source battery materials from Hanwa
Honda has entered into a strategic partnership with the Japanese trading company Hanwa to ensure stable procurement of battery materials required for its longer-term electric offensive. The agreement centres around nickel, cobalt and lithium in particular.
Aug 23, 2022 - 05:09 pm
Germany secures raw materials and energy in Canada
According to media reports, during German Chancellor Scholz’s visit to Canada, Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz signed agreements with the Canadian government to secure access to crucial battery raw materials such as lithium, nickel and cobalt.
Aug 2, 2022 - 01:38 pm
Tesla orders cobalt from two Chinese suppliers
Tesla has signed new contracts with two of its existing Chinese suppliers of battery materials. Huayou Cobalt and CNGR Advanced Material signed pricing agreements with Tesla for deliveries through the middle of this decade.
May 25, 2022 - 02:37 pm
BMW to establish closed recycling loop for batteries
The BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture has just established a closed cycle recycling operation in China for the reuse of the raw materials nickel, lithium and cobalt from high-voltage batteries. Compared to the use of newly mined material, CO2 emissions are to be reduced by 70 per cent.
May 23, 2022 - 03:36 pm
Congo & Zambia to build up battery supply chain
As the world’s largest producer of cobalt, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) no longer wants to settle for the role of a raw material supplier. Instead, it wants to build its own battery supply chain in the country. A battery factory is also being considered.