May 24, 2023 - 01:11 pm
ExxonMobil goes for lithium mining
The US mineral oil company ExxonMobil is apparently getting involved in lithium mining. According to information from US media outlets, the oil giant has acquired drilling rights for an area in the US state of Arkansas where large lithium deposits are suspected.
May 23, 2023 - 02:09 pm
Ford secures lithium for future electric cars
Ford is procuring lithium on a large scale for the batteries for its electric cars. The carmaker now signed agreements with five companies. Depending on the supplier, the first battery-grade materials will be delivered to the carmaker between 2025 and 2026.
May 22, 2023 - 02:55 pm
LGES to buy lithium from GT1 in Canada
South Korean battery manufacturer LG Energy Solution (LGES) is investing in Australian-based lithium miner Green Technology Metals (GT1) and has signed a preliminary supply agreement with GT1 for North America.
May 9, 2023 - 12:43 pm
Tesla kicks off lithium refinery construction in Texas
Tesla has officially begun construction of its own lithium refinery in Texas and plans to complete it next year. By 2025, Tesla plans to produce enough battery-grade lithium hydroxide for one million electric cars at the site near Corpus Christi.
May 5, 2023 - 01:34 pm
Albemarle to expand lithium refining in Australia
The American speciality chemicals company Albemarle has announced a doubling of the production capacity of its Kemerton lithium hydroxide plant in Western Australia. Instead of 50,000 tonnes per year, the plant will be able to produce 100,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide at full capacity.
Apr 21, 2023 - 11:31 am
BYD considers battery materials factory in Chile
BYD is planning to build a battery material factory in Chile. That is according to the Chilean economic development agency CORFO. The South American country wants to put the lithium industry under state control – but BYD, among others, could be given preferential treatment.
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 28, 2023 - 09:33 am
Li-Cycle and Kion Group sign battery recycling agreement
The North American battery recycler Li-Cycle is cooperating with the industrial truck manufacturer Kion Group. Under the agreement, which runs until 2030, Li-Cycle will recycle batteries from Kion’s global brands starting in the second half of 2023.
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 23, 2023 - 02:54 pm
Albemarle to build lithium refinery in South Carolina
US speciality chemicals company Albemarle has announced the location of its new lithium processing plant in the US. The plant will be built in Chester County, South Carolina. Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of 2024.
Mar 20, 2023 - 11:19 am
Lithium de France raises €44 million
When it comes to extracting lithium for EV batteries from geothermal brine, Vulcan Energy Resources is getting competition from France. Lithium de France, a company founded in October 2020 and based in Bischwiller, Alsace, has announced the closing of a €44 million Series B financing round.
Mar 15, 2023 - 02:50 pm
Koura signs supply deal with Ascend Elements
Ascend Elements will supply Koura with up to 5,000 tonnes of recycled lithium carbonate per year. Koura will use the recycled lithium carbonate in lithium-ion battery materials for the US and European markets, including lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6), a key electrolyte salt.
Mar 2, 2023 - 09:55 am
Tesla announces new factory in Mexico and gives production strategy outlook
Mexico will soon be home to a new Tesla Gigafactory. The carmaker confirmed the location to build its “next-gen vehicle” at yesterday’s Investor Day at Tesla’s Gigafactory in Texas. CEO Elon Musk also gave some details about his ‘Master Plan 3’, which focuses on a renewable energy future – but much of it remains unclear.
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.
Feb 23, 2023 - 12:12 pm
BASF & TAT to cooperate on battery recycling in Germany
BASF has agreed on a long-term cooperation with the Israeli company Tenova Advanced Technologies (TAT) for its prototype plant for battery recycling in Schwarzheide, Brandenburg. Together, the two companies want to optimise the hydrometallurgical recycling process.
Feb 22, 2023 - 12:08 pm
LiCORNE: Fully European lithium supply chain
The EU-funded project LiCORNE (Lithium Recovery and Battery Grade Materials Production from European Resources) aims to set up the first complete European supply chain for lithium processing resources available in Europe.