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Run on Cobalt Begins as Automakers Make Lithium Battery Plans; Clean Power Plan Will End

Run on Cobalt Begins as Automakers Make Lithium Battery Plans; Clean Power Plan Will End

Investors are running up cobalt prices as automakers and suppliers stock up on the raw material for lithium-ion batteries as they prepare for an increase in electric vehicle production.
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Reuters reported that Shanghai Chaos Investments and Switzerland-based Pala Investments as two of the companies that invested heavily in cobalt last year, although the amount they’ve stockpiled is unknown.
On Dec. 1, cobalt was just around $30,000 per metric ton on the London Metal Exchange. As of Monday, one mt of cobalt was trading around $49,000. That’s an increase of 63% in three months.

Report: Trump Will Scrap EPA Clean Power Plan Next Week

President Trump is expected to issue orders next week that will begin the process of striking the Clean Power Plan and ending a moratorium on new coal mining on federal lands.
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The plan was largely opposed by manufacturers and metals producers. Its end will most likely bring a sigh of relief from utilities with coal-dominated generation mixes, as well, since they won’t have to alter their generation mixes within any deadlines.

What Next After Lithium-Ion Batteries, Magnesium? Sodium?

What Next After Lithium-Ion Batteries, Magnesium? Sodium?

Barely a week passes without some snippet of news from one university or research lab hitting the media about another battery development heralding a major breakthrough in technology.

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To gauge by the number of announcements we should be enjoying unlimited storage at near-zero cost by now, but according to the journal Nature the reality is the energy density of rechargeable batteries has risen only six-fold since the early lead–nickel rechargeables of the 1900s.

Strong Lithium-Ion Batteries

Modern lithium-ion batteries are ten times cheaper than the first commercial versions sold by Sony in 1991 but, in terms of energy density, Nature says they don’t hold much more than twice as much energy for a given weight. This raises a key issue for some applications: for grid storage, density is not an issue. Capital cost, maintenance and longevity or recharging cycles are paramount.

Weekly Renewables MMI®: Silicon Price Gains, Tesla Invests in Li-ion Batteries

Weekly Renewables MMI®: Silicon Price Gains, Tesla Invests in Li-ion Batteries

Prices for silicon saw the biggest increase on the weekly Renewables MMI® this week, rising 0.7 percent. Chinese steel plate saw a 0.3 percent decline over the past week. The […]

Boeing Finally Done With 787 Battery Retrofits, as Minor Metal Prices Wallow

Boeing Finally Done With 787 Battery Retrofits, as Minor Metal Prices Wallow

Boeing finished installing its new, re-engineered batteries in the 50 planes it had delivered. Via Komonews.com: “Boeing Co. never did figure out the root cause of the battery incidents. Instead, […]

An Alternative Explanation for Boeing’s Lithium-Ion Battery Failures

An Alternative Explanation for Boeing’s Lithium-Ion Battery Failures

The phrase “design for manufacturability” takes on new relevance for Boeing as they offered up their latest solution to solve the 787 Dreamliner’s lithium-ion battery woes. According to the New […]

After Boeing Dreamliner Debacle, Questions on Lithium-Ion Battery Use

After Boeing Dreamliner Debacle, Questions on Lithium-Ion Battery Use

Continued from Part One. Perversely, according to Wikipedia, lithium-ion batteries containing more than 25 grams (0.88 oz) equivalent lithium content (ELC) are forbidden in air travel. Passengers are not allowed to carry more […]

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