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HYDROGEN: Michelin Reinforces Hydrogen Bet in Move Beyond Selling Tires

  • Date: 08-04-21
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Bloomberg

Michelin is intensifying efforts to make fuel cells as the French company bets that growing demand for hydrogen vehicles will help reduce its dependence on tires.

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IRIDIUM: Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA

  • Date: 07-04-21
  • Category: IRIDIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years.

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MACROECONOMICS: Millions Are Tumbling Out of the Global Middle Class in Historic Setback

An estimated 150 million slipped down the economic ladder in 2020, the first pullback in almost three decades.

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EMISSIONS: Biden's EPA chief vows tougher tailpipe rules by July, unwinding Trump regs

  • Date: 06-04-21
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Auto News

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration is on track to propose by the end of July new limits on the emission of greenhouse gases from automobiles that are strong enough to meet “the urgency of the climate crisis,” according to EPA Administrator Michael Regan.

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IRIDIUM: One Ultra-Rare Metal Is Doing Much Better Than Bitcoin This Year

  • Date: 26-03-21
  • Category: IRIDIUM
  • Source: Bloomberg

There’s one metal that’s leaving all commodities -- and even Bitcoin -- in the dust this year. The challenge for investors is buying it.

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EMISSIONS: Germany’s Climate Obstacle: Its Love Affair With Combustion Cars

  • Date: 26-03-21
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Bloomberg

Germany’s transport and energy ministries sit just 450 feet apart, separated by a Berlin Wall monument, in the city’s government quarter. Civil servants and tourists regularly amble across the park between the two buildings. Yet the divide between the departments’ progress on cutting planet-warming emissions threatens to torpedo Chancellor Angela Merkel’s climate goals.

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SEMICONDUCTORS: Renesas warns of hit to global chip supply after factory fire

Renesas Electronics, one of the world’s largest makers of chips for the automotive industry, has warned that a fire at one of its factories could have “a massive impact” on global semiconductor supplies and halt production for at least a month.

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AUTO SALES: Fuel types of new vans: diesel 92.4%, electric 2.0%, hybrids 0.9% market share in 2020

  • Date: 19-03-21
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: ACEA

Brussels, 19 March 2021 – In 2020, diesel remained the most popular fuel for new light commercial vehicles in the European Union, accounting for 92.4% of the van market. Although the coronavirus pandemic dragged down the overall performance of the EU market, sales of electrically-chargeable and hybrid electric vans increased last year. Electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECV) made up 2.0% of total van sales across the region (up from 1.3% in 2019), while hybrid vans accounted for 0.9% of the EU ma

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