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LITHIUM: Piedmont Lithium makes US$12 million strategic investment in Quebec hard-rock lithium developer Sayona Mining

  • Date: 11-01-21
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Pro Active Investors

The company is set to acquire 19.9% of Sayona Mining and 25% of Sayona Quebec and has entered a binding supply agreement for 50% of Sayona Quebec’s spodumene concentration production.

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LITHIUM: Frontier Lithium commences operation of lithium hydroxide mini-pilot plant

  • Date: 11-01-21
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Sudbury Star

Frontier Lithium Inc. has begun a pilot project to produce lithium hydroxide, an important component lithium-ion batteries, at a site in Falconbridge.

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FUEL CELLS: Johnson Matthey and SFC Energy AG sign multi-million pound deal and joint development agreement for the supply of more sustainable fuel cell components

  • Date: 11-01-21
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey (JM), a global leader in sustainable technologies, has won a new multi-million pound agreement to provide 400,000 Direct Methanol MEA fuel cell components to SFC Energy AG (SFC), a global leader of hydrogen and direct methanol fuel cells for stationary and mobile hybrid power solutions. The agreement is starting in February 2021 for a duration of over three years.

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SOUTH AFRICA: SA’s mines bring hundreds of thousands of employees back to work

  • Date: 10-01-21
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Business Live

Mining companies are applying the tough lessons they learnt in 2020 as they return 450,000 people to one of SA’s largest industries after the year-end break amid a strong resurgence in Covid-19 infections and deaths.

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SOUTH AFRICA: COVID-19 remains a threat for Impala Platinum mineworkers

The Rustenburg-based Impala Platinum Mine in the North West has a 40 000-strong workforce. Although it has already recorded close to 2 000 infections, it has some of the strictest health and safety COVID-19 protocols to prevent its staff from getting infected by the deadly virus.

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AUTO PRODUCTION: Car manufacturing hit by global semiconductor shortage

The world’s largest carmakers are facing a potentially crippling shortage of semiconductors, as chipmakers reserve supply for tech groups producing smartphones, tablets and gaming devices. Volkswagen said last month that the bottlenecks meant it would produce 100,000 fewer cars in the first quarter of the year at sites in Europe, North America and China, because its parts makers Continental and Bosch have struggled to secure supplies from their contractors.

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LITHIUM: Albemarle to double lithium production in Nevada

  • Date: 08-01-21
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining.com

Albemarle said on Thursday it will double production at its lithium facility in Silver Peak, Nevada, to boost supply for the electric vehicle (EV) market.

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HYDROGEN: €5m EU Award to Study Offshore Green Hydrogen Production

  • Date: 08-01-21
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: ITM Power

The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH2-JU), a public private partnership of the European Commission, has awarded the consortium behind the OYSTER project, consisting of ITM Power, Ørsted, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, and Element Energy EUR 5 million to investigate the feasibility and potential of combining an offshore wind turbine directly with an electrolyser and transporting renewable hydrogen to shore.

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