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EMISSIONS: Air pollution from brake dust may have same harmful effects on immune cells as diesel exhaust

  • Date: 09-01-20
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: King's College London

Metal particles from the abrasion of brake pads may cause inflammation and reduce the ability of immune cells to kill bacteria a new study has found, similarly to particles derived from diesel exhaust.

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NICKEL: Indonesia approves environmental study for battery-grade nickel plants: minister

  • Date: 08-01-20
  • Category: NICKEL
  • Source: Reuters

Indonesia has approved environmental impact studies for factories to produce battery-grade nickel chemicals in Morowali, Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan said on Wednesday.

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HYDROGEN: Western Australia invests in hydrogen studies

  • Date: 08-01-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Mining Weekly

The Western Australian government has announced a A$1.68-million investment to support feasibility studies across seven proposed renewable hydrogen projects to support development of the fledgling industry.

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POTASH: Anglo bids to take over mine in Yorkshire

  • Date: 08-01-20
  • Category: POTASH
  • Source: Financial Times

Anglo American has made a takeover bid for Sirius Minerals, the UK-listed miner struggling to build a giant potash mine on the North York Moors. In a statement, Anglo said it was in advanced discussions with Sirius over a 5.5p a share offer that would value the company at almost £386m.

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CARBONYLATION: Evonik and LIKAT achieve breakthrough in carbonylation chemistry

A research team with leading participation of Evonik has achieved a breakthrough in the field of carbonylation chemistry. Carbonylation is one of the most important types of reaction in the chemical industry. It involves the catalyzed introduction of a CO group (carbonyl group) into organic compounds. For more than 60 years, science and industry had been looking for a way to implement the now successful reaction step.

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BATTERIES: BMW joins IRMA, highlights efforts to source ethically mined resources

  • Date: 08-01-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: BMW Blog

BMW has been making a point lately, highlighting the fact that electric cars are not eco-friendly as many people might think. A lot goes into making an EV that could be considered harmful and that’s something all car makers need to address. For instance, the mining of rare-Earth materials used in batteries is often even more damaging to the environment than internal combustion cars. 

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FUEL CELLS: Joint white paper says FCEVs will be cheaper to run in ten years time

  • Date: 08-01-20
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: H2 View

The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for commercial hydrogen vehicles will fall by more than 50% in the next ten years as manufacturing technology matures, economies of scale improve, hydrogen fuel costs decline, and infrastructure develops.

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ESKOM: Nersa: If Eskom Wins Court Matter, Power Prices Will Rise

  • Date: 08-01-20
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: iAfrica

JOHANNESBURG – South Africans can expect to pay more for electricity if Eskom’s court application succeeds next week.

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