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AUTO SALES: Fuel for Thought: Automotive Scenarios for 2021 — The Virus and the Vaccine

  • Date: 17-12-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: IHS Markit

We have arrived at the crucible of the COVID-19 pandemic. Containment measures are tightening to combat a more severe second wave of the virus. Simultaneously, the availability of several highly effective vaccines appears imminent. While not technically mutually exclusive, these two key developments have very different implications for the automotive industry. Our baseline outlook is being squeezed between these two poles.

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COBALT: Trafigura's Congo artisanal cobalt project to end, replaced by industrial mining

  • Date: 17-12-20
  • Category: COBALT
  • Source: Reuters

Trafigura is ending an artisanal cobalt formalisation project in Democratic Republic of Congo, which it has run alongside miner Chemaf and NGO PACT for nearly two years, the commodities trader said on Thursday.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Amplats moves smartly to avert converter shutdowns

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is rolling out smart solutions to reduce the risk of another shutdown of converter plants at its metals-processing unit.

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BATTERIES: BASF and Eramet to assess development of nickel-cobalt refining complex in Weda Bay to support EV battery production

  • Date: 16-12-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Green Car Congress

BASF and global mining and metallurgy group Eramet will jointly assess the development of a state-of-the-art nickel and cobalt hydrometallurgical refining complex. Such a development would include a High-Pressure Acid Leaching (HPAL) plant and a Base Metal Refinery (BMR). The HPAL would be located in Weda Bay, Indonesia, while the location of the BMR will be determined during the feasibility study.

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BATTERIES: Eramet, BASF target electric vehicles with nickel, cobalt project

  • Date: 16-12-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Mining.com

French mining group Eramet and German chemicals giant BASF announced on Tuesday a partnership to process nickel and cobalt, as the two companies step up their ambitions to supply the electric vehicle industry.

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FUEL CELLS: Materials scientists create stronger cobalt for fuel cells

  • Date: 16-12-20
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: phys.org

A multi-institutional research team led by materials scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has designed a highly active and durable catalyst that doesn't rely on costly platinum to spur the necessary chemical reaction.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Investment approval for platinum mine’s solar project expected early next year

  • Date: 16-12-20
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Mining Weekly

JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – Investment approval for the solar project at the Mogalakwena platinum group metals (PGMs) mine in Limpopo is expected in the first quarter of next year.

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HYDROGEN: Gates and Bezos Funds Back Hydrogen-Powered Plane Startup

  • Date: 16-12-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Bloomberg

The hydrogen-powered aviation startup ZeroAvia Inc. has raised $37.7 million from the U.K. government and a group of investors that includes funds founded by Bill Gates and Amazon.com Inc.

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