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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Indonesia Will Trade Its Nickel Riches for an Electric-Car Industry

Indonesia is dangling the world's largest trove of nickel, a crucial metal for making electric cars perform better, to lure the auto industry into spending billions of dollars to transform the islands into a hub for the technology.

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EMISSIONS: GM, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler back Trump on California emissions challenge

  • Date: 28-10-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Major automakers are siding with the Trump administration in its bid to bar California from setting its own fuel efficiency rules or zero-emission requirements for vehicles, the companies said in a filing with a U.S. appeals court late on Monday.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Is Eskom turning to solar?

  • Date: 28-10-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: PV Magazine

The South African utility has issued a 20-strong tender for 50 kW solar inverters and mounting structures, to be used in four power plants. Although it is unclear whether the tender marks the energy company’s first step into solar energy, the procurement follows the recent publication of South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan. Eskom is reportedly developing a renewables-linked large scale storage project which may explain the need for inverters.

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LITHIUM: New lithium extraction process could revolutionise energy storage

  • Date: 28-10-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: The Chemical Engineer

ENERGY Exploration Technologies (EnergyX) has developed a scalable lithium extraction process using metal organic framework (MOF) membranes to extract lithium from brines, which is a faster, more efficient, and more environmentally friendly method than conventional processes.

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EMISSIONS: Daimler Trucks & Buses targets completely CO2-neutral fleet of new vehicles by 2039 in Europe, Japan and NAFTA

  • Date: 27-10-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Daimler Trucks & Buses, one of the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturers, aims to offer only new vehicles that are CO2-neutral in driving operation (“tank-to-wheel”) in the triad markets of Europe, Japan and NAFTA by 2039.

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ESKOM: Former CEO Koko gives the EFF's plan to save Eskom a thumbs up

  • Date: 26-10-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Briefly

Former acting CEO Matshela Koko has publicly voiced his support for the EFF's plan to save Eskom

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ESKOM: Power stations truck up Eskom’s image

  • Date: 25-10-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Mail & Guardian

The mealie fields of Mpumalanga are pretty barren right now, just yellow dust really, making it hard to imagine that anything could grow here. In one such desolate field, about 70 metres from the road, is a large coal truck, deep in the soft sand, hopelessly stranded.

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EMISSIONS: Schumer Floats Plan to Take Gas-Powered Vehicles Off U.S. Roads By 2040

  • Date: 25-10-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Bloomberg

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said if Democrats win control of the chamber next year, he would put an ambitious plan on the floor to remove gas-powered vehicles from American roads by 2040.

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