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HYDROGEN: Germany eyes green hydrogen production with new dam project on the Congo River

  • Date: 08-09-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Clean Energy Wire

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Germany could soon enter an energy partnership that would see the central African country provide hydropower capacity to produce green hydrogen for Germany's decarbonisation plans, Michael Bauchmüller, Kristiana Ludwig and Judith Raupp write in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The planned Inga 3 dam at the Congo River could help combining climate action and development cooperation, the German government's representative for Africa, Günter Nooke, told...

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AUTO SALES: Rebound in China Car Sales Accelerates With Pandemic Easing

  • Date: 08-09-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Bloomberg

World’s largest car market recovering from two-year slump China’s car sales increased for a second straight month in August, raising optimism that a two-year slump in the world’s biggest market is nearing an end.

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FUEL CELLS: China to support fuel cell vehicle rollout, official says

  • Date: 05-09-20
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Auto News

China will roll out a new package of policies to support hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to improve the industry's supply chain and technologies, a government official said on Saturday.

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AUTO SALES: Fuel types of new cars: petrol 51.9%, diesel 29.4%, electric 7.2% market share second quarter 2020

  • Date: 03-09-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: ACEA

Brussels, 3 September 2020 – In the second quarter of 2020, the market share of electrically-chargeable vehicles increased to 7.2% of total EU car sales, compared to a 2.4% share during the same period last year. The overall decline in passenger car registrations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic affected the diesel and petrol segments in particular, although together still accounting for more than 80% of car sales.

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PGM PROJECTS: Russia-Zimbabwe platinum JV to secure phase 1 funding by end of year

HARARE, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Russian-Zimbabwean platinum venture Great Dyke Investments (GDI) expects to raise up to $500 million in funding it needs for the first phase of its mining project by the end of this year after the coronavirus delayed talks with lenders, its CEO said on Tuesday.

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ESKOM: Eskom warns that load shedding may escalate

  • Date: 01-09-20
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Cape Town Etc

Electricity provider Eskom has announced they will implement Stage 2 load shedding on Tuesday, September 1 as multiple generation units have suffered breakdowns. Load shedding will be begin between midday and 10pm.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Zimplats withholds dividend amid Covid-19 uncertainties

Zimbabwe-based platinum group metals miner Zimplats’ revenue for the financial year ended June 30 increased by 38% year-on-year to $868.9-million, mainly owing to an increase in the average prices of rhodium, palladium, gold and nickel.

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PGM PRODUCERS: Analysts raise precious metals expansion opportunities for cash-flush Sibanye

JOHANNESBURG ( – Mining analysts last week raised local platinum and gold expansion opportunities for cash-flush precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater, but Neal Froneman, the CEO of the superbly performing Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, expressed concern that South Africa’s current government environment is not conducive to investment.

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