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FUEL CELLS: MAHLE introduces new modular filter concept for fuel cell applications

  • Date: 20-08-20
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Green Car Congress

MAHLE has developed two standardized air filter solutions for fuel cells. With to this new modular approach, MAHLE is able to significantly reduce development times and costs, with developers now having direct access to a fully developed off-the-shelf component instead of having to design individual solutions for each vehicle.

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COBALT: China plans to boost cobalt reserves as virus spurs supply risks

  • Date: 20-08-20
  • Category: COBALT
  • Source:

China’s state stockpiling agency has drawn up plans to buy 2,000 tonnes of cobalt after the coronavirus pandemic highlighted the fragility of supplies of the strategic mineral.

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AUTO SALES: Global Plugin Vehicle Volumes Fell 14% In 1st Half Of 2020, Better Than Auto Market’s 28% Drop

  • Date: 20-08-20
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Clean Technica

The 1st half of 2020 was overshadowed by the COVID-19 lockdowns, causing unprecedented declines in monthly vehicle sales from February onwards. For the first 6 months of 2020, the volume loss was 28% for the total light vehicle market, compared to the 1st half (H1) of 2019. EVs held up better and posted a loss of 14% year on year for H1, globally.

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ENERGY: Japan’s struggle to drive down renewables costs

  • Date: 20-08-20
  • Category: ENERGY
  • Source: PV Magazine

A nation famous for high electricity prices has seen power costs fall 15% this year, according to analyst Wood Mackenzie, a figure which will help attract $100 billion of solar and wind investment to 2030. Renewables will have to work even harder, however, to displace fossil fuels in hydrogen production.

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HYDROGEN: Ten cities, thousand fuel cell vehicles? China is sketching a roadmap for hydrogen vehicles

  • Date: 19-08-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: ICCT

China has sent a strong signal to the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV) industry with some major policy moves in recent months. First, hydrogen was listed as an energy source in a national law for the first time, in the Energy Law of the People’s Republic of China (draft for consultation). Then, promotion policies for FCVs were separated from those of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in the Notice on Optimizing Fiscal Subsidies for Promoting New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) from four central ministries

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MINING: Ivanhoe Mines Issues Second Quarter Financial Results and Review of Mine Construction Progress and Exploration Activities

  • Date: 10-08-20
  • Category: MINING
  • Source: Junior Mining Network

Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - August 10, 2020) - Ivanhoe Mines (TSX: IVN) (OTCQX: IVPAF) today announced its financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2020. Ivanhoe Mines is a Canadian mining company advancing its three mining projects in Southern Africa: the Kamoa-Kakula copper discovery in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); the Platreef palladium-platinum-nickel-copper-gold-rhodium discovery in South Africa; and the extensive upgrading of the historic Kipushi zinc-copper-s

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PGM PRODUCERS: Platinum giant South Africa forced by Covid-19 to look into abyss

Beset by power and water shortages, alongside whipsawing government policies, South African producers have cut spending over the past decade on mines responsible for 75% of global platinum supply.

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NORNICKEL: Russian Arctic peoples appeal to Elon Musk for Nornickel boycott

  • Date: 07-08-20
  • Category: NORNICKEL
  • Source: Mining Weekly

A group of indigenous people in Russia are asking Tesla’s Elon Musk to stop buying supplies from miner MMC Norilsk Nickel until the company compensates them for environmental damage to their ancestral lands.

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