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HYDROGEN: Germany plans to promote ‘green’ hydrogen with €7 billion

  • Date: 15-06-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Euractiv

The German government adopted its national hydrogen strategy yesterday (10 June), with plans to ramp up production capacity to 5 GW by 2030 and 10 GW by 2040. To achieve this, €7 billion will be invested in new businesses and research. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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ESKOM: Govt consults with industry on nuclear power plans

  • Date: 15-06-20
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Eye Witness News

Government wants to supplement its power capacity because of problems at state-owned power utility Eskom’s fleet of coal-fired power plants, some of which will be decommissioned over the next two decades.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Charging points surge ahead of electric car boom

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The number of publicly accessible charging points for electric vehicles (EV) jumped 60% in 2019, the biggest increase in three years and outpacing sales of battery-powered cars, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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BATTERIES: BASF’s battery materials plants in Europe advance as planned

  • Date: 15-06-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Automotive World

Preparations and construction of BASF’s battery materials plants in Europe are advancing as planned. After the casting of the foundation for its precursor cathode active material (PCAM) plant in Harjavalta, Finland, BASF has officially started construction. In addition, BASF has secured the construction permits to begin building the new cathode active material (CAM) plant in Schwarzheide, Germany.

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NORNICKEL: Fuel spill in Siberia to cost Nornickel over $150 million

  • Date: 14-06-20
  • Category: NORNICKEL
  • Source: Mining.com

Clean-up costs for the fuel spill that took place in late May at Nornickel’s Heat and Power Plant № 3 near Norilsk, in north-central Russia, add up to $150 million, according to information released by the company this week.

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SOUTH AFRICA: COVID-19 hits North West mining industry hard

BOJANALA - The mining industry in the North West province has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy President David Mabuza visited the province this week to assess its readiness to deal with the crisis. Mabuza said partnerships between traditional leaders, mining companies and the provincial government will improve contact tracing in the province, curbing the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Renault sees growing threat from imports of Chinese EVs

A flood of Chinese electric cars coming ashore in Norway -- one of the biggest markets for battery-powered vehicles in Europe -- is a sign of the “ferocious competition” awaiting the region’s automakers.

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HYRDOGEN: Japan scientists develop new catalyst capable of assisting three different key hydrogen reactions

  • Date: 12-06-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Green Car Congress

Scientists from Kyushu University and Kumamoto University in Japan have developed a new catalyst capable of assisting three key reactions for using hydrogen in energy and industry. Inspired by three types of enzymes in nature, this research can help elucidate unknown relationships among catalysts, paving the way for efficient use of hydrogen gas as a next-generation energy source in the future.

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