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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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PGM PRODUCERS: Tharisa Settles Four-Year Wage Agreement At Mine With Workers' Unions

(Alliance News) - Tharisa PLC on Monday announced that it had concluded a four-year wage agreement with the main unions at its Tharisa Mine just west of Rustenburg.

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MINING: A grades for some miners on environmental disclosure

  • Date: 15-12-20
  • Category: MINING
  • Source: Mining Journal

Several miners have received A grades for their environmental transparency and action, based on their annual disclosure through non-profit organisation CDP’s climate change, forests and water security questionnaires.

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NICKEL: Eramet's New Caledonia nickel smelter low on ore after protests

  • Date: 14-12-20
  • Category: NICKEL
  • Source: Reuters

The nickel smelter of Eramet SA’s SLN subsidiary in New Caledonia is running low on ore due to widespread protests over the sale of another nickel operation in the French Pacific territory, Eramet said on Friday.

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NICKEL: Vale suspends operations at New Caledonia after protests

  • Date: 14-12-20
  • Category: NICKEL
  • Source: Mining.com

Vale said on Thursday that it has halted operations at New Caledonia after pro-independence protests nearby, and that military forces are now guarding the evacuated plant.

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COBALT: China Moly buys 95% of DRC copper-cobalt mine from Freeport for $550m

  • Date: 14-12-20
  • Category: COBALT
  • Source: Mining.com

China Molybdenum Co said on Sunday it had acquired a 95% stake in the Kisanfu copper-cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from U.S.-based Freeport-McMoRan Inc for $550 million.

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