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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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PGM PROJECTS: Noront resuming exploration in Ring of Fire

  • Date: 06-08-20
  • Category: PGM PROJECTS
  • Source: Sudbury Star

Noront Resources is reopening one of its mining sites in the Ring of Fire and mobilizing its team to resume exploration activities.

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AUTO SALES: New car registrations to see first rise this year

New UK car registrations went up in July for the first time this year, according to the motor industry.

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PGM PRODUCERS: ROYAL BAFOKENG PLATINUM LIMITED - Condensed Consolidated Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2020

  • Date: 04-08-20
  • Category: PGM PRODUCERS
  • Source: Royal Bafokeng Platinum

The sudden and unprecedented shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all areas of business and society,affecting our employees, their families, friends and loved ones. RBPlat implemented measures designed to manage the impact and spread of the virus by continuing our operations within the broader national guidelines, as well as our own health and safety framework, while also limiting the economic impact on the community through our community support programme

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