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ESKOM: Eskom drops tariff bombshell

  • Date: 20-01-20
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: City Press

Making a strong case against Nersa, power utility argues that regulator overstepped its legal mandate in focusing on tariff affordability rather than cost management.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Nearly 5,000 jobs go at Marikana as Sibanye-Stillwater ends talks

  • Date: 20-01-20
  • Category: SOUTH AFRICA
  • Source: Mining Journal

Sibanye-Stillwater (JSE: SGL) has confirmed almost 5,000 jobs will go from its Marikana platinum group metals operation in South Africa as it concluded the Section 189A consultation process with relevant stakeholders.

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BATTERIES: China embraces battery-swapping system for EVs

  • Date: 20-01-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Auto News

China is stepping up efforts to facilitate initiatives that allow swapping electric-vehicle batteries on-the-go, seeking to further spur the adoption of EVs in the world’s biggest car market.

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ACQUISITION: Anglo American agrees £405m takeover deal for Sirius Minerals

  • Date: 20-01-20
  • Category: ACQUISITIONS
  • Source: The Guardian

The mining company Anglo American has agreed to buy Sirius Minerals for £405m in a deal that rescues plans to dig the UK’s first deep mine in 40 years under the North York Moors.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: India’s Electric Car Ambitions Could Stumble on Lack of Lithium

Home to some of the most polluted cities on the planet, the South Asian nation is pivoting toward new-energy vehicles to clean up its toxic air. But with meager resources of lithium, the mineral essential to make batteries for electric vehicles, it is having to scour for resources overseas.

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EMISSIONS: UNECE endorses stringent new vehicle emissions regulation; towards a single type approval for major markets ‎

  • Date: 20-01-20
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Green Car Congress

UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) will make it easier for countries around the world to implement state-of-the-art emissions test procedures with a new UN Regulation featuring the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).

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BATTERIES: A breath of fresh air for longer-running batteries

  • Date: 20-01-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Eurekalert

DGIST researchers are improving the performance of lithium-air batteries, bringing us closer to electric cars that can use oxygen to run longer before they need to recharge. In their latest study, published in the journal Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, they describe how they fabricated an electrode using nickel cobalt sulphide nanoflakes on a sulphur-doped graphene, leading to a long-life battery with high discharge capacity.

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HYDROGEN: Hydrogen Council report finds cost of hydrogen solutions to fall sooner than previously expected

  • Date: 20-01-20
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Green Car Congress

The Hydrogen Council has published a new report, Path to Hydrogen Competitiveness: A Cost Perspective, demonstrating that the cost of hydrogen solutions will fall sharply within the next decade, sooner than previously expected.

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