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ESKOM: Eskom expects unbundling of transmission to be done by March

  • Date: 20-11-19
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: Eye Witness News

CAPE TOWN – Following the announcement of Andre de Ruyter as Eskom’s new CEO this week, the Department of Public Enterprises has on Wednesday given details about plans to unbundle the cash strapped utility.

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NORNICKEL: Nornickel reveals ambitious technology – as well as production – plans

  • Date: 19-11-19
  • Category: NORNICKEL
  • Source: International Mining

Technology looks like playing a pivotal role in Norilsk Nickel’s ambitious growth plan to boost its mined ore volumes at the renowned Taimyr operation, in Russia.

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NORNICKEL: Russia to dominate world’s platinum & palladium production with new Arctic project

  • Date: 19-11-19
  • Category: NORNICKEL
  • Source: RT

The Arctic Palladium project which involves development of several platinum-group metal deposits on Russia’s Taimyr Peninsula is nearing completion. It is expected to turn Russia into the world’s top producer of platinum metals.

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AUTO SALES: Passenger car registrations: -0.7% 10 months into 2019; +8.7% in October

  • Date: 19-11-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: ACEA

In October 2019, the EU passenger car market grew by 8.7% to reach 1,177,746 units registered. This marked the highest October total on record since 2009. During the same month last year, registrations fell by 7.3% after the WLTP test came into effect, setting a low base of comparison for 2019. As a result, nearly all EU countries posted increases in October, with the exception of Cyprus and the United Kingdom.

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FUEL CELLS: ITM Power and Iwatani Corporation of America Establish US Collaboration Agreement

  • Date: 19-11-19
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: ITM Power

ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, and Iwatani Corporation of America (“ICA”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Iwatani Corporation (8088: Tokyo Stock Exchange) are pleased to announce that the two companies have signed a collaboration agreement for the deployment of multi MW electrolyser based hydrogen energy systems in North America.

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BATTERIES: Johnson Matthey acquires battery anode material IP assets from 3M

  • Date: 19-11-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey, the global leader in sustainable technologies, announces that it has acquired the full intellectual property rights to a portfolio of silicon alloy based anode materials from 3M Company.

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EMISSIONS: California prohibits state purchase of ICE sedans, effective now; to stop buying from GM, Toyota, FCA and others over emissions fight

  • Date: 19-11-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Green Car Congress

On Friday, the California Department of General Services (DGS) that, effective immediately, it is prohibiting purchasing by state agencies of any sedans solely powered by an internal combustion engine, with exemptions for certain public safety vehicles.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Why the electric-car revolution may take a lot longer than expected

A new report from the MIT Energy Initiative warns that EVs may never reach the same sticker price so long as they rely on lithium-ion batteries, the energy storage technology that powers most of today’s consumer electronics. In fact, it’s likely to take another decade just to eliminate the difference in the lifetime costs between the vehicle categories, which factors in the higher fuel and maintenance expenses of standard cars and trucks.

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