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POTASH: Anglo bids to take over mine in Yorkshire

  • Date: 08-01-20
  • Category: POTASH
  • Source: Financial Times

Anglo American has made a takeover bid for Sirius Minerals, the UK-listed miner struggling to build a giant potash mine on the North York Moors. In a statement, Anglo said it was in advanced discussions with Sirius over a 5.5p a share offer that would value the company at almost £386m.

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CARBONYLATION: Evonik and LIKAT achieve breakthrough in carbonylation chemistry

A research team with leading participation of Evonik has achieved a breakthrough in the field of carbonylation chemistry. Carbonylation is one of the most important types of reaction in the chemical industry. It involves the catalyzed introduction of a CO group (carbonyl group) into organic compounds. For more than 60 years, science and industry had been looking for a way to implement the now successful reaction step.

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BATTERIES: BMW joins IRMA, highlights efforts to source ethically mined resources

  • Date: 08-01-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: BMW Blog

BMW has been making a point lately, highlighting the fact that electric cars are not eco-friendly as many people might think. A lot goes into making an EV that could be considered harmful and that’s something all car makers need to address. For instance, the mining of rare-Earth materials used in batteries is often even more damaging to the environment than internal combustion cars. 

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FUEL CELLS: Joint white paper says FCEVs will be cheaper to run in ten years time

  • Date: 08-01-20
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: H2 View

The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for commercial hydrogen vehicles will fall by more than 50% in the next ten years as manufacturing technology matures, economies of scale improve, hydrogen fuel costs decline, and infrastructure develops.

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ESKOM: Nersa: If Eskom Wins Court Matter, Power Prices Will Rise

  • Date: 08-01-20
  • Category: ESKOM
  • Source: iAfrica

JOHANNESBURG – South Africans can expect to pay more for electricity if Eskom’s court application succeeds next week.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Pleading for Leniency, Eskom Wants to Slash Emissions by 2035

Power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., South Africa’s biggest polluter, said it will slash emissions of three major pollutants by 2035 while it asks for exemptions to incoming standards to avoid as much as 37 billion rand ($2.6 billion) in expenditure.

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FUEL CELLS: BMW is planning small series fuel cell drives

  • Date: 07-01-20
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Electrive

BMW intends to introduce the second-generation fuel cell technology developed together with Toyota in the BMW X6 and X7. Head of Development Klaus Fröhlich made the announcement in an interview.

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BATTERIES: Mercedes shows car with compostable battery

  • Date: 07-01-20
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Electrive

At the CES, Mercedes-Benz is presenting the Vision Avtr, a fully electrically powered concept car that not only has a futuristic design but also features visionary battery technology.

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