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LITHIUM: Pilbara ramps up Pilgangoora Li/Ta output

  • Date: 29-04-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Argus Media

Australian lithium producer Pilbara Minerals expects to increase output at its Pilgangoora project in Western Australia (WA) to 20,000-22,000 dry metric tonnes (dmt) of lithium concentrate grading 6pc lithium oxide in April, its first full month of commercial production.

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BATTERIES: France, Germany agree on first battery cell consortium

  • Date: 29-04-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Auto News

France and Germany have earmarked 1.7 billion euros to support several company alliances looking to produce electric car battery cells to help reduce the dependence of European automakers on Asian suppliers such as China's CATL, which plans to start operations at a cell factory like this one (shown) in Germany in 2022.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Climate change: Electric car target 'needs to be sooner'

The UK government's plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040 is too tame, advisers will say.

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PALLADIUM: Palladium Sees Wildest Price Swings Since 2015

  • Date: 29-04-19
  • Category: PALLADIUM
  • Source: Bloomberg

Palladium futures tumbled, spurring the wildest price swings since late 2015 as investors turned sour on the precious metal.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: At Shanghai auto show, a dim future for most China EV startups

Hundreds of new companies have popped up across China to develop electric vehicles with the dream of becoming the next Tesla.

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HYDROGEN: Hydrogen power is here to stay. How do we convince the public that it’s safe?

  • Date: 25-04-19
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: We Forum

A decade ago, hydrogen was heralded as an emerging clean energy source. But despite extensive promotion and governmental support from world leaders, including former US President Barack Obama, the use of hydrogen as an alternative energy source is not yet ubiquitous. This delay in adoption has largely been due to technology readiness and its associated high cost.

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HYDROGEN: Hydrogen as Replacement for Natural Gas Gets a Boost in U.K.

  • Date: 25-04-19
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: Bloomberg

Lawmakers from Britain’s main political parties called for using hydrogen as a source of energy to significantly reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions and help transition to a low-carbon systems.

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DIESEL: Maruti's decision to phase out diesel by April 2020 may hasten the end of the road for the fuel

  • Date: 25-04-19
  • Category: DIESEL
  • Source: Business Today

Only last week, Maruti introduced a new 1.5 litre indigenously developed diesel engine on its mid-size sedan Ciaz but even that variant will be discontinued.

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