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FUEL CELLS: Renault to form JV with U.S. hydrogen specialist Plug Power for fuel cell vans

  • Date: 12-01-21
  • Category: FUEL CELLS
  • Source: Auto News

PARIS -- Renault Group will form a joint venture to develop, build and sell long-range fuel cell electric vans in Europe with Plug Power, a US company that just received a major investment from Korean battery maker SK Group, driving its market capitalization above $25 billion.

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LITHIUM: Lithium Miner’s German Smelter Plan Draws Billionaires

  • Date: 12-01-21
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Bloomberg

Rock Tech Lithium Inc. plans to raise $400 million to build a lithium refinery in Germany and has attracted support from billionaires including Peter Thiel investing in Europe’s push to create a local electric-vehicle battery industry.

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AUTO SALES: China Auto Sales Fall For Third Straight Year In A Virus-Hit 2020, But EVs Rise

  • Date: 12-01-21
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Investors

China auto sales fell 6.8% in 2020 but did better than expected in the pandemic-hit year and could to return to growth in 2021, according to one industry watchdog. Electric-car sales rose nearly 10%.

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AUTO SALES: France overtakes UK as Europe's No. 2 market

  • Date: 12-01-21
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News

France was Europe's second-biggest market for new-car sales in 2020, finishing ahead of the UK.

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ZIMBABWE: Mining group seeks to raise US$1bn

  • Date: 11-01-21
  • Category: ZIMBABWE
  • Source: Zimbabwe Chronicle

ZIMBABWE’S unlisted Kuvimba Mining House is seeking to raise US$1 billion for its gold and platinum projects, including a gold mine that could produce 150 000 ounces a year, as well as exploration.

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AUTO SALES: Stronger bottom lines despite 2020 sales dive

  • Date: 11-01-21
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: Auto News

A drop-off in auto sales usually sends incentives soaring and profits plummeting. Not in 2020, amid the biggest one-year decline in U.S. light-vehicle sales since the Great Recession.

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HYDROGEN: New method to build microgrids based on solar, hydrogen

  • Date: 11-01-21
  • Category: HYDROGEN
  • Source: PV Magazine

The use of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells as backup power generation in solar microgrids could drive down costs and improve efficiency, according to an international group of researchers. They have proposed a new energy management system that could be ideal for hybrid solar-hydrogen microgrids in remote locations.

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NICKEL: Canada Nickel mulls using Glencore’s processing facility

  • Date: 11-01-21
  • Category: NICKEL
  • Source: Mining.com

Canada Nickel Company (TSX-V: CNC) has inked a deal with Glencore (LON: GLEN) to explore the potential use of the miner and commodities trader’s Kidd concentrator and metallurgical site in Timmins, Ontario.

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