Lithium

Codelco halts world's largest open pit copper mine over strike

Cecilia Jamasmie | July 28, 2015
Codelco halts world's largest open pit copper mine over strike

Things took a turn for the worse Friday, when a worker was shot dead by police near the company's smaller Salvador mine in northern Chile.

Two lithium juniors combine in $80 million deal

Michael Allan McCrae | July 2, 2015
Western Lithium and Lithium Americas announce Merger, Consolidating Strategic Lithium Deposits in North and South America

Achieve more at scale.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Every Chinese overseas investment over $100m visualized

Visual Capitalist | June 17, 2015
China's stake in rare earths market shrinking

Showing over 1,250 attempted transactions, this list includes both successful and failed attempts in order to visualize the ebb and flow of Chinese investments up until mid-2014.

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INFOGRAPHIC: A cost comparison – lithium brine vs. hard rock exploration

Visual Capitalist | June 2, 2015

Lithium brine exploration has several benefits associated with it from a cost perspective.

How to ride the lithium battery boom: JGL Partners' Jonathan Lee

The Energy Report | June 2, 2015

Lee tells The Energy Report that he expects double-digit compound annual growth rates over the next few years as battery prices continue to fall and demand rises.

Tesla Storage announcement is another piece of the puzzle in renewable energy hybrid markets

THEnergy observes increasing interest in storage solutions from industrial off-grid end-customers and project developers.

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The lithium-ion battery megafactories are coming

Visual Capitalist | May 8, 2015
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Production capacity of lithium-ion batteries is anticipated to more than triple by 2020.

Tesla evolves with low cost utility battery launch

Last night Tesla Motors launched a new range of batteries that can power homes and commercial buildings at a fraction of the expected cost.

Satellite images show Tesla's Gigafactory ambitions

Satellite images show Tesla's Gigafactory ambitions

Tesla will need to purchase at least 7,000 tonnes of spherical graphite, 5,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide, and 1,500 tonnes of cobalt in 2015 ready to begin production by January 2016.

Codelco to unveil plan to speed up delayed Chuquicamata mine expansion

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 16, 2015
Codelco to unveil plan to speed up delayed Chuquicamata mine expansion

The plan seeks to tackle an almost yearlong delay in the project to turn century-old Chuquicamata open pit mine into an underground operation.

Atacama floods: Lithium impact analysed

Chile set to make mining desalination mandatory

After a freak storm and flooding in Chile’s Atacama Desert temporarily closed one of the world’s leading lithium operations, fears of further supply squeezes and upward price pressure this year have been allayed after operations resumed.

SQM’s new CEO on lithium, EVs, and future of batteries

In little under two decades, SQM SA has gone from entering the lithium market to dominating global production.

Galaxy Resources: A new focus to meet the coming lithium demand

The Energy Report | March 5, 2015
Western Lithium and Lithium Americas announce Merger, Consolidating Strategic Lithium Deposits in North and South America

Just two years ago, Galaxy Resources Ltd. was overleveraged and unfocused.

Will a dry spell in Chile curb a global oversupply of copper?

Cecilia Jamasmie | February 25, 2015
Chile’s dry spell to weigh on global copper oversupply

A raging seven-year drought affecting copper-rich Chile is making miners grow anxious, with BHP and Anglo American already reporting an impact in their operations.

Apple puts batteries at the centre of its EV masterplan

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence | February 25, 2015
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Law suit exposes Apple's electric vehicle ambitions; Supply chain excellence key to company cutting battery costs and increasing volume for secret EV plan, Project Titan

Here's the timeline for battery commercialization

Benchmark Mineral Intelligence | February 11, 2015
commercialization batteries

Big new megafactories coming in 2017.

Lithium, cobalt, graphite tipping point expected in two years: Simon Moores

Michael Allan McCrae | February 3, 2015
simon moores lithium colbalt graphite benchmark battery demand

Much bigger batteries will be needed.

Orocobre's lithium plant is up and running

Michael Allan McCrae | February 3, 2015
orocobre salar de olaroz argentina lithium

US$229 million to build.

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are 'extremely silly' says Elon Musk

Michael Allan McCrae | February 2, 2015
Elon Musk on why Hydrogen fuel cell is dumb

Casting shade.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Lithium – the key ingredient powering today's tech

Visual Capitalist | January 14, 2015
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Today's infographic covers every aspect of lithium from its uses in technology to its elemental properties.

Chris Berry identifies commodity companies with the disruptive advantage

The Mining Report | December 30, 2014
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Game-changing disruptive technologies or sustainable end-user agreements are what companies need to succeed and he shares some likely names in the cobalt, lithium, nickel, graphite—even uranium—spaces in this interview with The Mining Report.

Codelco El Teniente mine expansion to take longer, cost $2bn more

Cecilia Jamasmie | December 19, 2014
Codelco El Teniente mine expansion to take longer, cost $2bn more

The touted expansion of the world's largest underground copper mine is two to three years behind schedule and will require $2 billion more than initially planned, said the company.

Chile’s mining sector to double energy demand by 2025

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 27, 2014
Chile’s mining sector to double energy demand by 2025

These are not very good news for the energy-starved copper producing nation.

Lithium processing breakthrough delivers 25 year option for Australia's Cobre Montana

Cobre Montana NL | November 11, 2014

Locks in exclusive rights to the only practical processing technology globally able to recover lithium from mica group minerals (sheet silicates)

RB Energy meltdown highlights tough times for lithium, rare earth firms

Financial Post | October 20, 2014

As RB Energy Inc. flamed out and fell into creditor protection during the past couple of weeks, investors were shell-shocked.

Simon Moores - Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Batteries leave lithium hydroxide facing tight supply

lithium ion battery

2015 could see a battery surge as lithium hydroxide faces a shortage on strong global demand, says Benchmark

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