Lithium Mining News

World's largest ever tech fund enters lithium race

Softbank $100 billion fund buys into Canadian lithium miner in first deal of its kind as race to secure electric vehicle battery raw materials heats up.

Electric vehicles do not need to be poisonous

The rapid proliferation of poisons in a widening variety of applications requires better monitoring and control.

Veolia Water Technologies selected to deliver the Greenbushes Lithium Mine Water Treatment Plant in Western Australia

Located in Greenbushes, Western Australia, the Talison Lithium mine is a leading producer of lithium in Western Australia. The lithium mined is used in batteries for consumer electronics, electric bicycles, buses and passenger vehicles. It is also used in aerospace alloys, wind turbines, glass and ceramics.

Singapore-listed Alliance Minerals buys Australian lithium JV partner

The transaction is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of the year.

Future of $700-million Michigan potash project in regulators hands

Michigan Potash Co. is closer than ever to start building a potash mine in the state.

The international lithium race

All that can be said with confidence is that, for the next few years, both supply and demand will grow strongly.

Codelco CEO to stay on after Chile’s new Gov’t reshuffles management

Nelson Pizarro, who took the post in 2014, has played a critical role in the drive to reduce spending and force a reduction in costs, while kicking off a major overhaul of Codelco’s aging mines to deal with dwindling ore grades.

Argentinian provinces join “lithium board” to regulate industry

Jujuy, Salta and Catamarca decided to join forces.

Scientists turn to 'self-heating' to make lithium batteries more efficient

High-density energy storage is still a hurdle between renewable-energy harvesting and its widespread use.

Building the world's largest solar project

Saudi Arabia wants to pour $200 billion into solar to build the world's largest solar project. 

Miners ask Congo to introduce sliding royalty scale

The proposal, signed by companies responsible for 85% of the DRC's copper, cobalt and gold output, suggest that sliding royalties will give the government a higher share of revenues.

Two risks threaten commodities, one bullish, one bearish: Russell

The are two main factors that appear to be emerging that may threaten an end to the current quite rosy picture surrounding demand for commodities such as iron ore, steel and the metals most exposed to the battery boom, cobalt, lithium and nickel.

Companies now looking for electric battery metals in the garbage

Soaring cobalt and lithium prices are pushing some companies to dig for them in the recycle bin, which some believe could be even more profitable than mining them.

BMW mining deals shelved until EVs can be mass-produced

The German luxury vehicle maker said mass production of EVs is not viable until 2020 when its proprietary electric drive technology is expected to be profitable enough.

Australian mining overseas: 50 key projects

These are projects driven from Australia, involving an Australian mining company and (in most cases) an Australian engineering consultant. 

This electric metal gem is up 55% in 2018 and investors have hardly noticed

After BMO's star analyst published bullish research notes on vanadium in January (2018), the price of vanadium pentoxide (v2o5) went up another 55%.

Battery makers descend on Australia, Canada cobalt developers

Nervous Asian battery makers are turning to early-stage cobalt projects in Australia and Canada to lock in supplies of the critical battery ingredient ahead of expected shortages as demand for electric vehicles revs up.

Cobalt drilling quadruples in Q4

"No drilling, no discoveries, no reserves, no mines."

New Chile govt undecided on blocking SQM sale to China firms -official

Chile development agency Corfo filed a complaint last week to block the sale of a 32% stake in SQM to China's Tianqi Lithium or any related entities.

Electric car dreams may be dashed by 2050 on lack of cobalt, lithium supplies

German researchers say cobalt-free battery technologies — including post-lithium technologies based on non-critical elements — are the best way to avoid supply issues in the long term.

New study rips into cobalt, lithium price bulls

"Significant surpluses" from next year to decimate prices says second bearish report on electric vehicle battery materials.

Canadian miner allowed to extract and export Chilean lithium

The company now has an extraction quota of 88,885 metric tonnes of metallic lithium.

Canada’s First Cobalt buys US explorer, creates key supplier outside Congo

The blended company will have projects in Ontario and Idaho which, once in operations, could be major cobalt suppliers for EVs makers and high tech firms.

VW just gave Tesla a $25 billion battery shock

The world’s largest carmaker will equip 16 factories to produce electric vehicles by the end of 2022, compared with three currently.

Chile attempts to block China from prize lithium asset

Chile development agency Corfo has asked antitrust regulators to block the sale of a 32 percent stake in Chilean lithium company SQM to a Chinese firm on the grounds it would give it an unfair advantage in the global race to secure resources to develop electric vehicles.