Lithium in 2019

2018 WAS A TURBULENT YEAR FOR THE LITHIUM INDUSTRY, WHICH WAS DEFINED BY FALLING CHINESE LITHIUM CARBONATE PRICES AND A SUBSEQUENT SOFTENING FROM THE Q1 HIGHS FOR REST OF THE WORLD (ROW) PRICES.  IT WAS A YEAR WHERE LITHIUM HYDROXIDE WAS PUT FIRMLY ON THE AGENDA OF LITHIUM MAJORS, AND CATHODE CONSUMERS BEGAN TO RECEIVE … Continue reading Lithium in 2019

SK Innovation plans new battery plant in Georgia: is N America catching up?

In Q4 2018 SK Innovation (SKI) announced that it would be launching its first US-based battery plant in Commerce, Jackson County, Georgia. The company expects to begin production by 2022 with a total installed capacity of 9.8 GWh. The project is expected to cost KRW 1.98 trillion (approximately USD $1.8 billion).  Outside of the US … Continue reading SK Innovation plans new battery plant in Georgia: is N America catching up?

Batteries scale up

Following Benchmark Minerals Week, Benchmark Mineral Intelligence visited Thor Trucks’ offices and factory in North Hollywood, California. We had the chance to speak to Dakota Semler, CEO and Co-Founder, about the company’s plans, how electric vehicles can infiltrate the truck market and their views on the supply of raw materials for electric vehicles. Benchmark: When … Continue reading Batteries scale up

Breaking the barrier

2019 has broken and a defining year awaits.  This is the year where the team at Benchmark expects lithium ion battery cell production costs, at least from one producer, to finally drop below $100/kWh.  If Elon Musk’s 2016 prediction that this could be achieved by 2020 was deemed ambitious, it is now potentially one year … Continue reading Breaking the barrier

LITHIUM-ION BATTERY RECYCLING: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN RAMPING UP TO MEGA SCALE RECYCLING

As the costs of producing lithium ion batteries have dropped their use has increased dramatically. But it’s estimated that only 5% of lithium ion batteries are currently recycled. In this feature Ajay Kochhar, Co-founder, President and CEO of Li-Cycle, explores the barriers to lithium ion recycling and developments in processing technology. As the world trends … Continue reading LITHIUM-ION BATTERY RECYCLING: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN RAMPING UP TO MEGA SCALE RECYCLING

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