Roskill: graphite prices could push higher on tightening markets for batteries & electrodes

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Meanwhile, needle coke is being increasingly diverted into the battery market. Batteries underpin growth in natural graphite. Both synthetic and natural graphite compete for use in lithium-ion battery anodes, along with an increasing amount of needle coke and other existing carbon materials. Almost all stages of the lithium-ion battery manufacturing chain are focussed on China and China is by far the largest and most rapidly growing market for lithium-ion batteries.

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EV Project on Reunion Island

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Renault, EDF, GBH (Groupe Bernard Hayot), Total Réunion, GE Money and the GERRI agency signed a letter of intent on the experimentation of 50 electric vehicles in Reunion Island—La Réunion, one of France’s overseas départments (DOM)—together with battery charge infrastructure powered mainly by renewable energies. Reunion island lies 800 km (497 miles) east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, and has an area of 2,512 square kilometers (970 square miles).