Report says lithium from California’s Salton Sea can anchor US battery supply chain

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The new 2035 deadline for California’s transportation electrification amplifies the need to move immediately to rapid scaling of Lithium recovery operations to the manufacturing of battery materials, battery cells and vehicles. Batteries Manufacturing Market Background Materials

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Volkswagen Group and Chinese manufacturer Ganfeng sign memorandum of understanding for long-term lithium supplies

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GFL) registered in Jiangxi (China) have signed a memorandum of understanding on long-term lithium supplies for battery cells. Under the agreement, Ganfeng will supply lithium to the Volkswagen Group and its suppliers for the next ten years. In light of this, the agreement with Ganfeng is an important milestone in supply security for the Volkswagen Group. Batteries Electric (Battery) Vehicle ManufacturersThe Volkswagen Group and Ganfeng Lithium Co.,

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BNEF: China dominates the Li-ion battery supply chain, but Europe is on the rise

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China dominates BloombergNEF’s (BNEF) lithium-ion battery supply chain ranking in 2020, having quickly surpassed Japan and Korea that were leaders for the majority of the previous decade. Chinese manufacturers, like CATL, have come from nothing to being world-leading in less than 10 years.

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Toyota & Honda partner on fuel cell bus mobile power generation system to supply electricity in disasters

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Moving e equipment set: 1 CHARGING STATION fuel cell bus; 2 units of Power Exporter 9000 external power output device; 36 units of Honda Mobile Power Pack; 20 units of LiB-AID E500; 36 units of Honda Mobile Power Pack Charge & Supply Concept charger/discharger.

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Pierburg to supply small series hydrogen blower to BMW

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Partners in this project of the Federal Ministry of Transport and the German National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW - Nationale Organisation für Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellentechnologie) are the car manufacturer BMW, the University of Siegen and other suppliers.

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GM boosting face mask production; sharing mask manufacturing plans

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In addition, the company has shared its manufacturing plans with GM suppliers along with the Original Equipment Suppliers Association and the Michigan Manufacturers Association ( MMA ) to help other manufacturers ramp up their own production efforts. And we recognize it would be counterproductive for GM—or any other manufacturer—to compete for supplies with existing medical mask companies. Health Manufacturing Market Background Vehicle Manufacturers

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Sakor Technologies and SAJ supplying hybrid and electric vehicle testing equipment to Indian automotive manufacturers

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a recognized leader in the area of high-performance dynamometer systems, has begun supplying a variety of systems for hybrid and electric vehicle testing and high voltage battery testing and simulation to Indian automotive manufacturers and regulatory agencies. SAJ is a designer and manufacturer of eddy current and hydraulic dynamometers for engine, vehicle, and transmission test rigs and customized special test rigs. SAKOR Technologies Inc.,

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Corvus Energy to supply batteries for five new electric ferries

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As a leading manufacturer of Energy Storage Systems for maritime applications, Corvus Energy provides battery power to more ferries than all other providers of energy storage systems combined.

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Dürr and Techno Smart partner on manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries for e-cars

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Dürr is positioning itself in the growing Li-ion battery market as a supplier of production technology and is expanding its market access to battery manufacturers through a cooperation with Techno Smart, a leading Japanese manufacturer of coating systems. Batteries Manufacturing

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Dürr expands market access in battery manufacturing technology with cooperation with Techno Smart

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Dürr is positioning itself in this growth market as a supplier of production technology and is expanding its market access to battery manufacturers through a cooperation with Techno Smart, a leading Japanese manufacturer of coating systems. Batteries Manufacturing Market Background

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Denyo and Toyota jointly develop and start verification tests for fuel cell power supply vehicle that uses hydrogen to generate electricity

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and Toyota Motor Corporation have jointly developed a fuel cell power supply vehicle that uses hydrogen to generate electricity. As a leading manufacturer of mobile (portable) generators, Denyo will work with Toyota to start verification tests with the aim of commercializing it.

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Honda to supply next generation INDYCAR hybrid power units

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Honda welcomes this step to the future by INDYCAR, action that mirrors Honda's efforts to develop and manufacture high performance, electrified products that will meet industry challenges and delight our customers. The hybrid formula is part of a multi-year extension INDYCAR has reached with Honda and Chevrolet, which promises a continuation of manufacturer competition in North America’s pinnacle open-wheel racing series well into the next decade.

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Volvo Cars inaugurates new battery assembly line at Ghent manufacturing plant

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Volvo Cars formally inaugurated a new battery assembly line at its Belgian manufacturing plant in Ghent, where it will start building its first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge P8, later this year. As the first of our plants to get a battery assembly line, Ghent plays a pioneering role as we continue to prepare our manufacturing network for electrification. Ghent is one of two car manufacturing plants operated by Volvo Cars in Europe and has produced Volvos since 1965.

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BMW Group uses Blockchain to drive supply chain transparency: “PartChain”

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The BMW Group is using Blockchain technology in purchasing to ensure the traceability of components and raw materials in multi-stage international supply chains. The automotive industry’s international supply chains are highly complex. For this reason, considerable effort can be needed to clearly track a component’s origin or supply route, for instance. Within MOBI, the company heads a working group on supply chain issues. Blockchain Manufacturing Market Background

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AKASOL expands agreement to supply Swedish commercial vehicle manufacturer with batteries for electric buses

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AKASOL AG, a leading German producer of high-performance lithium-ion battery systems, is expanding its long-term framework agreement to supply a Swedish commercial vehicle manufacturer with high-performance battery systems for electric buses and trucks. By the end of 2023, the Darmstadt-based company will supply second-generation lithium-ion battery systems from the Langen facility as well as from the planned new facility in the US.

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DOE issues RFI to strengthen battery critical materials supply chains

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) announced a request for information (RFI) ( DOE-FOA-0002358 ) on challenges and opportunities in the upstream and midstream critical-materials battery supply chains. In this RFI, DOE specifically seeks input on the current state of the battery cathode materials supply chains, as well as opportunities for near-term and long-term research and development (R&D).

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BMW Group and Microsoft launch Open Manufacturing Platform

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At Hannover Messe, Microsoft and the BMW Group announced a new community initiative to enable faster, more cost-effective innovation in the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing production and profitability can be hindered by complex, proprietary systems that create data silos and slow productivity. The Open Manufacturing Platform (OMP) is designed to break down these barriers through the creation of an open technology framework and cross-industry community.

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Mercedes-Benz announces strategic partnership and equity stake in Chinese battery cell manufacturer Farasis

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Mercedes-Benz has entered a far-reaching strategic partnership with the Chinese battery cell manufacturer Farasis Energy (Ganzhou) Co., The contract will provide a secure source of supply of battery cells for Mercedes-Benz’s electrification strategy, while Farasis gains security for its planned construction of production capacity. The stake will give Daimler the option to nominate a representative for a seat on the supervisory board of the battery cell manufacturer.

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DOE selects national laboratories to establish industry partnerships for battery manufacturing innovation

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected 13 projects through a Battery Manufacturing Lab Call with combined funding of almost $15 million over three years. High-throughput Laser Processing and Acoustic Diagnostics for Enhanced Battery Performance and Manufacturing. The program will be jointly-funded by EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and Vehicle Technologies Office with matching funds from the private sector and investor community.

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Britishvolt and the Welsh Government sign MoU to develop 30 GWh battery manufacturing plant at Bro Tathan

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Britishvolt has signed an MOU with the Welsh Government as both parties work together on plans to develop a commercially viable 30 GWh battery manufacturing plant, and supplementary 200MW solar plant, at the former RAF base at Bro Tathan , Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

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DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office to award $8.5M to 7 small business R&D projects

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Of these projects, the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) will fund seven selections totaling $8.5 million for technology innovations that improve energy efficiency, material productivity, and competitiveness for US manufacturers. manufacturing industry. will work to commercialize a low-cost, low-defect gallium nitride substrate processing technology that will support a robust domestic supply chain for high-performance energy, defense, and industrial power electronics.

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BMW Group plans Additive Manufacturing Campus

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The BMW Group will invest more than €10 million in a new Additive Manufacturing Campus. Our new Additive Manufacturing Campus will concentrate the full spectrum of the BMW Group’s 3D printing expertise at a single location. Within the BMW Group production network, the new Additive Manufacturing Campus will foster the latest technologies in this field in much the same way as a pilot plant and make them available for use within the network. 3D printing Manufacturing

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BMW Group enters long-term €2B supply contract with Northvolt for battery cells from Europe

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The BMW Group has signed a long-term supply contract worth €2 billion for battery cells with the Swedish company Northvolt. That is why we now have a contractual agreement with our cell manufacturers that they will only use green power to produce our fifth-generation battery cells. The BMW Group will also source cells manufactured in Europe from the Chinese manufacturer CATL from the plant currently under construction in Erfurt, Germany.

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Mercedes-Benz blockchain pilot project provides transparency on CO2 emissions in cobalt supply chain

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Together with start-up Circulor , Mercedes-Benz is conducting a pilot project for transparency on CO 2 emissions in the cobalt supply chain as part of STARTUP AUTOBAHN. The project partners use blockchain technology to track the emissions of climate-relevant gases as well as the amount of secondary material along the complex supply chains of battery cell manufacturers. The project partners first focus on cobalt, which enters the supply chain from recycling facilities.

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Crisis could tighten material supply for EV batteries and clean energy, IEA warns

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The global coronavirus pandemic could present a major issue for electric cars and clean energy by restricting supplies of materials needed for batteries, solar panels, and wind turbines, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned in a report Wednesday. The supply of needed minerals—such as the lithium, cobalt, and nickel used in batteries. Manufacturing Batteries renewable energy

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DOE announces $3M to improve manufacturing processes through high performance computing

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3 million for high-performance computing, modeling, and simulation projects to improve manufacturing processes. DOE will fund projects that aim to achieve national energy savings and improve or reduce the lifecycle energy consumption of the critical materials supply chain. Eligibility for the HPC4Mfg program is limited to entities that manufacture products or operate systems in the United States.

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Kumi launches CAHRA Map to support companies’ due diligence in minerals and metals supply chains

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London-based sustainability consultancy Kumi, a market leader in responsible sourcing practices for global supply chains, has launched a due diligence tool called CAHRA Map to enable companies in the minerals and metals sector to identify “conflict-affected and high-risk areas” (CAHRAs). CAHRA Map does the hard work of collating and analysing this information, enabling companies to make informed decisions about potential risks in their supply chains.

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CATL to supply batteries to Trailer Dynamics for Newton e-Trailer; 300 kWh LFP pack

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Limited (CATL) and Germany-based Trailer Dynamics GmbH (Trailer Dynamics) signed a battery supply agreement for a new way to electrify long-haul trucks. Contemporary Amperex Technology Co.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars develops blockchain prototype for sustainable supply chains

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Mercedes-Benz Cars and Icertis, a leading provider of enterprise contract management solutions in the cloud, have developed a blockchain prototype for consistent documentation of contracts in the supply chain. Daimler requires its direct suppliers to pass on and control standards and contractual obligations with regard to working conditions, human rights, environmental protection, safety, business ethics and compliance within the supply chain.

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Roskill: Spread of COVID-19 threatens cobalt supply; bottlenecks out of DRC

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At this time, the loss of supply from these closures amounted to more than 1% of the total mine supply in 2019. Roskill expects the cobalt market to face more severe supply disruption should the prevention and control measures be further extended on a global scale. According to a January 2020 report from the US Geological Survey (USGS), the DRC is the world’s leading source of mined cobalt, supplying approximately 70% of world cobalt mine production.

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DOE to fund national laboratories to establish industry partnerships for battery manufacturing innovation

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting proposals from the National Laboratories and industry partners that pursue radical innovations for American battery manufacturing leadership. This funding opportunity is a part of the Energy Storage Grand Challenge, a DOE-wide effort to create and sustain global leadership in energy storage utilization and exports, with a secure domestic manufacturing supply chain that does not depend on foreign sources of critical materials.

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USA Rare Earth acquires US rare earth permanent magnet manufacturing capability from Hitachi; mine-to-magnet

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USA Rare Earth, LLC, the funding and development partner of the Round Top Heavy Rare Earth and Critical Minerals Project in West Texas, has purchased the neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) permanent magnet manufacturing equipment formerly owned and operated in North Carolina by Hitachi Metals America, Ltd. At present, no other NdFeB permanent magnet manufacturing plant is operational in the Americas. Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Market Background Materials Motors

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Ford develops and begins manufacturing new powered respirator; expanding other COVID-19 efforts

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Ford has also started providing manufacturing expertise to help scientific instrument provider Thermo Fisher Scientific quickly expand production of COVID-19 collection kits to test for the virus. We knew that to play our part helping combat coronavirus, we had to go like hell and join forces with experts like 3M to expand production of urgently needed medical equipment and supplies. Ford also is continuing to manufacture transparent full-face shields for medical workers.

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Constellium signs multi-year contract with Airbus to supply aerospace aluminum products and solutions

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Under this agreement, Constellium will supply Airbus with a broad range of advanced aluminum rolled and extruded products, including wing skin panels, sheets for fuselage panels, and rectangular and pre-machined plates for structural components. Constellium will continue to supply its proprietary aluminum-lithium alloy solutions, Airware, a proven technology offering a combination of unique strength and weight properties. Aviation Manufacturing Materials Weight reduction

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DOE to award up to $2M to 3 projects for hydrogen and fuel cell supply chain and manufacturing analysis

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected three projects to receive up to $2 million in new funding for analysis of the hydrogen and fuel cells domestic supply chain and manufacturing competitiveness. Funded in part by the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, this funding opportunity supports the Department’s broader effort to boost US competitiveness in the manufacturing sector. Fuel Cells Hydrogen Manufacturing

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CLEE, NRGI studying ways to improve sustainability and governance across EV battery supply chain

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UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) and the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) are conducting a stakeholder-led research initiative focused on identifying strategies to improve sustainability and governance across the EV battery supply chain. Diagram of the EV battery supply chain from “ Building A Sustainable Electric Vehicle Battery Supply Chain ”.

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New USGS methodology identifies 23 mineral commodities the supply of which poses greatest risk to manufacturing

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Researchers at the US Geological Survey (USGS) and its partners have developed a new methodology to identify which mineral commodities important to US manufacturing are at greatest risk to supply disruption. The methodology evaluated the global supply of and US demand for 52 mineral commodities for the years 2007 to 2016. Assessment of supply risk (SR) for year 2016. Supply chains can be interrupted for any number of reasons.

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Leclanché to supply battery storage system for two hybrid-powered ferries

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Swiss shipbuilding company Shiptec AG, based in Lucerne, and Siemens Energy SRL, Milan, have selected Leclanché to supply energy storage systems for two new hybrid-powered vessels that will operate on Lake Geneva. Among others, Leclanché battery systems equip the Danish ship Ellen, the world's most powerful all-electric ferry, and commercial vessels from the Italian company Grimaldi, manufactured by the Norwegian shipbuilder Kongsberg.

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AKASOL to supply battery systems for Alstom’s hydrogen trains

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AKASOL will supply battery systems for more than 40 Coradia iLint hydrogen trains ( earlier post ), which have been ordered from Alstom by the Lower Saxony Transit Authority and the Rhine/Main Regional Transport Association. The systems not only provide the power needed for propulsion but also supply power for on-board systems like lighting and air conditioning.

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For Greener Manufacturing, Think IAQ

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The next generation of cars will be cleaner and greener than ever—but a lot of the manufacturing processes that go into them are still pretty dirty. From the frame to the muffler, automotive manufacturing still involves welding, cutting, grinding and machining. Controlling toxic particulates from manufacturing processes is one of the most important things auto manufacturers can do to improve their sustainability and protect their workers.

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CIPS poll finds 15% of businesses will no longer maintain their plans for sustainable supply chains due to the impact of COVID-19

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A short poll by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) has found that the disruption caused by COVID-19 will lead to permanent changes in global supply chains, as businesses look to adapt to new ways of working and managing the varying stages of lockdown around the world. The survey was conducted last month amongst global supply chains managers who were asked about the effects of lockdown and the pandemic on their businesses and in their region.

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Honda secures auto industry’s largest renewable energy purchase; 60% reduction in CO2 from N.A. manufacturing operations

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Seeking to slash CO 2 emissions from its North American manufacturing operations, Honda has entered into long-term virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) for renewable wind and solar power that will cover more than 60% of the electricity that Honda uses in North America. Currently, 21% of the electricity that Honda uses in North America is supplied from extremely low- and zero-CO2 sources. Climate Change Emissions Manufacturing Power Generation Wind

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Roskill: COVID-19 could wipe out US$1.0B of lithium supply in 2020

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More in-depth analysis of the short-term impacts to the lithium industry, as well as Roskill’s long-term outlook for lithium supply, demand and prices, can be accessed via the Roskill Interactive portal, as part of a subscription to Roskill’s latest lithium market outlook report Lithium: Outlook to 2028, 16 th Edition. Batteries Manufacturing Market Background Materials

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