BMW Group sources sustainable cobalt worth around €100M from Morocco for fifth-gen batteries

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The cobalt market has four types of cobalt produced: cut cathode; broken cathode; briquettes and powder; ingot and round, according to Sam Wang, trading and product manager for Manatrade AG, the marketing and trading arm of Managem Group.). The two companies already signed a memorandum of understanding on the direct purchase of cobalt from Morocco in Marrakesh in January 2019. The BMW Group has also localized battery production in Thailand, where it works with the Dräxlmaier Group.

Renault-Nissan Tangier plant inaugurates second production line; 340K vehicles per year, largest in Africa

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The Renault-Nissan Tangier plant inaugurated its second production line. The result of a public-private partnership between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Renault group, the second line makes the plant the largest in Africa. The new line will increase the site’s output capacity to 340,000 vehicles a year, starting in 2014. It required an investment of €400 million and will produce Dacia Sandero and Dacia Sandero Stepway, two leading models in the Dacia range.


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

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Roskill has so far recorded the closure of 21 operations as a result of the outbreak, including: Vale’s Voisey’s Bay and Glencore’s Sudbury in Canada; Ambatovy in Madagascar; Coral Bay and Taganito in the Philippines; CTT in Morocco. 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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Nissan Forecasts US$2.9B Loss for Fiscal Year; Cuts Planned Production by 20%

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The loss is driven by the severe downturn in the global economy in the second half of calendar year 2008 and, in particular, the negative impact of the strong yen, the sharp decline in consumer confidence in all major markets and product mix deterioration, the company said. The product portfolio will be revised, including the cancellation of selected future programs. Joint manufacturing projects with Alliance partner Renault in Morocco and India will be revised.

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Prayon and Pulead to create JV for manufacture and sale of lithium iron phosphate material for Li-ion batteries

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LiFePO 4 +C grants a limited number of sublicenses to suitable lithium iron phosphate (LFP)/lithium metal phosphate (LMP) producers who are capable of meeting market demand with high-quality products. Even in the short term, demand far outstrips licensees’ production capacity.

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BMW targeting doubling energy density of battery cells by 2030, with current i3 as basis

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The purpose of the facility is to advance battery cell technology and carefully dissect the production processes. In future, cobalt will be sourced directly from mines in Australia and Morocco, and lithium from countries including Australia. The Competence Center offers both ideal overall conditions and high-quality production facilities conforming to the industry standards of established cell manufacturers.

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BMW boosts CATL battery order to €7.3B, signs €2.9B battery order with Samsung SDI

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billion for the Chinese production site of the BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. The BMW Group will source the cobalt needed as a key raw material for cell production directly from mines in Australia and Morocco and make it available to CATL and Samsung SDI. In-house battery production takes place at BMW Group Plants Dingolfing (Germany) and Spartanburg (USA), and at the BBA plant in Shenyang (China).

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BloombergNEF: clean energy investment in developing nations slumps as financing in China slows; coal burn surges to record high

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China, both the world’s largest CO 2 emitter and largest market for clean energy production and consumption, played a crucial role in the story. Most notably, Vietnam, South Africa, Mexico and Morocco led the rankings with a combined investment of $16 billion in 2018. New investment in wind, solar, and other clean energy projects in developing nations dropped sharply in 2018, largely due to a slowdown in China.

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Skeleton Technologies joins Flying Whales program to develop next generation of heavy-lift, large-capacity airships

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For that purpose Morocco will become the “third parent country” of Flying Whales. Industrial production is expected to start in 2021. European ultracapacitor manufacturer Skeleton Technologies will join French firm Flying Whales’ program to build a 60-ton Large Capacity Airship (LCA60T, for the global transport market. Skeleton Technologies will join the program to help design and build hybrid propulsion for the LCA60T’s electric power systems.

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Umicore and Prayon form beLife JV to develop and produce phosphate-based cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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beLife will initially focus on developing advanced, cost-competitive products and production processes for lithium iron phosphate cathode materials used in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. property includes Prayon’s worldwide license for the production and sale of LFP materials granted by LiFePO 4 +C. Jointly owned by OCP SA (Office Chérifien des Phosphates, Morocco) and SRIW (Belgium), Prayon.

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Syrian oil ministry announces oil shale tender

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Established by Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Syria and Turkey in partnership with regional and international companies, the centre aims to develop a joint environmental and energy framework, establish common standards for studying and utilizing oil share resources, and attract investors in the sector.). Oil production has stabilized after falling for a number of years, and is poised to turn around as new fields come on line, according to EIA.

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IEA: Estonia is pioneering technologies for more efficient and cleaner use of oil shale

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The research concentrates on two aspects: maximizing the production of liquid fuel and reducing the carbon intensity of oil shale-based power and heat generation. Ash, as a processing residue, is clean and has several applications in cement production and the construction industry. There are also significant reserves in Jordan, Morocco, Sweden, Syria and Turkey.

Ricardo study predicts that BRIC automotive markets will be eclipsed by the “Rising-15”

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Ricardo’s Rising-15 automotive markets include: Argentina; Egypt; Indonesia; Iran; Malaysia; Mexico; Morocco; Nigeria; Peru; the Philippines; South Africa; Thailand; Turkey; Ukraine; and Vietnam. Indicators were developed from raw data to compare countries in regard to the market prospects for passenger and commercial vehicles, and to offer an outlook for in-territory production potential. Positioning the Rising 15. Source: Ricardo Consulting. Click to enlarge.

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Mercedes-Benz introduces its mid-size pickup truck: the X-Class leans on diesel

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The pickup is being manufactured in a production cooperation with the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Production for the markets in Europe, Australia and South Africa will start at the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain, in 2017. In addition, both companies benefit from optimal utilisation of the production capacity. Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new pickup truck—the first from a premium manufacturer—the X-Class.

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Study reports non-US global shale gas recoverable resources of 5,760 Tcf; global shale gas boosts total recoverable natural gas resources by 40%

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Initial assessments of 48 shale gas basins containing almost 70 shale gas formations in 32 countries suggest that shale gas resources, which have recently provided a major boost to US natural gas production, are also available in other world regions. These include France, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, South Africa, Morocco, and Chile. In 2010, US shale gas production reached 4.87 Tcf (23% of total US natural gas production), compared with 0.39

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