Electric aircraft aren’t far off, but we need to prepare

By |2019-05-07T04:12:42+08:00May 7th, 2019|Relevant|

Move aside electric cars, another disruption set to occur in the next decade is being ignored in current Australian transport infrastructure debates: electric aviation.  Electric aircraft technology is rapidly developing locally and overseas, with the aim of potentially reducing emissions and operating costs by over 75 per cent. Other countries are already planning for 100 per cent electric short-haul plane

WA home to $135 million national battery research hub

By |2019-04-10T05:02:44+08:00April 10th, 2019|Relevant|

Western Australia will host a national consortium to position Australia as a global leader in the manufacture and supply of batteries after a $135 million industry-backed research hub was supported by the Federal Government.  Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, the Hon Karen Andrews, announced today that the Curtin University-led national collaboration of 58

KIA E-NIRO SELLS OUT IN THE UK – REPORT

By |2019-02-11T03:02:34+08:00February 11th, 2019|Relevant|

The all-electric Korean crossover has sold its entire allocation for the year in Britain after just a month on sale, according to a new report. Like the Hyundai Kona Electric, demand is outstripping supply. Kia has completely depleted its 2019 allocation of the new e-Niro in the UK, with prospective buyers now forced to wait until 2020

Automakers stress importance of battery metals

By |2019-02-07T02:53:29+08:00February 7th, 2019|Relevant|

Major automakers Ford and Honda have stressed the importance of stable and affordable supply of battery raw materials for their ongoing electric vehicle development and roll-out plans. Ford started to focus on lithium-ion battery technology in 2012 and has since reduced the cobalt input in its battery supply chain by around two thirds because

Potential Bottlenecks Of Materials In Future Green Technologies

By |2018-10-05T06:22:38+08:00October 5th, 2018|Relevant|

Every year, the global consumption of raw materials increases. In the 19th century, only a few elements were extracted and used. Today the whole periodic table is practically used by society, and many of the considered “critical” or “rare” elements are used in green technologies. Such technologies shall be the best answer to reduce

Dare to dream: Battery manufacturing in WA can be a reality

By |2018-07-20T04:20:08+08:00July 20th, 2018|Relevant|

The advanced manufacture of batteries in WA is not out of reach according to WA’s chief scientist Professor Peter Klinken. Speaking at the lithium and energy materials industry consortium on Wednesday, Professor Klinken said global interest in battery materials was booming - and while WA was at the epicentre of mining them, downstream manufacturing

MANGANESE. IS IT THE FORGOTTEN BATTERY MINERAL?

By |2018-07-10T03:41:02+08:00July 10th, 2018|Relevant|

Whilst manganese is commonly associated as being reliant on steel consumption and steel market forces, this paradigm could shift over time as battery technology demand grows. With battery technology still in early stages of development, there is currently no clear winner as to which battery will obtain market dominance. Tesla currently uses two differing

While the world worries about a trade war, America and Australia push for a peace treaty of potentially epic proportions over “critical minerals”

By |2018-07-06T02:59:23+08:00July 6th, 2018|Relevant|

While the world waits, with bated breath, to see who will strike next in what many have dubbed a “trade war” between the United States and a host of other countries, most notably China, members of the EU, and its NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico, and while investors in the “electric revolution” (electric vehicles,