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Minnesota nickel mine faces environmental justice challenges

Let’s get this straight right away: this is not one of those “EVs’ Dirty Little Secret” articles. We know that e-mobility has an environmental footprint, but it’s far smaller than that of legacy petroleum-powered vehicles, as countless studies have shown. On the other hand, it’s critical that every step of the EV supply chain be… Read more »

Are nickel-based batteries on the way out?

Is a new standards war—or rather, a chemistries war—developing? There are several important differences between the NMC and LFP battery chemistries, but the most salient points seem to be that batteries based on NMC (nickel, manganese, cobalt) offer higher energy density, but those based on LFP (lithium iron phosphate) tend to be cheaper. Chinese automakers… Read more »

Britishvolt forms JV to source nickel sulphate from Indonesia

Battery pioneer Britishvolt will partner with VKTR, a new division of Indonesian industrial conglomerate Bakrie & Brothers, to develop a supply of nickel sulphate from Indonesia. A new joint venture called Indovolt BV VKTR will establish a nickel sulphate facility in Indonesia to supply battery raw materials to Britishvolt’s Gigaplant in Northumberland, England. The companies… Read more »

Nth Cycle raises $12.5 million in Series A funding for cobalt and nickel recycling tech

Battery and metal recycling technology company Nth Cycle has raised $12.5 million in Series A funding, which it will use to deploy the first commercial units of its electro-extraction technology to recycling facilities in 2022 and to grow its technical and development staff. Nth Cycle’s electro-extraction technology uses electricity and carbon filters to recover cobalt… Read more »

Tesla to buy nickel from Talon Metals mine in Minnesota

Talon Nickel, a US subsidiary of Canada-based Talon Metals (TSX: TLO), has secured an agreement with Tesla to supply nickel concentrate from its Tamarack Nickel Project, a joint venture with mining giant Rio Tinto, in Aitkin County, Minnesota. Under the terms of the agreement, Tesla has committed to purchase 75,000 metric tons (165 million lbs)… Read more »

New process cheaply extracts copper, nickel, cobalt and lithium from used EV batteries

Sumitomo Metal Mining has developed a new proprietary process to extract high-grade metals from used EV batteries. Tapping its expertise in copper refining, Sumitomo says it can cheaply extract copper, nickel, cobalt and lithium from used EV batteries by crushing them, heating the resulting powder to specific temperatures, and adjusting oxygen levels. Sumitomo says competitors,… Read more »

First Cobalt to expand nickel and cobalt production

First Cobalt is expanding its plans to provide battery-grade nickel and cobalt, recycled battery materials and precursor material to the North American supply chain. First Cobalt is also changing its name to Electra Battery Materials. Electra is expanding a permitted hydrometallurgical refinery north of Toronto, which is projected to produce 5,000 tons of cobalt per… Read more »

Northvolt produces its first Li-ion battery cell with 100% recycled nickel, manganese and cobalt

Swedish manufacturer Northvolt, which is partially owned by Volkswagen and BMW, announced that it has produced its first lithium-ion battery cell using 100% recycled nickel, manganese and cobalt. The company recovered the materials from battery waste through a low-energy hydrometallurgical treatment, which involves the use of an aqueous solution to isolate the metals and separate… Read more »

LG Energy Solution secures access to nickel and cobalt from Australian Mines

LG Energy Solution, one of Tesla’s battery suppliers, has entered into “a binding long form offtake agreement” with Australian Mines Ltd. for nickel and cobalt, which will be supplied in the form of mixed hydroxide precipitate (MPH) from the Sconi Project in North Queensland. Under the agreement, LG will have access to 71,000 tons of… Read more »

Tesla signs deal with BHP to secure nickel for battery cells

Contrary to popular belief, the most important mineral in EV batteries may not be lithium, but nickel. According to the Nickel Institute, the metal, which gives cells higher energy density and greater storage capacity, is an essential component for Li-ion battery cathodes—in fact, it’s the most important metal by mass in the cathodes used in… Read more »