ASX-listed Orocobre Ltd
said that it produced 365 tonnes lithium carbonate at its
Olaroz facility in Argentina in November as it continues
Supply chain issues relating to carbon
dioxide supply meant this level was 70 tonnes less than it
would otherwise have been. Orocobre said that it still intends
to achieve breakeven levels of production of 650 tonnes lithium
carbonate in December.
The company is continuing debottlenecking work,
aimed at resolving issues that have set the ramp up back a
number of times. It said that various improvements have now
been made in order to heat distribution systems and that the
installations of additional heat exchangers, a flocculation
system and an additional boiler are on track.
Resources Inc. has set up a lithium trading and
information platform, which it has labelled LithiumXchange. It
said that the site aims to match sellers and buyers of lithium
at current world prices.
The junior explorer recently agreed a
right of first refusal (ROFR) with an arm's length vendor for
the 2,460 acre (9.96km2) East Fault lithium claims
in South Clayton Valley, Nevada, US.
French battery producer Saft
SA has received a contract worth $2.2m to supply
lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries to Textron
Systems, a manufacturer of defence and aerospace
The lightweight, 100 amp 28V ICB batteries
will be used to power universal ground control stations, the
facilities from which unmanned aerial systems, or drones, are
piloted. They will provide emergency backup to the systems and
will only be activated in the event of a power failure.
Separately, Saft was awarded a contract by
ABB Marine to supply a liquid cooled Li-ion
super phosphate battery system for a new hybrid cable laying
vessel, to be completed in 2017. The batteries are expected to
cut fuel consumption by 27%.
Finally, automotive manufacturer
Porsche SE has said it will spend around
€1bn ($1.09*) on production facilities at its biggest
plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany, where it will build its first
fully electric sports vehicle, the Mission E model.
A paint shop and assembly line at the site
are expected to create around 1,000 jobs related to the
production of the car, as Volkwagen AG,
Porsche’s parent company, attempts to counter
negative environmental perceptions following a recent emissions
*Conversion made December