Lithium latest news

  • April 2015

    Iran identifies lithium reserves in northern province

    30 April 2015

    As relations between Iran and the rest of the world take a step towards resolution, speculation is mounting about the country's mineral reserves.

  • IM Lithium News In Brief 22 – 30 April

    30 April 2015

    Venture Capital financing is pouring into the energy storage system (ESS) market, an important end-user of li-ion battery technology. Partnerships in this area are flourishing, with renewable energy providers in particular interested in finding a way of harvesting and storing their energy. In other news, airlines are continuing to enforce a ban on the transportation of lithium-ion batteries, with Cargolux the latest to leap on the bandwagon. Lithium as a treatment for bipolar disorder, however, could be here to stay as researchers find a way to improve its efficacy in patients who previously did not respond to lithium-based drugs.

  • Bolivia shortlists three companies for lithium plant partnership

    29 April 2015

    The South American country needs international investment in order to be able to develop its substantial lithium reserves. The tendering process for its planned lithium carbonate production plant is a step in the right direction.

  • Orocobre dispatches first commercial lithium carbonate orders

    29 April 2015

    Orocobre has dispatched its first commercial order of lithium carbonate on schedule, boding well for the company's target of full commercial ramp up by the fourth quarter of this year.

  • Wind energy market offers double boost for cleantech minerals

    28 April 2015

    Saft wins Li-ion contract for Faroe Island wind farm; Siemens taps Molycorp for turbine magnet rare earths while investment in wind energy continues to grow.

  • No V-shaped recovery for mining industry

    27 April 2015

    Cycle is nearer the bottom than many people think.

  • SQM confirms new board; chairman Julio Ponce replaced

    27 April 2015

    Julio Ponce, former son-in-law of General Pinochet, is no longer chairman of SQM's board of directors. Replaced by existing SQM board member Juan Antonio Guzman, his name does not feature in the board line up announced by SQM today, as the company tries to distance itself from its links to the Pinochet regime.

  • SQM Salar expense claims under investigation by parent firm

    24 April 2015

    SQM's subsidiary has been found to have made expense claims without proper supporting documentation, prompting the parent company to investigate to ensure it is properly dealing with its recent tax scandal.

  • Saft nets €7m battery order from Indian telecoms provider

    24 April 2015

    Another order from Reliance Jio for lithium-ion batteries is a testament to the technology's suitability for providing back up power in a wide range of climate conditions.

  • Storage solutions: why battery developments are forcing utility change

    24 April 2015

    Disruptive technologies, including battery storage, smart meters and other energy gadgets, are driving change to the traditional utility model around the world, which could in turn increase the demand for critical energy minerals such as lithium, graphite and rare earths.

  • SQM to elect new board members on Friday

    23 April 2015

    The Chilean lithium, potash and iodine miner appears keen to sever its links to the former Pinochet regime, with chairman Julio Ponce, the former son-in-law of General Pinochet, absent from the nominees for election to the board.

  • Tesla confirms new home battery product launch

    22 April 2015

    After tweeting about it in March, Tesla has revealed in an investor relations email that its new product will be a home battery.

  • Rio Tinto cuts Q1 TiO2 output by 17% in weak market

    21 April 2015

    The Anglo-Australian miner is curbing its mineral sands production in response to industry conditions and expects overall output to be 140,000 tonnes lower this year. Borates demand is strong, meanwhile, and the company is continuing to invest in its Jadar lithium-borates project in Serbia.

  • Lithium News In Brief 8 – 21 April

    21 April 2015

    A clutch technology providers are supplying Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) using lithium-ion batteries to energy grids worldwide. Elsewhere, researchers are taking advantage of lithium-ion scaremongering stories to develop batteries using other minerals. Magnesium-ion batteries are being researched at the University of Illinois and Google itself is developing several lithium-ion batteries for use in technology applications.

  • Lithium production is no field of dreams, says Galaxy Resources

    20 April 2015

    ASX-listed lithium company Galaxy Resources has had a bumpy few years which saw the closure of its Mt Cattlin spodumene mine in Western Australia and the divestment of its Jiangsu lithium plant in China to Tianqi Industries. Now, the miner is sitting on around $30m cash from the sale and has leased Mt Cattlin for tantalum production, putting it in a position to rebuild its place in the lithium industry.

  • Cobre Montana produces battery grade lithium in Czech Republic

    17 April 2015

    The production of battery grade lithium at the Czech Republic site has confirmed that Cobre Montana can move forward with commercial development of the project.

  • Galaxy Resources left with A$50m following lithium plant sale

    14 April 2015

    Galaxy Resources will have A$50m from the sale of its lithium plant to Tiangi Lithium Industries, which will help offset any operating losses occurring in its upcoming results.The company has been struggling with operating costs for a few years now and the sale is one of a number of routes Galaxy has pursued to generate extra cash flow.

  • Saft lithium batteries to smooth out Faroe Island wind power issues

    14 April 2015

    For the very first time, Li-ion batteries are being used in wind farm technology, with France-based Saft agreeing to provide a grid-regulating solution to the Faroe Islands. The energy storage capacity of a Li-ion battery can help iron out the fluctuations in wind power availability. Energy grids are traditionally used to coping with a steady supply of power, and not the peaks and troughs that come with a renewable energy source.

  • REM's stake increase in Sonora symptomatic of consolidation trend

    10 April 2015

    REM's move to up its stake increase in Bacanora Minerals is the latest example of consolidation in the lithiun sector, as would be producers position themselves for an anticipated boom in demand led by new energy technologies.

  • Lobbyists push to change the shape of Nevada mining

    09 April 2015

    Although Nevada has far better environmental regulation than many parts of the world, it is still the most lax jurisdiction in North America. Changes to regulation for gold mining in the US state will also affect industrial minerals such as lithium and graphite, which are being developed for extraction in the state.

  • IM Lithium News in Brief 27 March – 8 April

    08 April 2015

    Stanford puts forward aluminium battery as rival to Li-ion; Tesla proposes new Gigafactory in Japan; explorers move ahead with shareholder and community approcals.

  • No takers for RB Energy's lithium and iodine operations

    07 April 2015

    The lack of buyers for RB Energy's lithium assets is more of a reflection of the status of the company's own assets and operations than of the lithium market as a whole, say analysts.

  • Price Briefing 27 March – 2 April

    02 April 2015

    Antimony prices fall by 50% since 2011; price wars put pressure on Chinese magnesia.

  • Tronox closes acquistion of soda ash business from FMC Corp.

    02 April 2015

    The finalising of the sale means that Tronox will operate two vertically integrated businesses; one which focuses on TiO2 pigments and one on trona ore and natural soda ash. This will leave FMC able to fully focus on its lithium business under the name FMC Lithium.

  • SQM operating “normally” in Chile despite flooding chaos

    01 April 2015

    The lithium, potash and iodine miner has said that delivery of its products has been disrupted by severe weather conditions in northern Chile, but that rescheduled shipments would allow it to meet customer commitments after staff worked over the weekend to resume operations.