Renewables made up a larger percentage of electricity generation than fossil fuels did in the UK for the first time in Q3 this year.
According to new analysis byCarbon Brief, in the three month period running July to September this year the UK’s windfarms, solar panels, biomass facilities and hydro plants generated 29.5TWh of power, while coal, gas and oil generated just 29.1TWh. This is the first time renewables have been responsible for more generation than fossil fuels since the first public electricity generation station opened in 1882.
EIT Raw Materials held the Expert Forum on Sustainable Materials for Future Mobility, Electrification and Lightweight Design in Turin, Italy in early October. At the event, Roskill presented its outlook for raw materials impacted by growing demand from EV applications. The forum discussed European strategy in highlighting and securing raw material supply chains, including announcements from the EU Commission regarding sustainability and life-cycle analysis for battery raw materials and funding totalling €10Bn (US$10.9Bn) for research during the Horizon 2021–2027 period.
Speaking at an industry conference in May, Tesla’s supply chain manager Sarah Maryssael called on the U.S. government to help ensure the ongoing availability of minerals needed to produce lithium-ion batteries, including lithium, nickel, and copper.
In the U.K., Professor Richard Herrington raised the concern about mineral shortages restricting the rapid growth of the electric vehicle market in a letter to the UK’s Committee on Climate Change, in which he wrote, “Over the next few decades, global supply of raw materials must drastically change to accommodate [the world’s] transformation to a low carbon economy.”
They have dubbed it the “Airbus of batteries”. Bruno Le Maire, the French finance minister, joined with his German counterpart in Paris last week to unveil plans for a battery plant to supply electric cars, part of a pan-European project backed by public money.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen is rolling out what it bills as the breakthrough electric car for the masses, the leading edge of a wave of new battery-powered vehicles about to hit the European auto market.
A Chinese battery maker carved out of the country’s biggest sport utility vehicle manufacturer, Great Wall Motor Co Ltd, on Tuesday said it is planning its first overseas manufacturing base in Europe. SVOLT Energy Technology Co Ltd general manager Yang Hongxin said, “We plan to have five production bases worldwide, including in the United States, but it will take time. The global plan is to reach a capacity of 100 GWh by 2025.”
The move comes as Asian battery makers deepen cooperation with automakers in Europe, where limited means of making the cells that power electric vehicles has raised concern of over-reliance on Asian manufacturers.
The price of lithium has tripled in the last three years. Lithium is the key element in producing the kind of high-efficiency batteries needed for electromobility. Can a lithium mine in Austria help reduce Europe’s dependence on imports?