Tag - lithium



Lithium powder from recycled batteries in Nevada in March
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 21, 2024
Japanese trading firms look abroad to diversify lithium supply
The resource-limited country is aiming to create a stable supply of the mineral, which is critical for producing batteries for electric vehicles.
A brine pool at an SQM lithium mine on the Atacama salt flat in the Atacama Desert, Chile. The industry that deals with one of the world’s most important commodities is asking whether it's doomed to repeat a boom and bust cycle again and again.
BUSINESS / Markets
Apr 12, 2024
Lithium industry braces for long-term oversupply after price instability
Those involved with the commodity are asking whether they're doomed to repeat a boom and bust cycle again and again.
Lithium evaporation ponds in Silver Peak, Nevada. Global lithium demand is expected to outpace supply by 500,000 metric tons annually by 2030.
Mar 26, 2024
America's lithium laws fail to keep pace with rapid development
Washington's drive to make the U.S. a major global lithium producer is being held back by a confusing mix of state regulations.
The Pilbara Minerals Pilgangoora lithium project in Port Hedland, Western Australia
Jan 9, 2024
Lithium’s promised land looks more like the old country
Two decades ago, Australia mined less than a fifth of the world’s lithium. In 2021, it dug more than every other country put together.
Sodium — found in rock salts and brines around the globe — has the potential to make inroads into energy storage and electric vehicles because it’s cheaper and far more abundant than lithium.
Nov 27, 2023
Salt in batteries: Shift may herald another shakeup
Sodium has the potential to make inroads into energy storage and electric vehicles because it’s cheaper and far more abundant than lithium.
A man herds yaks during in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Beijing has begun to  exploit vast deposits of Lithium on the Tibetan plateau — around 85% of the country's total reserves.
Nov 2, 2023
China lithium boom harming fragile Tibetan plateau: report
The world's biggest EV market largely relied on other countries for the lithium needed in batteries — but that is changing.
A lithium mine near Itinga, Minas Gerais state, Brazil
Oct 6, 2023
We’re not even close to running out of green minerals
Rising reserves challenge fears of mineral shortages in green transition.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2023
Lithium producers warn supplies may not meet global EV demand
Staffing shortages, inflation and delays in issuing mine permission may hinder efforts to source enough of the battery metal to meet aggressive electrification timelines.
Japan Times
Jun 22, 2023
For EV batteries, lithium iron phosphate narrows the gap with nickel and cobalt
Technological advances have reduced the performance gap with more widely used materials.
Japan Times
Jun 17, 2023
Inside the race to remake lithium extraction for EV batteries
The global battle to reshape the lithium industry is sucking in oil producers and tech startups, each jockeying to be the first to reinvent how the key metal is produced.
Japan Times
Feb 18, 2023
Tesla considering bid for battery metals miner
Tesla has been weighing a takeover of battery-metals miner Sigma Lithium, people with knowledge of the matter said, amid rampant demand for the metal used in electric vehicle batteries.
Japan Times
Feb 14, 2023
We’re not even close to running out of green minerals
A U.S. Geological Survey suggests concerns over the securing of materials needed to shift to cleaner energy such as lithium, cobalt, copper and others may be overblown.
Japan Times
Jan 30, 2023
Germany's Olaf Scholz visits South America in race with China for lithium
Nations like Germany are competing fiercely for increasingly scarce resources, and access to metals and rare earths is crucial for the transition to cleaner and more advanced economies.
Japan Times
Oct 5, 2022
Tesla’s big batteries aren’t the fire problem. Lithium is.
Investors need to look behind the headline data and realize the danger in the widespread use of this technology.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jun 14, 2022
Red-hot lithium boom pits Wall Street against the wonks
Lithium is a vital component of electric-vehicle batteries, which means the outlook for supply, demand and pricing is increasingly consequential.
Japan Times
Jun 5, 2022
Lithium price jumps fivefold as demand surges for use in EV batteries
The price of lithium, a rare metal used in the manufacturing of rechargeable batteries, has increased fivefold since April last year as demand from automakers surged.
Japan Times
Dec 20, 2021
The world wants more lithium but doesn’t want more mines
Within months of unveiling plans for a $2.4 billion mine in western Serbia, local opponents organized a movement that's rocked the government and brought cities to a standstill.
Japan Times
Nov 7, 2021
There’s an unseemly rush to power EV batteries
While lithium has been through a similar surge on the back of EVs before, this time there's a legitimate demand-supply issue with a shortage on the horizon.
Japan Times
Apr 29, 2021
Germany to tap Rhine's 'white gold' as its automakers pivot to electric cars
Power and mining companies alike are striving to bring to the surface lithium trapped in underground springs in the Upper-Rhine Valley.
Japan Times
Dec 15, 2019
Nobel winner Akira Yoshino says time in Sweden 'passed in a flash'
Japanese scientist Akira Yoshino returned home on Sunday after receiving the Nobel Prize in chemistry at a ceremony in Sweden, saying his time there "passed in a flash."


Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores