NEW-ENERGY RESOURCES explores this season's hot topic: mine closure and rehabilitation. Clean Energy is as much dependent upon how it is extracted and 'made good' as it is upon the end product. This issue also looks at battery chemistry and the best options for end-user energy storage as well as an in-depth analysis of the robustly emerging EV market, particularly in Europe.
GOING INTO REHAB - sustainable mine closure.
THE BESTEST BATTERY - renewable energy storage at the sharp, chemical end of the equation.
THE END OF THE BEGINNING - electric vehicles now appear to be approaching adolescence.
NEW-ENERGY RESOURCES looks at the recently tanking lithium market and considers its medium-term prospects. Our analysts and foreign market experts cut through the current hysteria and discover that, as ever, quality and recovery rates are key. The future for lithium miners and greenfield explorers is still very bright. This issue also looks at advances in mining technology including the emergence of 'renewable' equipment, driving improved efficiencies.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE - getting a mine up.
IN THE MIX - vanadium, zinc, cobalt, nickel. graphite et al: the quiet cousins of battery minerals.
Over or under? Claims that the supply chain is either over-serviced or undercooked, depends on whom you ask and their particular agenda. One thing's for sure: Australia's stable mining sector is the destination of choice for raw materials. NER reads between the lines and serves it up straight - renewable energy storage is not going away anytime soon, no matter the weather or market economics.
PROCESS ENGINEERS - the brainpower behind increased recovery rates.
LOOKING INTO THE FUTURES - London's impending new lithium market.
The first glimmers of inward investment are bearing fruit as the industry realises we are exporting much of our unprocessed wealth. Joint ventures are being inked and Australian research centres established in the sprint to establish dominance over the entire battery minerals supply chain.
PROCESSING POWER - keeping it 'in country'.
RACE FOR RAW MATERIALS - manufacturers are highlighting critical supply shortages as Aussie explorers rush to stake their claim.
CONVERSION THERAPY - midstream bottlenecks have been depressing spot prices. In an industry that's still finding its feet, the cork is about to pop out of the bottle again.
As ever, political policies are woefully lagging behind capital markets and scientific research. Soon there will be no place to hide as foreign companies capitalise on Australia's mineral wealth. However, there is an engaged group of Antipodean entrepreneurs and first movers who are securing our place in the new-energy sea change form down in South Australia right up into Queensland.
BATTERY FARMS - a new industry for Australia.
GREENFIELDS FOREVER - geologists and metallurgists at the forefront of the new resources boom.
RARE EARTHS REVIVAL - rare earths and mineral sands claim their seat at the table.