Friday Five

22nd July 2022

The team from the Department of Energy’s PNNL seems to have solved the problem by developing a high-voltage sodium-ion battery with greatly extended longevity in laboratory tests.

As a battery goes through repeated cycles of charging and discharging, it loses its ability to hold a charge. A new sodium-ion battery technology developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory holds its ability to charge for longer than previously described sodium-ion batteries. (image by Sara Levine | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Screenshot 2022-07-22 at 11.00.16.png

As Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen promotes the Biden administration's approach to reshaping global supply chains, it is clear that the US is looking to reduce its reliance on certain countries.


Yellen specifically mentioned China, stating that the US cannot allow it "to use their market positions in key raw materials, technologies or products to disrupt their economy or exercise unwanted geopolitical leverage."


The Treasury Secretary's remarks come as the US seeks to strengthen trade relationships with its allies in order to make supply lines more resistant to political manipulation. It is clear that the Biden administration is looking to implement significant changes to global supply chains.


In a ruling handed down Monday by the UK’s High Court, the government’s BEIS was found to have not provided sufficient detail regarding its strategy to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The ruling also orders the publication of a more detailed plan early next year.


China's Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), one of the world’s biggest makers of batteries for electric vehicles, is considering at least two locations in Mexico for a manufacturing plant to potentially supply major carmakers.

ioneer Ltd, an emerging lithium–boron supplier, has signed a binding offtake supply agreement with Ford Motor Company. Under the agreement, ioneer will supply Ford with lithium carbonate from its Rhyolite Ridge Lithium-Boron Project in Nevada.