A team from the TU Freiberg Bergakademie has developed a new way to extract lithium from ore. The low-density metal is in high demand - it's an essential material in smartphone and e-car batteries.
As carmakers wrestle for the emerging electric car market, a German company sealed a key deal to mine a massive lithium deposit under a salt flat in Bolivia. The metal is crucial for making car battery cells.
Germany's industrial giants have been reluctant to invest in the costly production of electric car battery cells until now. Will a €1 billion government grant be enough to recover time lost to China and South Korea?
Salar de Atacama is rich in lithium, essential to electric cars and other low-carbon tech. But indigenous people are fighting its extraction, saying private interests are cashing in at the expense of their environment.
A controversial laptop ban on flights from the Middle East could soon be expanded to European flights. But European regulators have warned that stowing so many lithium batteries in the hold could be risky.
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