Monthly Archives: August 2015

Tesla begins Gigafactory sourcing with lithium supply deal

A new lithium project in northern Mexico has received the first seal of approval to supply the Tesla Motors Gigafactory.London-based Bacanora Minerals and Rare Earth Minerals have received the go-ahead to supply lithium hydroxide to Tesla’s lithium-ion battery megafactory from its clay deposit in Mexico’s north-west. Tesla have agreed a 5-year lithium hydroxide contract to […]

Graphic: Minerals used in Tesla’s Powerwall

The below graphic is a simplified representation of the Tesla Motors’ home battery, Powerwall, and the minerals used in its construction. Tesla plans to use low cost Gigafactory-produced lithium-ion batteries to construct the 7-10kWh battery pack for home use. This graphic is taken from Benchmark Mineral Intelligence‘s quarterly magazine which is part of its membership service. For […]

Toronto: new speakers announced for battery supply chain seminar

The agenda for Benchmark Mineral Intelligence’s battery supply chain seminar in Toronto will now include Syrah Resources, the Australian graphite developer following its A$211m raising, and Western Lithium which recently revealed its planned merger with Lithium Americas. The free meeting will take place on Thursday 24 September at One King West Hotel & Residence in Toronto’s downtown and will discuss the […]

Chart: Panasonic predicts lithium-ion utility storage surge

One of the world’s leading battery manufacturers, Panasonic Corp, is predicting significant growth in emerging markets for lithium-ion batteries. The company, which is the sole partner for Tesla Motors’ Gigafactory in the US, is expecting growth of 74.9% CAGR in utility (stationary storage) – batteries that can power your home or office block – and […]