With lithium ion batteries as stationary energy storage for the power grid emerging rapidly as a growing market, manufacturers may be challenged with the prospects of redistributing capital from the potential of electric vehicle battery manufacturing to grid oriented energy solutions.
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The market is demonstrating interesting appetite and risk aversion for certain lithium exploration companies with limited material change in underlying business characteristics.
More than four decades following the conception of Earth Day, international interest in alternative energy sources has become a strong focus of social, political and commercial enterprise. It is not just a matter of coincidence that a significant number of electric vehicle and lithium battery technology conferences have been scheduled at this time of year.
The 3rd Annual Lithium Supply and Markets Conference was hosted by Metal Bulletin last week at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. One of the keynote speakers at the event, Edward R Anderson, president of lithium consultants TRU Group Inc., indicated some bearish sentiments for lithium pipeline projects.
Just one week after a controversy regarding international espionage in the electric vehicle (EV) development arena, the announcement of a commercial partnership to make lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles has been very strongly received by the marketplace.