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Carbon World News: United States and Portugal

🇺🇸 United States. Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap.

On June 5, 2023, the US Department of Energy (DOE) published its US National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap, a strategic framework for achieving large-scale production and use of clean hydrogen, indicating a.o.:

  • production levels, from 10 MMT by 2030 to 50 MMT by 2050

  • production cost evolution, from $2 per kg by 2026 to $1 per kg by 2031

Interesting this specific short term step, related to clean hydrogen production: “Demonstrate replicable, scalable production from renewables, nuclear, & fossil and waste with CCS”

🇵🇹 Portugal. Solid steps in becoming a lithium hub for Europe.

According to an article from August 23 at Jornal Económico, Aethel Mining is in talks to acquire Savannah Resources, owner of the Barroso Lithium mine in Portugal, recognised as the most important hard rock spodumene lithium resource in Western Europe. Recall our post from February 2022.

Also a few days ago, AMG Critical Materials, announced that its Brazilian subsidiary signed a MoU with Grupo Lagoa, which operates a pegmatite mine in Portugal. Laboratory scale tests have confirmed viability to concentrate the lithium minerals contained in the pegmatite to produce commercial grade spodumene. Next steps are a pilot plant (80,000 t/year), additional geological studies, an industrial plant and all permits. Click here for the press release.

Earlier 2022, Galp (energy) and Northvolt (batteries) selected Setúbal to build a €700 million advanced lithium processing unit. The start of operations is expected by year-end 2025. The plant, which will be one of Europe’s largest, is set to have an annual production between 28,000 and 35,000 tons of battery-grade lithium hydroxide. Setúbal, one of the main harbours in Portugal, is located 30km from Lisbon. Click here to read the April 2022.


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