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Government backs British start-up vying to break China’s battery stranglehold

The Government has invested in a company hoping to help end Britain’s reliance on China for a key electric battery component. Livista Energy’s bid to set up one of the first lithium refineries in Europe has won support from the Government. The new plant, set to be built in England, will produce the materials required …

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British microchip factory faces shutdown if China deal approved, ministers warned

Britain’s biggest microchip factory is likely to be closed and production shifted to Shanghai if ministers allow a Chinese takeover of the business to go ahead, a report has warned. Researchers at the Policy Exchange think tank claimed there was a “strong possibility” that Newport Wafer Fab’s new owner, Nexperia, will in future seek to …

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Jaguar Land Rover’s battle to stop dealers selling in China

It pushed JLR to a pretax loss of £412m for the year through March, compared to a £662m profit the year before. Its operations were “significantly impacted by the constraint on production and sales resulting from the global chip shortage,” it said. Other European car manufacturers, however, have had a record profitability, plowing the computer …

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World’s largest hybrid ship to ferry passengers between UK, France

An artist’s impression of the Saint-Malo at sea. According to Brittany Ferries will have a battery capacity of 11.5 megawatt hours. Brittany Ferries A ship set to carry passengers between the UK and France in the next few years will be the largest hybrid-vessel ever built, according to operator Brittany Ferries. In a statement Tuesday, …

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The World’s Top Coal Exporter Can’t Afford To Go Green

How much will it cost to wean Indonesia off coal? This is a pressing question for world leaders and climate policy-makers around the world in the lead-up to this year’s COP27 climate, summit set to take place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt this November. Just before the summit, in which the world’s premier politicians, scientists, policymakers, …

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China launches home-made aircraft carrier with Taiwan-provoking name

Fujian will carry out mooring tests and navigation tests after the launch, state media said. The ship’s launch was initially expected on April 23 for the PLAN’s 73rd anniversary but was postponed at least twice due to strict Covid-19 lockdowns in Shanghai. Xi Jinping, China’s president, has made the military’s modernization one of his priorities. …

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India Ranks Third Globally, After China And USA, For Total Renewable Power Addition in 2021

India added around 15.4 gigawatts (GW) of renewable power capacity in 2021, the third highest after China (136 GW) and the United States (43 GW), according to a global status report released on Wednesday (15 June). The REN21’s Renewables 2022 Global Status Report (GSR) is the world’s only crowd-sourced report on renewable energy. It covers …

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