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Climate Impact of Graphite Production

Published LCA studies for graphite production do not sufficiently represent the sizable contribution of different electricity scenarios to the overall impact of operations. As the global demand for battery grade material rises, this merits careful reconsideration. This LCA study suggests that the true climate change impact of producing battery-grade graphite can be as much as ten times higher than published values, depending on the energy and material inputs.

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Explore the Elements: Graphite

Explore the intricate world of graphite with Minviro's comprehensive guide. This document covers graphite's geological background, production methods, and diverse applications, emphasising sustainability and the crucial role of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Learn about the environmental impacts, differences between natural and synthetic graphite, and the industry's efforts toward sustainable practices.

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Explore the Elements: Rare Earth Elements

Welcome to Minviro's 'Explore the Elements' Series – your guide through the intricate world of raw materials. Our first report focuses on the critical role of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) in advancing technology and driving sustainability. Immerse yourself in our exploration of their geological origins, production processes, and the importance of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for sustainable development.

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Measuring the Environmental Impact of Battery Supply Chains with...

This white paper analyses the environmental impacts of battery supply chains for electric vehicles (EVs), focusing on the significant differences across various production routes. By employing Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), it highlights the crucial role of material selection and manufacturing in reducing the environmental footprint of EV batteries.

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FREYR Project Results

We have had the pleasure to work with the incredible team at FREYR to conduct a gate-to-gate study on the use phase of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries using life cycle thinking. We were asked to provide FREYR with a calculation of LFP battery packs (use phase) and the potential carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions abatement in each market segment and geography (Europe and United States). The market segments investigated include passenger electric vehicles (EV), electric trucks (e-trucks) and energy storage systems for grid-scale stationary applications (ESS).

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Explore the Elements: Lithium

Dive into the world of lithium, a key player in modern technology and sustainability. This guide unveils the properties, applications, and environmental impact of lithium, providing a comprehensive overview of its pivotal role in advancing renewable energy and electric mobility.

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Circular Economy Shaping the Future of Lithium-Ion Batteries

With growing climate change pressures, a booming electric vehicle market, and an unprecedented demand for critical raw materials, circular economy strategies are crucial for achieving the clean energy transition. Using an innovative modelling and investigative approach that uniquely combines Systems Dynamic (SD) modelling and prospective LCA (pLCA), this white paper forecasts the environmental and supply chain benefits of circular economy interventions for the lithium-ion battery (LIB) market, using the UK as a case study. This unique approach provides a best-in-class analysis of the UK's potential to lead in circularity within the battery sector, offering a roadmap for policymakers, industry stakeholders, and researchers.

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Explore the Elements: Aluminium

Discover the versatility and sustainability of aluminium in our comprehensive report. Learn about its unique properties, production processes, and significant role in the transition to renewable energy. Uncover how aluminium's recyclability and strength contribute to technological advancements and sustainable development.

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EU Battery Regulations: A 'Greenprint' for Sustainable Manufactu...

In collaboration with Worley, this paper addresses the urgent demand for sustainable practices in battery and battery materials manufacturing. With global battery demand set to surge from 1 TWh to 6.8 TWh by 2030, environmentally conscious design and development are crucial. The EU's Battery Passport and similar regulations necessitate sustainability. Our white paper offers guidance on data-driven, environmentally informed approaches to meet these challenges.

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Carbon Footprint Compliance: EU Battery Regulations Guide

As the new EU battery regulation has been enacted, this document acts as a guide to understanding the methodology for the calculation and verification of the Carbon Footprint (CF) of electric vehicle batteries, and what the direct impact of the regulation will be on your business. Our guide specifically focuses on the usage of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the calculations of a product’s CF, as it has been widely adopted for European regulatory compliance.

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The Climate Impact of LFP Battery Materials: Balancing Environme...

In our new collaborative white paper, Minviro and Exawatt have combined their expertise to study the future landscape of global LFP production from an environmental sustainability (using life cycle assessment, LCA) and cost perspective, respectively, as an indication of the true potential of non-nickel-based cathodes as a globally competitive commercialised product. To create the scenario changes to test the environmental impacts and financial costs of different pathways, all LFP LCA and cost model inputs were kept static except manufacturing electricity source, lithium carbonate source, and graphite source. The comparative environmental impacts, in this paper as they relate to decarbonisation potential, and financial costs of the different scenarios theorised from these three interventions are then discussed in detail.

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Sodium-Ion Batteries: A sustainable alternative to Lithium-Ion?

In this white paper, we investigate the potential environmental impacts of sodium-ion batteries, which are causing a buzz in the commercial rechargeable battery market!

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Nickel’s Carbon Challenge – understanding the relationship betwe...

Nickel is a key element in many commercially available lithium-ion batteries. Nickel’s allure lies in its high energy density, potential for lower lifetime impacts, and suitability for various applications. Given its high performance metrics, it is a cornerstone ingredient to decarbonisation efforts and is in incredibly high demand globally. However, it is vital to ensure the environmental sustainability of nickel production and making informed decisions to reduce impacts throughout the supply chain.

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Green Claims and LCA Guide

This comprehensive guide provides expert, easy-to-follow insights into making credible green claims. With an introduction to green claims, life cycle assessment (LCA), as well as essential tips on communicating environmental impact accurately and transparently. Our guide is a crucial tool for individuals and businesses to avoid greenwashing and accurately market their environmental impact.

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VDA Project Results: LCA of Nickel Sulfate Hexahydrate Impact

In collaboration with the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), Minviro has developed a detailed report on the climate change impact of three existing and emerging nickel sulfate hexahydrate production pathways. With the upcoming European battery regulations, it will be essential to have primary or representative secondary data. This LCA study, which went through a critical panel review, aims to provide insights into what the range of climate change impacts can be for different production pathways, and to provide context to the main drivers of these differences.

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Twin Metals Minnesota Project results

Twin Metals Minnesota is a US based company focused on the development of an underground copper, nickel, cobalt, platinum, palladium, gold and silver project (TMM Project) in the northeast Minnesota. After initial discussions we were tasked to provide a life cycle assessment study of their copper and nickel concentrate products for their future development and improvement.

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Explore the Elements: Silicon

Explore the crucial role of Silicon, an abundant element in Earth's crust and an important element of modern technology. This blog post delves into the various states and applications of Silicon, from its natural form to its critical use in electronics, photovoltaics, and advanced battery technologies. Discover how Silicon, a key semiconductor during the "Silicon Age," drives digital development and supports clean energy transitions.

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Explore the Elements: Copper

Explore the significant impact copper has on modern technologies and eco-friendly solutions. Minviro's guide delves into copper’s essential role in advancing sustainable practices, emphasising the importance of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in reducing environmental footprints.

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