Electric Vehicles (EVs) have gained significant momentum in recent years, supported by regulatory incentives, changing consumer perception and the willingness of much of the auto manufacturing industry to throw its weight behind the development of affordable electric models in large numbers. So, how will the growth of EVs impact the mining, oil and gas, petrochemical/ polymers industries? Will supply be able to adapt fast enough or become a limiting factor in EVs growth?
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The emergence and rapid growth of electrically-powered road vehicles has become a key issue for consideration when assessing the outlook for refined products demand. At this early stage of development, forecasts of the extent to which electric vehicles will play a role in future transport fleets vary widely, thanks to a complex set of interdependent market drivers, each of which is subject to considerable uncertainty. Based on these varying drivers, this report will provide a range of scenarios for EV fleet growth, and assess their potential impact on the consumption of gasoline and diesel.
This report analyzes the impact of the recycling of plastics on virgin plastics demand in Western Europe and the United States It will also provide insight into the recycling value chain, including an overview of the industry structure, key players and acquisitions. Recent changes in legislation, including China, will also be highlighted in the report.
This report examines the main polymers used in automotive production and how their usage is likely to evolve over the next ten years, in response to key trends such as lightweighting, emergence of high performance polymers and new manufacturing techniques. Forecasts of plastics consumption through 2025 are provided for the major global regions under different scenarios for electric vehicle penetration.
CO2 dosing can be highly beneficial to greenhouse crop yields. This white paper covers some of the environmentally-friendly ways that CO2 dosing can be combined with geothermal energy, solar power and sea water desalination to allow nutritious fresh food to be grown in arid coastal areas around the world. Carbon capture and re-use, from sources such as refineries and bio-renewable fuels facilities, is also highlighted to ensure the sustainability of this growing method.
Although hydrogen is the most abundant element on earth, it does not exist in nature in in its pure form and needs to be extracted from different (often very strong) molecules (e.g. water or hydrocarbons). This usually results in expensive (energy intensive) production economics. This report examines possible demand scenarios where hydrogen will be adopted as an energy carrier in various “new” applications and what it will take to actually produce this amount of hydrogen from an economic and market perspective. Conclusions are drawn on the realistic implementation of hydrogen as an energy carrier, especially in the transportation sector.
The revolution in battery technologies has caused a sharp acceleration in the demand growth for lithium and the trend is expected to continue. Producers and technology licensors have invested significantly in the development of newer lithium extraction technologies. Nexant provides a brief analysis of the emerging technologies and a more in-depth case study looking at Nemaska Lithium.
The importance of Africa cannot be undermined; it continues to offer perhaps the greatest growth opportunities with regards to fertilizer consumption but faces obstacles that hamper its potential. This white paper provides insight into the opportunities and challenges for developing Africa’s fertilizer market as well as the opportunities for GCC producers to invest in the fertilizer industry in African countries.
The electric vehicle revolution is a game-changer and one of the major trends affecting the mineral and energy industries. Enigmatic elements such as lithium have seen massive publicity as a result and investors have flocked to Australia and South America.
Solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind are economically attractive and financially viable options to produce clean energy with no carbon emissions. Since solar PV and wind are intermittent energy sources, they inherently cannot be dispatched on a baseload basis, nor be counted on to supply peak demand.