Faced with the threat of global warming, some are innovating in terms of ecological housing : the Breton designers of Anthénea, a floating house, autonomous in terms of energy and water. How a scientific approach provides concrete answers to our problems.
U.S. sanctions did not include its purchases of Russian-origin uranium
In Le Monde 15/04/2022
Wartime or not, commodities producers still need their customers as much as the other way around.
Ukraine invasion confirms that the fake news about “rare metals” was only a set-up created to blind neophytes.
A rapid overview raises questions about our capacity to build sovereignty in peacetime and about the incapacity of our politicians who have royally ignored them.
In La Tribune 08/03/2022
Who are the two ennemies of Putin ?
In La Tribune 01/03/2022
The military invasion is an internal drama for the Russians that will last as long as the government of Vladimir Putin has not been overthrown by the Russians themselves.
In La Tribune 14/02/2022
Predicting European inflation as in the past in the light of Washington will be a mistake; Asia and Europe in search of similar and probably competing sovereignties should experience concordant inflationary trajectories.
In La tribune 08/02/2022
Covid-19 and the energy transition require a return to a raw materials doctrine on which a country’s economic development and sovereignty depend.Why has the West abandoned them?
Interview with International Chromium Development Association
In La Tribune 06/12/2021
Ukraine’s integration into NATO would be a casus belli for Moscow. For its part, Beijing considers that Taiwan should be integrated into mainland China. On both fronts, the United States is in the driver’s seat. Is the American president ready to push his pawns? At what cost? Supported by whom?
In La Tribune 02/11/2021
The decarbonization of France’s economy will make its industry increasingly dependent on metal-producing countries. However, the country’s mining potential is real, and its reasoned exploitation can strengthen its independence and sovereignty, as the revolutionaries of 1789 knew how to do by creating a Corps des Mines.
In La Tribune 05/10/2021
The Green approach tends to praise the German energy model based on renewables (and coal) over the French one which uses nuclear power. However, a comparison shows that Germany is far from being independent, and France could be more independent if it continued to develop nuclear power
In La Tribune 29/09/2021
China has set itself the goal of decarbonizing its economy, which means reducing pollution from its industry. The choices made by Beijing are not without consequences for the rest of the world, particularly Europe.
In La Tribune 21/09/2021
Without critical metals in the battery, Chinese BEV-LFP have the world’s door open
In La Tribune 14/09/2021
At Electric Road conference, it is appropriate to recall the misinformation about the development of large-scale production of electric vehicle, whether in terms of consumer demand, metal scarcity or battery performance.
The difficult technical implementation of the maritime wind turbines in this bay could prove to be problematic for the Spanish energy group, one of the world leaders of the wind energy.
Beijing’s decision to impose taxes on its steel exports will reshuffle the deck in the global steel market, which will have consequences for European Union countries
The political communication of President Emmanuel Macron in his exercise of power has experienced many vicissitudes. It is characterized above all by a gap between reformist words and actions. In this regard, particularly in the Fifth Republic, the attitude of General de Gaulle remains a reference
In La Tribune 21/05/2021
In recent years, Europe has become a net importer of steel due to reductions in production capacity. This dependence is not without its problems for European industry. It is urgent that Brussels review its policy in this area.
In La Tribune 20/04/2021
Finland has a state-owned company, the Finnish Minerals Group (FMG), which invests in companies in the mining sector. A proactive and structured policy to position itself on the fast-growing market for electric vehicle batteries. France should be inspired by Finland’s approach, with which it has several points in common
In la Tribune 10/04/2021
How will we emerge from this health crisis? It is difficult to know, even if the past offers ome food for thought. Will we live through the “Années Folles”, like those 1920s, when it was all about forgetting the trauma of the First World War?
Le Monde: The main consequence of substituting iron for nickel in the manufacture of electric car batteries will be that prices for the “devil’s metal” will not spike.
The return of inflation is announced but not yet tangible. The rise in raw material prices, especially for metals, could be a fuel.
A comparative analysis of rhodium, gold and Bitcoin markets reveals radical differences. That of the famous crypto currency is more the result of technophile investors betting on the conquest of space.
The Covid-19 pandemic has weighed on the international pork market, already affected for decades by the recurrence of African swine flue, a variant of which was discovered in early February in China, a country which alone concentrates 50% of the world market for animals.
In La Tribune 02/01/2021 The pandemic increased imbalance between supply and demand for diamonds around the world. This is expected to lead to higher prices this year and in 2022. It could also be supported by improved marketing of natural diamonds in the face of the alternative represented by cultured diamonds.
China imposed a de facto embargo on its Australian imports of coking and thermal coal against the backdrop of a trade war between the two countries. This has now been lifted without justification.
the year of the pandemic was marked by a global industrial event: the surge in sales of electric cars. Thanks to technical advances in batteries, and if the development of nuclear energy is on the agenda, the trend is expected to increase in the coming years.
The fact is that for the past two years these same elements created by the pro-oil have been propagated by the anti-electric car in a strong media offensive
Why did they financed an anti-electric vehicle thesis whose orientation espoused so much those of the fake-news on “rare metals”
The electric car is nowadays criticized for polluting more than the conventional model because of the use of non-recyclable metals in its batteries. This assertion is not only without serious physical and economic grounds, but above all has the consequence of penalizing European manufacturers.
In Le Monde 01/11/2020 In times of crisis, gold remains a safe haven whose price rises, stimulated by the fall in interest rates.
In La Tribune 21/10/2020 Despite a year 2020 marked by the Covid-19 pandemic that has weakened all countries in the world, China wants to continue to move in the direction of decarbonation of its own economy.
The Caledonian territory remains very dependent on the exploitation of nickel, which accounts for nearly 90% of the island’s exports and represents one job in five. After a victory of the NO with a little more than 53% of the votes, the post-referendum and the progression of the YES complicate the vision of the future of nickel exploitation in the region.
It would consist in not relocating, reopening the refining plant, maintaining margins in Noumea, then exporting finished products to European companies that consume nickel, notably the battery manufacturers grouped together in the European Union’s project, “the Airbus of batteries”.
Without resources, with a fragile diplomacy because also de-globalized, but without a desire for energy sovereignty, Europe and Germany will find themselves in a difficult position.
All this illustrates that it is not a list of strategic materials that we need in Europe, it should remain secret; who has ever seen the Chinese Strategic Reserves Bureau publishing a monthly inventory of the materials it secretly holds?
Since antiquity, countries or cities have developed strategies of power and influence in the possession of raw materials. This is the condition for a strong economy and power in international competition.
This is my fourth rhodium crisis, and what everyone doesn’t know is that during the previous crises the Parisian district of Le Marais and the city of Noisy-le-Sec near Paris became the world centre of rhodium trading