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The U.S. has the largest amount of new energy storage deployments ever

The first quarter of 2019 brought the largest amount of new U.S. energy storage deployment on record, a new report shows.

Data: Wood Mackenzie report; Chart: Axios Visuals
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U.S. minerals strategy aims to safeguard vital technologies

lab scientist coating a glass slide with indium
A glass slide being coated with indium tin oxide for use in a nanoparticle solar cell. Photo: Chris So/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The Commerce Department released on Tuesday an interagency report that identifies a list of minerals deemed critical to U.S. strategic interests and outlines an action plan to ensure their supply.

Why it matters: Securing these minerals and their supply chains is essential to leading the way on technologies that will enable the global energy transition, including cobalt and lithium for batteries, graphite and scandium for fuel cells, and indium and tellurium for solar panels.