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Battery Megafactory Forecast: 400% Increase in Capacity to 1 TWh by 2028

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Battery Megafactory Forecast

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When ground broke on the massive Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada in 2014, the world marveled at the project’s audacity, size, and scope.

At the time, it was touted that the cutting-edge facility would be the largest building in the world by footprint, and that the Gigafactory would single-handedly be capable of doubling the world’s lithium-ion battery production capacity.

What many did not realize, however, is that although as ambitious and as forward-looking as the project sounded, the Gigafactory was just the start of a trend towards scale in the battery making space. While Tesla’s facility was the most publicized, it would ultimately be one of many massive factories in the global pipeline.

Mastering Scale

Today’s data comes to us from Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, and it forecasts that we will see a 399% increase in lithium-ion battery production capacity over the next decade – enough to pass the impressive 1 TWh milestone.

Here is a more detailed projection of how things will shape up in the coming decade:

RegionCapacity (GWh, 2018)Capacity (GWh, 2023)Capacity (GWh, 2028)
China134.5405631
Europe19.693.5207
North America20.981148
Other005
Asia (excl China)45.578.5111.5
Grand Total220.56581,102.5

In just a decade, lithium-ion battery megafactories around the world will have a combined production capacity equivalent to 22 Tesla Gigafactories!

The majority of this capacity will be located in China, which is projected to have 57% of the global total.

The Top Plants Globally

According to Benchmark, the top 10 megafactories will be combining for 299 GWh of capacity in 2023, which will be equal to almost half of the global production total.

Here are the top 10 plants, sorted by projected capacity:

RankMegafactoryOwnerCountryForecasted capacity by 2023 (GWh)
#1CATLContemporary Amperex Technology Co LtdChina50
#2Tesla Gigafactory 1Tesla Inc / Panasonic Corp (25%)US50
#3Nanjing LG Chem New Energy Battery Co., Ltd.LG ChemChina35
#4Nanjing LG Chem New Energy Battery Co., Ltd. Plant 2LG ChemChina28
#5Samsung SDI XianSamsung SDIChina25
#6Funeng TechnologyFuneng Technology (Ganzhou)China25
#7BYD , QinghaiBYD Co LtdChina24
#8LG Chem Wroclaw Energy Sp. z o.o.LG ChemPoland22
#9Samsung SDI KoreaSamsung SDIKorea20
#10LishenTianJin Lishen Battery Joint-Stock CO.,LTDChina20

Of the top 10 megafactory plants in 2023, the majority will be located in China – meanwhile, the U.S. (Tesla Gigafactory), South Korea (Samsung), and Poland (LG Chem) will be home to the rest.

Reaching economies of scale in lithium-ion battery production will be a significant step in decreasing the overall cost of electric vehicles, which are expected to surpass traditional vehicles in market share by 2038.

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Mapped: Global Energy Prices, by Country in 2022

Energy prices have been extremely volatile in 2022. Which countries are seeing the highest prices in the world?

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Mapped: Global Energy Prices, by Country in 2022

For some countries, energy prices hit historic levels in 2022.

Gasoline, electricity, and natural gas prices skyrocketed as Russiaโ€™s invasion of Ukraine ruptured global energy supply chains. Households and businesses are facing higher energy bills amid extreme price volatility. Uncertainty surrounding the war looms large, and winter heating costs are projected to soar.

Given the global consequences of the energy crisis, the above infographic shows the price of energy for households by country, with data from GlobalPetrolPrices.com.

1. Global Energy Prices: Gasoline

Which countries and regions pay the most for a gallon of gas?

Rank
Country/ Region
Gasoline Prices
(USD/ Gallon)
1๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong$11.1
2๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ซ Central African
Republic
$8.6
3๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland$8.5
4๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway$8.1
5๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง Barbados$7.8
6๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark$7.7
7๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece$7.6
8๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland$7.6
9๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands$7.6
10๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium$7.4
11๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom$7.2
12๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia$7.2
13๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland$7.2
14๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore$7.2
15๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden$7.1
16๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ Seychelles$7.1
17๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel$7.0
18๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany$7.0
19๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ Uruguay$7.0
20๐Ÿ‡ผ๐Ÿ‡ซ Wallis and Futuna$7.0
21๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Liechtenstein$6.9
22๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland$6.8
23๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal$6.8
24๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia$6.7
25๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟ Belize$6.7
26๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Albania$6.6
27๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria$6.6
28๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จ Monaco$6.6
29๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain$6.5
30๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic$6.5
31๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ Malawi$6.5
32๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡พ Cayman Islands$6.4
33๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia$6.4
34๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ Mauritius$6.3
35๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ Luxembourg$6.3
36๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania$6.3
37๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Andorra$6.3
38๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy$6.3
39๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Uganda$6.2
40๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary$6.2
41๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด Jordan$6.2
42๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ Syria$6.1
43๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France$6.0
44๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฎ Burundi$6.0
45๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ Bahamas$6.0
46๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand$5.8
47๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino$5.8
48๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia$5.8
49๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania$5.7
50๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡น Mayotte$5.7
51๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ Rwanda$5.7
52๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Zambia$5.7
53๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia$5.7
54๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Laos$5.6
55๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณ Mongolia$5.6
56๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Kenya$5.6
57๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus$5.6
58๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Jamaica$5.5
59๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Northern Macedonia$5.5
60๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Chile$5.5
61๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ Bosnia$5.5
62๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จ Saint Lucia$5.4
63๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland$5.4
64๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด Dominican Republic$5.4
65๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada$5.4
66๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Morocco$5.4
67๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ผ Aruba$5.4
68๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia$5.3
69๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgaria$5.3
70๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru$5.3
71๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Sri Lanka$5.3
72๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Costa Rica$5.2
73๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Madagascar$5.2
74๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ณ Guinea$5.2
75๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต Nepal$5.2
76๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Mozambique$5.2
77๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Nicaragua$5.2
78๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Mali$5.1
79๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Senegal$5.1
80๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine$5.1
81๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Dominica$5.0
82๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช Montenegro$5.0
83๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta$5.0
84๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Moldova$5.0
85๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ DR Congo$5.0
86๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ผ Curacao$4.9
87๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ป Cape Verde$4.9
88๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ Bangladesh$4.9
89๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท Liberia$4.8
90๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia$4.8
91๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India$4.8
92๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡บ Cuba$4.8
93๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ Honduras$4.7
94๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia$4.7
95๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa$4.7
96๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ Tanzania$4.7
97๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ Fiji$4.7
98๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China$4.7
99๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico$4.6
100๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น Guatemala$4.6

Source: GlobalPetrolPrices.com. As of October 31, 2022. Represents average household prices.

At an average $11.10 per gallon, households in Hong Kong pay the highest for gasoline in the worldโ€”more than double the global average. Both high gas taxes and steep land costs are primary factors behind high gas prices.

Like Hong Kong, the Central African Republic has high gas costs, at $8.60 per gallon. As a net importer of gasoline, the country has faced increased price pressures since the war in Ukraine.

Households in Iceland, Norway, and Denmark face the highest gasoline costs in Europe. Overall, Europe has seen inflation hit 10% in September, driven by the energy crisis.

2. Global Energy Prices: Electricity

Extreme volatility is also being seen in electricity prices.

The majority of the highest household electricity prices are in Europe, where Denmark, Germany, and Belgiumโ€™s prices are about double that of France and Greece. For perspective, electricity prices in many countries in Europe are more than twice or three times the global average of $0.14 per kilowatt-hour.

Over the first quarter of 2022, household electricity prices in the European Union jumped 32% compared to the year before.

RankCountry/ RegionElectricity Prices
(kWh, USD)
1๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark$0.46
2๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany$0.44
3๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium$0.41
4๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฒ Bermuda$0.40
5๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡พ Cayman Islands$0.35
6๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Jamaica$0.34
7๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom$0.32
8๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain$0.32
9๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands$0.32
10๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง Barbados$0.32
11๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia$0.32
12๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Lithuania$0.31
13๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria$0.31
14๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy$0.30
15๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic$0.29
16๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ป Cape Verde$0.28
17๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland$0.28
18๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden$0.27
19๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ Bahamas$0.26
20๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น Guatemala$0.26
21๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Liechtenstein$0.26
22๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus$0.25
23๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ Rwanda$0.25
24๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ณ Honduras$0.24
25๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ Uruguay$0.24
26๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal$0.24
27๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป El Salvador$0.23
28๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia$0.22
29๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland$0.22
30๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ Luxembourg$0.22
31๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟ Belize$0.22
32๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan$0.22
33๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland$0.22
34๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru$0.21
35๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Kenya$0.21
36๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia$0.21
37๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil$0.20
38๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Mali$0.20
39๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore$0.19
40๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania$0.19
41๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ซ Burkina Faso$0.19
42๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia$0.19
43๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Gabon$0.19
44๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia$0.19
45๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ผ Aruba$0.19
46๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece$0.19
47๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France$0.18
48๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand$0.18
49๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ Togo$0.18
50๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Nicaragua$0.17
51๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช Venezuela$0.17
52๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ Panama$0.17
53๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippines$0.17
54๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland$0.17
55๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel$0.16
56๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ U.S.$0.16
57๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Uganda$0.16
58๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong$0.16
59๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Senegal$0.16
60๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ด Macao$0.15
61๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Chile$0.15
62๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia$0.15
63๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa$0.14
64๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ Mauritius$0.14
65๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Madagascar$0.14
66๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia$0.14
67๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland$0.14
68๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway$0.13
69๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta$0.13
70๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Mozambique$0.13
71๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Colombia$0.13
72๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgaria$0.12
73๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป Maldives$0.12
74๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท Costa Rica$0.12
75๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada$0.11
76๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ Malawi$0.11
77๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Ivory Coast$0.11
78๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Namibia$0.11
79๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Morocco$0.11
80๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand$0.10
81๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Armenia$0.10
82๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ด Jordan$0.10
83๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ Tanzania$0.10
84๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Swaziland$0.10
85๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡จ Ecuador$0.10
86๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ Botswana$0.10
87๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด Dominican Republic$0.10
88๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Northern Macedonia$0.10
89๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Albania$0.10
90๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ธ Lesotho$0.09
91๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Sierra Leone$0.09
92๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia$0.09
93๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus$0.09
94๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary$0.09
95๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ Bosnia & Herzegovina$0.09
96๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Taiwan$0.09
97๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea$0.09
98๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico$0.09
99๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia$0.09
100๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ DR Congo$0.08

Source: GlobalPetrolPrices.com. As of March 31, 2022. Represents average household prices.

In the U.S., consumer electricity prices have increased nearly 16% annually compared to September last year, the highest increase in over four decades, fueling higher inflation.

However, households are more sheltered from the impact of Russian supply disruptions due to the U.S. being a net exporter of energy.

3. Global Energy Prices: Natural Gas

Eight of the 10 highest natural gas prices globally fall in Europe, with the Netherlands at the top. Overall, European natural gas prices have spiked sixfold in a year since the invasion of Ukraine.

RankCountry/ RegionNatural Gas Prices
(kWh, USD)
1๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands$0.41
2๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden$0.24
3๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany$0.21
4๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazil$0.20
5๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark$0.19
6๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain$0.17
7๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy$0.16
8๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria$0.16
9๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore$0.15
10๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium$0.15
11๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong$0.14
12๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic$0.14
13๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece$0.12
14๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France$0.12
15๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan$0.11
16๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom$0.10
17๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland$0.10
18๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Chile$0.10
19๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal$0.09
20๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง Barbados$0.09
21๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland$0.09
22๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgaria$0.09
23๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland$0.08
24๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia$0.07
25๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico$0.07
26๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand$0.06
27๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia$0.06
28๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ U.S.$0.05
29๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea$0.04
30๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Colombia$0.04
31๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada$0.03
32๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia$0.03
33๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Taiwan$0.03
34๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine$0.03
35๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Malaysia$0.03
36๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary$0.03
37๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ Tunisia$0.02
38๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Azerbaijan$0.01
39๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญ Bahrain$0.01
40๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ Bangladesh$0.01
41๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey$0.01
42๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia$0.01
43๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท Argentina$0.01
44๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus$0.01
45๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Algeria$0.003
46๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Iran$0.001

Source: GlobalPetrolPrices.com. As of March 31, 2022. Represents average household prices.

The good news is that the fall season has been relatively warm, which has helped European natural gas demand drop 22% in October compared to last year. This helps reduce the risk of gas shortages transpiring later in the winter.

Outside of Europe, Brazil has the fourth highest natural gas prices globally, despite producing about half of its supply domestically. High costs of cooking gas have been especially challenging for low-income families, which became a key political issue in the run-up to the presidential election in October.

Meanwhile, Singapore has the highest natural gas prices in Asia as the majority is imported via tankers or pipelines, leaving the country vulnerable to price shocks.

Increasing Competition

By December, all seaborne crude oil shipments from Russia to Europe will come to a halt, likely pushing up gasoline prices into the winter and 2023.

Concerningly, analysis from the EIA shows that European natural gas storage capacities could sink to 20% by February if Russia completely shuts off its supply and demand is not reduced.

As Europe seeks out alternatives to Russian energy, higher demand could increase global competition for fuel sources, driving up prices for energy in the coming months ahead.

Still, there is some room for optimism: the World Bank projects energy prices will decline 11% in 2023 after the 60% rise seen after the war in Ukraine in 2022.

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Visualizing the Worldโ€™s Largest Copper Producers

Many new technologies critical to the energy transition rely on copper. Here are the world’s largest copper producers.

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Visualizing the Worldโ€™s Largest Copper Producers

Man has relied on copper since prehistoric times. It is a major industrial metal with many applications due to its high ductility, malleability, and electrical conductivity.

Many new technologies critical to fighting climate change, like solar panels and wind turbines, rely on the red metal.

But where does the copper we use come from? Using the U.S. Geological Surveyโ€™s data, the above infographic lists the worldโ€™s largest copper producing countries in 2021.

The Countries Producing the World’s Copper

Many everyday products depend on minerals, including mobile phones, laptops, homes, and automobiles. Incredibly, every American requires 12 pounds of copper each year to maintain their standard of living.

North, South, and Central America dominate copper production, as these regions collectively host 15 of the 20 largest copper mines.

Chile is the top copper producer in the world, with 27% of global copper production. In addition, the country is home to the two largest mines in the world, Escondida and Collahuasi.

Chile is followed by another South American country, Peru, responsible for 10% of global production.

RankCountry2021E Copper Production (Million tonnes)Share
#1๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Chile5.627%
#2๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru2.210%
#3๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China1.88%
#4๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ DRC 1.88%
#5๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States1.26%
#6๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia0.94%
#7๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia0.84%
#8๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Zambia0.84%
#9๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia0.84%
#10๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico0.73%
#11๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada0.63%
#12๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Kazakhstan0.52%
#13๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland0.42%
๐ŸŒ Other countries2.813%
๐ŸŒ World total21.0100%

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and China share third place, with 8% of global production each. Along with being a top producer, China also consumes 54% of the world’s refined copper.

Copperโ€™s Role in the Green Economy

Technologies critical to the energy transition, such as EVs, batteries, solar panels, and wind turbines require much more copper than conventional fossil fuel based counterparts.

For example, copper usage in EVs is up to four times more than in conventional cars. According to the Copper Alliance, renewable energy systems can require up toย 12x moreย copper compared to traditional energy systems.

Technology2020 Installed Capacity (megawatts)Copper Content (2020, tonnes)2050p Installed Capacity (megawatts)Copper Content (2050p, tonnes)
Solar PV126,735 MW633,675372,000 MW1,860,000
Onshore Wind105,015 MW451,565202,000 MW868,600
Offshore Wind6,013 MW57,72545,000 MW432,000

With these technologies’ rapid and large-scale deployment, copper demand from the energy transition is expected to increase by nearly 600% by 2030.

As the transition to renewable energy and electrification speeds up, so will the pressure for more copper mines to come online.

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