Week of April 17, 2024

AI rendering of a satellite orbiting over Earth.

Satellite subscription service for miners

Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News | Apr 18, 2024

Hypervine launches a service that allows users to receive unlimited satellite surveys and reports for a low monthly fee. From gaining a detailed overhead view of the predevelopment landscape to grabbing a snapshot of current conditions and monitoring changes over time, satellite imagery is revolutionizing the planning and operations of modern mines. However, the cost for a satellite to take a snapshot of a mine can be high, and many traditional technologies cannot image the... Full story

View of the colorful Perth cityscape from a walkway looking over a river.

Seeding a global mining tech hub in Perth

Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News | Apr 11, 2024

Rio Tinto invests in tech startups, partners with Founders Factory to help establish Western Australia as Silicon Valley of mining tech. Global mining company Rio Tinto has teamed up with world-leading venture studio and start-up investor Founders Factory to help establish the city of Perth on Australia's west coast as the Silicon Valley of mining technologies. As the capital of Western Australia, one of the most productive and diversified mining regions in the world, Perth... Full story

A vial of gold being held above a pile of discarded circuit boards.

Extracting green gold, PGMs from waste

Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News | Apr 5, 2024

Researchers develop a highly efficient and selective method of extracting precious metals from e-waste, catalytic converters, and ore. Scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have developed a cleaner and more efficient method of recovering gold and platinum group metals (PGMs) from electronic waste and other discarded materials. Even though it costs anywhere from $925 to $4,500 to buy just one ounce of these precious metals, gold and PGMs have special... Full story

SpaceX Bandwagon-1 Mission launch at T-plus-two-seconds with telemetry.

Fleet Space mineral exploration rockets

Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News | Apr 16, 2024

Centauri-6 delivers upgrades and optimizations to constellation of satellites that enable Fleet Space's ExoSphere mineral exploration tech. The payload of SpaceX Falcon 9 launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 7 included a next-generation Centauri-6 satellite that will upgrade and expand upon Fleet Space Technologies' constellation of low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites that are playing a vital role in exploring Earth for the minerals needed for the clean... Full story

Dignitaries shake hands after signing an international agreement.

Saskatchewan critical mineral partnerships

Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News | Apr 16, 2024

Canadian province signs strategic minerals partnership with France; Saskatchewan Research Council secures rare earths feedstock for Saskatoon processing plant. Saskatchewan's strategy to become a North American hub for the minerals and metals critical to clean energy and other future-leaning technologies was bolstered by two agreements signed on Monday. The first agreement was a letter of intent signed with France to explore, develop, and cooperate on new strategic mineral... Full story

Nevada high-desert framed by a lithium-boron mineralized outcrop.

Nevada lithium project passes milestone

Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News | Apr 15, 2024

BLM completes draft EIS for Rhyolite Ridge, closing in on final federal permitting decision for energy transition metals mine. Marking a major milestone on the path toward a domestic supply of lithium for nearly 370,000 electric vehicles per year, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has finalized a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for developing a mine at Ioneer Ltd.'s Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron project in Nevada. "This news sets a clear path forward to... Full story

Vice President of Operations at HydroGraph Stephen Corkill.

HydroGraph joins minds with UAE university

A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News | Apr 16, 2024

Company signs agreement with Khalifa University of Science and Technology to advance graphene in various sectors. What started as an explosive discovery of graphene production has led to HydroGraph Clean Power Inc.'s development of graphene-enhanced electromagnetic shielding and biomedical sensors for the early detection of cancer. Now, the innovative graphene company has signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate with Khalifa University of Science and Technology on... Full story

A gold plate labeled Umicore on a pile of gold nuggets.

Unique recycled precious metals guarantee

A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News | Apr 16, 2024

Belgian precious metals recycler Umicore unveils Nexyclus certifications, a green guarantee at every step of its process. Leveraging the might of its precious metals refining and jewelry and industrial metals capabilities, Umicore SA has launched Nexyclus to address resource scarcity and the increased demand for recycled, responsibly sourced and low-carbon metals. Based out of Belgium, Umicore is a multinational materials technology firm that was formed through the merger of... Full story

Two men in safety gear collect water samples from a stream.

US offers $1.8B loan for antimony mine

Shane Lasley | Apr 8, 2024

Perpetua Resources receives Stibnite Gold Mine debt financing letter of interest from the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) has extended an offer to loan Perpetua Resources Corp. $1.8 billion to fund the development of a mine at Stibnite Gold, which would round out an all-of-government effort to establish the historic project in Idaho as a future domestic source of antimony critical to America's economic and national... Full story

Computer grapic of charger being plugged into EV on a photo of wind turbines.

DOE puts $75M into domestic minerals

K. Warner, Metal Tech News | Apr 9, 2024

U.S. Department of Energy is funding a Critical Materials Supply Chain Research Facility support a resilient and secure domestic supply chain. The Department of Energy is funding a Critical Materials Supply Chain Research Facility that will help support a secure domestic supply of minerals and materials critical to economic prosperity, national security, and the green energy transition in the U.S. This week, the DOE's Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM)... Full story

Syrah Resources' Balama Graphite operation in Mozambique.

Syrah and Indonesia's big graphite deal

K. Warner, Metal Tech News | Apr 9, 2024

Syrah makes large natural graphite sale to Indonesia, steps closer to developing a battery anode global supply chain outside of China. Syrah Resources has delivered a 10,000 metric ton shipment of natural graphite fines from its flagship Balama graphite operation in Mozambique to BTR New Energy Materials in Indonesia, its first large volume natural graphite sale to a battery supply chain participant outside of China. This sale follows an initial trial container shipment to... Full story

Sodium-ion batteries next to the periodic symbol for sodium.

Improving sodium-ion batteries with graphene

A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News | Apr 9, 2024

Researchers find way to make crack-free nanocellular graphene to upgrade low-cost sodium-ion energy storage systems. Looking to solve a critical failure during the manufacture of nanocellular graphene, researchers from Tohoku University in Japan have discovered that by using this specialized form of graphene in a dealloying process effectively "heals" the cracks formed during its making. Ever since its discovery in 2004, graphene has been revolutionizing the field of... Full story