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Artistic concept of battery storing wind and solar-generated electricity.

US green energy storage hits headwinds

Supply constraints slow installations; WoodMac expects li-ion batteries to dominate energy storage in US over next five years. The transition to clean electricity generated from intermittent sources such a... — Updated 6/8/2023

Tesla's massive expanded Gigafactory in Nevada.

Evolving EV market shifts mineral demand

Less nickel, cobalt, and manganese in LFP cells offset by larger batteries in electric vehicles. A global rise of lithium ferro-phosphate (LFP) batteries for electric vehicles has provided a lower-cost opt... — Updated 6/8/2023

A roughly one-by-two-inch flat, rectangular TEG generator being tested in a lab.

First Tellurium solid-state energy R&D

Mineral explorer sees tellurium as solid-state clean energy solution, forms company to advance new tech. Before its use in thin-film solar panels, tellurium was an obscure semi-metallic element with few... — Updated 6/8/2023 Full story

Shower of sparks emits from an EAF furnace at a Nucor steelmaking plant.

A nuclear option for zero-carbon steel

Fueling the furnaces that turn iron ore and scrap metal into new steel is an energy-intensive business that accounts for roughly 7% of carbon dioxide emissions globally. Two North American companies are... — Updated 6/8/2023 Full story

Tesla’s lithium refining complex covers 1,200 acres next to rail in Texas.

Tesla expands into lithium business

Breaks ground on refinery in Texas with capacity to supply lithium for roughly 1 million Tesla EVs per year. Moving another link up the electric vehicles supply chain, Tesla Inc. has broken ground on a... — Updated 6/8/2023 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    Mining Tech 
Closeup of columns filled with liquids needed to separate rare earth elements.

DOD invests in Ucore's rare earths tech

Pentagon invests $4M to test and boost readiness level of RapidSX separation tech. To help break America's dependence on China for the rare earth elements that go into modern military hardware, the U.S.... — Updated 6/6/2023 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    Mining Tech 
Milky Way lights up the night sky above a mining truck at a Chilean copper mine.

BHP, Microsoft partner on mining tech

Azure AI, machine learning and cloud tech unlock value at largest copper mine in the world. In a move toward the digital mines of the future, mining giant BHP has forged a partnership with computing giant... — Updated 6/6/2023 Full story

Periodic table showing scandium, titanium, niobium, and other critical minerals.

More Elk Creek critical minerals, alloys

NioCorp looks at using Elk Creek scandium in Al-Sc alloys; increased niobium, titanium recoveries could boost economics of future mine. From the launch of a project aimed at producing incredibly strong... — Updated 5/30/2023

Large group in hard hats and safety vests in front of Komatsu mining truck.

Komatsu's future autonomous mine vision

Interoperability is key to company's vision of a fully automated mine; works with Toyota to sync light trucks into future mines. From the Arctic regions of northern Sweden to the Andes Mountains in Chile... — Updated 5/30/2023

A flat solid-state battery against a hexagon and computer circuit background.

A silver lining to solid-state batteries

Duke researchers, machine learning unveil the secrets of silver-enriched compounds that may enable solid-state batteries. With help from machine learning, a team of Duke University researchers has... — Updated 5/30/2023

USGS geologist samples a mineralized outcrop on treeless slope in Alaska.

USGS funds new Earth MRI scans in Alaska

Home to deposits and prospects enriched with 49 out of the 50 minerals deemed critical to the United States, Alaska is the single best state in the nation to explore for the minerals and metals needed for... — Updated 5/23/2023

Closeup of a Clipper Butterfly with blue, purple, and yellow coloring.

Butterflies inspire world's lightest paint

Inspired by the wide variety of brilliant colors adorning the wings of butterflies, University of Central Florida researcher Debashis Chanda has created the world's lightest paint using two materials that... — Updated 5/16/2023 Full story

Mined material being stacked into lined containment facility at Hermosa.

Fast-41 permitting of critical US mine

South32 Hermosa zinc-manganese project in Arizona is first US mining project approved for streamlined permit process. To speed the domestic production of manganese, a critical metal used in lithium-ion... — Updated 5/15/2023 Full story

Silver 2024 GMC Sierra Denali electric pickup plugged into a charger.

GM, Samsung SDI to build $3B gigafactory

In order to produce enough batteries for its expanding lineup of electric vehicles, General Motors is teaming up with Samsung SDI to invest $3 billion into building a 30 gigawatt-hour battery cell... — Updated 5/9/2023

Ripples expand across a crystal-clear placid mountain lake.

Caterpillar, NMG strengthen partnership

To build electric mining equipment with potential to offer clean energy benefits that will ripple far beyond the mining sector. Building off a collaboration that was first forged in 2021, Caterpillar Inc.... — Updated 5/9/2023

Lit up by a drone pilot’s headlamp, ExynAero casts a shadow on the mine wall.

Jaguar Mining adopts Exyn drone tech

ExynAero drone improves safety and efficiency at underground gold mines in Brazil. Toward its commitment to embracing new mining technologies that increase safety and efficiency, Jaguar Mining Inc. has... — Updated 5/2/2023 Full story

Bottles of nickel and cobalt sulfate produced from the NiWest project.

Stellantis forges nickel-cobalt alliance

Global automaker signs deal to buy EV battery metals from future mine. In a deal that shows that global automakers need more battery materials to meet their electric vehicle ambitions than is currently... — Updated 4/28/2023

The shape of a phoenix drawn into a pile of coal fly ash.

Transforming a lump of coal into an EV

DOE funds studies into processes for recovering rare earths and other critical minerals from coal waste streams and acid mine drainage. Looking to develop unconventional domestic sources of the rare... — Updated 4/21/2023

Corked bottle with image of Earth inside as the message washed up on a beach.

Message in a bottle: More copper needed

In a clarion call to current and future mining colleagues, IMDEX geoscience chief warns lack of copper may slow energy transition. As global governments and industries scramble to ensure there is enough... — Updated 4/19/2023 Full story

Rendering of CTR’s planned Hell’s Kitchen geothermal power-lithium facility.

Hell's Kitchen heats up with $1.4B deal

CTR signs MOU to purchase six geothermal power plants from Fuji Electric Corp. With the signing of a contract for $1.4 billion of geothermal power facilities built by Fuji Electric Corp. of America,... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

Elemental symbol for nickel, between copper and cobalt on the periodic table.

BC nickel project receives Canada support

FPX Nickel obtains $725,000 federal grant to advance low-carbon nickel development at Baptiste project. In support of a potential low-carbon domestic source of the nickel and cobalt needed for lithium-ion... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

Researcher works on battery foils in the PNNL advanced battery laboratory.

Imperfect science of perfect batteries

Material scientists look to bridge gap between perfect battery recipe in the lab and mass-producing cells in imperfect world. Researchers around the world are working feverishly to invent the perfect... — Updated 4/14/2023 Full story

A Welcome to Louisiana road sign at the border of the Bayou State.

Louisiana welcomes Ucore rare earths plant

Offers $15 million incentive package for REE separation plant to spur job creation, new opportunities in Gulf Coast state. Louisiana welcomes Ucore Rare Metals Inc. to the Bayou State with an enhanced... — Updated 4/7/2023 Full story

University of Texas Research scientist Estibalitz Ukar sitting on a rock.

Groundbreaking CO2 capture mining tech

University of Texas scientists develop CO2-injection tech that breaks rocks and stores carbon. University of Texas at Austin researchers may have made a literal groundbreaking discovery for mining the... — Updated 3/28/2023 Full story

Chess board representing trade maneuvering between U.S. and China.

Rhetoric will not fill US mineral needs

With the world-class deposits already found within its borders, the United States has the potential to be a major global producer of copper, lithium, and the other minerals and metals critical to the... — Updated 3/7/2023 Full story


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