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View across South Saskatchewan River; the Saskatoon city skyline at night.

A rare earth supply chain master link

Summit spotlights Saskatoon as an emerging rare earths hub in North America Saskatoon, a small city in the heart of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, is emerging as the master link in a... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
Handshake with images of wind turbines and charging electric vehicle.

NioCorp cuts critical metals finance deal

Proposed merger with GXII would provide Nasdaq listing, access to cash for Elk Creek. To fund the development of a mine at its Elk Creek project in Nebraska that produces niobium, rare earths,... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
Aerial view of Electra’s hydrometallurgical cobalt refinery in Quebec, Canada.

LG inks two Ontario battery metal deals

When Ontario unveiled its critical minerals strategy earlier this year, the idea was to leverage the rich mineral endowment in the northern reaches of the province and the established... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
A U.S. special forces soldier in a billow of smoke during a night patrol.

Pentagon looks to Idaho for antimony

Perpetua receives two DOD grants to study military-grade antimony from Stibnite, ID Geopolitical tensions with China and Russia's war with Ukraine has the Pentagon concerned about securing... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
Rock hammer size reference of rare earth-bearing rock samples at Sheep Creek.

High-grade rare earths project emerges

Sheep Creek rare earths project in Montana hosts 13 US critical metals With the transition to electric vehicles charged with low-carbon energy shining a spotlight on America's need for secure and... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
Mixers stir blue fluids at Ucore’s RapidSX demonstration plant in Canada.

Ucore's rare earths plant takes shape

RapidSX team on pace to begin commissioning REE separation plant this year Despite snarled supply chains, Ucore Rare Metals Inc. says it remains on track to begin commissioning a plant in Canada... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
Lithium-tellurium disc batteries are held with clamps during testing at UBC.

Tellurium may be key to longer-range EVs

Tellurium, a rare byproduct of mining copper and gold, may be the secret ingredient to longer-lasting lithium batteries that allow electric vehicles to travel more than twice as far on a single... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Bytes 
Close-up of a stovetop burner with red-tipped flames.

Toyota explores tastier hydrogen cooking

Looking beyond the carbon dioxide emitted from tailpipes, Toyota Motor Corp. is investigating hydrogen as a cleaner and tastier fuel for the stoves and ovens that cook the food for millions of hou... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    Mining Tech 
A digital graphic with the letters NFT for non-fungible tokens.

NFTs offer Madison early uranium sales

Lux Partners will tokenize Madison uranium to create first uranium NFT. Is digitizing and selling mineral resources still in the ground the future of financing mineral exploration and mining... — Updated 10/3/2022 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Mining Tech 
A NASA high-altitude plane in flight over snow-covered mountains.

Southwest US critical mineral reflections

USGS, NASA use hyperspectral imaging to seek critical minerals in Southwest US. To gain a broader view of potential domestic sources of the minerals needed for everything from electronic devices a... — Updated 9/30/2022 Full story

 
Cat 785 mining haul truck dumping material at a mine site.

Autonomous trucks at ioneer lithium mine

Enormous 140-metric-ton autonomous Cat trucks loaded with lithium-boron ore will be driving themselves around on the very first day of operations at ioneer Ltd.'s Rhyolite Ridge project in... — Updated 9/27/2022

 
A row of square S-band antenna (RF) patches created on a metal 3D printer.

Metal 3D printing Fleet Space satellites

Australian tech company brings satellite printing in-house Fleet Space Technologies has taken another large step on its path to leveraging the unique abilities of metal 3D printers to manufacture... — Updated 9/27/2022

 
Fleet Space Centauri satellite used for mineral exploration in low-Earth orbit.

Discovering US nickel with space tech

To speed the discovery of nickel needed in enormous quantities for the lithium-ion batteries powering the electric vehicle revolution, Talon Metals Corp. is piloting Fleet Space Technologies'... — Updated 9/27/2022

 
A view from inside the cab of an autonomous Cat mining truck.

Self-driving Cat trucks speed past milestone

Autonomous Cat mining trucks surpass 5 billion metric ton mark Accelerating at an accelerating rate, Caterpillar Inc.'s mighty mining trucks have now autonomously hauled 5 billion metric tons of... — Updated 9/27/2022

 
Closeup of an aluminum bar stamped with ELYSIS.

A Rio Tinto-Volvo net-zero partnership

Rio Tino to supply low-carbon metals, Volvo offers low-emissions trucks Global mining giant Rio Tinto and European automaker Volvo Group have agreed to forge a partnership that will help both... — Updated 9/20/2022

 
Closeup of several green rough uncut emerald crystals.

The kryptonite of America's economy

Lack of domestic critical mineral supplies weakens US clean energy ambitions The White House and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are becoming increasingly aware that a lack of secure supplies of... — Updated 9/20/2022 Full story

 
Cobalt is a transition metal between iron and nickel on the periodic table.

Critical cobalt overshadowed by lithium

Replacing this oft-maligned lithium-ion battery metal comes at a cost Traditionally a headline-grabbing metal due to the perceived human rights and monetary costs it adds to lithium-ion batteries... — Updated 9/20/2022 Full story

 
Bottle of nickel sulfate from BHP’s Kwinana refinery in Western Australia.

More low-carbon nickel the plea for 2022

Tesla and other automakers clamor for nickel suppliers with low CO2 footprint Tesla CEO Elon Musk's 2020 appeal to "please mine more nickel" served as a rallying cry for mining companies with... — Updated 9/16/2022 Full story

 

Automakers move into lithium mining space

General Motors, Stellantis, and Tesla moving further up battery supply chain With the batteries powering the electric vehicle revolution demanding more lithium than miners can produce, the price o... — Updated 9/13/2022 Full story

 
An EV drives past wind turbines on a rural road to the mountains.

Canada to feed a minerals hungry world

Develops strategy to be the world's critical minerals supplier of choice Understanding that the renewable energy and electric vehicle revolution offers a "generational opportunity for Canada and... — Updated 9/13/2022 Full story

 

More manganese equals more EV batteries

Manganese-rich battery cathode recipes could stretch the other ingredients While not as talked about as other battery ingredients such as cobalt, lithium, and nickel, manganese is an important... — Updated 9/13/2022 Full story

 
Two enormous autonomous Cat trucks haul ore at a mine.

Robust autonomous mine network alliance

FTP Solutions and Rajant team up to deliver reliable autonomous mine network solution Rajant Corp., a global leader in industrial-grade broadband communications technology, has teamed up with FTP... — Updated 9/13/2022

 

Unlikely Critical Minerals Alliances 2022

Coming together to build North America's clean energy and e-mobility future The shift away from the fossil fuels that powered the Industrial Revolution and transported humankind through the 20th... — Updated 9/13/2022 Full story

 
Infotainment and navigation system interface in a Tesla Model X EV.

Minerals critical to the EV Revolution

Electric Vehicles require six times the minerals than their fossil fuel forebearers With even the most basic models boasting sophisticated driver-assist, navigation, infotainment, diagnostics, and... — Updated 9/13/2022 Full story

 
Wooden tiles with each of the elements on the periodic table.

Critical minerals are not set in stone

Supply, demand, and risks to the US supply chain define criticality Metaphorically speaking, critical minerals are not set in stone. Instead, the criticality of these basic building blocks of... — Updated 9/12/2022 Full story

 

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