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Tesla, BHP strike revolutionary nickel deal

Answering Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk's call for new supplies of nickel that are mined "efficiently and in an environmentally sensitive way," Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Group has struck a... — Updated 7/23/2021 Full story

 
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GM secures green US geothermal lithium

In a move to help secure the lithium-ion battery metals required to achieve its aspiration of getting "Everybody in" an electric vehicle, General Motors has forged a strategic partnership with... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 
RapidSX Innovation Metals REE extraction recycling Ucore ASMC facility Alaska

Tests show RapidSX lives up to its name

As its name implies, Innovation Metals Corp.'s RapidSX rare earths separation technology is at least one order of magnitude faster at extracting REEs than the solvent extraction methods that it... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 
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First Cobalt battery park concept emerges

As First Cobalt Corp. advances the only battery-grade cobalt sulfate refinery in North America toward a 2022 start, the company is beginning to investigate the potential of developing an... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 
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US-Europe rare earth supply chain launched

A container of mixed rare earth carbonate shipped from Energy Fuels Inc.'s White Mesa Mill in Utah to Neo Performance Materials Inc.'s Silmet rare earths separation facility in Estonia marks the... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Bytes 
Missouri University of Science and Technology online workshop critical minerals

Missouri S&T hosts critical minerals event

What are critical minerals, where do we find them, and why are they considered critical? These are among the questions that will be addressed by experts during a two-day virtual workshop hosted... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
NASA Artemis 1 Marshall Space Flight Center NEA Scout Alpha Centauri asteroid

Solar sail craft ready for space mission

While it is not quite a space yacht sailing to Alpha Centauri at 134 million miles per hour, NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Scout will be the first spacecraft to sail on solar winds to a destination... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 
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Rare earths are now being mined in Canada

On June 28, First Nations mining contractor Nahanni Construction Ltd. dug a scoop of ore from the North T open pit at Vital Metals Ltd.'s Nechalacho project in Northwest Territories that marked a... — Updated 7/13/2021 Full story

 
EnviroLeach Technologies FDA e-waste recycling critical minerals palladium

Recycling tin and PGMs with EnviroLeach

From research into a non-invasive mining technique to extract gold from the ground without mining to recycling electronic waste and old car parts, EnviroLeach Technologies Inc. has developed safe... — Updated 7/6/2021 Full story

 
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First Cobalt expanding Idaho Belt deposit

Chains are only as strong as their weakest link, and two United States federal agencies have determined that cobalt is the weak link in North America's electric vehicle supply chain. First Cobalt... — Updated 7/6/2021 Full story

 
American Manganese RecycLiCo lithium-ion battery recycling cathode material

Upcycling old cathodes for new batteries

To steer away from using expensive and oft controversial cobalt, electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturers have brewed up new recipes with higher percentages of more abundant nickel... — Updated 7/6/2021 Full story

 
EnviroLeach Technologies UK Ocean Partners environmentally friendly mining

Global trader tests EnviroLeach gold tech

Looking for an effective, efficient, and environmentally friendly means of recovering gold from concentrated mine products provided by its global clients, United Kingdom-based Ocean Partners Holdi... — Updated 7/6/2021 Full story

 
General Motors Ultium battery factory Spring Hill Tennessee EV electric vehicles

GM investing $35B in its electric future

Putting its foot to the "electric pedal" in a race toward the all-electric mobility future it envisions, General Motors has bolstered its investments into electric and autonomous vehicles to $35 b... — Updated 6/29/2021 Full story

 
General Motors lithium battery hydrogen fuel cells electric aircraft Hydrotec

GM powers trains, planes and automobiles

Semis, trains, and now planes, General Motors' Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell technology is offering a zero-carbon-emissions alternative to powering the way goods and people are being transported.... — Updated 6/29/2021 Full story

 
Caterpillar heavy machinery Nouveau Monde Graphite all-electric CAT carbon-free

Electric Cats for a Nouveau graphite mine

In a move that bolsters its own vision of becoming a carbon-neutral miner of graphite and advances technologies that will lower the carbon footprint of surface mines around the globe, Nouveau... — Updated 6/29/2021 Full story

 
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Panasonic joins new Nevada lithium project

On a mission to develop innovative solutions to sustainably produce the enormous quantities of lithium needed for the batteries powering electric vehicles, Schlumberger New Energy is teaming up wi... — Updated 6/22/2021 Full story

 
President Joe Biden U.S. critical mineral supply chain domestic REE

White House wants new critical mining, laws

The Biden administration sees domestic mining as an important segment at the front end of the critical supply chains it endeavors to strengthen, as long as the mining is carried out at the... — Updated 6/20/2021 Full story

 
Appia Energy Alces Lake gallium rare earth elements REE Canada Saskatchewan

Exploring Alces Lake rare earths, gallium

Appia Energy Corp. June 14 provided details of the largest exploration program so far at Alces Lake, a high-grade critical rare earth elements and gallium project in the Athabasca Basin area of... — Updated 6/15/2021 Full story

 
Chrysos PhotonAssay CSIRO X-ray gold analysis Australia Intertek MSALABS

PhotonAssay analyzes over 1M samples

Safer, faster, more accurate and environmentally sound than the centuries-old fire assay process, Chrysos Corp.'s PhotonAssay is rapidly becoming the gold assay technology of choice at mines and... — Updated 6/15/2021 Full story

 
Cornwall china clay kaolin porcelain lithium waste byproduct Cornish Lithium

Mining lithium from Cornwall china clay

The mountains of material left behind from more than 275 years of mining kaolin, a mineral known as china clay due to its use in the fine white porcelain produced in China for thousands of years,... — Updated 6/15/2021 Full story

 
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Canada, EU forge critical minerals alliance

Canada and the European Union have forged a new strategic partnership to help secure the supply chains for minerals and metals critical to the global transition to a low-carbon and digitized... — Updated 6/15/2021 Full story

 
King Abdullah University of Science & Technology KAUST seawater lithium

Discovery could unlock oceans of lithium

Driven largely by the increased production of electric vehicles, the demand for lithium has more than doubled since 2015 and is forecast to expand by another seven times to around 2.8 million... — Updated 6/8/2021 Full story

 
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Lithium revives Cornwall mining region

Focused on environmentally sound production of lithium, Cornish Lithium Ltd. is testing new technologies to extract the battery metal from geothermal waters at its United Downs facility in Cornwal... — Updated 6/8/2021 Full story

 
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Flow batteries may rule grid-scale storage

While lithium-ion batteries have a major head start when it comes to the storage of renewable electricity, European analysts predict that flow batteries may overtake the stationary power storage... — Updated 6/2/2021 Full story

 
Giga Metals cobalt nickel lithium-ion batteries EV electric vehicles

Potential CO2 neutral nickel mine in BC

A mine that produced the nickel and cobalt needed for the lithium-ion batteries powering zero-emission electric vehicles and offering the added benefit of locking up carbon dioxide in rocks for ge... — Updated 6/1/2021 Full story

 

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