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Rare earths include 15 individual elements found on the periodic table.

Elk Creek deposit proves to be rare earth

An updated feasibility study for developing a mine at Elk Creek confirms that the proposed niobium-titanium-scandium mine in Nebraska also boasts one of the richest stores of rare earth elements... — Updated 5/20/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
A chunk of graphite found at Quebec deposits for lithium-ion batteries.

Quebec graphite companies join forces

In a landmark deal that is expected to further solidify Quebec as a major North American hub for the enormous quantities of graphite needed for the lithium-ion batteries powering the electric... — Updated 5/17/2022

 
Underground development at former cobalt and copper mine in Idaho.

Electra grows Iron Creek cobalt deposit

With its lithium-ion battery materials park in Canada on pace to begin ramping up production in phases beginning at the end of this year, Electra Battery Materials Corp. continues to expand a... — Updated 5/17/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Manganese, 25th element on the periodic table, is used in alloys and batteries.

Manganese X preps for Battery Hill pilot

Manganese X Energy Corp. is rapidly advancing plans to become a North American producer of manganese, an oft-overlooked metal critical to lithium-ion batteries. The company recently published a... — Updated 5/17/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Men install First Solar CdTe thin-film photovoltaic panels.

Critical solar metal now produced in US

As part of a wider initiative to recover critical minerals as byproducts at its current mining operations, Rio Tinto is now producing the tellurium used in thin-film photovoltaic solar panels at... — Updated 5/13/2022

 
Workers in an underground nickel mine in Ontario, Canada.

Tesla buying low-carbon nickel from Vale

The rumors are true, Tesla Inc. will be buying nickel for the lithium-ion batteries powering its vehicles from Vale's Canada operations. "We are pleased to have the leading electric vehicle... — Updated 5/6/2022

 
A smartphone and other digital devises dependent on an array of metals.

Apple, USGS develop rock-to-metal ratio

How much rock must be moved to produce the metals in an Apple iPhone, Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle or any other product that requires mined commodities (i.e., nearly everything)? Apple teamed... — Updated 5/6/2022

 
Sandvik LH518B electric loader to be supplied to India's Hindustan Zinc.

Sandvik deal electrifies Hindustan Zinc

In a move to help decarbonize the largest underground mine in India, Hindustan Zinc has signed a deal to acquire a fleet of Sandvik electric mining equipment for its Sindesar Khurd... — Updated 5/5/2022

 
Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Hummer, Cadillac Lyriq and other GM electric vehicles.

DOE earmarks $3.2B for battery materials

To help shore up domestic supplies of the cobalt, graphite, lithium, nickel, and other materials that go into lithium-ion batteries, the U.S. Department of Energy has directed $3.16 billion from... — Updated 5/4/2022

 
MP Materials’ future rare earths magnet and alloys plant in Texas.

Texas rare earths magnet plant coming

By the end of next year, the powerful rare earth magnets vital to efficiently transform motion into electricity in wind turbines and electricity into motion in electric vehicles are expected to... — Updated 5/3/2022

 
The Las Bambas mine that will soon benefit from hydropower from SmartH2OEnergy.

Capturing hidden energy flows at mines

Nearly every mine on Earth has a source of potential low-carbon energy that remains largely untapped – the natural surface waters flowing into, through and out of the operation. Germany-based... — Updated 5/3/2022

 
Statevolt's proposed lithium-ion battery factory near California's Salton Sea.

SoCal EV battery gigafactory unveiled

Lars Carlstrom, who has already founded two companies building lithium-ion battery gigafactories in Europe, has launched a third enterprise that plans to build a 54-gigawatt-hour battery facility... — Updated 4/26/2022

 
Tesla lithium-ion battery and EV megafactory near Austin, Texas.

A DOE boost for Vidalia graphite plant

To support American production of graphite active anode material, the single largest ingredient in most lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles, the U.S. Department of Energy's Loan... — Updated 4/26/2022

 
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Musk floats battery gigamine idea, again

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has thus far focused the automaker's efforts on manufacturing electric vehicles and the lithium-ion batteries that power them. This could change as a shortage of the minerals a... — Updated 4/26/2022

 
Musk Foundation $100 million XPRIZE carbon sequestration technologies.

Carbon capture mining tech wins XPRIZE

A mine that could suck billions of tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and turn it to stone while also producing the nickel, cobalt, and other metals needed for zero-emissions electric... — Updated 4/25/2022

 

Alabama Graphite refinery on the way

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Congressman Mike Rogers joined other state and local government officials and business leaders during the groundbreaking ceremony at the site of a $202 million processing... — Updated 4/23/2022

 
MIT thermophotovoltaic heat engine to generate electricity.

Heat to electricity with no moving parts

Since its invention nearly 140 years ago, the modern steam turbine has represented the apex of efficiency when it comes to converting thermal energy into electricity. Now, engineers from the... — Updated 4/19/2022

 
Energy Fuels White Mesa rare earths, uranium and vanadium mill in Utah.

A critical minerals week for Energy Fuels

Over the course of one monumental week, Energy Fuels Inc. shipped a trifecta of mineral products critical to the production, storage, and use of low-carbon energy in the United States from its... — Updated 4/19/2022

 
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Glencore to buy Electra recycled metals

With mining giant Glencore AG agreeing to buy the nickel and cobalt recycled from spent lithium-ion batteries over the next two years, Electra Battery Materials Corp.'s vision of developing an... — Updated 4/19/2022

 
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Avalon Lithium plant slated for Ontario

Adding to the rapidly expanding network of companies building a robust lithium battery materials supply in Ontario, Canada-based Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. and India-based Essar Group Company... — Updated 4/12/2022

 
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More US critical minerals action needed

While hailing President Joe Biden's use of the Defense Production Act to bolster domestic supplies of battery minerals and materials as a win for rebuilding United States supply chains, the... — Updated 4/12/2022

 
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GM secures Aussie cobalt for batteries

In another deal to secure the raw materials it needs to produce enough Ultium batteries to power up to 1 million electric vehicles per year by 2025, General Motors struck a multi-year agreement... — Updated 4/12/2022

 
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Graphite One project goes super critical

Graphite One Inc.'s plans to establish a complete domestic supply chain for the advanced graphite materials for electric vehicle batteries was bolstered by President Joe Biden's decision to use... — Updated 4/5/2022

 
President Biden Defense Production Act DPA EV lithium battery metals

Biden issues battery materials order

With mass production of batteries that store intermittent renewable energy and power electric vehicles being a vital component of the envisioned clean energy future, the Biden administration has... — Updated 4/5/2022

 
Copper Mountain ABB British Columbia Canada mining trolley electrification

Trolley electrifies Copper Mountain Mine

Faster, cheaper, and less carbon-intensive, a new 1,000-meter-long trolley assisting fully-loaded mining haul trucks out of the pit at Copper Mountain Mining Corp.'s mine in British Columbia is... — Updated 4/5/2022

 

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