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BMW invests in lithium extraction startup

With its sights set on putting around 10 million fully electric vehicles on global highways over the next decade, the BMW Group is investing in an innovative process to sustainably and... — Updated 10/19/2021 Full story

 
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Forging Critical Minerals Alliances

While the history of human innovation is a series of discoveries, each building on the last, there are certain "eureka moments" that mark a shift in the trajectory of mankind – taming fire,... — Updated 10/19/2021 Full story

 
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Soaring critical energy minerals demand

Global governments and industries are setting increasingly ambitious targets for the phasing out of fossil fuel-burning automobiles in favor of electric vehicles charged with green energy.... — Updated 10/19/2021 Full story

 
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Toyota, Panasonic cut deal for BHP nickel

Toyota Motor Corp. and Panasonic Corp. are the latest electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturers to sign an agreement to acquire nickel sulfate from the new production plant at BHP's... — Updated 10/19/2021 Full story

 
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ABB unveils fastest EV charger on Earth

In a move that will put refueling electric vehicles closer to par with internal combustion cars, ABB has launched an all-in-one EV charger that offers the fastest charging experience on the... — Updated 10/19/2021 Full story

 
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Rare earths project reemerges in Wyoming

When China severely cut exports of rare earths following a dispute with Japan in 2010, Rare Element Resources Ltd. and its Bear Lodge project in Wyoming rose as one of the top candidates for... — Updated 10/19/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
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REEtec to purchase more Vital rare earths

In another move that demonstrates rare earths production at Nechalacho is scaling up faster than originally anticipated, Vital Metals Ltd. and REEtec AS have amended their offtake agreement to... — Updated 10/19/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Mining Tech 
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Nouveau Monde details Zero Harm strategy

"Battery minerals cannot power a sustainable energy revolution unless their extraction and value-added transformation are done on a 'Zero-Harm' basis." –Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. Chairman... — Updated 10/19/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
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Ucore secures Vital rare earths supply

On the heels of a deal to sell more rare earths carbonate to Norway-based REEtec, Vital Metals Ltd. has entered into a separate agreement to sell some of this midstream REE product produced in... — Updated 10/19/2021 Full story

 
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Vital rare earths plant on pace for 2022 start

Vital Metals Ltd. Oct. 5 reported that it expects its rare earth extraction facility in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan to be ready to accept the first ore from the Nechalacho REE mine in... — Updated 10/12/2021 Full story

 
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Swedish firms advance mine electrification

In another move to attain its vision of being the most climate-friendly and respected metals supplier on the planet, Boliden has teamed up with global technology company ABB and mining equipment m... — Updated 10/12/2021 Full story

 
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BHP produces first nickel sulfate in WA

BHP Group has produced the first nickel sulfate crystals at its Nickel West plant in Western Australia, a milestone that is good news for electric vehicle and lithium-ion manufacturers,... — Updated 10/12/2021 Full story

 
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Northvolt invests $750M into battery lab

Already established as a foremost European manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries, Northvolt is now investing $750 million to expand its Northvolt Labs in Sweden into a fully integrated ecosystem... — Updated 10/7/2021 Full story

 
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Charting new mining robotics territory

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions, a Swedish company at the vanguard of mining automation and digital mining solutions, and Exyn Technologies Inc., an award-winning pioneer of aerial drones... — Updated 10/5/2021 Full story

 
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Health Canada okays ZEN Graphene masks

One year after unveiling a graphene-based coating that is 99% effective at killing the virus responsible for COVID-19 when applied to face masks and other personal protective equipment, ZEN... — Updated 10/5/2021 Full story

 
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Bonanza grade rare earths at Nechalacho

Crews at Vital Metals Ltd.'s Nechalacho rare earths project in Canada's Northwest Territories are mining zones of ore with such high grades that there is no need to upgrade it with the on-site... — Updated 10/5/2021 Full story

 
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Global mining sector returns to Vegas

LAS VEGAS – The machinery is enormous, and the ambitions are even larger for the global mining equipment companies unveiling the very latest technologies they have to offer at the National... — Updated 10/5/2021 Full story

 
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Australia backs critical minerals sector

Seeking to solidify Australia as a leading supplier of the critical minerals that are increasingly being required for electric vehicles, renewable energy, telecommunications, aerospace, defense,... — Updated 9/30/2021 Full story

 
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VW opens lithium battery labs in Germany

In a move that will shape the future of batteries powering electric Volkswagens, the German automaker has opened one of the most modern laboratories for cell research and development in Europe.... — Updated 9/28/2021 Full story

 
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Enormous zero-emissions mine truck pact

Rio Tinto and Caterpillar have entered into an agreement to develop and deploy around 35 Cat 793 zero-emissions autonomous haul trucks to Gudai-Darri, an already technically advanced iron ore... — Updated 9/28/2021 Full story

 
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Caterpillar committed to better mining

LAS VEGAS – From heavy equipment training simulators to the largest and most powerful electric drive dozer on Earth, Caterpillar's 55,000-square-foot mecca in the Central Hall of MINExpo 2021 in... — Updated 9/28/2021 Full story

 
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Spot is fetching data at Gahcho Kué Mine

Many workers at the Gahcho Kué diamond mine in Canada's Northwest Territories would have never imagined that they would be working alongside a robot dog. Yet, the distinctive steady rhythm produc... — Updated 9/28/2021 Full story

 
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Unconventional critical mineral solutions

From electric vehicles plugged into renewable energy to smartphones connected to 5G networks, new technologies take advantage of the special properties of a suite of critical minerals and metals... — Updated 9/14/2021 Full story

 
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Building a US critical minerals strategy

A heavy reliance on imports for a long list of minerals and metals critical to American supply chains could be a stumbling block for the Biden administration's ambitious "Build Back Better"... — Updated 9/8/2021 Full story

 
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Canada set to be critical minerals store

Canada is positioning itself as the "global supplier of choice" for the critical minerals and metals essential to tomorrow's technologies, especially the almost unfathomable quantities of raw mate... — Updated 9/8/2021 Full story

 

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