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World Bank low carbon climate smart mining for wind solar battery technology

Climate smart mining offers opportunities

The global shift to renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, and electric vehicles (EV) requires a vast amount of several minerals and metals. While supplying the huge... — Updated 2/23/2020 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Editorial 

Discovering the elements of innovation

Are you ready to join Metal Tech News on an expedition to discover the elements of innovation that will ensure a more sustainable and prosperous future for mankind? I understand... — Updated 2/20/2020 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Bytes 
Nickel cobalt hydroxide from the cathodes of recycled lithium-ion batteries

Nearly pure cathode materials recovered

American Manganese Inc. Feb. 20 announced that its patented RecycLiCo process recovered up to 99.72% pure nickel-cobalt-manganese products generated from disassembled electric... — Updated 2/20/2020 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Bytes 
Cat autonomous self driving mining equipment haul trucks at Newmont gold Mine

Autonomous trucks to haul Newmont gold

Newmont Corp. Feb. 19 announced plans for the world's first open-pit gold mine with an entire fleet of autonomous haul trucks. The company's board of directors unanimously approved... — Updated 2/20/2020 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Rare earth elements China United States energy metals

A tale of two rare earth countries

Unique, remarkable, magical and irreplaceable are some of the adjectives uses to describe rare earths – a group of 17 elements with names most of us have never heard of but have... — Updated 2/19/2020 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
62 metals minerals for smartphones iPhone Samsung Galaxy Fold

Miracle of metals make smartphones smart

Morning alarm, news feed, email delivery system, daily planner, camera, calculator, social media medium and, oh yeah, a way to talk with family, friends and colleagues – smartphon... — Updated 2/19/2020 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Mining Tech 
Self driving autonomous mining loader glass labyrinth underground mine

Robotic mines of the future are here

Minerbots unite! With an arsenal of lasers and explosives able to reduce mineral-rich bedrock to rubble before morphing into trucks, loaders and other heavy equipment to deliver... — Updated 2/19/2020 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Rare earth element on barges in China coronavirus could affect REE explorts

Coronavirus slows China rare earth sector

Many in the United States, from President Donald Trump to sector analysts, have been raising the alarms about America's heavy dependence on China for rare earth elements and other... — Updated 2/19/2020 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Bytes 
Innovative Metals RapidSX solvent exchange rare earth separation pilot plant

Ucore eyes new SX rare earth separation

Ucore Rare Metals Inc. is now considering a quicker and more efficient method of solvent extraction (SX) as the rare earth separation technology of choice for the Strategic Metals... — Updated 2/19/2020 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
United States Geological Survey USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries 2020 cover

USGS report informs critical mineral policy

The United States depends on foreign countries for more than 50 percent of its supply of 31 minerals considered critical to the nation's economic wellbeing and national security, in... — Updated 2/18/2020 Full story

 
Ford Mach-E 2021 electric vehicle Mustang EV Battery Passport recycling program

Battery passport for reuse and recycling

The sourcing of the cobalt, graphite, lithium, nickel and other materials that go into lithium-ion batteries, and what happens to these rechargeable cells when they are spent has... — Updated 2/18/2020 Full story

 
US Air Force F 35 fighter aircraft flying over Alaska 920 lb rare earth elements

The enigmatic rare earth elements paradox

American mines produced roughly 26,000 tons of rare earth during 2019, a 44 percent increase over 2018, yet the United States is 100 percent reliant on foreign countries for its... — Updated 2/12/2020 Full story

 
American flag at Bokan Mountain Rare Earth REE mine project Ketchikan Alaska

Alaska REE project draws Pentagon interest

Ucore Rare Metals Inc. wants to provide the Pentagon with an American source of rare earth elements, vital ingredients to a wide array of U.S. military hardware, from helmet... — Updated 2/12/2020 Full story

 
New Found bonanza VG visible gold discovery GoldSpot AI exploration

AI-geologists team discover bonanza gold

Artificial intelligence and real boots-on-the ground geological investigations have resulted in a significant new high-grade gold discovery at New Found Gold Corp.'s Queensway... — Updated 2/11/2020 Full story

 
Electric battery zero emissions busses at Teck Resources mine in BC

Teck commits to carbon neutrality by 2050

Understanding that the transition to renewable energy is going to require a vast amount of metals yet mining them consumes a lot of energy, Teck Resources Ltd. is joining a growing... — Updated 2/11/2020 Full story

 
BMW battery e-drive electric vehicle powertrain facility Dingolfing Germany

BMW expands battery plant on EV demand

Growing demand for electric vehicles has prompted the BMW Group to accelerate the expansion of production capacity and staff at its Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in... — Updated 2/11/2020 Full story

 
African workers at Glencore Mutanda copper cobalt mine DRC

Samsung SDI, Glencore sign cobalt deal

Glencore Plc Jan. 10 announced that it has signed an agreement to provide Samsung SDI with a five-year supply of cobalt hydroxide, a key ingredient in the lithium-ion batteries... — Updated 2/11/2020 Full story

 
England geologist makes case for localized mines for environment green energy

Lithium geologist makes case for mining

"I care deeply about the environment, which is why I work in the mining industry," is how Lucy Crane, opened a TEDx talk on mining's role in battling climate change. A geologist who... — Updated 2/6/2020 Full story

 
General Motors GM LeBron James to reveal electric Hummer during Super Bowl

Brash, controversial Hummer reborn as EV

Tesla Inc. created a buzz with the industrial techno Cybertruck, a behemoth of a pickup that is pushing the boundaries of electrical vehicles (EV) and their design. Now, General... — Updated 2/4/2020 Full story

 
Tesla CEO Elon Musk Gigafactory lithium-ion battery cobalt mine deal

Tesla heads to the mines for its batteries

Tesla Inc. needs an increasing amount of lithium, graphite, nickel and cobalt for the lithium-ion batteries that power its growing lineup of electric vehicles. With its own rapid... — Updated 2/4/2020 Full story

 
Tesla Giga Nevada lithium-ion battery electric vehicle EV manufacturing plant

Tesla growth built on battery production

Most people know Tesla Inc. as a world-leading electric vehicles manufacturer with a growing line of cars, trucks and SUVs. However, the company's foundation is built off its... — Updated 2/4/2020 Full story

 
Northwest Territories Thor Lake Nechalacho rare earth element mine project

NWT First Nation to mine first Canada REE

Det'on Cho Nahanni Construction Corp., owned by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, has signed a landmark agreement to run the mining operations at Nechalacho, on pace to be the... — Updated 2/4/2020 Full story

 
New wind solar photovoltaic PV renewable electricity generation U.S.

Renewables dominate new US electricity

More than three quarters of new electrical generation in the United States this year will come from renewable sources, according to a recent U.S. Energy Information Administration... — Updated 1/28/2020 Full story

 
Wind turbines solar panels batteries renewable energy minerals metals U.S.

Mines eligible for Fast 41 permitting

Wind turbines, solar panels and the batteries that store the electricity these renewable energy sources generate are creating new demands for an array of minerals and metals, many... — Updated 1/22/2020 Full story

 

Texas REE project considered for Fast 41

Texas Mineral Resources Corp. and USA Rare Earth LLC Jan. 21 announced the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council's (FPISC) decision to add mining as a sector covered... — Updated 1/21/2020 Full story

 

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