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  • A large six-rotor drone hovering over a field.

    Tellurium devices to extend drone flights

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    PyroDelta is developing a tellurium-based thermoelectric generator that could transform prop downwash into longer drone range. Can tellurium-based thermoelectric generators provide extra lift to drones? First Tellurium believes they can and a company it created to advance research and development of thermoelectric devices for clean energy generation is developing a prototype specifically for drone applications. Thermoelectric generators transform the differences in temperature... Full story

  • A gold-colored rectangular device engraved with the PyroDelta logo.

    RESOLVE to develop First Tellurium tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Solution-focused NGO agrees to help manufacture and sell tellurium-based thermoelectric generator with green potential. Amongst the rarest of stable elements on the periodic table, tellurium has quietly emerged as a secret ingredient of the clean energy future. This includes serving as a semiconductor in thermoelectric generators – solid-state devices that transform waste heat from vehicle engines and industrial processes into clean electricity. This promising green energy t... Full story

  • An enclosed trailer with open doors revealing TruScan controls and feed area.

    TruScan affirms CuMo ore sorting promise

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 18, 2024

    Nearly all metals are found within 10% of rocks in Idaho copper deposit; XRF core scans proving to be ideal match for ore sorting analysis. Preliminary results from Idaho Copper Corp.'s use of Veracio's TruScan are beginning to reveal how the use of this automated drill core analysis technology during exploration can maximize the effectiveness of ore sorting technology during operations. By using specialized sensors to identify and reject unmineralized rocks prior to feeding... Full story

  • A mine worker in high visibility coveralls and hard hat monitors operations.

    SRC buys Canada's first rare earths ore

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 17, 2024

    High-grade REE concentrate previously destined for China is now on its way to Saskatchewan for further processing. As home to the first rare earths mine in Canada, Vital Metal Ltd.'s Nechalacho project in Northwest Territories grabbed national headlines as the initial link of a burgeoning rare earth supply chain that would be completely independent of China. With this being hailed as a major milestone for Canada and its allies, Vital's announcement late last year that it... Full story

  • A worker walks through tall, dry grass carrying an electronic device.

    Spacetech & AI aid Aussie copper search

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Inflection Resources leverages Fleet Space's ExoSphere to survey enormous land package. To help discover large deposits of copper that will help meet growing demands of the global energy transition, Inflection Resources Ltd. is leveraging the space tech and AI mineral exploration solutions provided by Fleet Space Technologies to scan for potential targets hidden undercover across an enormous copper-prospective land package in New South Wales, Australia. Under an up to $96... Full story

  • Concept art of promethium in a vial surrounded by an organic ligand.

    Promethium's rare earth secrets unveiled

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Oak Ridge National Lab scientists have made new promethium discoveries that may rewrite the rare earths section of chemistry textbooks. A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has begun to unlock the secrets of promethium, the one rare earth that is as scarce as the name of this group of elements suggests. The term rare earths refers to the group of 15 lanthanide elements found in their own row near the bottom of the periodic... Full story

  • The top of a metallic cube with the periodic table information for nickel.

    FPX looks north to the Yukon for nickel

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Returns to a Yukon property with the same advantageous nickel mineral as is found at its Baptiste project in B.C. FPX Nickel Corp.'s search for a unique mineral that offers a cleaner source of the nickel that is in high demand due to its use in lithium-ion batteries has led the company back to Canada's Yukon. FPX is best known for its work at Baptiste, an advance-staged exploration project in central British Columbia that shows the potential of being a significant future... Full story

  • Showers of sparks arc out of a vat being filled with molten steel.

    Rio Tinto aims to slash steelmaking CO2

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 10, 2024

    Global mining company is investing $143 million into BioIron, a tech that uses biomass to reduce ironmaking carbon emissions by 95%. From paper clips and surgical scalpels to skyscrapers and cargo ships, steel is a durable and abundant material that forms the framework for modern living. The process of transforming raw iron ore into steel, however, is responsible for around 8% of all global carbon dioxide emissions. Toward the ultimate goal of decarbonizing steelmaking, Rio... Full story

  • Map showing mines, mineral exploration projects, and refineries in Canada.

    Canada expands critical minerals list

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 10, 2024

    Adds silicon metal, high-purity iron ore, and phosphorous to 31 materials already on the list. Toward the goal of positioning itself as the "global supplier of choice" for the minerals and metals essential to modern technologies, especially the enormous quantities of raw materials being demanded by a world transitioning to clean energy, Canada has assembled an updated and expanded list of minerals critical to the northern nation. "By updating Canada's Critical Minerals List, w... Full story

  • A well-lit industrial building in Utah reflects perfectly off a pond at night.

    Utah uranium mill produces rare earths

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 10, 2024

    Energy Fuels begins commercial neodymium-praseodymium production at White Mesa Mill; has sights set on world-class expansions. On the path to toward establishing its White Mesa Mill as a world-class hub for at least six of the metals critical to the energy transition, Energy Fuels Inc. is now producing commercial quantities of neodymium-praseodymium (NdPr), a pair of rare earths widely used in electric vehicle motors at the uranium production facility in southeastern Utah.... Full story

  • An instrument held up against pink- and cream-colored bands of mineralization.

    High-grade gallium, rare earths verified

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 30, 2024

    Idaho National Lab tests Sheep Creek samples; one rock from Montana project contains 17.8% rare earths and 350 ppm* gallium. Recent analysis by Idaho National Laboratories confirms that US Critical Materials Corp.'s Sheep Creek project in southwestern Montana hosts extremely high concentrations of gallium alongside the high-grade rare earth elements found there. "The gallium and rare earth grades, calculated and verified by Idaho National Laboratory, are higher than any that...

  • A brand new two-story tall Komatsu mining haul truck at a test site.

    Electric mine truck giants join forces

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 28, 2024

    BHP, Rio Tinto, Komatsu, and Caterpillar forge an alliance to accelerate deployment of battery-electric haul trucks. With all paths to net-zero-emissions mining leading through the ability to move rock without emitting carbon, two global mining companies are teaming up with two of the world's largest heavy equipment manufacturers to accelerate the development and deployment of battery-electric haul trucks. This landmark collaboration between BHP, Rio Tinto, Komatsu, and... Full story

  • Looking over long stockpiles of coal toward a power plant in Slovenia.

    Turning European mines into batteries

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 24, 2024

    Mining companies look to Gravitricity's gravity energy storage tech as anopportunity to extend usefulness of mine shafts after the ore is gone. Energy storage is the lynchpin of a clean energy future that will rely on enormous quantities of zero-carbon electricity from intermittent sources such as wind and solar. After all, the billions of lightbulbs illuminating a city at night or millions of air conditioners keeping homes and businesses cool on a still summer day do not...

  • Graphic with bubbles depicting hydrogen supply chain against green background.

    DOE to loan Plug $1.7B for green hydrogen

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 24, 2024

    Funds will be used to build out a complete green hydrogen ecosystem in the U.S.; will create new demand for PGMs. To help support the production of green hydrogen to fuel America's clean energy economy, the U.S. Department of Energy's Loan Programs Office has conditionally committed to loan Plug Power Inc. $1.66 billion to help finance the construction of up to six domestic hydrogen facilities. "Green hydrogen is an essential driver of industrial decarbonization in the United...

  • An EV being charged with solar panels and wind turbines in the distance.

    Energy minerals pullback worries IEA

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 24, 2024

    International Energy Agency says significant investments are still needed for critical minerals supply to keep pace with clean energy demand. While encouraged by the billions of dollars that has been invested in developing new supplies of the minerals and metals critical to the energy transition, the International Energy Agency (IEA) cautions that the current well-supplied market may not be a good guide for the future of critical minerals. "The world's appetite for... Full story

  • A geologist’s hammer on top of a pile of heavily mineralized rocks.

    VerAI joins gallium, rare earths search

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 22, 2024

    U.S. Critical Materials leveraging AI-powered tech to maximize efficiency of outlining high-grade critical mineral deposits at Sheep Creek. Looking to quickly and efficiently expand upon the remarkably high-grade rare earths and gallium identified at Sheep Creek, US Critical Materials Corp. has forged a strategic alliance with VerAI Discoveries Inc. to leverage the power of artificial intelligence to explore its promising critical minerals project in southwestern Montana.... Full story

  • Rendering of large wheel dumping ore buckets with Mining One, EcoHoist logos.

    Mining One lends expertise to EcoHoist

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 20, 2024

    Mining consultant is assisting in the deployment of EcoHoist's innovative ore hoisting tech. EcoHoist's lateral thinking when it comes to developing an economical solution for the vertical transport of material out of underground mines has drawn the attention of Mining One, an Australia-based consultancy firm for the mining sector. "Ensuring safe and efficient haulage underground is becoming increasingly challenging," said Gary Davidson, principal mining engineer at Mining... Full story

  • A smartphone displaying the EXIM website homepage.

    NioCorp takes step toward $800M U.S. loan

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 15, 2024

    Critical minerals company receives preliminary term sheet for mine financing from EXIM. The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) has extended an offer to loan NioCorp Developments Ltd. $800 million to help fund the development of Elk Creek, a critical minerals project in Nebraska that would provide a domestic source of niobium, titanium, scandium, and rare earths. "Our goal is to make North America less dependent on foreign suppliers for the critical minerals we...

  • Rows of metallic gold, red, and black battery cells.

    Merging lithium battery supply chains

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 15, 2024

    Talon and Argonne National Lab are working to transform iron waste products from nickel mines into a superior LFP battery cathode material. A mix of battery types is needed for a rapid and sustainable transition to electric vehicles. While lithium-ion batteries with nickel-cobalt-manganese (NCM) cathodes will continue to be the main choice for longer-range EVs in North America, lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) offers an alternative for lower-cost cars used primarily for...

  • A TruScan mobile unit parked and set up to receive drill core for scanning.

    A TruScan of CuMo ore sorting potential

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 15, 2024

    Idaho Copper is utilizing Veracio's digital ore scanning tech to accurately relog drill core in preparation for updated mine study. As the next step in its goal of providing a domestic source of copper to meet the United States' growing demand for this energy transition metal, Idaho Copper Corp. is leveraging Veracio's TruScan technology to digitally analyze more than 60,000 feet (18,290 meters) of core in preparation for ore sorting studies at its CuMo cop...

  • Photo of a splash resulting from a droplet of water into a pond.

    More green hydrogen with less iridium

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech New|Updated May 13, 2024

    Riken researchers have developed a green hydrogen catalyst that reduces the amount of rare and expensive iridium needed by 95%. One of the most elementary chemistry lessons taught to schoolchildren is that water is a molecule made up of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. Now, scholars at the highest level of academics are working to find the most efficient and sustainable means of breaking those hydrogen atoms off of water to produce a green fuel that turns back into... Full story

  • Innovation Mining logo with representation of gold atoms.

    Innovative solution for stranded gold

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 8, 2024

    EnviroMetal founder launches new company to advance eco-friendly alternative to cyanide for the recovery of gold from small-scale gold mines. When Duane Nelson stepped down from his leadership role at EnviroMetal Technologies, he had a vision of building a new clean-tech company to continue to advance the eco-friendly gold recovery solution that he had helped to develop – Innovation Mining is that company. Formerly known as DynaVat Technologies, Innovation Mining is focused o...

  • Closeup picture of high-quality pure copper cables.

    BHP makes a bid to buy Anglo American

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Megamerger would reshape global energy metals sector. The proposed merger between BHP Group Ltd. and Anglo American plc would create a $200 billion mining behemoth that would control 10% of the global production of copper, a metal that has experienced a 23% price spike since early February on supply concerns. "As part of its strategy to expand its copper assets, BHP intends to acquire Anglo American realizing the significant growth potential for copper in the future, as...

  • AI rendering of a satellite orbiting over Earth.

    Satellite subscription service for miners

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 3, 2024

    Hypervine launches a service that allows users to receive unlimited satellite surveys and reports for a low monthly fee. From gaining a detailed overhead view of the predevelopment landscape to grabbing a snapshot of current conditions and monitoring changes over time, satellite imagery is revolutionizing the planning and operations of modern mines. However, the cost for a satellite to take a snapshot of a mine can be high, and many traditional technologies cannot image the gr...

  • A scoop pours black graphene onto a pile.

    US graphene to boost Asian solar storage

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 2, 2024

    Volfpack selects HydroGraph graphene for supercapacitors in its hybrid renewable energy storage systems. HydroGraph Clean Power Inc.'s flagship graphene product will soon be a key ingredient in Volfpack Energy Ltd.'s hybrid battery system, which was engineered to help store solar energy and stabilize power grids in Asia. Keeping power grids fed with stable solar is challenging. The best-known and most widely understood of these dilemmas is storing enough energy during the day... Full story

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