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A view of the ends of various-sized copper cables for electrical transmission.

A push to add copper to US critical list

US business and political leaders call on USGS to expediently add copper to list of critical minerals. Copper is essential to a global economy that favors low-carbon electricity powerlines over... — Updated 2/6/2023 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    Tech Bytes 
Rending of the completed Tesla Gigafactory Nevada in the desert near Sparks.

Giga-expansion of Gigafactory Nevada

Tesla's 140 GWh plant will produce batteries for 1.5M EVs per year; need globally significant mineral supplies. Tesla Inc. set the standard for giga-scale lithium-ion battery manufacturing with the st... — Updated 2/7/2023

 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
A row of Chevrolet, Hummer, Cadillac, and BrightDrop electric vehicles.

GM investing $650M in Lithium Americas

The largest-ever investment by an automaker into a battery materials mining company. To strengthen its domestic supply of the materials going into the batteries for its expanding lineup of electric... — Updated 2/7/2023

Rock hammer on a pile of rare earths-enriched rocks at Sheep Creek in Montana.

Kingly rare earth grades at Sheep Creek

Assay lab results affirm high-grade nature of critical minerals deposit in SW Montana. If "grade is king," then US Critical Materials Corp.'s Sheep Creek in Montana wears the crown when it comes to ra... — Updated 2/7/2023

 By Shane Lasley    Mining Tech 
Section of silvery grey core from drilling at Graphite Creek deposit in Alaska.

Graphite One leverages national lab tech

PNNL to verify G1 Graphite material for EV batteries; Sandia to explore innovative green tech to extract critical minerals. Toward its goal of establishing an all-American supply chain for the... — Updated 2/7/2023

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech at Vitals’ REE plant.

Trudeau tours Vital rare earths plant

In a show of support for Canadian production of the minerals critical to clean energy technologies, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Vital Metals Ltd.'s rare earth processing facility in... — Updated 2/2/2023 Full story

A conveyor belt transports ore to the surface at an underground mine.

Storing renewable energy in old mines

Can old mines be repurposed as giant batteries for cost-effective and long-term storage of renewable energy? A peer-reviewed paper by a team of researchers led by the International Institute for... — Updated 2/2/2023

Aerial view of the proposed Statevolt lithium battery plant near the Salton Sea.

Statevolt secures So-Cal gigafactory site

Acquires land for EV battery factory in Lithium Valley. After months of searching for the ideal locale for a gigafactory capable of producing enough lithium-ion batteries for 650,000 electric... — Updated 2/2/2023

As the sun sets, crews mine rare earths ore from a deposit at Nechalacho in NWT.

A Vital pivot in rare earths strategy

Following an AU$45 million (US$31.6 million) infusion of cash in July, Vital Metals Ltd. has gone through some significant changes that are being reflected in a new strategy that slows the ramp-up of... — Updated 2/2/2023

Geologist using hammer to break off a rock sample on a hillside in Alaska.

USGS launches 3 new Earth MRI scans

As part of its nationwide scan for domestic sources of critical minerals, the U.S. Geological Survey is investing just over $1 million to gain a better understanding of the potential for cobalt,... — Updated 2/2/2023

A closeup of a chunk of a metallic, silvery-grey crystalline graphite.

Nouveau Monde Graphite eyes giant mine

PEA outlines plan for 500,000 tpa graphite mine at Lac Guéret in Northern Quebec. As it ramps up to commercial production at its Matawinie graphite mine and Becancour battery materials plant in... — Updated 1/24/2023

A two-story-tall white Liebherr T 264 truck parked in a mine pit.

Massive Fortescue mining truck battery

1.4 MWh battery designed by WAE for Liebherr haul truck charges in only 30 minutes. Australian iron ore miner Fortescue has received what is likely the largest electric vehicle battery in the world... — Updated 1/24/2023 Full story

White hill of lithium-boron in the southwest Nevada desert.

DOE commits $700M for Rhyolite Ridge

Conditional loan signals a major step forward for ioneer's planned lithium-boron mine in Nevada. As part of the Biden administration's ongoing effort to support projects that will provide a domestic... — Updated 1/21/2023

A metallic cube of the periodic table symbol and information for manganese.

Stellantis secures manganese supply

Enters deal with Element 25 for battery-grade manganese from Australia mine. In a move to secure an oft overlooked lithium-ion battery ingredient, Stellantis has cut a deal with Australia-based... — Updated 1/21/2023

Chain links with binary code representing digital security.

Ransomware attack idles BC copper mine

A ransomware attack that has forced Copper Mountain Mining Corp. to shut down operations at its namesake mine in southern British Columbia elevates concerns about the vulnerability of mining... — Updated 1/20/2023 Full story

A metallic cube of sulfur’s symbol on the periodic table of elements.

More sulfur for better Li-S batteries

Argonne National Lab breakthrough advances lithium-sulfur batteries one step closer to commercial use. Increased energy density at lower costs is the ultimate goal when it comes to making better... — Updated 1/17/2023

Dashed line shows opal-filled fracture cutting across layered rocks on Mars.

Martian opals are a precious discovery

Gemstones could offer evidence of past life and be a water source for future Martians. Martian opals discovered in a lakebed traversed by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover may be much more precious than... — Updated 1/9/2023 Full story

Digital image representing an EV being charged with low-carbon wind energy.

Canada unveils critical mineral strategy

To seize upon a once-in-a-century opportunity to leverage Canada's already world-class mining sector to supply the minerals and metals needed to build the clean energy future, Ottawa has unveiled a... — Updated 1/3/2023 Full story

Worker remote operates crane moving large graphite cylinders inside plant.

POSCO signs $733M Ultium graphite deal

In a deal that will further support General Motors' electric vehicle ambitions, POSCO Chemical has entered into a contract to supply Ultium Cells LLC with $733 million (939.9 billion Korean won) of... — Updated 1/3/2023

A mining truck loaded with rock being helped up a slope with an overhead trolly.

ABB, Boliden closing the mining CO2 loop

To lower the carbon footprint of its electric motors and other products that play a major role in allowing mining and many other sectors of the global economy to then lower their carbon footprint... — Updated 12/20/2022

Soldier fires a machine gun while lying in the snow during winter exercises.

DoD supports Perpetua's antimony project

In a move to break America's dependence on China and Russia for the antimony needed for ammunition, fireproofing compounds, night vision goggles, and other military hardware, the Pentagon is providing... — Updated 12/20/2022 Full story

Flat Martian landscape with dunes, small rocks, and Perseverance’s shadow.

First extraterrestrial rock sample cache

Perseverance is dropping off a batch of samples for Mars Sample Return robotic team to retrieve. While the impressive toolkit aboard the Perseverance rover provides earthbound scientists with a trove... — Updated 12/20/2022

Night vision image of six-wheeled army vehicle under the Milky Way.

Senate bill aims to boost strategic metals

Senators Sullivan, Romney introduce bill to reduce DoD overreliance on China for minerals critical to security. Concerned that America is too reliant on China for the minerals and metals critical to n... — Updated 12/20/2022

Computer image of lightning striking and pulverizing a rock pillar with stairs.

BHP invests in new rock-crushing tech

I-ROX tech utilizes micro electrical bursts to pulverize at lower costs and less energy than traditional milling. Could microbursts of electricity be used to discover hidden mineral deposits, drill... — Updated 12/20/2022

Closeup of person with mask and eyeglasses with one fogged and one clear lens.

A new gold standard for antifog eyewear

Swiss researchers have developed a transparent gold nanocoating that vanquishes the perennial nemesis of glasses wearers – fogging. Unlike traditional antifogging methods, which uses hydrophilic... — Updated 12/13/2022


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