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Articles from the February 2, 2022 edition


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  • Cheetah Resources Nechalacho REE rare earth elements separation facility Canada

    Vital to rethink Nechalacho mine plan

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    The ore sorter at Vital Metals Ltd.'s Nechalacho rare earths project in Canada's Northwest Territories is able to upgrade lower-grade ore into concentrates viable for shipping to the company's soon-to-be-completed processing facility in Saskatchewan for further upgrading to a mixed rare earths carbonate ready to be separated into the individual rare earths used in a broad range of high-tech and industrial applications. This means Vital will be able to produce more rare earths... Full story

  • Teck Resources Caterpillar partnership zero-emissions electric haul truck mining

    Teck forges an electric Cat partnership

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Toward its goal of reducing carbon emissions from its operations by 33% by 2030 and being a completely carbon-neutral mining company by 2050, Teck Resources Ltd. has entered into an agreement with Caterpillar Inc. to develop, pilot, and ultimately deploy 30 zero-emissions large haul trucks to its mines. "Teck is already one of the world's lowest carbon intensity producers of copper, zinc and steelmaking coal, and now we are taking further action to develop and implement the te... Full story

  • vanadium redox flow batteries electrolyte US Vanadium Holding Company Arkansas

    US Vanadium electrolyte plant complete

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    With the recent completion of a $2 million expansion, US Vanadium Holding Company LLC is now able to produce up to 4 million liters of ultra-high-purity electrolyte for vanadium redox flow batteries per year at its facility in Hot Springs, Arkansas. "We are very pleased to announce the completion of this major expansion of our ability to produce ultra-high-purity electrolyte for vanadium redox flow batteries," said US Vanadium CEO Mark Smith. "This milestone establishes...

  • GoldSpot Discoveries AI artificial intelligence Nevada Aura Western Exploration

    GoldSpot breaks into Nevada mining fields

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    GoldSpot Discoveries Corp. Jan. 31 announced it has been engaged by Western Exploration Inc. to apply its proprietary machine learning and geoscience expertise at the Aura gold-silver project in Northern Elko County, Nevada. Located just 32 kilometers (20 miles) north of First Majestic Silver Corp.'s Jerritt Canyon mine, Western Exploration's 6,000-hectare (12,825 acres) Aura project hosts three separate deposits – Doby George, Gravel Creek, and Wood Gulch. "Mineral e...

  • Lotus Britishvolt UK EV electric vehicles all-electric zero emissions battery

    Lotus supercars to get custom batteries

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Battery pioneer Britishvolt, the United Kingdom's foremost investor in battery cell technologies, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Lotus to develop tailor-made battery cells to go into electric vehicles produced by the premier UK sportscar manufacturer. "Britishvolt is excited to be working with such a prestigious and highly acclaimed OEM as Lotus," said Britishvolt Chief Commercial Officer Oliver Jones. "This MoU demonstrates that the legacy one-size-fits-all...

  • Caltech California Institute of Technology reverse refraction negative nano

    Caltech scientists make reverse refraction

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 15, 2022

    Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have created a nano-architected material that exhibits a property that was previously only theoretically possible – refract light backward, regardless of the angle at which the light strikes the material. This unique and previously theoretical property, known as negative refraction, could have major technological applications. "Negative refraction is crucial to the future of nanophotonics, which seeks to understand and m... Full story