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

    Alaska REE project draws Pentagon interest

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    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 mounted radios to laser guided missiles. While essential to national defense, the U.S. currently depends on foreign countries for 100 percent of its supply of rare earths. And more than 80 percent of these critical metals are imported from China, either directly or via secondary countries. As part of a...

  • Hydrothermal black smoker vent in ocean emits metal laden sulfide fluids

    Mining goes 20,000 leagues under the sea

    Matthew Lasley, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    Reminiscent of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a small submersible scours the inky depths of the ocean, not in search of seams of coal, but towering spires created by thermal vents. The remotely operated sub's lights splash across the cluster of vents that spew mineral rich plumes of super-heated water from deep in the earth into the chill of the ocean depths. The ROV moves into position, its clawed arm reaching out and breaking off a sample of mineral rich rock...

  • African workers at Glencore Mutanda copper cobalt mine DRC

    Samsung SDI, Glencore sign cobalt deal

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    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 used in electric vehicles, smartphones, computers and other electronic devises. Under the terms of this supply contract, Glencore will provide up to 21,000 metric tons of cobalt contained in cobalt hydroxide between 2020 and 2024. The cobalt will be sourced from Glencore's industrial mining operations...

  • BMW battery e-drive electric vehicle powertrain facility Dingolfing Germany

    BMW expands battery plant on EV demand

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    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 Dingolfing, Germany. "We are embarking on a massive expansion of our Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing – from 8,000 square meters currently to 80,000 in the future. This is where we produce powertrain components for our fully and partially electric models," said BMW Group Head of P...

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

    The enigmatic rare earth elements paradox

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    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 supply of these 17 elements vital to our modern high-tech society. This apparent paradox speaks to the complexities of these enigmatic metals. The irony of rare earth elements (REEs) begins with their name, which is at the same time a misnomer and accurate descriptor. "All the REEs except promethium...