The Elements of Innovation Discovered

Articles from the February 19, 2020 edition

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  • Lithium ion battery recycling lithium cobalt nickel manganese

    A new horizon for battery recycling

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Adapting to a future of renewable energy, trendsetters are focusing on recycling lithium-ion batteries to create a more efficient repurposing of one of the most vital and important technologies of today and possibly the future. Lithium-ion batteries have been around for decades but as we see a forward push for an electric future, the demand has changed to necessity. Global climate concerns, finite resources and the sheer growth of technology that requires mobile energy all...

  • United States Geological Survey USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries 2020 cover

    USGS report informs critical mineral policy

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

    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, including 100 percent import-reliant for 14 of them, according to Mineral Commodity Summaries 2020, a recent U.S. Geological Survey report. The list of mined commodities for which the U.S. is fully reliant on foreign nations for its supply is littered with high-tech minerals and metals needed for rene...

  • Innovative Metals RapidSX solvent exchange rare earth separation pilot plant

    Ucore eyes new SX rare earth separation

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

    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 Complex (SMC) it is planning to develop in Southeast Alaska. This proprietary new technique for separating the tightly interlocked rare earth elements, aptly named RapidSX, was developed by Innovation Metals Corp., a private Canada-based company established to develop cost-effective processing...

  • Rare earth elements 15 lanthanides yttrium and scandium

    Hexagon hails Ucore RapidSX REE pact

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

    Hexagon Energy Materials Ltd., an Australian company that is investing US$6 million into furthering the development of RapidSX rare earth elements separation technology, Feb. 18 said it is pleased to see Ucore Rare Metals Inc. join the effort to advance this vital technology. "Ucore's interest in and commitment to evaluating RapidSX is significant; they are a REE industry stalwart in the USA with an advanced project with US$145 million in designated financing from the Alaska...

  • Rare earth element on barges in China coronavirus could affect REE explorts

    Coronavirus slows China rare earth sector

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

    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 critical minerals and metals. Most of this talk has centered on the geopolitical risks associated with depending on an economic and strategic rival for more than 80 percent of these 17 metals vital to a wide array of high-tech and military devices. Instead of export restrictions resulting from...

  • Scientists look to coal for REE solution

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    As security concerns mount over the nearly total reliance of the United States on foreign sources of rare earth elements, mostly from China, researchers in public and private laboratories across the country are aggressively searching for ways to spur domestic production of these critical minerals in the face of rapidly growing global demand. Rare earths, which in reality are plentiful in natural settings, can be found most everywhere. But the prohibitive financial and environm...