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Articles from the February 26, 2020 edition

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  • Rare earth element dysprosium highest supply risk US Geological Survey

    Some critical minerals are more critical

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

    When it comes to criticality, not all critical minerals are equal. To sort out the hierarchy of these mined materials, the United States Geological Survey has developed a powerful new tool that helps identify which mineral commodities needed by America's manufacturing sector are most at risk to supply disruptions. "This methodology is an important part of how we're meeting our goals in the President Trump's strategy to ensure a reliable supply of critical minerals," said USGS... Full story

  • photovoltaic solar panel installation at Koodaideri iron mine Pilbara Australia

    Sun powered mine in the land Down Under

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    Mining powerhouse Rio Tinto is raising the renewable energy standard for all global industrialized sectors by completely powering its future Koodaideri iron mine in Pilbara, Australia with solar energy. Having approved of a US$98 million-dollar (A$144 million) investment in a new solar plant as well as lithium-ion battery storage at Koodaideri, Rio Tinto seeks to achieve a fully renewable mine site as early as 2021. This is expected to be Rio Tinto's first company-owned solar...

  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell mining haul truck largest EV electric vehicle Anglo American

    World's largest EV will be a mine truck

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

    Global miner Anglo American has teamed up with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop the world's largest electric vehicle – an ultra-class mining haul truck. A hydrogen fuel cell module and bank of lithium-ion batteries will replace the diesel engines that have traditionally powered these mega-earthmovers. This massive power source and storage system is controlled by a high voltage power distribution unit delivering in excess of 1,000 kilowatt-hours of energy to the 2...

  • Graphene research for artificial photosynthesis sunlight hydrogen fuel

    DOE investing $100M in energy Holy Grail

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

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to provide up to $100 million over five years for research into artificial photosynthesis for the production of fuels from sunlight. "Sunlight is our most basic energy source, and the ability to generate fuels directly from sunlight has the potential to transform our energy economy and vastly enhance U.S. energy security," said Paul Dabbar, under secretary for science. Plants use photosynthesis to convert energy from the sun into...

  • Cat autonomous self driving mining equipment haul trucks at Newmont gold Mine

    Autonomous trucks to haul Newmont gold

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

    Newmont Corp. Feb. 19 announced plans for the world's first open-pit gold mine with an entire fleet of autonomous haul trucks. The company's board of directors unanimously approved investment into this autonomous haulage system at Boddington, a mine in western Australia that produced more than 700,000 ounces of gold and byproduct copper last year. Total net investment in Boddington's autonomous haulage system is slated to be US$150 million. This investment is expected to...

  • Nickel cobalt hydroxide from the cathodes of recycled lithium-ion batteries

    Nearly pure cathode materials recovered

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

    American Manganese Inc. Feb. 20 announced that its patented RecycLiCo process recovered up to 99.72% pure nickel-cobalt-manganese products generated from disassembled electric vehicle battery packs provided by a member of the U.S. Department of Energy Critical Materials Institute. The idea behind RecycLiCo emerged as an evolution of American Manganese's research into an efficient means of recovering manganese metals from relatively low-grade mineralization at its Artillery...