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Articles from the March 31, 2021 edition


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  • Rio Tinto solid state lidar mining West Angelas Australia optical phaser array

    Rugged solid state lidar system for mining

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

    From mapping prospective ground for mineral exploration to guiding autonomous ore hauling trucks, lidar has emerged as an invaluable tool to the global mining sector. For any technology to be adopted by mining, however, it must be rugged enough to stand up to the rigors of an industry that earns its keep by drilling, blasting, hauling, and crushing billions of tons of rock each year to recover the valuable minerals and metals locked up inside. Silicon Valley-based Quanergy... Full story

  • Epiroc Ericsson AT&T Ambra Solutions telecommunications digitalization mining

    Connecting mines to the digital world

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    In a recent webinar hosted by Ericsson, industry leaders from AT&T, Epiroc, and Ambra Solutions met to discuss the global impact and direction of connectivity for the mining industry. This fireside chat, titled Mining in a Connected World Digital Event – 5G Things Dialogues, included an introduction of Ericsson's Smart Mining Value Calculator intended to share the brunt of determining risk toward the fast-growing technology sector and a hesitant mining sector in adopting n... Full story

  • Appia Energy gallium rare earth elements REE Alces Lake 5G telecommunications

    High grade Alces Lake gallium confirmed

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    A new round of analysis and testing has further confirmed amazingly high grades of gallium associated with the high-grade rare earth zones at Appia Energy Corp.'s Alces Lake property in northern Saskatchewan. An electron microprobe study conducted by the Saskatchewan Research Council successfully demonstrated that the rare earths-enriched monazite mineral from two separate zones and trends at Alces Lake was also enriched with gallium. Following up on the success of this...

  • First Cobalt Ontario Canada Stratton Metal Resources North American refinery

    Stratton will buy all First Cobalt product

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    In another step toward its overarching goal to deliver battery grade cobalt into the North American electric vehicles market, First Cobalt Corp. has signed a flexible, long-term, offtake agreement with Stratton Metal Resources Ltd. for the sale of future cobalt sulfate production from the First Cobalt refinery in Ontario, Canada. "Stratton Metals are among the most knowledgeable cobalt traders in the world, with a network of relationships in every major market," said First...

  • Vital Metals REE rare earth elements Canada Northwest Territories Nechalacho

    Another Vital REE milestone at Nechalacho

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Reaching another major milestone on its path to being Canada's first rare earths producer, Vital Metals Ltd. has begun mining at its Nechalacho REE project in Northwest Territories. A 110-kilometer- (68 miles) long, 1.1-meter-thick ice road running across the north side of Great Slave Lake from Dettah, Northwest Territories near Yellowknife was opened for deliveries to the mine site on March 20. Crushing plant, mining equipment, fuel, and other equipment and supplies needed...

  • Australia Rover Challenge University of Adelaide John Culton NASA Space Agency

    Aussie space mining rover competition

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    On Friday March 26, challengers from four Australian universities went head-to-head in a fierce competition to build and operate advanced lunar rovers for simulated space exploration and mining. The weekend event, hosted by Australia's University of Adelaide, a school renowned for its more than 140 years of innovation and education, and with a strong focus on mining technologies, tasked students from around the country to compete in the inaugural Australian Rover Challenge... Full story

  • Livent Corp. Salar del Hombre Muerto salt lake Argentina lithium brine EVs

    BMW secures $335M of lithium from Livent

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    In a move to secure the lithium needed to power its e-mobility aspirations, BMW Group has entered into a deal with Livent Corp. to supply roughly US$335 million (285 million euros) worth of this vital battery metal beginning in 2022. BMW Group plans to have about a dozen fully electric models on showroom floors and expects that battery EVs will make up more than half of its total sales by 2030. As a result, the German luxury automaker expects to deliver roughly 10 million EVs...

  • electric vehicles EVs Voltswagen of America Volkswagen Group rebranding e-mobility

    VW puts the Volt in Volkswagen of America

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    When a global automaker changes a name that has been a symbol emblazoned upon its American automobiles for more than 65 years in favor of a moniker emblematic of its electric vehicle future, there is no doubt that global transportation is at an e-mobility crossroads. Such a turning point was reached on March 30, when Volkswagen Group unveiled the official change of its U.S. brand name from Volkswagen of America to Voltswagen of America. “We might be changing out our K for a T...