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Articles from the May 10, 2023 edition

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  • Tesla’s lithium refining complex covers 1,200 acres next to rail in Texas.

    Tesla expands into lithium business

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 2, 2023

    Breaks ground on refinery in Texas with capacity to supply lithium for roughly 1 million Tesla EVs per year. Moving another link up the electric vehicles supply chain, Tesla Inc. has broken ground on a $375 million lithium refinery just outside of Corpus Christi, Texas. Slated for completion by 2025, the South Texas refinery is forecast to produce enough battery-grade lithium hydroxide to build about 1 million Tesla EVs per year. During a May 8 groundbreaking ceremony, Texas...

  • Electra Battery Materials refinery in northern Ontario, Canada.

    Electra shakes hands with Three Fires Group

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 7, 2023

    Leading through example, Electra Battery Materials Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding with First Nation-owned and operated Three Fires Group to form a joint venture focused on the recycling of lithium-ion battery waste, underpinned by Electra's proprietary black mass processing expertise. "We are excited by the opportunity to work with the Three Fires Group and solve a pressing challenge of the EV battery supply chain, namely how to recycle and repurpose battery...

  • An aerial shot of Glencore's Portovesme metallurgical complex in Italy.

    Li-Cycle, Glencore to build Italian Hub

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated May 16, 2023

    Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. announced the signing of a letter of intent with Glencore plc, one of the world's largest natural resource companies, to jointly study the feasibility and eventual development of one of Li-Cycle's Hub recycling facilities in Portovesme, Italy. "The planned Portovesme Hub is a landmark project for Europe's battery recycling industry and is expected to be the largest source of recycled battery-grade lithium on the continent," said Li-Cycle Executive...

  • Hands holding small thin film solar cell panels.

    Solar cell silver, indium recycling tech

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated May 16, 2023

    Swedish researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology have developed a recovery method for recycling 100% of the silver and about 85% of the indium contained in thin-film solar cells in an environmentally friendly, room temperature process. "The problem is that the demand for indium and silver is high, and increased production is accompanied by a growing amount of production waste, which contains a mixture of valuable metals and hazardous substances," the scientists...

  • Mined material being stacked into lined containment facility at Hermosa.

    Fast-41 permitting of critical US mine

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 15, 2023

    South32 Hermosa zinc-manganese project in Arizona is first US mining project approved for streamlined permit process. To speed the domestic production of manganese, a critical metal used in lithium-ion batteries, the U.S. Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council has added South32 Ltd.'s Hermosa project in Arizona to the Fast-41 process. "The Permitting Council is pleased to see the first-ever critical minerals mining project accepted for coverage under our unique... Full story

  • Four vials of rare earths precipitate after Cyclic Materials’ treatment.

    Cyclic Materials REEs for circular economy

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated May 9, 2023

    Despite what their name may suggest, the suite of 15 elements known as rare earths is not all that scarce. One thing that is hard to come by, however, is technology up to the difficult task of efficiently separating this suite of tech metals into their lone elements – Cyclic Materials aims to change that. Founded in 2021, Canada-based Cyclic Materials has been working toward creating a sustainable, domestic supply chain for rare earths and other metals through an innovative r...

  • Smoke and steam emitted from stacks at a power plant in North Bend, Ohio.

    The future of carbon management is digital

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated May 9, 2023

    Carbon neutrality goals worldwide are being propelled by new government initiatives, improved regulatory frameworks, and heightened customer awareness and scrutiny. Several countries now leading the green revolution have also announced grants and aid for businesses and end users that promote the development of low- and zero-carbon technologies and their rapid adoption. Affected industries – with mining being no exception – are in a mad dash to make use of developing tec...

  • Two technicians inside the NIF ignition chamber for cleaning and maintenance.

    Fusion energy technology gets DOE funding

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated May 9, 2023

    Forever scribed in the annals of scientific achievement, the U.S. Inertial Confinement Fusion program supported by the National Nuclear Security Administration has produced not one but two significant breakthroughs – the burning of plasma with a yield of 1.3 megajoules, then the legendary breakeven for nuclear fusion. With these results, the Department of Energy has announced a $45 million grant to continue this potentially utopia-creating work. "The exciting results from NIF...