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    Three positive trends in critical minerals

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Reports demonstrate how growing demand, international cooperation, and social change are shaping the mining sector for the better. The continuing surge in critical minerals demand, anticipated to easily double by 2040, has significantly impacted the global mining sector while several world powers struggle to slip out from under geopolitical pressures on the battery industry and develop domestic supply chains. Propelled by technological expansion, the rate of demand growth for...

  • A mine worker in high visibility coveralls and hard hat monitors operations.

    SRC buys Canada's first rare earths ore

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    High-grade REE concentrate previously destined for China is now on its way to Saskatchewan for further processing. As home to the first rare earths mine in Canada, Vital Metal Ltd.'s Nechalacho project in Northwest Territories grabbed national headlines as the initial link of a burgeoning rare earth supply chain that would be completely independent of China. With this being hailed as a major milestone for Canada and its allies, Vital's announcement late last year that it...

  • An aerial photo of Solvay’s La Rochelle rare earths hub in France.

    Cyclic finalizes rMREO offtake with Solvay

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Joint effort aims to bolster Europe's rare earth supply through sustainable recycling. Marking a significant stride toward a sustainable rare earth supply chain, Solvay SA and Cyclic Materials Inc. announced the finalization of a supply agreement for recycled mixed rare earth oxides aimed at enhancing European self-sufficiency for this suite of technology metals. Founded in 2021, Canada-based Cyclic Materials has been pioneering a sustainable approach to rare earths and...

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    Arizona State validates HydroGraph graphene

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    "Tests also showed a reduction in global warming potential of 10 to 15%." In a notable advancement for sustainable building materials, HydroGraph Clean Power Inc. announced the publication of a joint study with Arizona State University that validates the performance of its pristine graphene in cement, showcasing improvements in compressive strength and a reduction in global warming potential. According to the European Union-backed research firm Graphene Flagship, integrating...

  • An enclosed trailer with open doors revealing TruScan controls and feed area.

    TruScan affirms CuMo ore sorting promise

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Nearly all metals are found within 10% of rocks in Idaho copper deposit; XRF core scans proving to be ideal match for ore sorting analysis. Preliminary results from Idaho Copper Corp.'s use of Veracio's TruScan are beginning to reveal how the use of this automated drill core analysis technology during exploration can maximize the effectiveness of ore sorting technology during operations. By using specialized sensors to identify and reject unmineralized rocks prior to feeding...

  • Logistics transportation vehicles – cargo ship, truck, and plane.

    Forging a strong tech metals supply chain

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 17, 2024

    Changing how the West approaches globalism will be the key to a circular economy the whole world can get behind. The Western world has found itself in a unique crisis that has brought systemic vulnerabilities into sharp relief. An overreliance on problematic imports has been exposed (especially post-COVID) as a rat's nest of potential supply chain disruptions, global inequality, deregulation and competition-killing corporate consolidation – all while leaving the power of marke... Full story

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    Spacetech & AI aid Aussie copper search

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    Inflection Resources leverages Fleet Space's ExoSphere to survey enormous land package. To help discover large deposits of copper that will help meet growing demands of the global energy transition, Inflection Resources Ltd. is leveraging the space tech and AI mineral exploration solutions provided by Fleet Space Technologies to scan for potential targets hidden undercover across an enormous copper-prospective land package in New South Wales, Australia. Under an up to $96... Full story

  • Inside the pit of a copper mine with hues of red, grey, and pink.

    Domestic "red metal" critical to America's clean energy future

    Gordon Neal|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    The United States and China are battling to secure stakes in copper mines around the world, and the stakes have never been higher. In a clash of titans, America and its free-market economy values compete against the Asian superpower with its stranglehold on copper resources and processing. With copper, the "red metal" critical to America's clean energy future, it's time to focus on developing domestic assets and amping up the country's process engineering. "We are in a second... Full story