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Articles from the July 3, 2024 edition


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  • Closeup of core from drilling the Storeknuten critical minerals deposit.

    Betolar green solutions for Norge Mining

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

    Norge Mineraler partners with Finnish materials tech company for low-carbon mining and waste management solutions for mine in Norway. Anglo-Norwegian mineral exploration company Norge Mining and Finnish materials technology company Betolar have forged a partnership to explore solutions that increase the sustainability and value of producing critical minerals at the Storeknuten titanium-phosphate-iron-vanadium project in southwestern Norway. Being advanced by Norge Mining's...

  • Video demonstrating three steps of Novamera’s surgical mining process.

    DIGITAL invests in Novamera mining tech

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

    Canada's Global Innovation Cluster for digital technologies invests C$3.5 million in surgical mining of high-grade deposits. Mining tech start-up Novamera has received a $2.6 million (C$3.5 million) investment from Canadian technologies accelerator DIGITAL to advance a technology to surgically mine metals from high-grade deposits that have been overlooked because they are uneconomic with conventional mining technologies due to their size and shape. Many high-grade narrow vein...

  • A mound of polymetallic nodules in a ship’s hold.

    Japan's undersea critical mineral jackpot

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

    Japan's exclusive economic zone sports polymetallic nodules, which would support domestic battery mineral requirements for decades. While the worldwide debate for and against harvesting critical minerals from international waters rages on, Japanese researchers have discovered their own massive mineral resource in the Pacific and are free to do as they please with it. "Polymetallic nodules" (also known as manganese nodules) are essentially concentric layers of iron and...

  • Close-up of an electric vehicle charging station with car in background.

    Merger fuels metal recycling expansion

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

    Merger aims to boost recycling capabilities, enhance the supply chain with critical metals, and drive growth in the electrified economy. Marking a pivotal step toward enhancing the electrified economy, American Resources Corp.'s subsidiary, American Metals LLC, has inked a definitive business combination agreement with AI Transportation Acquisition Corp. American Metals has evolved into a dynamic arm of American Resources Corp., a multifaceted company now spearheading sectors...

  • African woman sitting on ground using sledgehammer to break rocks.

    Can responsible artisanal cobalt exist?

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

    Increasing responsible sourcing demand puts a spotlight on mining sector. Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is a term that describes the subsistence mining sector, where locals work independently using low-tech methods of manual extraction, physical labor, and basic tools. Many rural communities are historically reliant on artisanal mining for their livelihoods. However, that same history also involves poor working conditions, human rights violations, predatory land...

  • Steam venting out of a nuclear power plant.

    US launches major nuclear fuel initiative

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

    DOE announces $2.7 billion funding to boost U.S. nuclear fuel production, aims to replace Russian imports and enhance energy security. In a major stride toward energy independence, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced a $2.7 billion initiative under President Biden's Investing in America agenda to revitalize the nation's nuclear fuel supply chain, severing ties with Russian imports and fortifying domestic energy security. Over the past few years, DOE has taken several...

  • Gloved hand holding lithium hydroxide.

    Nevada's 100% domestic lithium hydroxide

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 9, 2024

    American Battery Technology Company (ABTC), headquartered in Reno, Nevada, has pioneered a first-of-its-kind technology to commercially produce lithium hydroxide – a key element in energy transition batteries – from lithium-bearing claystone deposits in Nevada. Lithium products are generally manufactured from conventional feedstock resources like hard rock spodumene materials out of Australia or lithium-rich South American brines. While the hunt for local lithium has bor...

  • Rio Tinto logo on a hard hat with two workers in the background.

    Canada ushers in carbon-free aluminum

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2024

    Rio Tinto partners with Québec to deploy ELYSIS at Arvida smelter, revolutionizing aluminum production by eliminating GHG emissions. Taking a significant leap in decarbonizing the aluminum industry, Rio Tinto is installing carbon-free smelting cells at its Arvida smelter in Québec. Using the groundbreaking ELYSIS technology, this project is a joint venture with the government of Québec and marks the first commercial deployment of this revolutionary technology. The pr...

  • View of microelectronics through a microscope.

    Gallium is at the core of nuclear safety

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2024

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory experiments demonstrate that critical metal can withstand prolonged reactor heat and radiation. Conventional nuclear reactors and next-generation modular and microreactors rely on thousands of sensors delivering data to sophisticated electronic monitoring devices for safe and efficient operations. Traditional silicon-based electronics, however, do not hold up to the heat and radiation emitted from the core and must be installed at a distance. New...