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Articles from the July 4, 2023 edition

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  • Fireworks light up the sky behind the Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

    Coloring our skies, powering our lives

    U.S. Geological Survey|Updated Jul 24, 2023

    What's the secret behind the bright colors lighting up the US night skies on the 4th of July? The answer is minerals! Each color is the result of specific chemicals derived from different minerals. Read further to find out what these minerals are, and get ready to be surprised at the other ways these minerals are used when they're not competing with the stars to illuminate the night sky. The Color: Green The Chemical: Barium Chloride Mineralogy 101: Barium chloride is what's...

  • All-electric Maserati Gran Turismo Folgore EV.

    Stellantis invests in future EV metals

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 18, 2023

    Global automaker signs deal to buy future cobalt and nickel from early-staged projects at historical mines in southern Norway. To help ensure that it has future supplies of the nickel and cobalt that will be needed for the electric vehicles produced by Alfa Romero, Maserati, Peugeot, and its other European brands, Stellantis has signed an offtake agreement to buy 35% of the future nickel sulfate and cobalt sulfate produced from Kuniko Ltd.'s mineral exploration projects in Nor...

  • Satellite picture of unique geography of Railroad Valley in Nevada.

    NASA throws down against NV lithium mine

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 18, 2023

    Mining companies that hope to draw lithium-rich brines from Railroad Valley in the Nevada desert have come up against heated resistance from environmentalists, local ranchers and tribal leaders for years. A highly persuasive voice that joined the chorus of opponents – the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration itself – has succeeded in placing a world-class lithium area off limits to mining. This wasn't exactly a bolt from the blue – NASA has been working with...

  • Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs touring Li-Cycle recycling facility.

    Arizona governor visits Li-Cycle spoke

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 14, 2023

    Accompanying the plethora of VIPs to its battery recycling facilities in recent months, Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. was visited by Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs for a tour of its plant in Gilbert, Arizona. Her visit to this lithium-ion battery recycling plant in the Grand Canyon State follows similar tours by U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Arizona Senator Mark Kelly of this Li-Cycle spoke facility expected to play a key role in building a clean energy future in North...

  • Metallic-looking tiles for gallium and germanium on the periodic table.

    China to ban chipmaking metal exports

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 6, 2023

    Going back to its 2010 rare earths playbook, China will ban gallium and germanium exports without state approval. Reminiscent of export restrictions that sent the price of rare earth elements through the roof in 2010, China has announced that it is placing state-controlled restrictions on the export of two technology metals vital to chipmaking – gallium and germanium. On July 2, China's Ministry of Commerce posted notices that the exports of eight gallium and six germanium p... Full story

  • Blue color chemical compounds being mixed at the RapidSX demo plant.

    Ucore acquires new RapidSX demo REE feed

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 4, 2023

    New US feedstock will further test Ucore's rare earth separation tech at Ont. demo plant. Furthering its goal to demonstrate that its RapidSX technology can separate the entire suite of rare earth elements from a wide range of sources, Ucore Rare Metals Inc. has acquired a third mixed REE concentrate to process at its commercialization and demonstration facility in Kingston, Ontario. "We believe that Ucore's Kingston, Ontario, Demo Plant is currently the largest heavy REE...

  • Hot-rolled nano neo processed rare earth permanent magnets.

    Heat-resistant neo magnet breakthrough

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 3, 2023

    Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Critical Materials Institute, led by Ames National Laboratory, have developed a "Hot-roll Nano Neo Magnet" method for manufacturing high-performance neodymium-iron-boron permanent magnets that are heat-resistant, easier, and greener to produce. Neodymium is a rare earth metal that tarnishes rapidly when exposed to air. In 1983, it was discovered that when alloyed with iron and boron, it would create a magnetic force 10 times...

  • Komatsu’s latest 980E-5SE electric mining haul truck in the field.

    Komatsu's new E-powertrain mining truck

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 3, 2023

    Leveraging its world-class heavy equipment and technology expertise, Komatsu has introduced the 980E-5SE, which boasts the highest-in-class horsepower available on an ultra-class mining truck. Given the stringent nature of weight to energy consumption, mining haul trucks may be the perfect model to work out the heavy-duty kinks in electric components – if it can run a vehicle expected to operate at 1.4 million pounds (635,029 kilograms), you can be pretty confident the part is...