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Articles from the July 6, 2022 edition

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  • A row of First Solar cadmium-tellurium thin film PV panels.

    DOE eyes mine sites for clean energy hubs

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    The White House has allotted $500 million for a program that aims to transform old and current mine sites into renewable energy hubs. Being administered by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Clean Energy Demonstrations on Current and Former Mine Land Program aims to validate innovative approaches to converting mine lands to clean energy projects, with a goal of replication across the nation. DOE says the repurposing of mine land for energy projects that lower carbon dioxide... Full story

  • A large truck hauling a load of rocks at a mining operation.

    Onyen ESG solution tracks mine purchasing

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 4, 2022

    To make it easier for mining companies to demonstrate the economic contributions of their operations to local communities through the purchases of goods and services, Onyen Corp. has added a local procurement mechanism to its ESG (environmental, social, and governance) reporting software. Spending on goods and services often represents the largest financial flow from a mining project to the local communities and country. In addition to being a major lever for economic and... Full story

  • Beer made from a yeast with the potential to remove heavy metals from water.

    Drink beer to prevent lead poisoning

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 13, 2022

    MIT scientists find that brewer's yeast absorbs heavy metal. While drinking an ice-cold pint of beer may not flush lead from your system – there is not a libation strong enough for that task – the yeast used to brew your favorite ale may prevent the heavy metal from getting into your body in the first place. And like they say, "16 ounces of prevention is better than a pound of cure" – or something like that. Researchers at the esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Techn... Full story

  • Image of a dragon in front of the flag for the People’s Republic of China.

    The China rare earths dragon awakens

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Dragonbridge executes online attack on US rare earth interests Dragonbridge, a cybernetwork that pushes online narratives in support of the People's Republic of China's political interests, has launched a campaign targeting companies advancing rare earths mining and processing projects in the United States and Canada. Mandiant, a globally recognized leader in cybersecurity, first began investigating Dragonbridge's incursion into the North American rare earths space when it... Full story

  • Wooden tiles with gallium, titanium, and other elements on the periodic table.

    Without a word uranium becomes critical

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    The U.S. Geological Survey has identified 50 minerals and metals critical to the economic wellbeing and security of the United States, uranium is not one of them. This omission of a mineral that plays a critical role in America's energy security does not sit well with a bipartisan group of congressmen that have introduced legislation to rectify this oversight. "Energy security is national security. We should not be reliant on our foreign adversaries like China and Russia to...

  • Engine house above 19th-century copper-tin mine in Cornwall, England.

    UK gathers critical minerals intelligence

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    To help ensure it has reliable and plentiful supplies of the minerals and metals essential to the high-tech and green energy future, the United Kingdom has announced the launch of its Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre in Nottingham, England. Critical minerals are essential for the manufacturing of smartphones, electric vehicles, wind turbines, fighter jets, and an enormous array of other products essential to the UK's economy and national security. With the global...

  • Future heavy equipment operator training on an Immersive simulator.

    Hitachi and Immersive extend partnership

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Immersive Technologies, one of the world's largest, proven and tested suppliers of surface and underground advanced mining equipment simulators, and Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. have extended their longstanding relationship. The exclusive technical license agreement between the two companies provides a framework for Immersive Technologies and Hitachi to further collaborate in the development of simulator equipment solutions to meet mining industry demand and...