The Elements of Innovation Discovered

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  • CTR Salton Sea direct lithium extraction green energy General Motors EV

    GM secures green US geothermal lithium

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

    In a move to help secure the lithium-ion battery metals required to achieve its aspiration of getting "Everybody in" an electric vehicle, General Motors has forged a strategic partnership with Controlled Thermal Resources Ltd. to source low-cost and environmentally responsible lithium from the Hell's Kitchen project at the Salton Sea Geothermal Field in Southern California. "Lithium is critical to battery production today and will only become more important as consumer... Full story

  • Nahanni Construction Nechalacho REEtec rare earth elements Yellowknives CanNor

    Rare earths are now being mined in Canada

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

    On June 28, First Nations mining contractor Nahanni Construction Ltd. dug a scoop of ore from the North T open pit at Vital Metals Ltd.'s Nechalacho project in Northwest Territories that marked a momentous milestone – Canada is now a rare earths-producing nation. This first REE ore mined at Nechalacho comes just two years after Australia-based Vital came up with a unique plan to take advantage of relatively small but high-grade mineralization coming to the surface at the p... Full story

  • EnviroLeach Technologies UK Ocean Partners environmentally friendly mining

    Global trader tests EnviroLeach gold tech

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

    Looking for an effective, efficient, and environmentally friendly means of recovering gold from concentrated mine products provided by its global clients, United Kingdom-based Ocean Partners Holdings Ltd. has turned to the unique metal recovery solutions developed by EnviroLeach Technologies Inc. A British Columbia-based tech company focused on eco-friendly metals extraction, EnviroLeach has developed a proprietary formula that uses five ingredients that are FDA approved for h...

  • Vale SA Brucutu Mine iron ore Brazil autonomous haul trucks mining emissions

    Vale's 100M tons with autonomous trucks

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

    Autonomous haul trucks recently surpassed 100 million tons of material hauled at Vale SA's Brucutu iron mine in Brazil, a milestone that demonstrates the validity, efficiency, and safety of autonomous equipment in the mining industry. "Certainly the most important benefit from the implementation [of autonomous trucks] is the reduction of people's exposure to risk," said Jefferson Corraide, Vale's executive manager of Brucutu and Água Limpa mines. What started as a pilot projec...

  • ArcelorMittal Ericsson 5G telecommunications Digital Lab Dunkirk France

    ArcelorMittal picks Ericsson for 5G in France

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

    Telecom giant Ericsson announced July 6 that it was selected by ArcelorMittal to provide 5G connectivity at its recently inaugurated Digital Lab in Dunkirk, France, the first of its kind. The lab will pool together other manufacturers, start-ups, universities, and local digital competitors to bring the best of digital innovation to the steel and mining industries. Through the animation of the digital ecosystem, this lab is designed to accelerate the digital transformation of...

  • GoldSpot Discoveries Ridgeline Canada British Columbia Peter Dueck portfolio

    GoldSpot adds geo business and expertise

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

    Keeping up with its recent momentum, AI expert GoldSpot Discoveries Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ridgeline Exploration Services Inc., a privately held geological and logistical field services firm based in Kelowna, British Columbia. The acquisition will bolster GoldSpot's in-house geoscience capabilities and provide consistent, high-caliber input for the company's advanced artificial intelligence solutions. Founded in 2014 by two independent...

  • RapidSX Innovation Metals REE extraction recycling Ucore ASMC facility Alaska

    Tests show RapidSX lives up to its name

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

    As its name implies, Innovation Metals Corp.'s RapidSX rare earths separation technology is at least one order of magnitude faster at extracting REEs than the solvent extraction methods that it is modernizing, according to results from extraction-rate testing. "The results of the initial extraction-rate testing for the current RapidSX columns are highly encouraging," said Innovation Metals Chairman and CEO Gareth Hatch. RapidSX is an enormous upgrade to the conventional...