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Articles from the July 12, 2023 edition

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  • A hand holds a lithium battery cell with an Australia flag emblem on its side.

    Australia to break China's lithium grip

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 25, 2023

    Leading the lithium rush, the Pilgangoora project in Western Australia's mine-friendly and resource-rich Pilbara region is sporting one of the largest hard rock lithium deposits in the world. Nearly all the lithium produced at Pilbara Minerals' gigantic Pilgangoora processing plant is sold to China for processing into lithium carbonate and hydroxide. But Pilbara Minerals, along with a few of Australia's more daring mining companies, is working to break China's grip on lithium...

  • Stack of cubes with the periodic table of elements information for rare earths.

    Stellantis secures future US rare earths

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 25, 2023

    Global automaker enters into terms with NioCorp for EV magnet rare earths from the future Elk Creek mine in Nebraska. Continuing a flurry of investments into mining projects at the front end of electric vehicle supply chains, Stellantis has entered into a preliminary agreement to buy magnet rare earths from a future mine at NioCorp Developments Ltd.'s Elk Creek critical mineral project in Nebraska. The neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium, and terbium that Stellantis hopes to...

  • Closeup of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Lake Superior on a map.

    Avalon advances Ontario lithium strategy

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 25, 2023

    MOU with Metso lays groundwork for the processing tech to produce lithium hydroxide for EV batteries at a planned plant in Thunder Bay, Ont. In a major step toward its goal of becoming the first vertically integrated lithium producer in Ontario, Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. has signed a preliminary agreement with Finland-based Metso Corp. for the development of a processing plant on the north shores of Lake Superior that would upgrade lithium concentrates from Avalon's...

  • Li-Cycle and EVE Energy co-founders sign MOU for clean battery recycling.

    Li-Cycle recycling for Chinese batteries

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 25, 2023

    Li-Cycle Holdings Corp., a rising star of lithium-ion battery recycling in the United States, has signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate and explore battery recycling solutions for EVE Energy Co., Ltd., a China-based global lithium battery company. "We are excited to collaborate with EVE, a proven global leader in lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing, to provide a sustainable resource recovery solution for lithium-ion battery products and manufacturing scrap,"...

  • A Pacific Bobtail squid off the coast of New Zealand.

    Nanotechnology unlocks squid skin secrets

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 18, 2023

    Taking inspiration from one of nature's most adaptive creatures, researchers from ACS Nano have explored the transformative qualities of squid skin to create a soft film that can regulate its transparency across a large range of wavelengths – visible, infrared, and microwave – all at the same time. The skin of squid and other cephalopods have unique cells that can reversibly change their shape and appearance to mimic their surroundings, giving them an almost imperceptible ext...

  • Gisele Azimi and Kevin Zhang pose for photo holding recovered REEs.

    Liquid CO2 to work for clean REE recovery

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 18, 2023

    A team of researchers out of the University of Toronto has pioneered a method of separating critical minerals and metals from electronic waste, such as electric vehicle batteries and wind turbine magnets, by using captured carbon dioxide and a little pressure to provide the critical materials needed for a zero-carbon future. While conventional rare earth ores typically contain 1 to 2% of these tech metals, recycling electronic waste provides an efficient avenue to obtain...

  • Piles of white lithium reflect off placid water at the Salinas Grandes Mine.

    IEA: more energy minerals work to do

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2023

    The International Energy Agency's Inaugural Critical Minerals Market Review provides insights into the progress made, challenges ahead. The International Energy Agency is cautiously optimistic about the progress made so far along the expanding supply chains for the minerals critical to electric vehicles and renewable energy. Like the global energy markets it represents, the IEA is transitioning its analysis and policy advocacy toward the clean energy future, and now provides...