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  • Chrysos PhotonAssay is being used at mine sites and in mineral assay labs.

    MSALABS expands PhotonAssay business

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    To meet the growing demand from mining companies eager for a technology capable of clearing the backlog of mineral samples stacked up at assay labs, MSALABS now plans to deploy 21 Chrysos PhotonAssay units around the globe by 2025. "Over the past year, we have seen very strong demand for Chrysos PhotonAssay, and we expect this interest to continue to grow as our global mining customers not only gain confidence in its accuracy and reliability, but also benefit from the... Full story

  • Rubidoux sandstone outcropping the southern Missouri Ozark Mountains.

    USGS scours Ozarks for critical minerals

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

    To gain a better understanding of the potential for critical minerals in the Ozarks, the U.S. Geological Survey has partnered with Arkansas and Missouri geologists on a $2.75 million program that will result in collecting "the largest continuous swath of geophysical data in the United States focused on critical mineral resources." This program is being carried out under the Earth Mapping Resources Initiative, or Earth MRI, a partnership between the USGS, Association of... Full story

  • The USS Essex is a Landing Helicoptor Dock type ship.

    Xerox ElemX sets sail aboard USS Essex

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 26, 2022

    In a world's first, Xerox' ElemX liquid metal printer was installed aboard the USS Essex, becoming the first metal 3D printer deployed on a United States naval vessel. Installed earlier this month in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the addition of a metal 3D printer is part of the U.S. Navy's strategy of using additive manufacturing to increase operational readiness for fleets. This move also builds on the relationship between the U.S. Navy and Xerox that began with the Naval...

  • Taiga Motors newest all-electric jet ski, the Orca racing over waves.

    Taiga splashes into summer with Orca EV

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 26, 2022

    After meeting the challenge of developing an electrifying green alternative to winter sport engines, Taiga Motors Inc. is now making a splash into summer with its Orca line of electric watercraft or jet skis. You can read about Taiga snowmobiles at Motorsport electrification begins with Taiga in the April 13, 2022, edition of Metal Tech News. Taiga's revolutionary all-electric Orca Carbon watercraft combines an innovative and optimized design, alongside exclusive cutting-edge... Full story

  • An artist rendering of a lithium-ion battery.

    Vital link to Ontario's EV supply chain

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 26, 2022

    Umicore to invest C$1.5B on lithium battery materials plant in Ontario. To establish the missing link between Ontario's abundant lithium battery metal resources and the established automotive industry in the Canadian province, Belgium-based Umicore plans to invest C$1.5 billion (US$1.2 billion) to build a plant that will feed cathode battery materials into the North American EV supply chain. "Canada and the Ontario province have all it takes for Umicore to establish a...

  • Inside of the RecycLiCo demonstration plant the recycles lithium-ion batteries.

    LCA confirms RecycLiCo CO2 advantages

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 19, 2022

    After several months of waiting, RecycLiCo Battery Materials (previously American Manganese) has announced the results of a life cycle assessment for its lithium-ion battery recycling-upcycling RecycLiCo process. Conducted by London-based and globally recognized sustainability consultancy Minviro Ltd., the life cycle assessment is a standardized, scientific method for quantifying the direct and embodied environmental impacts associated with the RecycLiCo process. By...

  • Graphite is the single largest ingredient in lithium-ion batteries.

    Low-CO2 Nouveau Monde graphite affirmed

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 19, 2022

    The carbon dioxide emissions of electric vehicles are not measured by exhaust from the tailpipes, but from the greenhouse gasses associated with building and charging these zero-emission vehicles. Understanding this, Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. has gone to great lengths to minimize the CO2 footprint of the battery-grade graphite anode material it will produce in Quebec. An independent life cycle assessment verifies that the Canadian company's production of coated spherical...