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  • A massive row of hundreds of CdTe thin-film solar panels by First Solar.

    Upgrading First Solar with quantum dots

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Joint development agreement for research into quantum dots for solar modules. Looking to evolve its already impressive proprietary cadmium-telluride thin-film solar technology, First Solar Inc. has partnered with UbiQD Inc., a New Mexico-based nanotechnology company, to explore the possibilities of incorporating quantum dot technology into a next-gen solar system. In its simplest form, a quantum dot is a man-made nanoscale crystal that can conduct electricity, consisting of a...

  • Maps showing geophysical anomalies across Australia, Canada, and the U.S.

    Australia, Canada, and US merge geo data

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Compile national-scale datasets to assist tri-national critical minerals mapping initiative. Part of a larger collaboration to better understand the critical minerals potential across Australia, Canada, and the United States, the federal geological surveys from the three countries have merged national-scale geological, geophysical, and mineral resource information into a single dataset that is expected to enhance critical mineral discovery. "Geology doesn't stop at the border...

  • A U.S. Army soldier stands in a cloud of smoke during night training exercises.

    Pentagon ups Idaho antimony investment

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Awards Perpetua additional $15M to help establish a mine-to-munition antimony supply chain that begins at Stibnite Gold project in Idaho. As part of its commitment to establishing domestic supplies of the minerals and metals critical to America's economy and security, the U.S. Department of Defense is investing another $15.5 million to help establish an antinomy supply chain that begins at Perpetua Resources Corp.'s Stibnite Gold project in Idaho. Used in a wide range of...

  • Rendering of crew looking on at futuristic undersea nodule collectors.

    The lawless frontier of deep-sea mining

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 29, 2023

    Deep-sea battery metals mining has created an ocean-sized rift between those that want to speed regulations, slow the process, to save the planet. Loose legislation and tight deadlines have created a deep-sea mining rift that divides governments, electronics giants, vehicle manufacturers, banks, and scientists across unexpected lines. The mining industry has found itself rapidly transforming into a vital participant in worldwide efforts to reverse climate change due to the... Full story

  • Region of Becancour, Quebec, that will become Lithium Battery Valley.

    Ford joins Quebec Lithium Battery Valley

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 22, 2023

    Collaborative investment of C$1.2 billion into future battery cathode facility. Coming out of the region that will hold one of the more prominent footholds for battery-related industries, Ford Motor Company announced an investment of C$1.2 billion (US$885,660) to build a battery cathode manufacturing facility in Becancour, Quebec, for future Ford electric vehicles. Becancour is a small town along the shores of the St. Lawrence River about halfway between Montreal and Quebec...

  • ABTC employee inspecting recycled battery powders.

    ABTC, TechMet-Mercuria forge partnership

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 22, 2023

    To further leverage its lithium-ion battery recycling expertise, American Battery Technology Company has entered into a strategic partnership with technology metals managing platform TechMet-Mercuria, which includes the manufacturing, sales, and marketing of ABTC-produced recycled metal products and a non-dilutive investment into the company for up to $20 million through the pre-purchase of future recycled battery metal products. TechMet-Mercuria SA is a Switzerland-based...

  • Steam rolls out of stack during lithium recovery testing at Hell’s Kitchen.

    Stellantis invests $100M in Hell's Kitchen

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

    Automaker funds will support the production of green lithium in California; CTR plans to ship first batch in 2027. To support what will be an important American supply of green lithium for the batteries that will power its growing line of electric vehicles, Stellantis has agreed to invest $100 million to advance the development of Controlled Thermal Resources' Hell's Kitchen geothermal lithium project in the Salton Sea area of Southern California. "This substantial investment...