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  • Hand holding pieces of gray and crumbling core from drilling at Thacker Pass.

    Magmatic uprising and a lithium takeover

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

    Results in largest known reserves of lithium on Earth being deposited in volcanic caldera spanning Nevada-Oregon border. The remnants of an ancient volcano spanning the Nevada-Oregon border likely holds the world's largest accumulation of the lithium for the batteries needed for electric vehicles and renewable energy storage, according to a scientific paper published by a trio of volcanologists and geologists. This roughly 25- by 30-mile basin known as the McDermitt Caldera... Full story

  • Industrial Quonset tents at Graphite Creek glow at dusk.

    Alaska Native Corp backs Graphite One

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 3, 2023

    BSNC investment provides funding for all-American graphite supply chain and signals local AK Native support for mine. As a signal of strong local backing for Graphite One Inc.'s vision to establish an all-American supply chain for the graphite needed for lithium batteries powering the energy transition, Bering Straits Native Corp. is making an up to US$10.4 million strategic investment into the company. "This is not just an investment in Graphite One, it is a long-term...

  • An ExynAero drone on a landing pad underground.

    Exyn strengthens strategic partnerships

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 19, 2023

    Further solidifying its leadership in the world of multi-platform robotic autonomy for complex and GPS-denied environments, Exyn Technologies Inc. has secured funding that strengthens the autonomous robotics pioneer's strategic partnerships. Founded in 2014 as a spin-out of the University of Pennsylvania's General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception (GRASP) Laboratory, Exyn has quickly grown as the leading contender for autonomous exploration and mapping for industries...

  • African woman mine worker wearing a hard hat smiles as she takes a rest.

    Solving the mining industry's PR problem

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 19, 2023

    A mining company can never fully integrate a culture of sustainability motivated by compliance alone –satisfying laws, norms, and investors rather than taking risks and creating lasting, generational value. This message, delivered by Professor David Wheeler during the 2018 Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada Convention, continues to resonate with an industry that is now being championed as a key enabler of a clean energy future. To be seen in a better light, the m...

  • A 3D rendering of a future Redwood Materials facility.

    Strong Redwood attracts $1B investment

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 19, 2023

    From a small sprout to a mighty tree, Redwood Materials Inc. may share its roots with the Tree of Tesla but has grown into a pillar of stability in the realm of recycling amidst a time when electric vehicle battery materials are becoming increasingly difficult to source. This battery and e-waste startup's vision of creating a domestic supply through recycling has drawn nearly $2 billion in new investment to expand its operations in the U.S., spreading its own "Sequoian" roots...

  • Computer-generated rendering of Geodes transmitting data to a satellite.

    Fleet Space ups exploration commitment

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 12, 2023

    Space Age mineral exploration firm invests in mining company using its cutting-edge tech. Going above and beyond its already well-established commitment to employing space-based mineral exploration technology to accelerate the discovery and delineation of minerals critical to life here on Earth, Fleet Space Technologies is investing in Thor Energy. "This partnership between Thor Energy and Fleet Space Technologies is further testament to what is possible when we fuse world-cla...