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Articles from the September 7, 2022 edition

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  • Aerial view of Bornite exploration camp in Alaska’s Ambler Mining District.

    Critical minerals war in the White House

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

    The White House's bold clean energy ambitions, which are intricately linked to the availability of reliable supplies of the metals needed to build electric vehicles and renewable energy infrastructure, are being slowed by a tug-o-war between departments within the Biden administration. While the departments of Commerce, Defense, and Energy are forging ahead with programs and investments aimed at ensuring America has the minerals and metals needed to support the clean energy... Full story

  • Yellow Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition with Nite Pony package.

    Ford calls for US mine permitting reform

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

    The Inflation Reduction Act offers American car buyers a $7,500 tax credit for buying a new electric vehicle, as long as the ingredients in the battery of that automobile are mostly produced domestically, and none of the critical minerals in the EV comes from "foreign entities of concern" in China and elsewhere. The nearly decade-long process to permit a mine in the United States, however, has automakers concerned that none of the shiny electrified models they put on the... Full story

  • Artist’s concept of a battery system for storing wind and solar energy.

    Zinc8 scopes US zinc battery plant sites

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

    Encouraged by the support it has received from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, along with the clean energy battery tax credits offered up in the Inflation Reduction Act, Zinc8 Energy Solutions Inc. has decided to move forward with building its first commercial zinc-air battery production facility in New York. "It is abundantly clear that with the introduction of the IRA, US policymakers, led by Senator Schumer, are taking real action by introducing incentives... Full story

  • L3 Process Development’s modern innovations building in Quebec, Canada.

    NioCorp testing Elk Creek REE recovery

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 13, 2022

    Demonstration plant to verify simplified critical minerals recovery Looking to expand the suite of critical metals produced from a future mine at Elk Creek, NioCorp Developments Ltd. is testing a simplified process for recovering rare earth elements alongside the niobium, scandium, and titanium for which the Nebraska critical minerals project is best known. According to a feasibility study completed earlier this year, an underground mine at Elk Creek would produce an...

  • Crew inspects the ground for mineralization at MacDonald Mines SPJ Gold project.

    EarthLabs predicts mineral targets at SPJ

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 13, 2022

    EarthLabs Inc., the newly formed holding company that now encompasses GoldSpot Discoveries Corp., announced that the use of its artificial intelligence has successfully assisted MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd. to intercept copper, gold, and silver with recent drilling at the high-priority Alwyn target in Ontario, Canada. You can read about the company's restructuring under EarthLabs at GoldSpot forms EarthLabs for mining tech in the July 22, 2022, edition of Metal Tech News....

  • A golden nib holding a large drop of black ink.

    Graphene ink for safe wearable devices

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 6, 2022

    As the development of smaller electronics continues, the ability to manufacture various gadgets and gizmos into portable and even wearable designs has become the norm. Yet, a bottleneck has arisen from the limitations of the materials – they do not function as well on a micro-scale. However, researchers from the Eindhoven University of Technology have utilized a nanomaterial that capitalizes on its unique makeup and allows the conductive material to show its stuff, graphene i...