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Articles from the September 13, 2023 edition

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  • ABTC employee inspecting its lithium hydroxide product.

    ABTC's Tonopah Flats gets more DOE funds

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 22, 2024

    Building upon its foundation as a domestic supplier of critical battery materials, American Battery Technology Company has been awarded a second US$57 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for its future commercial-scale lithium hydroxide facility in Nevada. This grant marks yet another major milestone toward establishing a domestic source of low-cost, low-environmental-impact lithium for America's clean energy transition at the Tonopah Flats Lithium project, a Nevada...

  • A hand holding the graphics of ESG and its various positive influences.

    Blockchain, ESG, and mining standards

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 3, 2023

    U.S. supply chains for critical minerals in energy, automotive, aeronautic and defense markets are up against the challenge of establishing credible "green credentials" amidst sweeping company promises, increased standards and new regulations. The arbitrary nature of voluntary initiatives, combined with ill-defined industry certification, has made it difficult to compare resource provenances and prove against human rights violations and other practices damaging to the...

  • Wooden tiles of the elements on the periodic table.

    DOE allots $150M for critical minerals

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

    Seeking to curb the United States' heavy dependence on imports for critical minerals, the U.S. Department of Energy is investing $150 million to support the domestic production of these mined materials essential to clean energy, high-tech manufacturing, and the nation's general economic well-being. "The investments announced today enhance national security by reducing our reliance on foreign sources-while strengthening an existing mining and energy workforce to develop...

  • Two GMG researchers examining graphene for its graphene batteries.

    GMG produces first prototype G-Al pouch

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 3, 2023

    Exploring an alternate battery technology that would lessen the demand for lithium and, in turn, help enable the transition to clean renewable energy, Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd. announced the successful production of an initial 500 milliampere-hour graphene-aluminum prototype pouch cell – one of, if not the first of, its kind. Easily regarded as the dominant force for portable power needs, lithium-ion batteries have held a grip on accessible energy for decades. Cheap, r...

  • Rock sample with metallic gold mineralization coated with green copper oxides.

    Bornite's germanium potential revealed

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Sep 19, 2023

    Colorado School of Mines thesis confirms that the germanium values in Alaska deposit have long been underreported. In addition to hosting 6.3 billion pounds of copper and 88 million lb of cobalt critical to the energy transition, the Bornite deposit in Alaska's Ambler Mining District may also be a significant source of the germanium essential to both clean energy and high-tech. "Germanium is an important metal with numerous applications, particularly in the manufacture of...

  • The tan-colored MOXIE cube being placed into Perseverance.

    Mars MOXIE makes oxygen out of thin air

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

    First-ever space habitat tech, experiment gives more than researchers expected. Not too dissimilar from Man's first Moon landing with a computer that by today's standards TI-83 calculators could overpower, when the first astronauts land on Mars, they will most likely equivocate today's microwave oven-sized device for the air they breathe and the rocket propellant that gets them home as some clunky technology future generations will be amazed could accomplish what it did. But...

  • Artist’s concept of 16 Psyche and the craft being sent to explore.

    Countdown to Psyche mission launch

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 12, 2023

    At T-minus 25 days until the launch of the Psyche, the technicians behind this first mission to a metal-rich asteroid beyond the orbit of Mars can barely contain their excitement. "It's getting increasingly real," said Henry Stone, Psyche's project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. "We are counting the days. The team is more than ready to send this spacecraft off on its journey, and it's very exciting." No stranger to playing the long game,...

  • A technician with electronic equipment surveys a gold mine in Nevada.

    Newmont CEO delivers powerful message

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

    Urges the mining industry to build goodwill and trust to survive societal, geopolitical, and new technology megatrends in a changing world. Newmont President and CEO Tom Palmer did not waste his keynote address at the Minerals Week 2023 gathering in Australia to tout the many achievements of the world's largest gold mining company he leads. Instead, he delivered a powerful and sometimes foreboding message to the mining leaders in the room and around the world about the...