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  • Cat 785 mining haul truck dumping material at a mine site.

    Autonomous trucks at ioneer lithium mine

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

    Enormous 140-metric-ton autonomous Cat trucks loaded with lithium-boron ore will be driving themselves around on the very first day of operations at ioneer Ltd.'s Rhyolite Ridge project in Nevada. Slated to begin operations in 2024, the Rhyolite Ridge Mine is expected to produce an average of 20,600 metric tons of lithium carbonate and 174,400 metric tons of boric acid annually for 26 years. Electric vehicle batteries are driving unprecedented demand for the lithium to be...

  • Mixers stir blue fluids at Ucore’s RapidSX demonstration plant in Canada.

    Ucore's rare earths plant takes shape

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

    RapidSX team on pace to begin commissioning REE separation plant this year Despite snarled supply chains, Ucore Rare Metals Inc. says it remains on track to begin commissioning a plant in Canada that will demonstrate the commercial viability of its RapidSX separation technology to automakers and others that are seeking an efficient and sustainable means of producing the rare earths needed for electric vehicles, renewable energy, high-tech devices, and household goods. A suite...

  • A U.S. special forces soldier in a billow of smoke during a night patrol.

    Pentagon looks to Idaho for antimony

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

    Perpetua receives two DOD grants to study military-grade antimony from Stibnite, ID Geopolitical tensions with China and Russia's war with Ukraine has the Pentagon concerned about securing domestic supplies of antimony, a metal-like element that is critical to military hardware and emerging renewable energy storage technologies. To investigate the potential of securing this supply from an Idaho antimony mine that was attributed to saving 1 million American soldiers during...

  • Bags of black mass that Li-Cycle has produced at its Hub facilities.

    Sen. Schumer visits NY Li-Cycle facility

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Recycling hub will offer supply of critical battery materials in US After advocating for Zinc8 Energy Solutions Inc. to develop its zinc-air energy storage systems manufacturing plant in New York, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, paid a visit to Li-Cycle Holdings Corp.'s Rochester lithium-ion battery recycling facility in his home state. You can read about Sen. Schumer and Zinc8 at NY Sen. Schumer calls Zinc8 with an offer in the July 11, 2022, edition of...

  • Rock hammer size reference of rare earth-bearing rock samples at Sheep Creek.

    High-grade rare earths project emerges

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

    Sheep Creek rare earths project in Montana hosts 13 US critical metals With the transition to electric vehicles charged with low-carbon energy shining a spotlight on America's need for secure and reliable supplies of critical minerals, the Sheep Creek project in southwestern Montana has emerged as a potential high-grade domestic source of nine rare earths and four other metals that have been deemed critical to the United States. High-grade rare earths were found at Sheep...

  • Laser sintering metal into a complex shape, not otherwise possible with casting.

    3D printing ultra-strong titanium alloys

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 20, 2022

    Monash University researchers discover durable microstructure makes stronger titanium A world-first study led by Monash University engineers in Australia has demonstrated how cutting-edge 3D printing techniques can be used to produce ultra-strong titanium alloy – a significant leap forward for the aerospace, space, defense, and biomedical industries. "Titanium alloys require complex casting and thermomechanical processing to achieve the high strengths required for some c...

  • A crew sprays a commercial airplane to coat it in a protective anti-ice layer.

    Zentek icephobic coatings undergo testing

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 20, 2022

    Zentek Ltd., the company that has been advancing its ZenGuard technology of antimicrobial graphene surface coatings, has placed its latest innovation – icephobic coatings – under rigorous testing with sand and rain erosion assessments, demonstrating that the technology is durable in adverse conditions for both turbine and drone industries. As a mining company that began its technology journey amid the COVID-19 pandemic to develop solutions to prevent the spread of the vir...

  • A creek colored bright orange from metals dissolved in the acidic water.

    DOE seeks unconventional critical minerals

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 20, 2022

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced $156 million in funding for a first-of-a-kind facility to extract and separate rare earth elements and critical minerals from unconventional sources like mining waste. As rare earths and other critical minerals are key to manufacturing clean energy technologies here in America – such as solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cells – industries from all ends of the supply chain have been seeking to fulfill the...