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  • Cheetah Resources Vital Metals rare earth elements REEtec Nechalacho Canada

    Vital rare earths plant on pace for 2022 start

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Vital Metals Ltd. Oct. 5 reported that it expects its rare earth extraction facility in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan to be ready to accept the first ore from the Nechalacho REE mine in Northwest Territories by the end of the year. "Our first shipment of ore is due to leave Nechalacho this month and we expect to start feeding into the plant before the end of CY2021, with commissioning to follow," said Vital Metals Managing Director Geoff Atkins. Commissioning of the...

  • BHP Group Nickel West Western Australia nickel sulfate Tesla critical minerals

    BHP produces first nickel sulfate in WA

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    BHP Group has produced the first nickel sulfate crystals at its Nickel West plant in Western Australia, a milestone that is good news for electric vehicle and lithium-ion manufacturers, especially Tesla Inc. Once running at full capacity, this nickel sulfate plant south of Perth is slated to produce 100,000 metric tons of the 99.99% pure nickel sulfate needed for lithium-ion batteries each year. "BHP's nickel sulphate plant is the first of its kind in Australia and will...

  • BHP Group Nickel West partnership Toyota Panasonic Kaizen EV nickel sulfate EV

    Toyota, Panasonic cut deal for BHP nickel

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Toyota Motor Corp. and Panasonic Corp. are the latest electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturers to sign an agreement to acquire nickel sulfate from the new production plant at BHP's Nickel West operation in Western Australia. Just last week, BHP announced that it has produced the first nickel sulfate crystals at a new plant slated to yield 100,000 metric tons of the 99.99% pure nickel sulfate needed for lithium-ion batteries each year. Further details on this...

  • ERMA EU action plan magnets recycling European Raw Materials Alliance EIT REE

    EU action plan starts with magnet recycling

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    The European Raw Materials Alliance released its action plan to secure access to rare earth elements for the industrial sector in the European Union. Detailed in a 38-page report published on Sept. 30, the plan outlines current and projected European demand for REEs and steps that should be taken to secure their supply. "The EU has committed to the goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050. The raw materials needs to facilitate this energy transition are massive, and Europe...

  • University Birmingham UK REAP HyProMag neodymium-iron-boron speakers recycling

    Recycling loudspeaker magnets for REEs

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    The University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom Sept. 30 announced the completion of a project demonstrating the recycling of loudspeaker magnets for their valuable rare earth elements. Approximately 20% of all rare earth magnets go into loudspeakers. Recycling of otherwise landfill-lost rare earth magnets from these speakers offers a significant opportunity for these resources, particularly in the UK, which has no domestic source of primary rare earth metals. The...

  • Nouveau Monde Graphite Matawinie graphite battery EV R&D laboratory Canada

    Nouveau Monde adds high-tech battery lab

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. Oct. 5 reports the commissioning of a new state-of-the-art lab at its demonstration plant at the company's Matawinie graphite project in Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Canada, to provide in-house capabilities to carry out research and development on advanced anode materials to deliver customized specifications to battery and electric vehicle manufacturers. "EV and battery manufacturers are seeking advanced solutions that provide the ideal combination of...

  • Australia critical minerals loan facility Scott Morrison 2 billion fund federal

    Australia backs critical minerals sector

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Seeking to solidify Australia as a leading supplier of the critical minerals that are increasingly being required for electric vehicles, renewable energy, telecommunications, aerospace, defense, and other advanced technologies, the federal government is establishing an AU$2 billion (US$1.44 billion) loan facility for Australian mining projects poised to deliver these vital materials to global markets. Understanding that traditional funding options are often difficult due to...

  • ABB Epiroc Boliden electrification Kristineberg MT42 truck eMine Trolley System

    Swedish firms advance mine electrification

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 11, 2022

    In another move to attain its vision of being the most climate-friendly and respected metals supplier on the planet, Boliden has teamed up with global technology company ABB and mining equipment manufacturer Epiroc to develop and demonstrate an electric trolley truck system on a test track at its Kristineberg underground mine in northern Sweden. The system developed by this trio of Northern European-based companies, which will enable heavy transportation with electrically... Full story

  • Terra 360 ABB EV electric vehicle fastest charger modular mining electrification

    ABB unveils fastest EV charger on Earth

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 16, 2021

    In a move that will put refueling electric vehicles closer to par with internal combustion cars, ABB has launched an all-in-one EV charger that offers the fastest charging experience on the market. According to the Sweden-based electrification and automation company, its new Terra 360 modular charger has a maximum output of 360 kilowatts, enough to add 60 miles (100 kilometers) of range to an EV in less than three minutes or fully charge an electric car in about 15 minutes.... Full story