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  • Missouri S&T Professor Guang Xu testing ventilation in experimental mine.

    Missouri S&T to assist in cleaner mines

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 25, 2023

    Awarded EPA grant for critical mineral waste and P2 prevention assistance at MO and AK mines. Wanting to better understand the effects of pollution and waste related to the mining of critical minerals, a Missouri University Science and Technology team has been awarded nearly $1 million from the Environmental Protection Agency for a study in their home state and Alaska. "The United States is facing a critical minerals crisis, and Missouri S&T is uniquely positioned to help...

  • Red rocks protrude from high desert vegetation in Texas Canyon, Arizona.

    USGS Earth MRI scans Arizona Copper Belt

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

    Explores critical mineral potential across large area of southeast AZ; extends a similar survey of copper belt in SW NM. In its ongoing nationwide search for minerals critical to America's economy, security, and green energy transition, the United States Geological Survey is investing more than $3.1 million into an Earth MRI scan over a more than 10,000-square-mile area of southeastern Arizona known for rich deposits of copper and other minerals. "The Arizona porphyry copper...

  • Cat 793 haul truck rounds a bend on its way to be loaded at the Bagdad Mine.

    Autonomous Cat trucks coming to AZ mine

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 15, 2023

    Freeport partners with Caterpillar to convert fleet of 33 mining haul trucks at Bagdad copper mine in Arizona to autonomous Cat MineStar models. Bringing the autonomous mines of the future one large step to present-day reality, Freeport-McMoRan is converting the 33 human-driven, 250-ton Cat haul trucks at its Bagdad copper-molybdenum mine in Arizona to a fleet of the latest self-driving trucks built by Caterpillar. "We look forward to partnering with Caterpillar to become the...

  • A metallic square with periodic table of elements information for nickel.

    Talon has access to $115 million DOE grant for a North Dakota battery materials plant

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 15, 2023

    Major milestone along the road to supplying Tesla and others with the nickel needed for EV batteries. Passing a major landmark on its path to developing a domestic battery metals supply chain that begins at its high-grade Tamarack nickel project in Minnesota, Talon Metals Corp. has reached definitive terms with the U.S. Department of Energy for a $114.8 million grant to build a battery minerals processing facility in North Dakota. "Our team is excited to reach this funding...

  • A mountain of lithium-boron mineralization at Rhyolite Ridge.

    Ioneer lithium clay development agreement

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 15, 2023

    Seeking every advantage when it comes to the efficient and sustainable production of lithium and boron at its Rhyolite Ridge project in Nevada, Ioneer Ltd. has signed a research and development memorandum of understanding with Korea-based EcoPro Innovation Co. Ltd. to study the lithium clay resources at this prospective lithium-boron property. Situated about 200 road miles southeast of the Tesla Gigafactory Nevada, Rhyolite Ridge is a development-staged lithium-boron project t...

  • A display showcasing ultra-high-purity recycled materials from ReElement.

    ReElement achieves next purity milestone

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 15, 2023

    Setting the bar for battery materials, American Resources Corp.'s ReElement Technologies announced that it has achieved an ultra-high purity of 99.96% battery-grade lithium carbonate from its unique technology developed in partnership with Purdue University. American Resources is a next-generation and socially responsible supplier of raw materials to the new infrastructure and electrification marketplace. Utilizing its patented multi-modal chromatography technology, developed...

  • Mine tailings from Newmont Corp.'s Musselwhite Mine in Canada.

    Nextgen miners might include microbes

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 15, 2023

    Each year in Canada, roughly 200 active mines contribute to billions of tons of mining waste. The estimated number of tailing storage facilities surveyed worldwide is over 12,000. While considered industrial waste, these facilities also contain a number of useful minerals at a concentration deemed too low to be worth extracting-until now. Enter biomining, which covers several biological separation technologies offering eco-friendly recovery of valuable and strategic materials...