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Articles from the November 18, 2020 edition

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  • Mercedes-Benz Daimler AG DRC cobalt Ambition 2039 Jungo Brüngger

    Mercedes tackles cobalt mining issues

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

    Mercedes-Benz says it will follow its supply chains all the way back to the mines, if that is what it takes to ensure that the lithium and cobalt going into its rapidly expanding line of electric vehicles is produced with high environmental and human rights standards. "Our aspiration is very clear – we want our products to contain only raw materials that have been mined and produced without human rights violations," said Renata Jungo Brüngger, a board member of both Me... Full story

  • Autonomous mining Block caving Newcrest Ltd. Australia Aaron Brannigan

    Autonomy makes block cave mining safer

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Newcrest Mining Ltd.'s Cadia East gold-copper-molybdenum mine in Australia is a bit safer with the integration of a remote operated MacLean water cannon into the fleet of automated equipment there. Mining water cannons, essentially water hauling trucks with a high-pressure water jet, are used to blast out wedged rocks that get lodged in underground block cave mining drawpoints. Block caving is a relatively new underground hard rock mining technique that involves mining under...

  • Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Center in Technology Metals UK Exeter

    UK launches total tech metal recycling

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    The Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Center in Technology Metals, one of five new centers recently announced by the United Kingdom government, aims to revolutionize how technology crucial to clean energy and digital technologies are used and recycled in the country. Funded as part of a 22.5 million pound government investment, the idea is to explore how to create a circular economy for technology metals such as cobalt, rare earths and lithium that are essential to... Full story

  • Avalon Advanced Metals Inc. Rock Tech Lithium Inc. Canada cobalt Don Bubar

    Establishing a tech metals hub in Ontario

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. and Rock Tech Lithium Inc. have agreed to work together to advance the development of a lithium battery materials processing facility in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The two lithium collaborators believe such a facility could help catapult the Ontario city on the north shores of Lake Superior to a global hub for technology metals and the industries that need them. "Northern Ontario has the potential to become a major producer of lithium-ion battery...

  • ISS microbes REE biomining NASA BioRock UK Center for Astrobiology

    Microbes mine metals, make soil on ISS

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Drifting some 250 miles above the Earth, researchers aboard the International Space Station have enlisted the help from some of the smallest miners in the universe, microbes. These off-world experiments tested the possibility of using these tiny organisms to convert unsuitable space rock and regolith into soil for growing plants and food, as well as extracting valuable minerals and metals from extraterrestrial materials. Published in Nature Communications, the findings by a...