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Articles from the November 23, 2022 edition

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  • A mining truck being pulled up a snowy slope by an overhead trolley.

    ABB, Perenti team up to electrify mining

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 6, 2022

    To build team of experts focused on accelerating decarbonization of mining through electrification. Switzerland-based ABB and Australia-based Perenti Group have forged a partnership focused on establishing strategies that will help their mining clients achieve net-zero carbon emissions at operations around the globe. ABB, a company that has been electrifying mines since delivering the first drives and controls to a mine in Sweden in 1891, brings more than 130 years of...

  • Electric cars, trucks, and vans by Chevrolet, Hummer, Cadillac, and Brightdrop.

    GM secures Vale Canada nickel for EVs

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 6, 2022

    Enters deal for battery-grade nickel sulfate to be produced in Canada's new Battery Valley. In a deal that helps General Motors meet its electric vehicle ambitions and further solidifies Canada as the go-to North American source for low-carbon battery materials, the American automaker has cut a deal for the long-term supply of battery-grade nickel sulfate from a plant Vale Canada Ltd. is building in Quebec's emerging Battery Valley. "This new agreement with Vale reinforces...

  • Cat 793 Electric mining truck towers over more than 50 people posed for a photo.

    Cat unveils two electric mining prototypes

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 6, 2022

    Demonstration of Cat 793 Electric mining truck; new mine site of the future to be built at Tucson test site. With executives from some of the world's largest mining companies on hand to witness the historic event, Caterpillar Inc. carried out its first demonstration of a battery electric 793 large mining truck prototype at the heavy equipment company's proving grounds south of Tucson, Arizona. Roughly as tall as a two-story building and capable of carrying nearly 500,000...

  • Helicopter carrying a large oval antenna over a desert region in Nevada.

    Critical Earth MRI scan of Nevada, Oregon

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 6, 2022

    USGS to carry out Earth MRI scan of lithium-rich areas of western states. Building upon its successful scans of the United States for potential sources of minerals critical to everything from smartphones and kitchen gadgets to the electric vehicles and wind turbines powering the renewable energy future, the U.S. Geological Survey announced it is investing $1.45 million for Earth Mapping Resources Initiative programs in Nevada and Oregon. Under the cleverly named Earth MRI...

  • Diablo Canyon Power Plant in California helps power roughly 15% of the state.

    CA plant first choice for nuclear program

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 30, 2022

    Hoping to promote clean, renewable energy through nuclear power, the Biden administration Nov. 21 announced the conditional selection of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant near Avila Beach, California, to receive the first round of funding from the Civil Nuclear Credit program. Financed through the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and enabled by the Inflation Reduction Act, $6 billion has been portioned to the CNC program to incentivize nuclear power plants for the gene...

  • President Biden next to a Corvette Z06 showcased a the revived Detroit car show.

    Biden's new surge of EV recycling funding

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 29, 2022

    Furthering its climate goals and hoping to continue strengthening the nation's battery supply chain, the Biden administration has allotted $74 million to advance technologies and processes for the recycling and reuse of electric vehicle batteries. The number of EVs on the road since Biden moved into the Oval Office has tripled and the demand for critical battery minerals, such as lithium and graphite, is projected to increase by as much as 4,000% in the coming decades....

  • Aerial view of a small gold recovery plant and water storage pond at 3 Aces.

    MICA funds EnviroMetal gold leach tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 22, 2022

    Canada's Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator has awarded EnviroMetal Technologies Inc. up to C$1.74 million toward the commercialization of a much more environmentally sound alternative to cyanide for leaching gold from ore, concentrates, and other feedstocks. EnviroMetal's potentially game-changing metals recovery technology is based on a proprietary blend of five ingredients that are FDA approved for human consumption that can dissolve gold contained in ores,...