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Articles from the December 7, 2022 edition

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  • Graphic with the symbol, atomic number and atomic weight of tellurium.

    A secret ingredient to US clean energy

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

    Rare tellurium has emerged as vital metalloid in next-gen solar, solid-state batteries. From longer-range electric vehicle batteries to long-lasting solar panels that efficiently charge those EVs with sunshine, tellurium is quietly becoming one of the most important energy metals that most people have never heard of. "It has flown largely under the radar, even though it's essential for cadmium-telluride solar panels and new lithium-tellurium batteries that could revolutionize... Full story

  • CEO Nishchay Chadha and CTO Vipin Tyagi, cofounders of Ace Green Recycling.

    Glencore partners with US recycler ACE

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

    Glencore plc, one of the world's largest natural resources companies, has entered into a long-term supply agreement to purchase 100% of the products to be produced by battery recycler ACE Green Recycling. "Our partnership with ACE furthers our objective of creating a leading, global circularity platform for battery metals," said Kunal Sinha, head of recycling at Glencore. Intended to intake recycled lead and key battery metals from recycled lithium-ion batteries, this 15-year... Full story

  • EarthLabs and ALS Minerals company logos.

    EarthLabs sells AI-driven GoldSpot to ALS

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 13, 2022

    In a surprising turn, EarthLabs Inc., previously GoldSpot Discoveries Corp., has sold its recently established ExplorTech Division to ALS Ltd. As part of the C$24 million transaction, including C$6 million in assumed liabilities, the newly formed ALS GoldSpot Discoveries, a subsidiary of ALS Limited, will now be heading the artificial intelligence mineral exploration that got EarthLabs where it is today. "The closing of the ExplorTech Division sale marks the beginning of an...

  • A large, rock-clad earthen dam holds back mining waste and water.

    Mining trio seeks new ideas for tailings

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 13, 2022

    OZ Minerals, Rio Tinto and Boliden launch initiative that encourages entrepreneurs to reimagine mining and mine tailings. Setting aside professional rivalries for the greater good, OZ Minerals, Boliden, and Rio Tinto have joined forces to nurture new technologies that will reduce the environmental risks posed by mine tailings and extract value from these materials currently considered waste after the targeted metals are extracted. "It isn't very often that competitors come...

  • Computer graphics for AI, machine learning, data mining, and related topics.

    Minerva selling AI-driven geo division

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 13, 2022

    Seequent, the geodata company that offers powerful earth modeling solutions such as the Leapfrog Geo 3D modeling software for mining and mineral exploration, has added an artificial intelligence-driven geological modeling tool to its portfolio. Seequent's parent company, Bentley Systems Inc., acquired the geological division of Minerva Intelligence Inc., an AI software company that has developed tools for climate risk evaluation and geological modeling, for C$1 million...