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Articles from the December 22, 2021 edition

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  • ioneer Nevada lithium Rhyolite Ridge boron DOE loan approval batteries EV

    Rhyolite Ridge nears DOE loan approval

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 14, 2023

    With a "substantially complete" application for a loan to fund the development of its Rhyolite lithium-boron project in Nevada already being processed by the U.S. Department of Energy Loan Programs Office, ioneer Ltd. is positioned to be one of the early beneficiaries of the more than $20 billion in federal loans and loan guarantees available to mining and manufacturing companies along the electric vehicle battery materials supply chain. Early in 2021, ioneer entered into...

  • Wyoming hydrogen fuel coal DOE fossil fuel low carbon energy strategy economy

    DOE investing in Wyoming clean hydrogen

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

    Seeking to wean Wyoming's energy grids and coffers off coal and other fossil fuels, the United States Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management is providing the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources with funds to evaluate the idea of deploying clean hydrogen technologies in the state. The Biden administration sees the development of affordable clean hydrogen as a key to achieving its goal of net-zero carbon emissions in the U.S. by 2050....

  • University of Sydney Wifi wireless technology underground mining long range

    Australia reinvents wireless fidelity systems

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

    Researchers at the University of Sydney have been working toward a new method of telecommunications with a safe and cost-effective technology that could be a wireless internet game-changer for connecting mines, with an industrial long-range Wi-Fi system that transmits signals to hard-to-reach places while maintaining high data rates. Supported by an AUD$800,000 grant from the NSW Physical Sciences Fund, this Wi-Fi system that can send signals several kilometers underground is...

  • GoldSpot Discoveries DigiGeoData DigiGeoMaps DigiGeoAtlas mapping AI Hot Play

    GoldSpot adds tech mapmaker DigiGeoData

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

    Artificial intelligence company GoldSpot Discoveries Corp. Dec. 16 announced the acquisition of DigiGeoData Inc. to bolster its digital science and AI mineral discovery capabilities with mapping software. "The acquisition of DigiGeoData is integral to our overall strategy of bringing prospectors, explorers, as well as institutional and retail investors enhanced transparency and decision making in the discovery process," said GoldSpot Discoveries Executive Chairman and...

  • Pennsylvania mining waste lithium Penn State Critical Minerals Alliances

    Historic mining for future battery metals

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 28, 2021

    Pennsylvanian coal helped to fuel America's Industrial Revolution, and mines in the Keystone State have since provided a domestic source of iron ore, cobalt, nickel, and various other metals. Now, researchers at Pennsylvania State University have identified a potential motherlode of battery metals to feed into America's EV Revolution in waste left behind by more than two centuries of mining in the commonwealth. "Preliminary estimates indicate that waste left by coal mining...