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  • A TruScan mobile unit parked and set up to receive drill core for scanning.

    A TruScan of CuMo ore sorting potential

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 15, 2024

    Idaho Copper is utilizing Veracio's digital ore scanning tech to accurately relog drill core in preparation for updated mine study. As the next step in its goal of providing a domestic source of copper to meet the United States' growing demand for this energy transition metal, Idaho Copper Corp. is leveraging Veracio's TruScan technology to digitally analyze more than 60,000 feet (18,290 meters) of core in preparation for ore sorting studies at its CuMo cop...

  • Closeup picture of high-quality pure copper cables.

    BHP makes a bid to buy Anglo American

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 8, 2024

    Megamerger would reshape global energy metals sector. The proposed merger between BHP Group Ltd. and Anglo American plc would create a $200 billion mining behemoth that would control 10% of the global production of copper, a metal that has experienced a 23% price spike since early February on supply concerns. "As part of its strategy to expand its copper assets, BHP intends to acquire Anglo American realizing the significant growth potential for copper in the future, as...

  • The original Beta Research team posing for picture in from of truck.

    Jump-starting a 50-year-old battery tech

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 25, 2024

    Inlyte Energy's endeavors to bring back sodium-metal-halide batteries. Lithium-ion batteries are today's most common energy storage technology, with uses large and small, ranging from smartphones and other electronic devices to electric cars and stationary. But science is far from resting on this standard – battery efficiency and durability are still in high demand. With sodium easier to source and exponentially cheaper than lithium, a redesigned sodium-metal-halide battery m...

  • A hydrogen fuel cell-powered haul truck at Mogalakwena mine.

    First Mode's next step to zero emissions

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    Installing fuel cells in more than 400 mining trucks for Anglo American. Only two months after a $1.5 billion transaction that transformed First Mode from a Seattle-based space mission engineering startup into a clean-energy subsidiary of global mining company Anglo American, the clean-energy firm is already busy retrofitting massive mining trucks with hydrogen fuel cells produced by Ballard Power Systems. Given First Mode's rapid ascent in the clean energy space, it is...

  • Periodic table symbol for copper with graph representing rising prices.

    Mine closures and delays impact copper

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 20, 2024

    Copper has had a wild ride in 2023, going from expected surplus to deficit within the last few months due to labor disputes, environmental protests, and volatile demand. The supply-demand roller coaster in 2023 was reflected in the price of this energy metal, which dropped from a high above $9,400 per metric ton last January to fluctuating to lows of around $7,800 in May and again in October before rebounding above $8,700 by year's end. Part of the reason for the late 2023...

  • Finger changing cube from fossil to H2 in front of other cubes spelling fuel.

    Platinum metals are catalysts for change

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 11, 2023

    After 50 years of scrubbing the emissions from fossil-fueled transportation and industry, platinum group metals are finding new roles as catalysts for the transition to a low-carbon energy future. "Platinum group metals (PGM) are critical for today's energy sector industrial base and will play a key role in tomorrow's decarbonized economy," U.S. Department of Energy inked in an informational brochure on these transitional metals, also known as platinum group elements. PGMs... Full story

  • An underground miner checks an electronic tablet at Hecla’s Greens Creek Mine.

    New mining tech enhances safety, ESG

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    The last few years have seen big industries' social accountability come to the fore, with growing pressure to engage more holistically with the workforce, local communities, and environmental concerns. Evolving from this, a new business model of corporate performance has arrived in boardrooms, comprising a trifecta of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) responsibilities. Keeping pace is the mining industry's collective push to be more sustainable and accountable,... Full story

  • Rich blue lithium evaporation pools at Allkem's Olaroz project in Argentina.

    Industry playing catch-up with lithium

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated May 30, 2023

    At first glance, it appears that mining giants have been slow on the uptake during the booming market for battery materials. This may demonstrate an unusual lack of forethought, or over the next few years, may actually prove they've been two steps ahead. In less than a decade, the likes of lithium, cobalt, and graphite went from minor materials to a demand so intense that several electric vehicle (EV) and battery manufacturers are jumping the usual supply chain and investing...

  • Smoke and steam emitted from stacks at a power plant in North Bend, Ohio.

    The future of carbon management is digital

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated May 9, 2023

    Carbon neutrality goals worldwide are being propelled by new government initiatives, improved regulatory frameworks, and heightened customer awareness and scrutiny. Several countries now leading the green revolution have also announced grants and aid for businesses and end users that promote the development of low- and zero-carbon technologies and their rapid adoption. Affected industries – with mining being no exception – are in a mad dash to make use of developing tec...

  • Bottle of nickel sulfate from BHP’s Kwinana refinery in Western Australia.

    More low-carbon nickel the plea for 2022

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 16, 2022

    Tesla and other automakers clamor for nickel suppliers with low CO2 footprint Tesla CEO Elon Musk's 2020 appeal to "please mine more nickel" served as a rallying cry for mining companies with projects positioned to deliver this critical battery metal into global markets. Going into 2022, however, the electric vehicle trailblazer's words were echoing in nearly empty warehouses as the lithium-ion batteries that power EVs are demanding more nickel than global miners can supply.... Full story

  • STS3D virtual reality VR for underground mine blasting training Anglo American

    VR offers a virtual blast for new miners

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

    Global mining company Anglo American is harnessing the virtual reality and motion capture expertise of STS3D and Vicon Motion Systems to create a state-of-the-art virtual environment to safely train mining initiates on the accurate use of explosives for underground development. Anglo first set out to solve a truly difficult question: how can one appropriately and safely train recruits to blow things up thousands of feet beneath the ground? At Anglo Platinum operations in...

  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell mining haul truck largest EV electric vehicle Anglo American

    World's largest EV will be a mine truck

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    Global miner Anglo American has teamed up with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop the world's largest electric vehicle – an ultra-class mining haul truck. A hydrogen fuel cell module and bank of lithium-ion batteries will replace the diesel engines that have traditionally powered these mega-earthmovers. This massive power source and storage system is controlled by a high voltage power distribution unit delivering in excess of 1,000 kilowatt-hours of energy to the 2...

  • nickel Tesla Battery Day Critical Minerals Alliances Elon Musk Nickel West BHP

    Miners answer Musk call for more nickel

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 21, 2021

    "Please mine more nickel," these four words from Tesla CEO Elon Musk reverberated across the global mining sector and raised awareness of how fundamental nickel is to the lithium-ion batteries powering hundreds of millions of electric vehicles to come off Tesla and traditional automaker assembly lines over the next two decades. "Tesla will give you a giant contract for a long period of time if you mine nickel efficiently and in an environmentally sensitive way," Musk implored... Full story

  • Airbus APworks scandium Rio Tinto rare earth critical metal Scandium

    Westerners chase scandium production

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 27, 2021

    Scandium, one of 35 minerals identified as being critical to future production of high-tech and industrial technologies in the West, is seeing a surge in mining and extraction activity in response to increasing demand for the soft, silvery metallic element. Scandium is not particularly rare – its occurrence in crustal rocks is around 22 parts per million. It is generally more plentiful than lead, mercury, and precious metals. Yet scandium rarely concentrates in nature, so t... Full story

  • Microsoft offers ditgital solutions to South Africa mining sector

    Microsoft reimagines South Africa mining

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 29, 2020

    Microsoft believes technologies hold the key to a thriving global mining industry and is showcasing how its digital solutions can transform this crucial sector of the South Africa economy. "Mining is a critical industry in South Africa, and has historically been a major contributor to the country's GDP (gross domestic product), tax revenue and employment – last year alone, the mining sector employed over 450,000 people, contributed 24.3 billion Rand (US$1.5 billion) in taxes a... Full story