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Rare earths future hangs in the balance

A growing imbalance in the supply and demand for rare earths is creating a challenge for the companies that produce this suite of technology elements and an opportunity for the scientists seeking ways to... — Updated 11/20/2023

Computer-generated image resembling a diamond used for technology.

Diamond-studded quantum computer chips

Trapping qubits inside diamonds, MIT researchers create memory nodes that may unlock quantum computing realm. Quantum computers have the potential to carry out calculations millions of times faster than to... — Updated 11/6/2023

An EV plugged into a battery charger on a sunny day.

DOE invests $16M in solid battery tech

To accelerate the commercialization of solid-state battery tech for EVs; redox flow batteries for grid-scale renewable energy storage. To speed the commercialization of emerging battery technologies, the... — Updated 9/22/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
The tan-colored MOXIE cube being placed into Perseverance.

Mars MOXIE makes oxygen out of thin air

First-ever space habitat tech, experiment gives more than researchers expected. Not too dissimilar from Man's first Moon landing with a computer that by today's standards TI-83 calculators could... — Updated 9/19/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A 3D rendering of a future Redwood Materials facility.

Strong Redwood attracts $1B investment

From a small sprout to a mighty tree, Redwood Materials Inc. may share its roots with the Tree of Tesla but has grown into a pillar of stability in the realm of recycling amidst a time when electric... — Updated 9/19/2023

Rows of solar panels at the Natural Bridges National Monument.

Aluminum caught in green energy paradox

Aluminum has been classified as critical by the United States, European Union, Canada, and even China. At first glance, one may wonder how such a ubiquitous metal could possibly be critical. The answer is... — Updated 9/11/2023

A white-gloved hand holding uranium fuel pellets.

Semantics strays uranium energy criticality

Powering nearly 10% of the world's energy needs and roughly 20% of America for over 50 years, nuclear energy is a highly controversial power provider that ticks all the boxes for zero-emission... — Updated 9/11/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
A series of square brine-filled holes in the Salinas Grandes salt flats.

Is a lithium triangle alliance coming?

Latin American countries collectively hold over 50% of the world's identified raw lithium. These resource-rich nations have begun asserting that they will no longer accept extractive international trade re... — Updated 8/17/2023

Clean energy art showing wind turbines and solar panels inside a battery.

Xcel Energy to test Liquid Metal battery

Forward-thinking utility works with Ambri on demo-scale deployment of molten metal battery for clean energy storage. With the electric vehicle revolution demanding lithium-ion battery materials faster... — Updated 8/8/2023

Rio Tinto’s Yarwun alumina refinery in Queensland, Australia.

Mining heavyweights to build pilot plant

Rio Tinto and Sumitomo Corp. have teamed up to build a demonstration plant aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the production of aluminum. The A$111.1 million (US$73.9 million) pilot project, t... — Updated 8/8/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
A hand holds a lithium battery cell with an Australia flag emblem on its side.

Australia to break China's lithium grip

Leading the lithium rush, the Pilgangoora project in Western Australia's mine-friendly and resource-rich Pilbara region is sporting one of the largest hard rock lithium deposits in the world. Nearly all... — Updated 7/25/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
Hot-rolled nano neo processed rare earth permanent magnets.

Heat-resistant neo magnet breakthrough

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Critical Materials Institute, led by Ames National Laboratory, have developed a "Hot-roll Nano Neo Magnet" method for manufacturing high-performance... — Updated 7/3/2023

Artistic concept of battery storing wind and solar-generated electricity.

US green energy storage hits headwinds

Supply constraints slow installations; WoodMac expects li-ion batteries to dominate energy storage in US over next five years. The transition to clean electricity generated from intermittent sources such a... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
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EV battery passport pilots underway

With mining for critical minerals like cobalt embattled on many fronts, the preference for fair trade options, need for source transparency, and massive investments in battery recycling infrastructure are... — Updated 5/24/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Bytes
A pile of metal scrap and waste for recycling.

US recycling tech gets boost in funding

The U.S. Department of Defense has developed the Materials Recovery Technologies for Defense Supply Resiliency initiative in support of President Biden's 2021 directive to identify and address risks in... — Updated 5/23/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Prototype oxygen-ion battery made with ceramic and lanthanum.

Air to power future long storage batteries

While lithium-ion batteries have become omnipresent for nearly all portable energy needs, we have quickly found that they are ultimately limited in what they are capable of. Enter Vienna University of Tech... — Updated 4/21/2023

Concrete being poured at a construction site.

MIT team bakes up lower CO2 concrete

Solid and durable, concrete is the second-most consumed material on Earth, surpassed only by water. The gray, porous building material is also the foundation of modern infrastructure. But concrete leaves... — Updated 4/21/2023

Chess board representing trade maneuvering between U.S. and China.

Rhetoric will not fill US mineral needs

With the world-class deposits already found within its borders, the United States has the potential to be a major global producer of copper, lithium, and the other minerals and metals critical to the... — Updated 3/7/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Aluminum-cerium alloy being poured from a furnace into a ladle.

Aluminum alloys offer rare earths balance

The U.S. Department of Energy has published a portfolio of research and development projects on the commercialization of aluminum-cerium alloy that offers a possible solution to the overabundance of the... — Updated 2/21/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
Extended hand holding a large chunk of nickel ore with a mine in the background.

Nickel's evolving role in green power

The challenge of reducing emissions from the mining industry as a whole is ongoing and especially vital for the metals needed in renewable power and de-carbonized transportation. Taking center stage in... — Updated 2/15/2023

Geologist using hammer to break off a rock sample on a hillside in Alaska.

USGS launches 3 new Earth MRI scans

As part of its nationwide scan for domestic sources of critical minerals, the U.S. Geological Survey is investing just over $1 million to gain a better understanding of the potential for cobalt, nickel,... — Updated 2/2/2023

Tin solder is being used to repair a computer microcircuit.

Overlooked tin connects the Digital Age

From flashlights to supercomputers, tin is the glue for an electronic age Lost in the clamor for lithium, nickel and other metals needed for the batteries powering electric vehicles and modern... — Updated 9/27/2022


Automakers move into lithium mining space

General Motors, Stellantis, and Tesla moving further up battery supply chain With the batteries powering the electric vehicle revolution demanding more lithium than miners can produce, the price of this li... — Updated 9/13/2022

U.S. military uses antimony in a wide array of equipment to protect the country.

Antimony at top of strategic concerns

Russia and China's control of global supplies worry DC lawmakers From its uses in flame retardants that have saved countless American lives to being an important ingredient in batteries poised to be the... — Updated 9/12/2022

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover selfie over a rock nicknamed Rochette.

Transforming Mars dirt into metallic iron

Food, water, breathable air, shelter, and clothing – these fundamental elements of human survival here on Earth will be even more critical for early Mars colonists. With delivery fees measured in... — Updated 8/23/2022


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