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Underground development at former cobalt and copper mine in Idaho.

Electra grows Iron Creek cobalt deposit

With its lithium-ion battery materials park in Canada on pace to begin ramping up production in phases beginning at the end of this year, Electra Battery Materials Corp. continues to expand a... — Updated 5/17/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Men install First Solar CdTe thin-film photovoltaic panels.

Critical solar metal now produced in US

As part of a wider initiative to recover critical minerals as byproducts at its current mining operations, Rio Tinto is now producing the tellurium used in thin-film photovoltaic solar panels at... — Updated 5/13/2022

 
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Musk floats battery gigamine idea, again

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has thus far focused the automaker's efforts on manufacturing electric vehicles and the lithium-ion batteries that power them. This could change as a shortage of the minerals a... — Updated 4/26/2022

 
MIT thermophotovoltaic heat engine to generate electricity.

Heat to electricity with no moving parts

Since its invention nearly 140 years ago, the modern steam turbine has represented the apex of efficiency when it comes to converting thermal energy into electricity. Now, engineers from the... — Updated 4/19/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
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MIT creates groundbreaking REE separation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have devised a unique method to help curb the looming shortages of critical minerals and metals by making it easier to separate them from ore and... — Updated 1/11/2022

 
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VW creates new European battery business

Powering up its mission to become the world's leading manufacturer of electric vehicles, Volkswagen Group has established a European public company to consolidate activities along the EV battery... — Updated 12/21/2021

 
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Team captures CO2 with liquid gallium

Researchers in Australia and the United States have proven that gallium in its liquid form can economically capture and convert substantial quantities of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions.... — Updated 11/2/2021

 
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Tin has been critical for 5,500 years

From the advancements of technology during the Bronze Age to the computers and telecommunication systems of today's Big Data Era, tin has been critical to human progress for at least 5,500 years.... — Updated 9/28/2021

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
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Life cycle assessments for green mining

A team of researchers at the University of Exeter, Minviro, the British Geological Survey, and the Circular Economy Solutions Unit has recently determined the benefits of utilizing a life cycle... — Updated 9/28/2021

 
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Antimony may be a renewable energy hero

An unsung war hero that saved countless American troops during World War II, an overlooked battery material that has played a pivotal role in storing electricity for more than 100 years, and a... — Updated 9/8/2021

 
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Solving the critical cobalt conundrum

The envisioned green future where every North American is driving a battery-powered electric vehicle charged with renewable energy could be undermined by cobalt, a somewhat scarce and controversia... — Updated 9/8/2021

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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Korean lab develops near-perfect graphene

A team at the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials within the Institute for Basic Science in South Korea, including students at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology,... — Updated 9/7/2021

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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MIT develops game-changing H fuel process

As the world aspires to move away from fossil fuels and minimize carbon emissions, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new method to generate clean hydrogen... — Updated 8/31/2021

 
University of Pittsburgh rare earth element magnets Powdermet DOE EV REE

A rare earth magnets alternative emerges

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering are working with Powdermet Inc., an Ohio-based nanomaterials and advanced materials research and development company, to d... — Updated 8/24/2021

 
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Perpetua to supply antimony for batteries

Idaho-focused mining company Perpetua Resources Corp. and Ambri Inc., a battery technology company born from research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have forged a partnership that... — Updated 8/17/2021

 
Missouri University of Science and Technology online workshop critical minerals

Missouri S&T hosts critical minerals event

What are critical minerals, where do we find them, and why are they considered critical? These are among the questions that will be addressed by experts during a two-day virtual workshop hosted... — Updated 7/27/2021

 
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First Cobalt expanding Idaho Belt deposit

Chains are only as strong as their weakest link, and two United States federal agencies have determined that cobalt is the weak link in North America's electric vehicle supply chain. First Cobalt... — Updated 7/6/2021

 
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From coal basins to critical mineral mines

Looking to transform old coal mining regions into new domestic sources for rare earths and critical minerals vital to electric vehicles, renewable energy, and other technologies, the U.S.... — Updated 5/11/2021

 
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First Cobalt works with DOE in Idaho

Already positioned to be the first North American producer of the battery-grade cobalt being demanded by a rapidly growing electric vehicles market, First Cobalt Corp. has been awarded $600,000... — Updated 5/11/2021

 
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Rio Tinto recovering lithium from Boron

Recovering scandium from its iron-titanium mine in Quebec, tellurium from the Kennecott copper mine in Utah, and now lithium from its Boron mine in California, Rio Tinto is leveraging its... — Updated 4/20/2021

 
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Experts urge swift UK tech metals strategy

Critical materials experts from the University of Birmingham are urging the United Kingdom to take quick action to ensure Britain has a stable supply of technology-critical metals essential for... — Updated 4/12/2021

 
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Rio Tinto to produce tellurium in the US

With solar panel production driving up the demand for tellurium, Rio Tinto plans to recover roughly 20 metric tons of this critical mineral per year from its Kennecott copper mine near Salt Lake... — Updated 3/16/2021

 
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EU assembles critical minerals alliance

Understanding that diverse and reliable supplies of critical minerals and metals are vital to the renewable energy, electric vehicles, and high-tech sectors, the European Union has set in motion a... — Updated 3/9/2021

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
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Nuclear program sets off decade of growth

Early last year, the U.S. Department of Energy launched three separate award programs to fund domestic private companies in developing nuclear reactors in the United States. Congress appropriated... — Updated 1/12/2021

 
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Tungsten fills niche in new innovations

President-elect Joe Biden's plans to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure and move the world's biggest economy toward greener policies is brightening the outlook for base metals, including... — Updated 12/22/2020

 

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