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 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Fleet Space Technologies' cofounders standing with 100 employees.

Fleet Space Technologies doubles valuation

Fleet Space Technologies has just completed its third fundraising round (Series C), more than doubling the company's valuation to over A$350 million (US$228 million). This financial achievement is a... — Updated 6/9/2023

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
The Sandvik Toro LH307 is designed to operate in underground environments.

Japan automates top-producing gold mine

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions' AutoMine loading technology is the latest advancement in Sumitomo Metal Mining's long-term vision of leading the world in the non-ferrous metals industry. The Japanese... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Artist rendering of a spacecraft exploring the metal-rich 16 Psyche asteroid.

Space mining visionaries play long game

Like flying cars and jet packs, space travel, colonization and resource mining are all lagging behind the imaginations of Hollywood, scientists, and billionaire CEOs. This is partly because NASA and its... — Updated 6/8/2023 Full story

A roughly one-by-two-inch flat, rectangular TEG generator being tested in a lab.

First Tellurium solid-state energy R&D

Mineral explorer sees tellurium as solid-state clean energy solution, forms company to advance new tech. Before its use in thin-film solar panels, tellurium was an obscure semi-metallic element with few... — Updated 6/8/2023 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    Mining Tech 
Closeup of columns filled with liquids needed to separate rare earth elements.

DOD invests in Ucore's rare earths tech

Pentagon invests $4M to test and boost readiness level of RapidSX separation tech. To help break America's dependence on China for the rare earth elements that go into modern military hardware, the U.S.... — Updated 6/6/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Aluminum microstructure with multicolored grains looks like stained glass.

National lab reshapes recycled aluminum

In a renewable technology breakthrough, the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in collaboration with leading mobility technology company Magna, has unveiled a process that reshap... — Updated 5/9/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Four vials of rare earths precipitate after Cyclic Materials’ treatment.

Cyclic Materials REEs for circular economy

Despite what their name may suggest, the suite of 15 elements known as rare earths is not all that scarce. One thing that is hard to come by, however, is technology up to the difficult task of efficiently... — Updated 5/9/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
The near desert of the Los Azules Mine project in San Juan, Argentina.

Stellantis invests $155M in copper miner

In a surprising move, automotive multinational Stellantis has announced the acquisition of a 14.2% equity stake in McEwen Copper, a subsidiary of McEwen Mining, becoming the Canadian company's... — Updated 4/28/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Daisy is Apple's disassembly robot at the Material Recovery Lab in Texas.

Apple to use 100% recycled cobalt by 2025

Tech giant is also boosting recycled rare earths, gold, and tin going into Apple products. As a technology giant at the vanguard of the green transition, Apple Inc. is accelerating its work to expand... — Updated 4/26/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
The Tamagawa Onsen hot spring in Towada Hachimantai National Park.

Raising rare earth recovery with yeast

While not quite as easy as whipping up a science experiment in the kitchen, a research group from the Osaka Metropolitan University Graduate School of Engineering has developed an inexpensive and... — Updated 4/21/2023

Mixers stir blue fluids at Ucore’s RapidSX demonstration plant in Canada.

Ucore's rare earths plant takes shape

RapidSX team on pace to begin commissioning REE separation plant this year Despite snarled supply chains, Ucore Rare Metals Inc. says it remains on track to begin commissioning a plant in Canada that will... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

Aerial view of Jervois’ cobalt mine in the rolling hills of Idaho.

Idaho mine offers US cobalt, almost

Jervois ramps up Idaho cobalt mine; concentrates must be shipped out of U.S. for refining. The ramping up of commercial production at Jervois Global Ltd.'s Idaho Cobalt Operations mine will provide... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

Digital image representing an EV being charged with low-carbon wind energy.

Canada unveils critical mineral strategy

To seize upon a once-in-a-century opportunity to leverage Canada's already world-class mining sector to supply the minerals and metals needed to build the clean energy future, Ottawa has unveiled a... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
An artist's rendering of the newest conductive plastic.

Conductive Play-Doh breaks convention

Going against all known rules of conductivity, researchers from the University of Chicago are astonished by a strange material that can be made like plastic but conducts electricity like metal, being liken... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

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

A secret ingredient to US clean energy

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... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

Elemental symbol for nickel, between copper and cobalt on the periodic table.

BC nickel project receives Canada support

FPX Nickel obtains $725,000 federal grant to advance low-carbon nickel development at Baptiste project. In support of a potential low-carbon domestic source of the nickel and cobalt needed for lithium-ion... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Veracio technician operating a TruScan system for mining exploration.

Boart Longyear creates new geo data firm

As the demand for critical metals continues to rise, the need for efficient and accurate mineral exploration has never been greater. With the mining industry facing ever-increasing pressure to reduce the... — Updated 4/14/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Redwood employees overlooking anode copper foil battery material.

DOE to lend $2B for Redwood battery plant

Loan will support US plant capable of producing EV battery materials at the giga-scale. Toward the White House's goal of zero-emission vehicles making up half of all car sales in the U.S. by 2030, the... — Updated 2/21/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Slides of gallium Lego-like figurine melting through a tiny jail and reforming.

Scientists make mini shapeshifting robot

As technology begins to enter the realm of 1990s-era science fiction, researchers from Soft Machines Lab at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a miniature shapeshifting robot that can liquefy... — Updated 2/14/2023 Full story

Electric cars, trucks, and vans by Chevrolet, Hummer, Cadillac, and Brightdrop.

GM secures Vale Canada nickel for EVs

Enters deal for battery-grade nickel sulfate to be produced in Canada's new Battery Valley. In a deal that helps General Motors meet its electric vehicle ambitions and further solidifies Canada as the... — Updated 12/6/2022

Illustration of EV featuring battery packs and metal atomic structure.

Scientists study metals at atomic level

Hoping to gain insights into processes that would create longer-lasting batteries and lighter vehicles, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington are investigating the effects of... — Updated 12/6/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
President Biden next to a Corvette Z06 showcased a the revived Detroit car show.

Biden's new surge of EV recycling funding

Furthering its climate goals and hoping to continue strengthening the nation's battery supply chain, the Biden administration has allotted $74 million to advance technologies and processes for the... — Updated 11/29/2022

Aerial view of a small gold recovery plant and water storage pond at 3 Aces.

MICA funds EnviroMetal gold leach tech

Canada's Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator has awarded EnviroMetal Technologies Inc. up to C$1.74 million toward the commercialization of a much more environmentally sound alternative to... — Updated 11/22/2022

Industrial buildings at Rio Tinto’s Fer et Titane smelter in Canada.

Critical minerals titans join forces

Rio Tinto, Ottawa to invest C$737M in lowering GHG emissions, upping critical minerals output in Quebec. Mining giant Rio Tinto and the Canadian government have committed to investing up to C$737 million... — Updated 11/1/2022


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