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  • A red Jeep Wrangler EV plugged into a “powered by sunshine” charger.

    NioCorp works on Al-Sc alloy car parts

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 2, 2023

    One way to extend the range of an electric vehicle, or even get better gas mileage out of a conventional internal combustion automobile, is to lighten the load. NioCorp Developments Ltd. is working with automakers to develop strong and lightweight aluminum-scandium auto parts in the United States that will do just that. NioCorp has been advancing a strategy to commercially produce aluminum-scandium master alloy, which only needs a small dose of scandium to bolster the...

  • Colorful balanced stones in shallow waters near a beach.

    Rare earths future hangs in the balance

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Nov 20, 2023

    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 leverage their unique properties in new and intriguing ways. While it is true that the global transition to zero-carbon energy and transportation is creating new rare earths demand that threatens to outstrip the global supply, the real disparity has more to do with which of... Full story

  • High-purity scandium dendrite crystals next to one-centimeter cube.

    NioCorp produces scandium metal in US

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 23, 2023

    As first step in a 3-phase strategy to upgrade Elk Creek scandium to Al-Sc master alloy at commercial scale. The need for durable and lightweight alloys for electric vehicles, mass transit systems, military hardware, and aerospace is driving increasing interest in establishing commercial production of aluminum-scandium master alloy in the United States. NioCorp Developments Ltd.'s Elk Creek deposit in Nebraska offers an important domestic source of the critical metal...

  • Stack of cubes with the periodic table of elements information for rare earths.

    Stellantis secures future US rare earths

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 25, 2023

    Global automaker enters into terms with NioCorp for EV magnet rare earths from the future Elk Creek mine in Nebraska. Continuing a flurry of investments into mining projects at the front end of electric vehicle supply chains, Stellantis has entered into a preliminary agreement to buy magnet rare earths from a future mine at NioCorp Developments Ltd.'s Elk Creek critical mineral project in Nebraska. The neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium, and terbium that Stellantis hopes to...

  • Periodic table showing scandium, titanium, niobium, and other critical minerals.

    More Elk Creek critical minerals, alloys

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 30, 2023

    NioCorp looks at using Elk Creek scandium in Al-Sc alloys; increased niobium, titanium recoveries could boost economics of future mine. From the launch of a project aimed at producing incredibly strong and lightweight aluminum-scandium alloys, to significantly improving the recovery of niobium and titanium, NioCorp Developments Ltd. has released a flurry of promising new developments that elevate its goal of building a critical minerals hub around its Elk Creek project in...

  • Rare earths include 15 individual elements found on the periodic table.

    Elk Creek deposit proves to be rare earth

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    An updated feasibility study for developing a mine at Elk Creek confirms that the proposed niobium-titanium-scandium mine in Nebraska also boasts one of the richest stores of rare earth elements in the United States. According to the new report released by NioCorp Developments Ltd. on May 19, Elk Creek hosts 632,900 metric tons of total rare earth oxides, 970,300 metric tons of niobium oxide, along with 11,337 metric tons of scandium oxide and 4.2 million metric tons of... Full story

  • Handshake with images of wind turbines and charging electric vehicle.

    NioCorp cuts critical metals finance deal

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Proposed merger with GXII would provide Nasdaq listing, access to cash for Elk Creek. To fund the development of a mine at its Elk Creek project in Nebraska that produces niobium, rare earths, and other metals critical to American industry, NioCorp Developments Ltd. is merging with GX Acquisition Corp. II, a blank check corporation with nearly US$300 million in the bank and a Nasdaq stock exchange listing that will make access to additional capital possible. In fact, NioCorp... Full story

  • L3 Process Development’s modern innovations building in Quebec, Canada.

    US critical and essential mineral source

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Elk Creek demo plant recovers magnesium-calcium carbonate with 99% purity. As an initial step toward the ultimate goal of producing niobium, rare earths, scandium, and titanium at a future Elk Creek Mine, NioCorp Developments Ltd. announced that its demonstration-scale processing plant in Quebec, Canada has produced a high-grade calcium-magnesium carbonate from ore obtained from its critical minerals project in Nebraska. The idea behind removing the calcium and magnesium from... Full story

  • The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is Alaska began the widespread use of niobium.

    Niobium gets a promotion into high-tech

    A.J. Roan, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 20, 2022

    Superconductors, super magnets, and superalloys, this metal is super The stories behind the discovery of many elements in the periodic table make for a fascinating read, but perhaps top among them should be the 41st element, a shiny, white metal known as niobium – for its story spans over centuries, with twists and turns befitting even the best piece of fiction. Due to the astute observations of Charles Hatchett, a self-educated scientist and analytical chemist, niobium was d... Full story

  • L3 Process Development’s modern innovations building in Quebec, Canada.

    NioCorp testing Elk Creek REE recovery

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 13, 2022

    Demonstration plant to verify simplified critical minerals recovery Looking to expand the suite of critical metals produced from a future mine at Elk Creek, NioCorp Developments Ltd. is testing a simplified process for recovering rare earth elements alongside the niobium, scandium, and titanium for which the Nebraska critical minerals project is best known. According to a feasibility study completed earlier this year, an underground mine at Elk Creek would produce an...

  • Elk Creek Mine Nebraska ferroniobium NioCorp Developments grinding rolls

    Grinding tech may lower Elk Creek costs

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

    NioCorp Developments Ltd. says testing has confirmed that high-pressure grinding rolls technology is an energy-efficient and low-emission alternative for reducing the size of ore to recover the niobium, scandium, titanium, and potentially rare earths at its Elk Creek project in Nebraska. Under the mine plan laid out in a feasibility study, Elk Creek would produce 7,220 metric tons of ferroniobium, 95 metric tons of scandium trioxide, and 11,642 metric tons of titanium dioxide...

  • US Pentagon Department of Defense critical minerals policy

    Strategic metals firepower for Pentagon

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    The $740.5 billion National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 passed by Congress last week instructs the Pentagon to secure domestic and allied sources of strategic minerals and metals. "The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the striking vulnerabilities and gaps in our domestic supply chains, and the need to invest in critical mineral manufacturing and processing has taken on a new urgency," said Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, who authored two amendments addressing...

  • Niobium steel alloys heat resistant increased strength bridges pipelines

    NioCorp eyes new niobium extraction tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    NioCorp Developments Ltd. Sept. 9 announced progress on a new and more environmentally friendly process for extracting niobium from its Elk Creek superalloys material project in Nebraska. A series of metallurgical tests carried out by Utah-based L3 Process Development has established carbonation as a potential alternative metallurgical process for the extraction of niobium from ore that NioCorp expects to mine at Elk Creek. Carbonation is a relatively clean, environmentally...

  • niobium tantalum Critical Minerals Alliances CERN SpaceX NioCorp Developments

    Critical twin metals take differing paths

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Mar 18, 2022

    Though it is tough to distinguish the nearly identical properties of niobium and tantalum in nature, at the workplace, one of these critical twin metals typically dons a hardhat and boots to work in the construction and energy industries while you are more apt to find the other working in the high-tech sector. Their differences, however, are subtle, and their careers sometimes overlap. "The leading use of niobium is in the production of high-strength steel alloys used in pipel... Full story