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Fleet Space Centauri satellite used for mineral exploration in low-Earth orbit.

Discovering US nickel with space tech

To speed the discovery of nickel needed in enormous quantities for the lithium-ion batteries powering the electric vehicle revolution, Talon Metals Corp. is piloting Fleet Space Technologies'... — Updated 9/26/2022 Full story

 
View across South Saskatchewan River; the Saskatoon city skyline at night.

A rare earth supply chain master link

Summit spotlights Saskatoon as an emerging rare earths hub in North America Saskatoon, a small city in the heart of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, is emerging as the master link in a... — Updated 9/23/2022 Full story

 
Closeup of several green rough uncut emerald crystals.

The kryptonite of America's economy

Lack of domestic critical mineral supplies weakens US clean energy ambitions The White House and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are becoming increasingly aware that a lack of secure supplies of... — Updated 9/20/2022 Full story

 
Cobalt is a transition metal between iron and nickel on the periodic table.

Critical cobalt overshadowed by lithium

Replacing this oft-maligned lithium-ion battery metal comes at a cost Traditionally a headline-grabbing metal due to the perceived human rights and monetary costs it adds to lithium-ion batteries... — Updated 9/20/2022 Full story

 
Large wind turbines silhouetted by the Milky Way and a cityscape.

Zinc galvanizes US critical minerals list

A blue-collar metal that is vital to weatherizing envisioned green energy future Critical minerals are typically thought of as obscure rare earth elements cloaked in geopolitical intrigue, or... — Updated 9/20/2022 Full story

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

More low-carbon nickel the plea for 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... — Updated 9/16/2022 Full story

 
An EV drives past wind turbines on a rural road to the mountains.

Canada to feed a minerals hungry world

Develops strategy to be the world's critical minerals supplier of choice Understanding that the renewable energy and electric vehicle revolution offers a "generational opportunity for Canada and... — Updated 9/13/2022 Full story

 
Infotainment and navigation system interface in a Tesla Model X EV.

Minerals critical to the EV Revolution

Electric Vehicles require six times the minerals than their fossil fuel forebearers With even the most basic models boasting sophisticated driver-assist, navigation, infotainment, diagnostics, and... — Updated 9/13/2022 Full story

 
Wooden tiles with each of the elements on the periodic table.

Critical minerals are not set in stone

Supply, demand, and risks to the US supply chain define criticality Metaphorically speaking, critical minerals are not set in stone. Instead, the criticality of these basic building blocks of... — Updated 9/12/2022 Full story

 
Piles of rare earth oxides used for magnets, batteries, and high-tech products.

Making rare earths separation less rare

US invests heavily into developing domestic rare earth element processing plants Despite what their name suggests, rare earths are not all that scarce. An efficient and environmentally sound... — Updated 9/12/2022 Full story

 
A red Tesla Roadster speeds past a large wind turbine farm.

Seven world transforming rare earths

Magnet rare earths transform motion to energy; and energy to motion and music While all 15 of the rare earths have special properties that have been called magical, alchemistical, and futuristic,... — Updated 9/12/2022 Full story

 
DOE organization ReCell Center displays all battery materials.

Urban mining to provide for critical deficit

Critical minerals can be recycled from decades of e-waste The necessity of reclaiming waste as a means to curb the seemingly impossible material requirements of a renewable future is fostering a d... — Updated 9/12/2022 Full story

 
A satellite view of a coal ash landfill in Pennsylvania.

Outside-the-box critical mineral sources

Coal ash, acid drainage, and tailings for future green economy As the world continues to prime itself for the global energy shift, academia, governments and the private sector are scrambling to ex... — Updated 9/12/2022 Full story

 
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... — Updated 9/12/2022 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A prototype of Cambridge University's artificial leaf floating on the Cam River.

An artificial leaf to fuel world trade

While renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar have become significantly cheaper and more available in recent years, many challenges still need to be overcome to achieve decarbonizatio... — Updated 8/30/2022

 
Fleet Space Technologies’ Centauri 4 low earth orbit satellite above Earth.

Space-borne mineral exploration is here

Fleet Space launches avant-garde satellite geophysics tech As many space exploration companies begin to investigate the vast mineral potential of asteroids, moons, and planets within our solar... — Updated 8/12/2022 Full story

 
Vivid green northern lights display over mining equipment operating at night.

Major funding for Vital rare earths plan

Vital Metals Ltd. has received an AU$45 million (US$31.6 million) infusion of cash to fund its expanding rare earths business in Canada. "Vital Metals is on the threshold of becoming North America... — Updated 8/12/2022

 
Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup under bright lights at the Rouge EV Center.

The ABCs of securing metals for Ford EVs

Looking to secure the materials required for the lithium batteries that will deliver power to more than 2 million electric vehicles per year by 2026, Ford Motor Company is adding the clout of its... — Updated 8/2/2022

 
An artist rendering of a lithium-ion battery.

Vital link to Ontario's EV supply chain

Umicore to invest C$1.5B on lithium battery materials plant in Ontario. To establish the missing link between Ontario's abundant lithium battery metal resources and the established automotive... — Updated 7/26/2022

 
Wooden tiles with gallium, titanium, and other elements on the periodic table.

Without a word uranium becomes critical

The U.S. Geological Survey has identified 50 minerals and metals critical to the economic wellbeing and security of the United States, uranium is not one of them. This omission of a mineral that... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
 By Simon Clarke    Editorial
Drill tests for lithium at American Lithium’s TLC project in Clayton Valley.

Lithium Oversupply? Hold Your Horses

As the price of lithium has skyrocketed over the last 18 months, the demand for lithium-ion batteries is more intense than ever. Battery makers, including Panasonic, LG Chem and CATL, have to... — Updated 7/12/2022 Full story

 
A USGS geologist collecting samples from an outcrop of rocks in Alaska.

White House funds critical minerals search

The U.S. Department of the Interior is distributing more than $74.6 million to 30 states for critical minerals investigations under the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Mapping Resources... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
A rare earths separation machine set up at a facility in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Vital start of Canadian rare earths plant

To forge the second link in a wholly North American rare earths supply chain, Vital Metals Ltd. has begun feeding ore mined from its Nechalacho project in Northwest Territories into a dense media... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
Green Berets on patrol with a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in the background.

Russia's war heightens antimony concerns

The supply chain repercussions of Russia's war with Ukraine have policymakers in Washington, DC concerned about securing supplies of antimony, which is critical to renewable energy storage... — Updated 7/12/2022 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A zoomed in photo of a loudspeaker.

UK SCREAMs for recycled REE magnets

Researchers from the Birmingham Energy Institute, along with several partners, are supporting a new grant-funded project to recycle rare earth magnets from electronic waste, electric motors, and... — Updated 7/12/2022

 

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