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White, yellow, black, and grey piles of powered rare earth elements.

Wyoming rare earths plant gets final okay

DOE finishes NEPA review needed to build demo plant that will process a high-grade rare earth sample from the Bear Lodge project north of Upton, Wyoming. Clearing another hurdle on its path to offering a r... — Updated 11/29/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
Visual Capitalist infograph on global cobalt production.

Cobalt crashes – will it rise again?

From being the priciest and hardest-to-come-by, lithium-ion battery metal during the budding energy transition to a massive surplus and wavering demand, cobalt mining has had a nail-biting year as sales... — Updated 11/23/2023

Green bands of aurora in the winter sky above sign in front of Nechalacho camp.

Shenghe invests in Canada rare earth mine

Vital Metals turns to Chinese firm to fund Nechalacho, home to first REE mine in Canada. Drifting further away from the original vision of establishing a rare earths supply chain in Canada that would help... — Updated 11/21/2023

Colorful balanced stones in shallow waters near a beach.

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 Full story

Closeup of the silvery crystalline structures of gallium in its solid state.

Gallium: A catalyst for the green future

Liquid metal again displays an almost magical ability to become a catalyst for lowering CO2 in the atmosphere A liquid metal with semiconductor properties that make it an essential ingredient in next-gener... — Updated 11/13/2023 Full story

Infographic showing all the minerals and metals in an electric vehicle battery.

China adds graphite to export restrictions

Following gallium, germanium curbs, China announces plan to restrict its exports of critical lithium-ion battery material on Dec 1. Three months into its restrictions on exports of the critical computer... — Updated 11/10/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
An aerial shot of Electra’s current facility in northern Ontario.

Electra's cobalt refinery still on track

Inching closer to the completion of North America's first battery-grade cobalt sulfate refinery, Electra Battery Materials Corp. issued an update for potential stakeholders as it seeks to secure... — Updated 11/1/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
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Paperwork: top danger to commodities?

The minerals commodities industry may be worth trillions, but it has lost billions in less than a decade to fraud perpetrated by industry insiders due to roughly half of the world's mining companies and... — Updated 11/1/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
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Recycling key to U.S. critical minerals

The growing list of critical minerals and conflict elements like cobalt are drawing intense focus and demand for alternative sources. Investors and consumers are increasingly focused on the environmental,... — Updated 10/26/2023

Closeup of EV plugged into charging station.

IEA critical minerals strategy emerges

Delegates agree on six actions to strengthen and diversify critical energy mineral supply chains. The rapid transition away from the fossil fuels that powered the world through the 20th century and toward... — Updated 10/11/2023

Road sign pointing to Japan and Canada.

Canada, Japan forge battery alliance

A flurry of industry partnerships on battery material projects followed landmark alliance between nations. In a move that aligns Canada's rich minerals endowment with Japan's battery-making expertise, the... — Updated 10/5/2023

Wooden tiles of the elements on the periodic table.

DOE allots $150M for critical minerals

Seeking to curb the United States' heavy dependence on imports for critical minerals, the U.S. Department of Energy is investing $150 million to support the domestic production of these mined materials... — Updated 10/3/2023

Infographic showing US dependence on China and others for critical minerals.

US minerals reliance raises red flags

Visual Capitalist infographic shines light on America's heavy reliance on China, others for critical minerals. A recent infographic produced by Visual Capitalist raises both figurative and literal red... — Updated 9/21/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Tech Bytes
African woman mine worker wearing a hard hat smiles as she takes a rest.

Solving the mining industry's PR problem

A mining company can never fully integrate a culture of sustainability motivated by compliance alone –satisfying laws, norms, and investors rather than taking risks and creating lasting, generational val... — Updated 9/19/2023

A U.S. versus China chess board with metallic gold and silver pieces.

China plays gallium, germanium pieces

As the White House continues to dole out hundreds of billions of dollars to position America as the global leader in clean energy and digital technologies, Beijing initiates a strategy to put America in ch... — Updated 9/14/2023 Full story

University of Maine geologists hike through the forest at Pennington Mountain.

Earth MRI scan for US critical minerals

From rare earths in Northern Maine to lithium in Southern California and graphite in Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey is on a mission to discover minerals critical to the nation's economy and clean... — Updated 9/11/2023 Full story

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 Full story

Hands holding a heap of coal ash with potential critical minerals.

An unconventional critical minerals push

As the cracks in the wall continue to chill the bones of an ill-prepared American clean-energy economy, attention has been paid to nearly every facet imaginable to obtain the minerals critical to fuel a... — Updated 9/11/2023 Full story

A fuchsia sunrise backdrops wind turbines and reflects off solar panels.

Will US permit a clean energy transition?

The United States has rich deposits of copper, cobalt, graphite, lithium, nickel, rare earths, and other mined commodities needed to build the clean energy future. The often decade-long mine permitting... — Updated 9/11/2023 Full story

Copper cables used for electrical transmission.

Copper is critical to almost everyone

Everyone agrees that historically enormous quantities of copper are essential to wiring a world in which low-carbon electricity delivered via powerlines supplants fossil fuels pumped through pipelines as... — Updated 9/11/2023 Full story

A small dish filled with pinkish-red cobalt sulfate crystals.

Oncoming cobalt surplus may ravage prices

Still overshadowed by lithium but no less significant, cobalt falls within a unique category as a critical mineral not only for its properties but also for its controversial supply. As a fundamental... — Updated 9/11/2023 Full story

A laboratory flask labeled aesthetic acid half full of a clear liquid.

Researchers work to trap CO2 emissions

As researchers around the world race to develop more efficient ways to remove carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere, several recent breakthroughs hold promise for slowing the pace of global climate... — Updated 9/6/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Rendering of crew looking on at futuristic undersea nodule collectors.

The lawless frontier of deep-sea mining

Deep-sea battery metals mining has created an ocean-sized rift between those that want to speed regulations, slow the process, to save the planet. Loose legislation and tight deadlines have created a... — Updated 8/29/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Region of Becancour, Quebec, that will become Lithium Battery Valley.

Ford joins Quebec Lithium Battery Valley

Collaborative investment of C$1.2 billion into future battery cathode facility. Coming out of the region that will hold one of the more prominent footholds for battery-related industries, Ford Motor... — Updated 8/22/2023

A rock pump house and smoke stack on the picturesque Cornish coast.

A $67 million boost for Cornish Lithium

Large investment aims to reinvent historic Cornwall mining region as a lithium hub to power the UK's net-zero future. In support of domestic sources of lithium that will help power the United Kingdom's... — Updated 8/16/2023


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