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 By Shane Lasley    Mining Tech 
A two-story-tall white Liebherr T 264 truck parked in a mine pit.

Massive Fortescue mining truck battery

1.4 MWh battery designed by WAE for Liebherr haul truck charges in only 30 minutes. Australian iron ore miner Fortescue has received what is likely the largest electric vehicle battery in the... — Updated 1/24/2023 Full story

 
Chain links with binary code representing digital security.

Ransomware attack idles BC copper mine

A ransomware attack that has forced Copper Mountain Mining Corp. to shut down operations at its namesake mine in southern British Columbia elevates concerns about the vulnerability of mining... — Updated 1/20/2023 Full story

 
A conveyor belt transports ore to the surface at an underground mine.

Storing renewable energy in old mines

Can old mines be repurposed as giant batteries for cost-effective and long-term storage of renewable energy? A peer-reviewed paper by a team of researchers led by the International Institute for... — Updated 1/17/2023 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
A glass tray holding various piles of refined battery materials.

ReElement technology makes pure lithium

Stepping up to the plate in the contest for battery recycling, American Resources Corp. reported its subsidiary, ReElement Technologies, has produced greater than 99.9% lithium with its patented... — Updated 1/3/2023

 
A mining truck loaded with rock being helped up a slope with an overhead trolly.

ABB, Boliden closing the mining CO2 loop

To lower the carbon footprint of its electric motors and other products that play a major role in allowing mining and many other sectors of the global economy to then lower their carbon footprint... — Updated 12/20/2022

 
Computer image of lightning striking and pulverizing a rock pillar with stairs.

BHP invests in new rock-crushing tech

I-ROX tech utilizes micro electrical bursts to pulverize at lower costs and less energy than traditional milling. Could microbursts of electricity be used to discover hidden mineral deposits,... — Updated 12/20/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
EarthLabs and ALS Minerals company logos.

EarthLabs sells AI-driven GoldSpot to ALS

In a surprising turn, EarthLabs Inc., previously GoldSpot Discoveries Corp., has sold its recently established ExplorTech Division to ALS Ltd. As part of the C$24 million transaction, including... — Updated 12/13/2022

 
A large, rock-clad earthen dam holds back mining waste and water.

Mining trio seeks new ideas for tailings

OZ Minerals, Rio Tinto and Boliden launch initiative that encourages entrepreneurs to reimagine mining and mine tailings. Setting aside professional rivalries for the greater good, OZ Minerals,... — Updated 12/13/2022

 
Computer graphics for AI, machine learning, data mining, and related topics.

Minerva selling AI-driven geo division

Seequent, the geodata company that offers powerful earth modeling solutions such as the Leapfrog Geo 3D modeling software for mining and mineral exploration, has added an artificial... — Updated 12/13/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
The basalt cliffs overlooking the coast at Wallula Gap in Washington.

PNNL studies carbon negative REE mining

Chosen as one of 16 projects across 12 states, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's "Re-Mining Red Mud Waste for CO2 Capture and Storage and Critical Element Recovery" (RMCCS-CER) project will... — Updated 12/13/2022

 
A mining truck being pulled up a snowy slope by an overhead trolley.

ABB, Perenti team up to electrify mining

To build team of experts focused on accelerating decarbonization of mining through electrification. Switzerland-based ABB and Australia-based Perenti Group have forged a partnership focused on... — Updated 12/6/2022

 
Cat 793 Electric mining truck towers over more than 50 people posed for a photo.

Cat unveils two electric mining prototypes

Demonstration of Cat 793 Electric mining truck; new mine site of the future to be built at Tucson test site. With executives from some of the world's largest mining companies on hand to witness... — Updated 12/6/2022

 
Helicopter carrying a large oval antenna over a desert region in Nevada.

Critical Earth MRI scan of Nevada, Oregon

USGS to carry out Earth MRI scan of lithium-rich areas of western states. Building upon its successful scans of the United States for potential sources of minerals critical to everything from... — Updated 12/6/2022

 
Red oval showing the radiometric anomaly at Pennington Mountain in Maine.

Rare Earth MRI discovery in Maine

A recent rare earth elements discovery in the far northern reaches of Maine demonstrates the value of the U.S. Geological Survey's Earth Mapping Resources Initiative, or Earth MRI, an aptly named... — Updated 12/6/2022

 
Prospector Portal mining analytics tool on a laptop, smartphone, and tablet.

New Prospector for TMX Datalinx clients

TMX info services division offers AI-powered mining analytics software. Prospecting for investment gems out of more than 2,000 publicly traded mining and mineral exploration companies has gotten a... — Updated 11/15/2022

 
An automated battery electric loader being tested in an underground mine.

Sandvik is adding industrial math power

Polymathian will bolster Sandvik's automated and battery-electric mining solutions. In yet another move to bolster its digital mining technologies division, Sandvik has cut a deal to acquire... — Updated 11/15/2022

 
Boston Dynamics Spot robot fitted with ExynAI, Trimble X7 3D scanning system.

Spot the autonomous robot surveyor dog

Boston Dynamics' Spot fitted with Exyn autonomy and Trimble 3D scanning tech. Upgraded with the powerful autonomy offered by Exyn Technologies and Trimble's advanced 3D scanning system, Boston... — Updated 11/9/2022 Full story

 
Concept of NASA’s Psyche spacecraft approaching the metal-rich asteroid.

NASA is psyched about asteroid mission

 — Updated 11/8/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
A mineshaft being outlined with a digital rendering.

Ericsson and Becker partner on mining 5G

Seeking to unearth the future of smart mining, Swedish telecom giant Ericsson has partnered with Becker Mining Systems AG to distribute private 5G networks at global operations. According to a... — Updated 11/1/2022

 
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... — Updated 11/1/2022

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

US critical and essential mineral source

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 Cre... — Updated 10/25/2022

 
A NASA high-altitude plane in flight over snow-covered mountains.

Southwest US critical mineral reflections

USGS, NASA use hyperspectral imaging to seek critical minerals in Southwest US. To gain a broader view of potential domestic sources of the minerals needed for everything from electronic devices a... — Updated 10/18/2022

 
A Cat loader dumps iron ore into a Scania autonomous mining truck.

Will autonomous trucks shrink mines?

Rio Tinto, Scania are reimagining mining with more agile and efficient self-driving truck. Will the automation and electrification of mining trucks shrink the size of equipment used to dig up and... — Updated 10/18/2022

 
Columns of liquids used to separate mixed rare earths into individual elements.

Ucore's Alaska 2023 is now Louisiana 2024

Plans to build first rare earths plant In the Gulf Coast state by 2024. With $10 million in economic incentives and quicker permitting of already established industrial sites on the Gulf of... — Updated 10/18/2022 Full story

 
A box of drill core ready to be analyzed by a Corescan machine.

Epiroc to buy core logging firm Geoscan

Adding to the rapidly expanding line of mineral exploration and mining products, technologies, and services, Epiroc has cut a deal to acquire Geoscan Pty Ltd, an Australian company that provides d... — Updated 10/11/2022

 

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