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 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
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Blockchain, ESG, and mining standards

U.S. supply chains for critical minerals in energy, automotive, aeronautic and defense markets are up against the challenge of establishing credible "green credentials" amidst sweeping company promises,... — Updated 10/3/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
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Exyn strengthens strategic partnerships

Further solidifying its leadership in the world of multi-platform robotic autonomy for complex and GPS-denied environments, Exyn Technologies Inc. has secured funding that strengthens the autonomous roboti... — Updated 9/19/2023

Computer-generated rendering of Geodes transmitting data to a satellite.

Fleet Space ups exploration commitment

Space Age mineral exploration firm invests in mining company using its cutting-edge tech. Going above and beyond its already well-established commitment to employing space-based mineral exploration technol... — Updated 9/12/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Two suited crew members collect rock samples from the moon’s surface.

Mining and manufacturing on the Moon

NASA has selected the geology team for the Artemis III moon flight, the first crewed lunar landing mission since the Apollo missions over 50 years ago. The astrogeology team will help plan geological... — Updated 9/6/2023

Maps showing geophysical anomalies across Australia, Canada, and the U.S.

Australia, Canada, and US merge geo data

Compile national-scale datasets to assist tri-national critical minerals mapping initiative. Part of a larger collaboration to better understand the critical minerals potential across Australia, Canada, an... — Updated 8/31/2023

 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

A loaded truck emerges from the underground mine portal at Roseberry.

MMG installs driver fatigue alert system

Mining company installs Hexagon’s operator alert system to monitor for signs of fatigue at underground mine in Tasmania. To enhance the safety of mining truck operators carrying out repetitive tasks over... — Updated 8/29/2023

Artist rendering of at RIINO monorail hauling rocks up a steep mining slope.

MICA funds for Sudbury mining innovators

$2.1M awarded to three companies advancing tech for more sustainable, productive mining The Greater Sudbury region of Ontario is so enriched with deposits containing nickel and other metals needed for the... — Updated 8/29/2023 Full story

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

NioCorp produces scandium metal in US

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,... — Updated 8/23/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Young female worker with hard hat and PPE in a warehouse setting.

U.S. critical minerals workforce needed

Alongside critical minerals demand, there's another shortage in the U.S. that has the mining industry just as worried – fresh faces in the labor pool. The global economy is in the midst of a... — Updated 8/22/2023

Artist rendering of future geothermal power-lithium plant near the Salton Sea.

CTR selects Aquatech for lithium plant

$1 billion facility to produce battery-grade lithium for roughly 415,000 EVs annually, plus deliver 55MW of clean electricity. Crossing another major milestone on its path to producing zero-carbon lithium... — Updated 8/17/2023

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

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
A mining haul truck used to carry thousands of tons a day.

Mines researcher champions clean mining

Seeking ways to mitigate and reduce carbon emissions, a doctoral postgraduate of mining engineering and management from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has taken it upon herself to explore a ne... — Updated 8/9/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
A giant vat of molten steel slag pouring into a pit.

Baffinland iron for German green steel

One of the northernmost mines in the world, Baffinland's Mary River operation on Baffin Island in Nunavut, Canada, has among the richest iron ore deposits ever discovered, and a recent cooperation with... — Updated 8/8/2023 Full story

Rio Tinto’s Yarwun alumina refinery in Queensland, Australia.

Mining heavyweights to build pilot plant

Rio Tinto and Sumitomo Corp. have teamed up to build a demonstration plant aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the production of aluminum. The A$111.1 million (US$73.9 million) pilot project, t... — Updated 8/8/2023

A field of boulders deposited by an ancient river on Mars.

Perseverance prospects Martian river

Martian geologist takes a page from Earth prospectors; collects sample of a conglomerate of rocks that washed down a Mars river. When a geologist must ship rock samples 217 million miles for analysis, only... — Updated 7/31/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Tall industrial smoke stacks create a cloud of emissions at sunset.

Cheaper, safer industrial carbon capture

College of Science researchers at Oregon State University have demonstrated an improved carbon capture method using an inexpensive nanomaterial made from aluminum to scrub carbon dioxide from industrial... — Updated 7/25/2023

Closeup of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Lake Superior on a map.

Avalon advances Ontario lithium strategy

MOU with Metso lays groundwork for the processing tech to produce lithium hydroxide for EV batteries at a planned plant in Thunder Bay, Ont. In a major step toward its goal of becoming the first... — Updated 7/25/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Male and female industrial employees working on a jobsite.

Mining industry short on tech skills

The world's leading mining companies have a big problem – with the industry being transformed by a mad rush to acquire raw materials supporting the worldwide energy transition, and mining companies'... — Updated 7/4/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Komatsu’s latest 980E-5SE electric mining haul truck in the field.

Komatsu's new E-powertrain mining truck

Leveraging its world-class heavy equipment and technology expertise, Komatsu has introduced the 980E-5SE, which boasts the highest-in-class horsepower available on an ultra-class mining truck. Given the st... — Updated 7/3/2023

Two Cat 793 trucks haul equipped with BreadCrumbs haul ore at Fort Knox Mine.

Rajant offers connectivity for every mine

Kinetic Mesh tech delivers reliable, fast, and scalable network solutions to modern digital mines of all sizes. From giant equipment autonomously digging ore at global-scale copper mines to industrial... — Updated 6/27/2023 Full story

Female worker stands in front of zinc billets produced at Trail Operations.

Teck Trail refinery gets the Zinc Mark

First stand-alone zinc processing site in the world to meet high ESG criteria for Zinc Mark certification. Teck Resources Ltd.'s Trail Operations in British Columbia is the first stand-alone zinc... — Updated 6/22/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Enormous rolls of stainless steel produced by ArcelorMittal.

ArcelorMittal, GM recycled steel deal

ArcelorMittal North America will supply General Motors with XCarb, a recycled and renewably produced (RRP) steel product that is taking the two industry giants a step closer to carbon neutrality. "This... — Updated 6/20/2023

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 6/20/2023

Milky Way lights up the night sky above a mining truck at a Chilean copper mine.

BHP, Microsoft partner on mining tech

Azure AI, machine learning and cloud tech unlock value at largest copper mine in the world. In a move toward the digital mines of the future, mining giant BHP has forged a partnership with computing giant... — Updated 6/20/2023 Full story


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