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MINExpo Las Vegas Komatsu convention Rio Tinto Caterpillar electric haul truck

Global mining sector returns to Vegas

LAS VEGAS – The machinery is enormous, and the ambitions are even larger for the global mining equipment companies unveiling the very latest technologies they have to offer at the National... — Updated 10/5/2021 Full story

MINExpo Las Vegas Cat Caterpillar heavy equipment electric bulldozer low carbon

Caterpillar committed to better mining

LAS VEGAS – From heavy equipment training simulators to the largest and most powerful electric drive dozer on Earth, Caterpillar's 55,000-square-foot mecca in the Central Hall of MINExpo 2021 in... — Updated 9/28/2021 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
University of Arizona NASA swarm autonomous robots Moon space mining

Scientists plan new method of Moon mining

A research team at the University of Arizona recently received $500,000 in NASA funding for a project to advance space mining methods through the use of autonomous robots, swarms of them. "It's re... — Updated 9/21/2021 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
ABB MEDATech Ability eMine FastCharge all-electric mine recharging drive train

ABB, MEDATech sync electrification goals

Swedish-Swiss multinational technology company ABB Ltd. has signed an agreement with MEDATech Engineering Services Ltd., designer of custom mobile heavy equipment, to explore technologies for... — Updated 9/21/2021 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Rajant Kinetic Mesh BreadCrumb InstaMesh wireless network mining underground

Rajant wireless to connect above and below

Provider of Kinetic Mesh wireless networks, Rajant Corp., recently announced its participation at MINExpo to showcase its collaborative solutions for fully mobile, underground and open-pit... — Updated 9/14/2021 Full story

Saskatchewan Research Council REE rare earth elements SRC Alces Lake

Saskatchewan rare earths plant on its way

A year after the Saskatchewan government announced that it is investing C$31 million in a rare earths processing facility in the Canadian province, construction of this important segment in... — Updated 9/7/2021 Full story

NASA Artemis ESA Moon Mars space mining geoscience Pangaea-X EFB

ESA launches Pangaea space geology course

As NASA prepares for Artemis, which will establish an outpost on the Moon in preparation to send humans to Mars, at least some of the next generation of astronauts will need to have a discerning... — Updated 9/7/2021 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Redwire Space NASA Break the Ice Challenge winner rover space mining Moon

NASA Break the Ice Challenge winners

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Aug. 18 announced the winners of its Break the Ice Lunar Challenge, which is incentivizing new approaches for excavating resources on the Moon... — Updated 8/31/2021 Full story

University of Adelaide Australia Ali Pourmousavi Kani mining Assessment

Experts help electrify Australian mining

Experts from the University of Adelaide are leading a project focused on helping Australia's mining sector transition to more efficient and sustainable battery electric vehicles. "About 30-50% of... — Updated 8/24/2021 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Sandvik Nokia 5G underground mining VTT NGMining project research pilot

Finnish 5G research collaboration kicks off

Following last year's announcement of Nokia's 5G standalone private wireless networks, Nokia and early collaborator Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology have announced a partnership with VTT... — Updated 8/24/2021 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
GoldSpot Discoveries acquisition CEO.CA Geotic AI artificial intelligence

GoldSpot to acquire CEO.CA and Geotic

Leading artificial intelligence company GoldSpot Discoveries Corp. announced Aug. 16 not one, but two planned acquisitions to bolster the rapidly growing firm, continuing its incredible pace to tr... — Updated 8/24/2021 Full story

NASA Perseverance space mining Mars rover drilling Curt Freeman Caltech

Drill recovery issues go interplanetary

Many Earthbound mineral exploration geologists can relate to the disappointment that must have been felt by NASA scientists when they realized that the Perseverance rover did not recover a sample... — Updated 8/17/2021 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Razor Labs BHP Group Israel artificial intelligence AI DataMind pilot program

Israeli AI firm enters Aussie mining sector

As one of the world's largest suppliers of natural resources, Australian mines employ close to 150 thousand workers and generate hundreds of billions of dollars worth of commodities the globe... — Updated 8/17/2021 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Komatsu Rio Tinto decarbonization zero-emission power-agnostic truck GHG

Komatsu power-agnostic mine truck alliance

Global mining company Rio Tinto Group and heavy equipment manufacturer Komatsu Ltd. have partnered to fast-track the development and implementation of zero-emission mining haulage solutions, with... — Updated 8/17/2021 Full story

BHP Group Tesla TransAlta Nickel West Australia lithium-ion battery low-carbon

Solar to help power BHP Nickel West mines

To lower the carbon footprint of the nickel it delivers to lithium-ion battery and electric vehicle manufacturers such as Tesla Inc., BHP Group is having 38.1 megawatts of solar power capacity... — Updated 8/17/2021 Full story

Elk Creek Mine Nebraska ferroniobium NioCorp Developments grinding rolls

Grinding tech may lower Elk Creek costs

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... — Updated 8/17/2021 Full story

Mars Perseverance NASA space mining geology robotics rover rock samples Caltech

Mars geologist preps for historic drilling

A year after embarking on its 292.5-million-mile journey to Mars, NASA's Perseverance rover is readying to collect its first Martian rock sample. Since its February arrival, the robotic geologist... — Updated 8/10/2021 Full story

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions Automine Concept autonomous underground

Secret Sandvik Automine loader unveiled

In the depths of its test mine and lab in Tampere, Finland, Sandvik has secretly been carrying out underground tests on a cabinless, electrified, and automated concept loader that showcases the... — Updated 8/3/2021 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
SafeAI retrofit autonomous heavy equipment mining construction California

SafeAI opts to retrofit autonomous trucks

A single mine haul truck can cost up to $5 million, so adapting a single large mine to autonomous haulage can cost in the tens or even hundreds of millions. SafeAI Inc. is taking the retrofit... — Updated 7/27/2021 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
GoldSpot Discoveries Ridgeline Canada British Columbia Peter Dueck portfolio

GoldSpot adds geo business and expertise

Keeping up with its recent momentum, AI expert GoldSpot Discoveries Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ridgeline Exploration Services Inc., a privately held geological and... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

RapidSX Innovation Metals REE extraction recycling Ucore ASMC facility Alaska

Tests show RapidSX lives up to its name

As its name implies, Innovation Metals Corp.'s RapidSX rare earths separation technology is at least one order of magnitude faster at extracting REEs than the solvent extraction methods that it... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

EnviroLeach Technologies UK Ocean Partners environmentally friendly mining

Global trader tests EnviroLeach gold tech

Looking for an effective, efficient, and environmentally friendly means of recovering gold from concentrated mine products provided by its global clients, United Kingdom-based Ocean Partners Holdi... — Updated 7/6/2021 Full story

Caterpillar heavy machinery Nouveau Monde Graphite all-electric CAT carbon-free

Electric Cats for a Nouveau graphite mine

In a move that bolsters its own vision of becoming a carbon-neutral miner of graphite and advances technologies that will lower the carbon footprint of surface mines around the globe, Nouveau... — Updated 6/29/2021 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
247Solar MIT HeatStorE remote off-grid generator emission-free clean renewable

Sandbox battery to energize remote mines

Solar energy company and startup from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Solar247 Inc., announced earlier this year a robust new battery technology, HeatStorE, a long duration thermal battery... — Updated 6/29/2021 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Lunar Outpost NASA ice mining HIPPO Rover Masten Honeybee challenge moon

Moon mining challenge opens new doors

Colorado-based aviation and aerospace company, Lunar Outpost, famed for its $1 sale of moon rocks to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is now participating in NASA's Break the... — Updated 6/29/2021 Full story


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