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FaceCapture tech coming to Hecla mines

It is not miner's faces that will be recognized by the new technology being deployed by Hecla Mining Company. Instead, Mine Vision Systems' FaceCapture system will be used to map the mine face at two of... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
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Komatsu, Cummins integrate data systems

American motor and power tech leader Cummins and Japanese construction and mining equipment brand Komatsu are continuing their history of innovative collaboration with a streamlined remote monitoring syste... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
A battery-electric Sandvik truck and loader working underground.

Rana Gruber orders electric Sandvik fleet

In Norway, the Rana Gruber iron ore mining and mineral processing operation has purchased a fleet of 19 battery-electric vehicles from Sandvik. The order is being filled during this year's first quarter... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
The Sandvik Toro LH307 is designed to operate in underground environments.

Japan automates top-producing gold mine

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions' AutoMine loading technology is the latest advancement in Sumitomo Metal Mining's long-term vision of leading the world in the non-ferrous metals industry. The Japanese... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
The near desert of the Los Azules Mine project in San Juan, Argentina.

Stellantis invests $155M in copper miner

In a surprising move, automotive multinational Stellantis has announced the acquisition of a 14.2% equity stake in McEwen Copper, a subsidiary of McEwen Mining, becoming the Canadian company's... — Updated 4/28/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Volvo’s lineup in the battery-electric vehicle industry’s heavy trucks.

Out in front: Volvo heads electrification

Since starting electric heavy truck production in 2019, Volvo has swiftly become a leader in the market with a running tally of 4,300 vehicles on the road in over 38 countries, including nearly half of... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

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 project... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

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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, drill down... — Updated 4/16/2023 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 Applied... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

Rendering of a Viper system storing nearby solar and wind energy.

An innovative take on battery mining

Economical Energy intends to mine cavities to house renewable energy storage systems. An Australian startup has come up with an idea for energy storage mining that does not involve the production of... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

Section of silvery grey core from drilling at Graphite Creek deposit in Alaska.

Graphite One leverages national lab tech

PNNL to verify G1 Graphite material for EV batteries; Sandia to explore innovative green tech to extract critical minerals. Toward its goal of establishing an all-American supply chain for the graphite... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
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Boart Longyear creates new geo data firm

As the demand for critical metals continues to rise, the need for efficient and accurate mineral exploration has never been greater. With the mining industry facing ever-increasing pressure to reduce the... — Updated 4/14/2023 Full story

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 world – a... — Updated 2/8/2023 Full story

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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 operations... — Updated 1/20/2023 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 recycling... — 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 further,... — 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 C$6... — 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, Boliden,... — Updated 12/13/2022

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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 intelligence-driven... — 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 receive... — 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 the... — Updated 12/6/2022

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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 smartphones... — Updated 12/6/2022

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 Polymathian... — 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 Dynamics'... — Updated 11/9/2022 Full story


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