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 By Shane Lasley    Mining Tech 
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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 6/6/2023 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    Mining Tech 
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 6/6/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
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Fleet Space Technologies doubles valuation

Fleet Space Technologies has just completed its third fundraising round (Series C), more than doubling the company's valuation to over A$350 million (US$228 million). This financial achievement is a... — Updated 6/2/2023

Periodic table showing scandium, titanium, niobium, and other critical minerals.

More Elk Creek critical minerals, alloys

NioCorp looks at using Elk Creek scandium in Al-Sc alloys; increased niobium, titanium recoveries could boost economics of future mine. From the launch of a project aimed at producing incredibly strong... — Updated 5/30/2023

Large group in hard hats and safety vests in front of Komatsu mining truck.

Komatsu's future autonomous mine vision

Interoperability is key to company's vision of a fully automated mine; works with Toyota to sync light trucks into future mines. From the Arctic regions of northern Sweden to the Andes Mountains in Chile... — Updated 5/30/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
A truck driving into a larger cavern from a tunnel underground.

Maptek reveals smart eyes for dark mines

Bringing a whole new meaning to the term tunnel vision, Maptek PTY Ltd. recently announced the introduction of its latest underground proximity detection, VisionV2X. Operating out of Sydney since 1981,... — Updated 5/24/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Chain with binary code representative of the digital links of blockchain tech.

EV battery passport pilots underway

With mining for critical minerals like cobalt embattled on many fronts, the preference for fair trade options, need for source transparency, and massive investments in battery recycling infrastructure are... — Updated 5/24/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Hands holding small thin film solar cell panels.

Solar cell silver, indium recycling tech

Swedish researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology have developed a recovery method for recycling 100% of the silver and about 85% of the indium contained in thin-film solar cells in an... — Updated 5/16/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Man holding small vials of various rare earths processed with ISR technology.

Geomega consolidates ISR tech operations

Foreseeing a green technologies hub emerging in the southeastern regions of Canada, Geomega Resources Inc. is centralizing all its operations into a single larger location within the town of Saint-Hubert,... — Updated 5/16/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
An underground miner checks an electronic tablet at Hecla’s Greens Creek Mine.

New mining tech enhances safety, ESG

The last few years have seen big industries' social accountability come to the fore, with growing pressure to engage more holistically with the workforce, local communities, and environmental concerns.... — Updated 5/16/2023

Ripples expand across a crystal-clear placid mountain lake.

Caterpillar, NMG strengthen partnership

To build electric mining equipment with potential to offer clean energy benefits that will ripple far beyond the mining sector. Building off a collaboration that was first forged in 2021, Caterpillar Inc.... — Updated 5/9/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Artist rendering of a spacecraft exploring the metal-rich 16 Psyche asteroid.

Space mining visionaries play long game

Like flying cars and jet packs, space travel, colonization and resource mining are all lagging behind the imaginations of Hollywood, scientists, and billionaire CEOs. This is partly because NASA and its... — Updated 5/9/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Black schist material bioleached at Talvivaara Sotkamo Mine in Finland.

Earth's tiniest miners help environment

Similar to some International Space Station experiments for mining in space, the University of Waterloo in Southern Ontario has been using microorganisms as an environmentally friendly means of breaking... — Updated 5/8/2023

Lit up by a drone pilot’s headlamp, ExynAero casts a shadow on the mine wall.

Jaguar Mining adopts Exyn drone tech

ExynAero drone improves safety and efficiency at underground gold mines in Brazil. Toward its commitment to embracing new mining technologies that increase safety and efficiency, Jaguar Mining Inc. has... — Updated 5/2/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
The Tamagawa Onsen hot spring in Towada Hachimantai National Park.

Raising rare earth recovery with yeast

While not quite as easy as whipping up a science experiment in the kitchen, a research group from the Osaka Metropolitan University Graduate School of Engineering has developed an inexpensive and... — Updated 4/21/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Rendering of the iSpace lunar lander preparing to land on the Moon.

Epiroc, iSpace partner in Moon missions

Epiroc, a leading Swedish equipment and tech innovator for the mining and infrastructure industries, has partnered up with Japanese automation and AI startup iSpace and its Luxembourg-based subsidiary... — Updated 4/21/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Historical coal breaker and railroad track at Eckley’s Miners Village, PA.

DOE to repurpose 1.5M acres of coal mines

Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed last year, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) announced it is allocating $450 million in grants to repurpose 1.5... — Updated 4/19/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
A Volvo FH Electric truck dumping rocks inside an underground mine.

Volvo, Boliden deploy EV mining trucks

Starting this year, Swedish mining group Boliden will begin incorporating heavy battery-electric trucks into its underground transport fleet, beginning with two vehicles from Volvo Trucks. Diesel engines... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Lunar Outpost’s MAPP rover to be used for mining on the Moon.

Australia's Moon to Mars Trailblazers

Foreseeing the importance of a presence in space, the Minister for Industry and Science, Australian parliament member Ed Husic, along with dignitaries from the Australian Space Agency and NASA, announced... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Aerial view of rock crushing and screen operation at a quarry in Cyprus.

Destigmatizing tailings in carbon capture

Global electrification of an extensive amount of industrial processes necessitates a counterbalance to the wave of new mining required for the electric vehicles and renewable energy infrastructure to meet... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Massive earthen dam holds back red mud tailings at aluminum mine in Brazil.

From mining waste to building materials

Canadian tech company EnviCore and nickel mining company Talon Metals are teaming up to pioneer a "full value mining" technology that converts mine waste into products for the building, construction, and i... — Updated 4/14/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Daoru Han and Jacob Ortega discuss space inside plasma vacuum chamber.

NASA Lunar Forge winner earns funding

Under the lead of a doctoral aerospace engineering student at Missouri University of Science and Technology, a team of 12 undergraduates have come together to continue research on a project that is out of... — Updated 3/28/2023 Full story

University of Texas Research scientist Estibalitz Ukar sitting on a rock.

Groundbreaking CO2 capture mining tech

University of Texas scientists develop CO2-injection tech that breaks rocks and stores carbon. University of Texas at Austin researchers may have made a literal groundbreaking discovery for mining the... — Updated 3/28/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Graphic of potential geothermal uses for power generation, heating, and cooling.

Geothermal promises increased potential

Geothermal power has generally represented region-specific and niche clean energy in the public consciousness for over a century. Today, thanks to a profusion of social outreach and government incentives,... — Updated 3/13/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
A hydrogen fuel cell-powered haul truck at Mogalakwena mine.

First Mode's next step to zero emissions

Installing fuel cells in more than 400 mining trucks for Anglo American. Only two months after a $1.5 billion transaction that transformed First Mode from a Seattle-based space mission engineering startup... — Updated 3/6/2023 Full story


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