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

    Groundbreaking CO2 capture mining tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    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 nickel and cobalt needed for electric vehicle batteries – storing more carbon dioxide than is needed to produce these lithium-ion battery metals while also using the CO2 as a rock conditioner that makes the mining and processing less energy intensive. Many nickel-cobalt d...

  • Green brucite crystals in a white carbonate host rock.

    CO2 Lock races to solidify carbon capture

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Clean tech startup advances method to turn CO2 into rock for geological timescale storage. As mining companies around the world endeavor to meet the rocketing demand for minerals needed to build the clean energy infrastructure to slow global warming, CO2 Lock Corp. is racing to put minerals back into the ground for the same purpose. CO2 Lock was formed by FPX Nickel Corp. in 2022 as a clean technology startup focused on carrying forward research into transforming atmospheric...

  • Tall industrial smoke stacks create a cloud of emissions at sunset.

    Cheaper, safer industrial carbon capture

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 25, 2023

    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 emissions. Recently, at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, 197 countries agreed to the new Glasgow Climate Pact, reaffirming the 2015 Paris Agreement and the need to reduce global CO2 emissions by 45% by 2030, relative to the 2010 levels, with 140 countries...

  • Aerial view of rock crushing and screen operation at a quarry in Cyprus.

    Destigmatizing tailings in carbon capture

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    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 carbon neutrality imperatives without doing further damage to the environment or simply displacing problems to other areas of the value stream. Technologies for capturing carbon dioxide are improving, but the captured CO2 still needs a rock-solid alternative to expensive... Full story

  • Musk Foundation $100 million XPRIZE carbon sequestration technologies.

    Carbon capture mining tech wins XPRIZE

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    A mine that could suck billions of tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and turn it to stone while also producing the nickel, cobalt, and other metals needed for zero-emissions electric vehicles would be the ultimate prize for Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk. Carbin Minerals and Carbfix, two companies developing just that type of technology, have been awarded $1 million from XPRIZE, a global future-positive movement envisioned by Musk and supported by his foundation. XPRIZE... Full story

  • Trail CCUS pilot plant will tie into the refinery’s No. 2 sulfuric acid plant.

    Teck to capture CO2 at Trail Operations

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    As part of the goal to reduce the carbon intensity of its operations 33% by 2030 and reach net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, Teck Resources Ltd. is carrying out a carbon capture utilization and storage pilot project at its Trail Operations metallurgical complex. Located in southern British Columbia, Trail is a zinc and lead smelting and refining complex that also recovers precious metals such as silver and gold, as well as critical metals germanium, indium, and...

  • Tube filled with reactive tailings material being injected with CO2 exhaust.

    FPX Nickel looks beyond net-zero carbon

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Recent lab tests carried out by researchers from the University of British Columbia indicate that a nickel mine at FPX Nickel Corp.'s Baptiste project in central British Columbia could absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than the CO2 that would be emitted to dig up and extract this critical ingredient of the lithium-ion batteries going into electric vehicles, home electronics, cordless power tools, and growing list of battery-powered devices. A road-accessible...