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  • Sparks arc out of a vat being filled with molten steel.

    Green steel made from Baffinland iron

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Mar 9, 2024

    European steelmakers are looking across the Atlantic for high-quality iron ore mined on Canada's Baffin Island. Due to the combination of high strength, low cost, and the abundance of the minerals and metals from which it is made, steel is the most used metal on Earth. The making of this alloy that serves as the skeleton of modern society, however, is also responsible for roughly 8% of global carbon dioxide emissions. To help reduce the CO2 footprint of this building material... Full story

  • A 3D rendering of a hydrogen fuel-powered Komatsu 930E haul truck.

    GM, Komatsu forge hydrogen partnership

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 22, 2023

    Revolutionizing heavy-duty commercial equipment, General Motors and Komatsu have joined forces in a groundbreaking collaboration, aiming to power mining haul trucks with hydrogen fuel cells, driving cleaner operations and moving toward the ambitious goal of zero-carbon emissions. Lightweight and quick to refuel, hydrogen fuel cells are hailed as the ideal solution to electrifying applications traditionally powered by diesel engines. Powered by the universe's most abundant mate...

  • A giant vat of molten steel slag pouring into a pit.

    Baffinland iron for German green steel

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 8, 2023

    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 German steelmaker thyssenkrupp hopes to turn that iron into low-carbon green steel. Announced July 25, Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. and thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG have entered into a memorandum of understanding to accelerate the development of high-quality feedstock for green... Full story

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

    Mining heavyweights to build pilot plant

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 8, 2023

    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, the first of its kind deployment of hydrogen calcination in the world, will be built in Australia at the Yarwun Alumina Refinery in Gladstone, Queensland. The project, co-sponsored by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), which contributed A$32.1 million (US$21.3 mil...

  • Toyota Australia BHP Land Cruiser 70 EV electric vehicle Eddy Haegel Edgar Basto

    Toyota Land Cruiser 70 gets EV upgrade

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Mining giant BHP and Toyota Australia have teamed up to convert the Land Cruiser 70, a rugged and retro Toyota workhorse in Australia, to an electric truck that will retain the toughness for which this vehicle is renowned but without the exhaust that comes with the typical 4.5-liter diesel V8 engine. Available in SUV and pickup versions, the Land Cruiser 70 has been produced in Australia since 1984 and is a popular vehicle in the mines there. An electric Land Cruiser 70 is... Full story

  • Massive earthen dam holds back red mud tailings at aluminum mine in Brazil.

    From mining waste to building materials

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 14, 2023

    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 infrastructure industries. This new technology has the potential to transform waste from nickel mining – called tailings – into additional products with added value for stakeholders. The resulting byproduct would replace primary raw materials in legacy cement and concrete prod... Full story

  • Komatsu mining truck that can run on multiple low-carbon power sources.

    Cummins zero emission for Komatsu trucks

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 19, 2022

    To further delve into the development of zero-emissions mining haul trucks, Komatsu is teaming up with Cummins, a global power leader best known for its diesel engines. Building on a longtime partnership of Cummins diesel engines powering a wide variety of Komatsu mining and construction equipment, the companies are now collaborating on zero-emissions power technologies, including hydrogen fuel cell solutions for large mining haul trucks. "Cummins has been a long-term partner...

  • Carbfix Talon Metals DOE Tamarack Rio Tinto clean energy domestic mine Minnesota

    DOE funds carbon antimining at Tamarack

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

    The United States Department of Energy is investing $2.2 million to explore the holy grail of clean energy projects – a domestic mine that helps to supply the nickel and copper needed to achieve America's electric vehicle and renewable energy ambitions while also pulling carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it as a mineral in rocks for geological periods of time. Global mining company Rio Tinto is contributing another $4 million and is leading this three-year r...

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

    Electric Cats for a Nouveau graphite mine

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    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 Monde Graphite Inc. has signed a deal with Caterpillar Inc. to develop, test, and produce a fleet of all-electric Cat mining equipment for its coming Matawinie graphite operation in Quebec. "We are proud to be a driving force for our peers as we strive to electrify our operations to meet... Full story

  • Kaunis Iron EV truck Volvo collaboration Sweden Vattenfall ABB Arctic electrical

    Sweden irons out carbon emission future

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Sweden-based Kaunis Iron, in collaboration with Vattenfall, Volvo Trucks, ABB and Wist Last & Buss have come together for a unique pilot project to develop a sustainable logistics system, free from fossil fuels. Managing one of the largest iron mines in Sweden, Kaunis Iron has a vision of being the world's most sustainable supplier of iron ore. One of the highest hurdles to achieving this objective is reducing the carbon dioxide emissions from the heavy equipment transporting...

  • Newmont Corp. Tom Palmer carbon neutral 2050 $500 million 30%

    Newmont to invest $500M on climate goals

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Newmont Corp. is investing $500 million over the next five years toward the ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2030, another step toward the ultimate objective of transforming to a carbon neutral gold mining company by 2050. "We fundamentally understand the human contribution to climate change and understand we reap what we sow. It is our responsibility to take care of the resources provided to us," said Newmont President and CEO Tom Palmer. For a...

  • Heavy duty electric mining haul truck lithium ion battery graphite

    Ottawa, Quebec invest in mining EV tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Ottawa and the Quebec provincial government are contributing nearly C$3.6 million to support Propulsion Québec's efforts to advance electric haul trucks, battery technology, and fast charging infrastructure for Canada's mining sector. "We're helping mining companies lower their emissions by investing in onsite emissions reduction technologies, and they're helping us by powering the clean technologies we'll need to reach net-zero by 2050," said Canada Minister of Natural...

  • Tesla Model S Model 3 Model Y supercharger lithium ion battery charging

    A potential CO2 absorbing nickel mine

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Long before Tesla CEO Elon Musk called on miners to produce more of the nickel needed in the lithium-ion batteries powering a rapidly expanding electric vehicle sector in an environmentally sensitive way, Giga Metals Corp. was working toward that very goal at its Turnagain nickel-cobalt deposit in northern British Columbia, Canada. "Further to Elon Musk's specific call to nickel producers to pursue environmentally friendly nickel in high volume made during Tesla's latest...

  • Komatsu Rio Tinto decarbonization zero-emission power-agnostic truck GHG

    Komatsu power-agnostic mine truck alliance

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 17, 2021

    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 Rio offering a mine site for testing and Komatsu allowing first picks from its future lineup of power-agnostic trucks. "Rio Tinto and Komatsu have a shared history of partnership on innovation going back to when we built the world's largest Komatsu autonomous haulage fleet in 2008,"... Full story