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  • Looking over long stockpiles of coal toward a power plant in Slovenia.

    Turning European mines into batteries

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 24, 2024

    Mining companies look to Gravitricity's gravity energy storage tech as anopportunity to extend usefulness of mine shafts after the ore is gone. Energy storage is the lynchpin of a clean energy future that will rely on enormous quantities of zero-carbon electricity from intermittent sources such as wind and solar. After all, the billions of lightbulbs illuminating a city at night or millions of air conditioners keeping homes and businesses cool on a still summer day do not...

  • Rendering of large wheel dumping ore buckets with Mining One, EcoHoist logos.

    Mining One lends expertise to EcoHoist

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 20, 2024

    Mining consultant is assisting in the deployment of EcoHoist's innovative ore hoisting tech. EcoHoist's lateral thinking when it comes to developing an economical solution for the vertical transport of material out of underground mines has drawn the attention of Mining One, an Australia-based consultancy firm for the mining sector. "Ensuring safe and efficient haulage underground is becoming increasingly challenging," said Gary Davidson, principal mining engineer at Mining... Full story

  • AI rendering of a satellite orbiting over Earth.

    Satellite subscription service for miners

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

    Hypervine launches a service that allows users to receive unlimited satellite surveys and reports for a low monthly fee. From gaining a detailed overhead view of the predevelopment landscape to grabbing a snapshot of current conditions and monitoring changes over time, satellite imagery is revolutionizing the planning and operations of modern mines. However, the cost for a satellite to take a snapshot of a mine can be high, and many traditional technologies cannot image the gr...

  • Computer rending of large wheel lifting and dumping ore buckets.

    EcoHoist mine tech draws ABB expertise

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 2, 2024

    Global mine electrification and hoisting leader is helping accelerate the commercialization of an innovative underground ore hauling solution. The team behind Economical Energy's innovative Viper underground gravity battery for renewable energy storage has now launched an equally innovative solution for the vertical transport of material out of underground mines. The new Australian startup, EcoHoist, is on a mission to decarbonize underground mines by replacing the trucks... Full story

  • Neon green tree sap from a notch in a tree is drawn into a narrow glass tube.

    DOE explores nickel farming concept

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Mar 29, 2024

    Invests $10 million for PHYTOMINES, a project to investigate the potential of using hyperaccumulating plants to draw nickel from soil. Will we soon be able to farm some of the nickel needed for lithium-ion batteries? The U.S. Department of Energy is investing $10 million to find out. The idea of using plants to extract nickel from soil is not as far-fetched as it may sound. Researchers have identified plants in Malaysia known as hyperaccumulators that thrive in nickel-rich env...

  • Various digital symbols imposed on an image of heavy equipment.

    Hivekit now offers sleek mine management

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Looking to put some order into the modern mine, Hivekit Inc. has released an operations management system for the mining and metals industry, providing a cloud-based platform able to track individuals, vehicles, equipment, and other data sources– replicated as a three-dimensional digital twin – allowing management in the virtual before taking it to reality. Founded in 2023, Hivekit is the result of five years of research and development into creating a new way of wor... Full story

  • Sandvik drills being tested at a rock quarry near Tampere, Finland.

    Sandvik has new surface drill test mine

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 23, 2023

    Buys a rock quarry in Finland to test next-gen surface drilling tech in a real-world mine environment. To further support its endeavors to develop the next generation of electrified and autonomous mining equipment, Sandvik has acquired an open pit mine site in Finland to ready new drilling technologies for real-world applications. "Testing is a major part of our R&D cycle. This new test mine will help us shorten time to market and verify even more swiftly that we're...

  • Artist rendering of at RIINO monorail hauling rocks up a steep mining slope.

    MICA funds for Sudbury mining innovators

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 29, 2023

    $2.1M awarded to three companies advancing tech for more sustainable, productive mining The Greater Sudbury region of Ontario is so enriched with deposits containing nickel and other metals needed for the clean energy transition that one of the area's parliamentary districts is named Nickel Belt. Looking to also be an epicenter of sustainable mining technologies, Marc Serré, member of parliament for Nickel Belt, and Viviane Lapointe, member of parliament for the neighboring... Full story

  • Greens Creek Hecla Mining Company wireless technology autonomous trucks

    130-year-old Hecla stays on cutting edge

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

    Established in 1891, Hecla Mining Company has survived two global pandemics, two World Wars, the Great Depression, and numerous crests and troughs of a cyclical metals market that has sunk many of the silver miner's contemporaries over the past 130 years. One of the reasons for this long-lived success is a readiness to adapt to change and the vision to adopt new technologies that maximize safety, improve efficiency, and reduce the environmental footprint of its operations in... Full story

  • Caterpillar Inc. MineStar Solutions Denise Johnson CES 2021 autonomous vehicles

    Cat shows off techier side at CES 2021

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

    Best known for the brawn of the enormous earthmoving machines it manufactures for mining operations around the globe, Caterpillar Inc. showcased its brainy side during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021 held from Jan. 11 to Jan. 14. "People may ask why a manufacturing company like Caterpillar has decided to participate in CES," said Denise Johnson, president of the Caterpillar resource industries group. "The real question is 'why not?' We're proud of our reputation for... Full story

  • Computer image of lightning striking and pulverizing a rock pillar with stairs.

    BHP invests in new rock-crushing tech

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

    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 into those discoveries for sampling, and then pulverize rock in the discovered deposits to extract the minerals contained within? BHP believes it is possible and is collaborating with I-Pulse Inc. to advance pulsed-power technology for mining. BHP is particularly interested in... Full story

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

    Graphite One leverages national lab tech

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

    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 that goes into the lithium-ion batteries powering the transition to electric vehicles charged with low-carbon energy, Graphite One Inc. is working with two U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories for the testing of active anode material made from graphite sourced from... Full story

  • A large, rock-clad earthen dam holds back mining waste and water.

    Mining trio seeks new ideas for tailings

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 13, 2022

    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, and Rio Tinto have joined forces to nurture new technologies that will reduce the environmental risks posed by mine tailings and extract value from these materials currently considered waste after the targeted metals are extracted. "It isn't very often that competitors come...

  • Future heavy equipment operator training on an Immersive simulator.

    Hitachi and Immersive extend partnership

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Immersive Technologies, one of the world's largest, proven and tested suppliers of surface and underground advanced mining equipment simulators, and Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. have extended their longstanding relationship. The exclusive technical license agreement between the two companies provides a framework for Immersive Technologies and Hitachi to further collaborate in the development of simulator equipment solutions to meet mining industry demand and...

  • Caterpillar CAT BHP Rio Tinto Vale Austmine METS Charge On Innovation Challenge

    Seeking huge electric mine truck solutions

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

    As a part of their commitment to lowering carbon emissions, many global mining companies would like to transform their large haul trucks from diesel to electric. This transition, however, has one big hurdle – the time it takes to charge up these enormous earthmovers takes away from productivity or requires mining operations to buy more of these multi-million dollar electric trucks to do the same work as their diesel counterparts. To find solutions to this dilemma, three of t...

  • Epiroc Ericsson NEXTGEN SIMS Smart Intelligent Mining Systems Helena Hedblom

    EU funds next-gen smart mining project

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

    Mining companies, equipment manufacturers, engineering firms, tech companies, and universities have come together under a European Union-funded program aimed at developing new technologies, methods, and processes to increase the efficiency and sustainability of global mining operations. This three-year project known as Next-Generation Carbon-Neutral Pilots for Smart Intelligent Mining Systems, or NEXGEN SIMS, is building upon the successful sustainable mining operations...

  • Prospector portal ai mining exploration investment platform

    Prospector links investors to TMX miners

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

    A collaboration between Prospector, an emerging company that is elevating mining sector investment into the digital age, and TMX Datalinx, the information services division of TMX Group, will offer investors a one-stop shop for digging deeper into more than 1,100 mining and mineral exploration companies listed on Canada's Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Toronto Venture Exchange (TSX-V). The brainchild of Emily King, a geologist and visionary with extensive mining industry...

  • Shell IBM launch Oren B2B digital mining services marketplace platform workers

    Shell, IBM launch smart mining platform

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

    Shell and IBM have joined forces to create Oren, a global business-to-business digital mining services marketplace platform aimed at helping companies find solutions related to mine safety, sustainability, planning, and operational efficiency. The incorporation of artificial intelligence, blockchain, autonomous mining equipment, ore sorting, predictive maintenance, drones, and remote health and safety monitoring technologies have been increasingly adopted by the mining sector...

  • Autonomous mining haul trucks internet of things connected smart mining

    COVID offers time to enable Smart Mining

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

    Axora, a new cross-industry innovation hub providing a global marketplace of digital solutions, has launched an online resource center aimed at helping mining companies rebound from and thrive after the COVID-19 pandemic. This "Smart Mining" resource center provides the latest industry insights and access to digital solutions and technologies which mining companies can adopt to accelerate their business growth, reduce wasted investment, and avoid duplication. "The downtime cau...

  • Books complex mining technical reports Prospector tool searchable data

    Mining investment moves into digital age

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    A global mining expert and entrepreneur has teamed up with a Boston-based tech firm that specializes in using machine learning to optimize market research to create Prospector, a new company and online platform that brings mining sector investment into the digital age. Considered "the Zillow for the mining industry," Prospector uses artificial intelligence to streamline and simplify the complex geological, engineering and financial data in mining and mineral exploration techni...

  • Autonomous self driving mining truck equipment at Australian mines

    Australia invests $27M in mining technology

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    Australia, which already sits at the cutting edge of mining innovation, is investing heavily into ensuring Aussie miners remain on the cusp of emerging technologies that make the sector more efficient, sustainable and safer. Toward this goal, the Australian government and private sector partners are investing more than A$27 million in mining technologies, training and research. This includes A$12.5 million in funding, from the Australian government and industry organizations,...

  • Hitachi John Deere JV ended joint venture mining construction machinery Americas

    Hitachi restructures for American mining

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 15, 2022

    With its sights set on supporting North and South America's mining sectors with a growing line of equipment and technological innovations, Hitachi has broken ties with John Deere and launched Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas Inc. Hitachi and Deere have been working together since the 1960s and officially forged a partnership to build and distribute excavators in the United States during 1988. This joint venture, which brought together Hitachi Construction Machinery's... Full story

  • Copper State Nut & Bolt LMF plus fasteners predictive maintenance bolts nuts

    Copper State reveals next gen smart bolts

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 8, 2022

    Copper State Bolt & Nut Co.'s revolutionary BoltSense family of services and products offers a vital piece in the cog that keeps the mining wheels turning – fasteners. Copper State Bolt & Nut is one of the few companies that provide innovative solutions to this small yet vital element to all industrial work. Based out of its namesake, Arizona, Copper State has been providing fasteners since its inception in 1972. Yet, it was not long until it moved into the industry that r... Full story

  • Microsoft offers ditgital solutions to South Africa mining sector

    Microsoft reimagines South Africa mining

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 29, 2020

    Microsoft believes technologies hold the key to a thriving global mining industry and is showcasing how its digital solutions can transform this crucial sector of the South Africa economy. "Mining is a critical industry in South Africa, and has historically been a major contributor to the country's GDP (gross domestic product), tax revenue and employment – last year alone, the mining sector employed over 450,000 people, contributed 24.3 billion Rand (US$1.5 billion) in taxes a... Full story

  • Kaltech Sentinel high tech SAG mill liner electronic wear indicator bolts mining

    Kaltech brings high-tech to mill relining

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 27, 2020

    The world's foremost mill relining company, Kaltech International, has reinvented the painstaking yet necessary task of mill relining with innovations that lessen downtime, improve safety and increase profitability. Kaltech Sentinel, the company's latest line of state-of-the-art mill relining products, includes smart bolts and sturdy cameras that provide an unprecedented look inside an operating mill. "Producing products that will benefit the mining industry is a goal of... Full story