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High-purity scandium dendrite crystals next to one-centimeter cube.

NioCorp produces scandium metal in US

As first step in a 3-phase strategy to upgrade Elk Creek scandium to Al-Sc master alloy at commercial scale. The need for durable and lightweight alloys for electric vehicles, mass transit systems,... — Updated 8/23/2023

Artist rendering of future geothermal power-lithium plant near the Salton Sea.

CTR selects Aquatech for lithium plant

$1 billion facility to produce battery-grade lithium for roughly 415,000 EVs annually, plus deliver 55MW of clean electricity. Crossing another major milestone on its path to producing zero-carbon lithium... — Updated 8/17/2023

Closeup of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Lake Superior on a map.

Avalon advances Ontario lithium strategy

MOU with Metso lays groundwork for the processing tech to produce lithium hydroxide for EV batteries at a planned plant in Thunder Bay, Ont. In a major step toward its goal of becoming the first... — Updated 7/25/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Enormous rolls of stainless steel produced by ArcelorMittal.

ArcelorMittal, GM recycled steel deal

ArcelorMittal North America will supply General Motors with XCarb, a recycled and renewably produced (RRP) steel product that is taking the two industry giants a step closer to carbon neutrality. "This... — Updated 6/20/2023

Closeup of columns filled with liquids needed to separate rare earth elements.

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 6/20/2023

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

Mixers stir blue fluids at Ucore’s RapidSX demonstration plant in Canada.

Ucore's rare earths plant takes shape

RapidSX team on pace to begin commissioning REE separation plant this year Despite snarled supply chains, Ucore Rare Metals Inc. says it remains on track to begin commissioning a plant in Canada that will... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

Columns of liquids used to separate mixed rare earths into individual elements.

Ucore's Alaska 2023 is now Louisiana 2024

Plans to build first rare earths plant In the Gulf Coast state by 2024. With $10 million in economic incentives and quicker permitting of already established industrial sites on the Gulf of Mexico,... — Updated 10/18/2022 Full story

L3 Process Development’s modern innovations building in Quebec, Canada.

NioCorp testing Elk Creek REE recovery

Demonstration plant to verify simplified critical minerals recovery Looking to expand the suite of critical metals produced from a future mine at Elk Creek, NioCorp Developments Ltd. is testing a... — Updated 9/13/2022

EnviroMetal Technologies Group 11 environmentally friendly metal leaching

EnviroMetal recovers gold from mine dust

Broadening the potential applications of its environmentally sustainable metal leaching formula, EnviroMetal Technologies Inc. reports that it has successfully extracted 221 ounces of gold from roughly... — Updated 7/12/2022

coal mines United States repurposed critical minerals DOE Jennifer Granholm

From coal basins to critical mineral mines

Looking to transform old coal mining regions into new domestic sources for rare earths and critical minerals vital to electric vehicles, renewable energy, and other technologies, the U.S. Department of... — Updated 7/10/2022


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