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  • Small piles of various recycled elements on a glass viewing plate.

    Circular economy for rare earths is online

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 8, 2024

    ReElement CEO signals the first circular system for recycled rare earths from magnets is in place. One after the other, ReElement Technologies Corp. has been establishing all the links required to build a circular economy for rare earth magnets. Recently partnering with EDPR to recycle its wind turbines and reaffirming with USA Rare Earth LLC to purchase some of those recycled REEs, the company has now announced a deal with major U.S. auto manufacturers to recycle end-of-life...

  • Vials of recycled neodymium and praseodymium from Geomega’s technology.

    Geomega secures more REE recycling funds

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 16, 2023

    Garnering another roughly C$2 million in funding toward the development of its rare earths recycling demonstration plant to be built in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, to date, Geomega Resources Inc. has accumulated over C$10 million in the last year alone. Provided by Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), this round of funding is part of a total envelope of roughly C$2.96 million awarded to Geomega and a private Quebec-based research and development company to perform a project...

  • A glass tray holding various piles of refined battery materials.

    ReElement technology makes pure lithium

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 6, 2023

    Stepping up to the plate in the contest for battery recycling, American Resources Corp. reported its subsidiary, ReElement Technologies, has produced greater than 99.9% lithium with its patented recycling technology. "Lithium refining in a cost effective and environmentally sensitive manner is the key to the domestic auto and electrification industry," said ReElement Technologies COO Jeff Peterson. "We applaud our team for exceeding our initial target results in producing...

  • A container full of powdery pink recycled neodymium material.

    Geomega closes in on finalizing groundwork

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Provides update on magnet and bauxite recycling pilot plants, and nominates supply chain expert to serve on board. Coming into the final months of 2023, Geomega Resources Inc., a leading developer of clean technologies for the mining, refining, and recycling of rare earths and other critical materials, has released an update for its various operations and construction of the plants that will help fuel the low-carbon future. After announcing at the end of May regarding the...

  • Chain with binary code representative of the digital links of blockchain tech.

    EV battery passport pilots underway

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated May 24, 2023

    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 being keenly felt. To meet demand, two ReSource electric vehicle (EV) battery passport pilots were successfully issued in January by the Global Battery Alliance (GBA) and its founding consortium of China Molybdenum (CMOC) mining group, Eurasian Resources Group (ERG),...

  • Hands holding small thin film solar cell panels.

    Solar cell silver, indium recycling tech

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

    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 environmentally friendly, room temperature process. "The problem is that the demand for indium and silver is high, and increased production is accompanied by a growing amount of production waste, which contains a mixture of valuable metals and hazardous substances," the scientists...

  • Man holding small vials of various rare earths processed with ISR technology.

    Geomega consolidates ISR tech operations

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated May 16, 2023

    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, Quebec. This Quebec locale harkens back to Geomega's roots, as the critical metals recycling and extraction company originally began developing its innovative technologies while seeking a means to recover rare earths from its Montveil deposit in Quebec. The company, however,...

  • Black schist material bioleached at Talvivaara Sotkamo Mine in Finland.

    Earth's tiniest miners help environment

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

    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 down tailings here on Earth, reclaiming critical resources and cleaning up the leftovers of yesteryear at the same time. A common byproduct of mining, tailings are typically fine-grained waste material left after extracting a target ore mineral. Stored in various media such as...

  • critical minerals recovery bauxite residue BR aluminum waste red mud

    Aluminum waste recovery tech draws funds

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Using a technology initially intended to recover rare earths from recycled magnets, Geomega Resources Inc. subsidiary Innord Inc. has received sizable funding toward an unexpected benefit of the technology, to extract value from and reduce the environmental footprint of aluminum waste from refineries. Awarded a C$1.5 million funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada, this accelerates Geomega's plans toward the construction of a pilot plant and the completion of a... Full story

  • The basalt cliffs overlooking the coast at Wallula Gap in Washington.

    PNNL studies carbon negative REE mining

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 13, 2022

    Chosen as one of 16 projects across 12 states, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's "Re-Mining Red Mud Waste for CO2 Capture and Storage and Critical Element Recovery" (RMCCS-CER) project will receive $1 million in funding to advance a technology that may kill two birds with one stone in the race for critical materials. Announced in November, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Mining Innovations for Negative...

  • Inside of Rio Tinto's Saguenay aluminum facility in Quebec.

    Rio Tinto starts circular aluminum recycling

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 30, 2022

    Investing US$29 million (C$35 million) to build a new aluminum recycling center at its Arvida plant in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, Rio Tinto hopes to expand its offering of low-carbon aluminum solutions for customers in the automotive, packaging, and construction markets. This future facility will make Rio the first primary aluminum producer in North America to incorporate recycled post-consumer aluminum into aluminum alloys. "Investing in new recycling facilities in...

  • A pile of black mass before being processed into battery-grade materials.

    AMY NMC-811 cathode material gets tested

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

    American Manganese reports that it has delivered NMC-811 (nickel-manganese-cobalt) cathode precursor material samples produced with its RecycLiCo technology to third-party collaborators in North America, Europe, and Asia. "We are maintaining an active collaboration with players in the growing battery industry with our continuous lab-scale research, while we work in parallel to prepare our demonstration plant for scaled-up and continuous operations," said American Manganese...

  • Canada Silver Cobalt Works EV batteries electric vehicles Re-2Ox recycling REE

    Junior seeks to recycle EV batteries

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Canada Silver Cobalt Works Inc. has developed an innovative extraction process designed to economically remove and recycle various minerals and metals from spent electric vehicle batteries. The junior mining company's Re-2Ox closed-loop process is designed to produce cobalt sulfate to industry specifications for reuse in new EV batteries. Canada Silver Cobalt recently hired SGS Canada to design and build a pilot plant in anticipation of bringing the benefits of its...

  • Enviroleach Technologies Inc. Duane Nelson Ish Grewal environmental recycling

    EnviroLeach recovers e-waste tin, copper

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

    EnviroLeach Technologies Inc. has taken additional steps toward its goal of developing an environmentally friendly process for recovering the roughly US$4,000 of gold, copper, tin, palladium, and silver contained in every metric ton of printed circuit boards from outdated computers, last generation smartphones, and the numerous other electronics becoming obsolete with the forward march of technology. While each type of circuit board has its own special blend of metals, it is...

  • Lithium ion battery cathode cobalt aluminum lithium recycling

    Next step for lithium-ion metal recycling

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

    American Manganese Inc. has launched tests focused on upgrading and expanding its RecycLiCo pilot plant, which recovers cobalt, lithium, nickel, manganese, and aluminum from the cathodes of spent lithium ion batteries. American Manganese's revolutionary process and optimistic goal of reclaiming valuable critical minerals from lithium-ion batteries for reuse by the energy sector captured headlines earlier this year. With nearly 100% of valuable cathode metals being reclaimed...

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