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  • Vials of recycled oxides from Cyclic Materials’ Mag-Xtract technology.

    Cyclic Materials opens REE recycling plant

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Canada-based rare earths recycler opens first plant in Kingston, Ontario. In the realm of advanced recycling, Cyclic Materials Inc. announced the opening of its Hub100 rare earths and critical metals recycling plant in Kingston, Ontario, the first scaled-up version of its proprietary REEPure hydrometallurgical technology. "The opening of Hub100 marks a significant milestone in our company's journey," said Cyclic Materials CEO Ahmad Ghahreman. "This successful scaling up of... Full story

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

    Rio Tinto aims to slash steelmaking CO2

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 10, 2024

    Global mining company is investing $143 million into BioIron, a tech that uses biomass to reduce ironmaking carbon emissions by 95%. From paper clips and surgical scalpels to skyscrapers and cargo ships, steel is a durable and abundant material that forms the framework for modern living. The process of transforming raw iron ore into steel, however, is responsible for around 8% of all global carbon dioxide emissions. Toward the ultimate goal of decarbonizing steelmaking, Rio... Full story

  • Robot arm mining on an asteroid in outer space.

    Before mining asteroids, sell the tech

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated May 30, 2024

    Space miners develop Earth-friendly tech products as the first step to a future extraterrestrial economy. Plenty of space mining companies have boomed and gone bust in the last decade. In spite of this, "the field has exploded in interest," said Angel Abbud-Madrid, director of the Center for Space Resources at the Colorado School of Mines. The costs of space travel and exploration have been reduced dramatically due to the privatization of transport. With deep-sea mining still...

  • A brand new two-story tall Komatsu mining haul truck at a test site.

    Electric mine truck giants join forces

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 28, 2024

    BHP, Rio Tinto, Komatsu, and Caterpillar forge an alliance to accelerate deployment of battery-electric haul trucks. With all paths to net-zero-emissions mining leading through the ability to move rock without emitting carbon, two global mining companies are teaming up with two of the world's largest heavy equipment manufacturers to accelerate the development and deployment of battery-electric haul trucks. This landmark collaboration between BHP, Rio Tinto, Komatsu, and... Full story

  • Scania tipper truck in white on black background.

    Scania autonomous trucks are coming

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated May 28, 2024

    Australia gets first crack at a 40-metric-ton autonomous heavy tipper haul truck, with a 50-metric-ton model to follow. Over the past decade, Scania has been developing self-driving heavy vehicles and their support systems, including applications for hub-to-hub transport on highways as well as autonomous trucks for confined areas such as mines. Mines and large closed construction sites are ideal environments for self-driving vehicles to contribute to safer working conditions... Full story

  • 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...

  • A geologist’s hammer on top of a pile of heavily mineralized rocks.

    VerAI joins gallium, rare earths search

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 22, 2024

    U.S. Critical Materials leveraging AI-powered tech to maximize efficiency of outlining high-grade critical mineral deposits at Sheep Creek. Looking to quickly and efficiently expand upon the remarkably high-grade rare earths and gallium identified at Sheep Creek, US Critical Materials Corp. has forged a strategic alliance with VerAI Discoveries Inc. to leverage the power of artificial intelligence to explore its promising critical minerals project in southwestern Montana.... Full story

  • Site manager watching a Railveyor system working.

    Electrifying Elk Creek with Railveyor

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated May 21, 2024

    Scoping study finds implementing system could significantly reduce costs, time, and footprint in one fell swoop. In the pursuit of a domestic supply of the rare earths and other minerals critical to the United States, NioCorp Developments Ltd. has unveiled the results of a scoping study that demonstrates that the implementation of a Railveyor ore haulage system has the potential to reduce the carbon footprint, costs, and the time it takes to get to full production at its Elk... Full story

  • 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

  • Rows of metallic gold, red, and black battery cells.

    Merging lithium battery supply chains

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 15, 2024

    Talon and Argonne National Lab are working to transform iron waste products from nickel mines into a superior LFP battery cathode material. A mix of battery types is needed for a rapid and sustainable transition to electric vehicles. While lithium-ion batteries with nickel-cobalt-manganese (NCM) cathodes will continue to be the main choice for longer-range EVs in North America, lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) offers an alternative for lower-cost cars used primarily for...

  • A TruScan mobile unit parked and set up to receive drill core for scanning.

    A TruScan of CuMo ore sorting potential

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 15, 2024

    Idaho Copper is utilizing Veracio's digital ore scanning tech to accurately relog drill core in preparation for updated mine study. As the next step in its goal of providing a domestic source of copper to meet the United States' growing demand for this energy transition metal, Idaho Copper Corp. is leveraging Veracio's TruScan technology to digitally analyze more than 60,000 feet (18,290 meters) of core in preparation for ore sorting studies at its CuMo cop...

  • Innovation Mining logo with representation of gold atoms.

    Innovative solution for stranded gold

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated May 8, 2024

    EnviroMetal founder launches new company to advance eco-friendly alternative to cyanide for the recovery of gold from small-scale gold mines. When Duane Nelson stepped down from his leadership role at EnviroMetal Technologies, he had a vision of building a new clean-tech company to continue to advance the eco-friendly gold recovery solution that he had helped to develop – Innovation Mining is that company. Formerly known as DynaVat Technologies, Innovation Mining is focused o...

  • Front view of an electric Epiroc underground mine truck connected to a trolley.

    Trolley helps electrify underground mining

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

    Zero-carbon underground mines of the future take step closer to reality with first electric truck trolley system. Boliden, Epiroc, and ABB are each known for pushing the envelope of mining innovation and electrification. Now, these companies have pooled their expertise into installing the first fully battery-electric truck underground trolley system on an 800-meter-long test track within Boliden's Kristineberg mine in northern Sweden. "Over the past three years, we have...

  • 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...

  • The globe showing the Pacific Ocean overlaid by statistics.

    Impossible Metals top-rated in green tech

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated May 3, 2024

    You won't find many miners on TIME and Statista's inaugural list of 250 companies reducing environmental impact, but one green mining tech company has arrived. Sailing in alongside several hydrogen producers as one of America's top green-tech companies of 2024, deep-sea mining firm Impossible Metals is one of the rare few resource-related organizations to be granted the honor. This year, TIME launched its inaugural list of America's Top GreenTech Companies from an intensive...

  • Lana Alagha conducting an experiment at Missouri S&T.

    Missouri S&T innovates minerals recovery

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 23, 2024

    Researcher Lana Alagha received $875,000 from Rio Tinto to explore gallium and germanium recovery from copper waste streams. In a landmark development for critical minerals recovery, global mining company Rio Tinto has granted Missouri University of Science and Technology professor Lana Alagha $875,000 for a two-year project that seeks to pioneer novel techniques for extracting the highly sought after critical minerals gallium and germanium from waste generated in copper... Full story

  • SpaceX Bandwagon-1 Mission launch at T-plus-two-seconds with telemetry.

    Fleet Space mineral exploration rockets

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2024

    Centauri-6 delivers upgrades and optimizations to constellation of satellites that enable Fleet Space's ExoSphere mineral exploration tech. The payload of SpaceX Falcon 9 launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on April 7 included a next-generation Centauri-6 satellite that will upgrade and expand upon Fleet Space Technologies' constellation of low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites that are playing a vital role in exploring Earth for the minerals needed for the clean... Full story

  • 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...

  • PV power station at the Natural Bridges National Monument.

    DOE funds clean energy at mining sites

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

    U.S. Energy Department provides $475M for clean energy in five projects at mine sites across the nation . Looking to revitalize the industry that has supported and continues to support thousands of Americans for over a century, the Department of Energy announced nearly half a billion dollars in funding to accelerate clean energy deployment at five current and former mine sites. DOE has selected five projects in Arizona, Kentucky, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia...

  • A vial of gold being held above a pile of discarded circuit boards.

    Extracting green gold, PGMs from waste

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 5, 2024

    Researchers develop a highly efficient and selective method of extracting precious metals from e-waste, catalytic converters, and ore. Scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have developed a cleaner and more efficient method of recovering gold and platinum group metals (PGMs) from electronic waste and other discarded materials. Even though it costs anywhere from $925 to $4,500 to buy just one ounce of these precious metals, gold and PGMs have special... Full story

  • 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

  • A pile of bluish silver lead bars stamped with “Doe Run.”

    DOD invests in Missouri battery metals

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

    Pentagon awards Doe Run $7 million to help scale up a cobalt and nickel processing plant in The Show-Me State. As part of a larger objective to ensure the United States has reliable domestic supplies of the minerals and metals critical to the nation's economy and security, the U.S. Department of Defense has awarded The Doe Run Resources Corp. $7 million to complete a demonstration-scale hydrometallurgical plant for separation of cobalt and nickel at their facility in...

  • 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...

  • BluVeinXL charging system connecting large mining truck to blue e-rail.

    Charging the future e-mine with BluVein

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

    Aussie tech company develops innovative on-the-go charging system for electric mining trucks; collaborating with Hitachi Energy to enhance system. The quest for net-zero carbon emissions has mining companies and heavy equipment manufacturers brainstorming on innovative ways to electrify mining trucks often designed to haul hundreds of tons of rock per load. A dynamic charging system developed by Australia-based BluVein offers a solution that can be retrofitted to all brands...

  • Closeup of an Exyn drone equipped with lidar survey equipment.

    Exyn mapping tech put to the test at Pogo

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Mar 20, 2024

    Recent study shows Exyn drones more safely collect higher quality survey data in half the time compared to traditional mine mapping methods. Exyn Technologies' drone-based mapping system is faster, more accurate, and infinitely safer than traditional underground mine surveying technologies, according to a recent study completed at Northern Star Resources Ltd.'s Pogo gold mine in Alaska. "[T]he data doesn't even compare," said Andrew Loomes, chief mine surveyor at Pogo. Exyn...

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