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 By Shane Lasley    Tech Bytes 
Rare earth are 17 lanthanide elements plus yttrium scandium

Milestone for USA Rare Earth production

USA Rare Earth LLC and Texas Mineral Resources Corp. May 26 reported another milestone along the path to developing a rare earths and critical minerals mine and processing facility in the... — Updated 5/27/2020 Full story

 
Rare earth elements periodic table ores act domestic us production critical

Cruz aims to end US reliance on China REE

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) May 12 introduced the Onshoring Rare Earths Act of 2020 or ORE Act, legislation to end the United States' dependence on China for rare earth elements and other... — Updated 5/20/2020 Full story

 
Solar powered mineral exploration camp in the Andes of Chile

Vale commits $2B to lower carbon output

Brazil-based global miner Vale has committed to investing at least US$2 billion toward reducing its carbon emissions in the coming years. The goals of this initiative are to reduce its... — Updated 5/20/2020 Full story

 
Onshoring Rare Earths Act ORE Act grants for graphite cobalt lithium manganese

ORE Act encourages more than rare earths

The Onshoring Rare Earths Act of 2020, or ORE Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on May 12 reaches beyond the 17 rare earth elements to include an additional four... — Updated 5/19/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Fuller Moto 3d printing electric futuristic 2029 Majestic motorcycle concept

Fuller Moto prints futuristic motorcycle

Fuller Moto takes advantage of the design freedom offered by cutting-edge metal 3D printing technology to create the 2029 Majestic, an ultra-modern electric motorcycle inspired by a classic... — Updated 5/12/2020 Full story

 
Perovskites thin-film solar cells harnessing sunlight to generate electricity

New perovskite solar consortium formed

Working with leading domestic solar companies, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Washington Clean Energy Testbeds at the University of Washington, University of North Carolina at... — Updated 5/6/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Prospect Mining Studio Newlab Vimson Transformative Technology Applied

Tech startup platform for mining industry

Newlab LLC, in collaboration with the Vimson Group, presented their Transformative Technology Applied to Mining event during an April 28 webinar showcasing Prospect Mining Studio. This... — Updated 5/5/2020 Full story

 
RapidSX solvent extraction rare earth separation pilot plant Ucore Rare Metals

Ucore acquires rapid REE separation tech

Ucore Rare Metals Inc. has cut a deal to acquire full ownership of Innovation Metals Corp. – a private Canada-based company that has developed RapidSX technology for the separation and... — Updated 4/30/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Truck hauls small nuclear reactor module SMR for delivery to electric plant site

Mini-reactors join renewable energy race

Global interest has begun for recent development in the renewable energy race with an unlikely contender – miniaturized nuclear reactors. This relatively new nuclear reactor design,... — Updated 4/28/2020 Full story

 
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DOE funds critical rare earth research

U.S. Department of Energy is funding up to $18 million for basic research aimed at helping to ensure the continued availability of rare earth elements, or effective substitutes, critical... — Updated 4/21/2020 Full story

 
CdTe thin film photovoltaic PV solar panel installation Kern County California

SoCal communities buy First Solar power

Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar Inc. April 21 announced the signing of 15-year power purchase agreements with Monterey Bay Community Power and Silicon Valley Clean Energy. Under the... — Updated 4/21/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Statue of Liberty antimicrobial copper Covid 19 antivirus hospitals

More copper to fight future pandemics

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of women miners are calling for more copper and its natural virus fighting properties in hospitals and other public places. "Copper has proven... — Updated 4/21/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Usibelli Coal Mine Alaska installs Fluidmesh network solutions connect cameras

Cisco expands IoT with Fluidmesh buyout

Global technology supplier Cisco Systems Inc. proceeds with acquisition of Fluidmesh Networks to develop their wireless Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio. Beginning with a collaborative... — Updated 4/16/2020 Full story

 
US Vanadium oxidation stats in acidic solution redox battery

U.S. Vanadium continues critical operation

U.S. Vanadium Holding Company LLC, an Arkansas-based producer of the world's highest-purity vanadium pentoxide, intends to maintain manufacturing operations at its flagship Hot Springs,... — Updated 4/15/2020 Full story

 
Recycled high purity nickel cobalt lithium ion battery material

Li-ion battery producer, recycler team up

American Manganese Inc. and Voltabox of Texas Inc. are in talks to utilize American Manganese's patented process to recycle the cathode materials in lithium-ion batteries produced by... — Updated 4/14/2020 Full story

 
First Cobalt Canada refinery for North America source of battery metal

First Cobalt advances Canada refinery

First Cobalt Corp. has taken another step on its path to becoming a North American producer of cobalt sulfate for the electric vehicle industry. An important ingredient in the lithium-ion... — Updated 4/3/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Solar photovoltaic PV 40% of United States electricity installation 2019

Solar future looks bright for society

Solar energy accounted for nearly 40% of all new electricity generation added in the U.S. in 2019, the largest annual share in the industry's history. According to the most recent... — Updated 4/1/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Ventilator respirator valves made by Tesla GM Ford Tesla 3D printers coronavirus

All hands effort to make ventilator parts

U.S. automakers are assessing whether they can convert their plants to manufacture critical medical equipment, like ventilators, that will be in short supply as the COVID-19 pandemic spread... — Updated 3/24/2020 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
GM Ultium electric vehicle modular platform EV battery system

Ultium EV battery powers new GM legacy

Detroit-based auto giant General Motors has taken an enormous leap towards an all-electric vehicle future with the reveal of their new Ultium battery and a plan to rapidly grow its EV... — Updated 3/17/2020 Full story

 
Zinc8 Energy Solution zinc air electrical storage lab technician

Zinc8 lands NY energy storage installation

Zinc8 Energy Solutions, formerly MGX Renewables Inc, March 11 announced it has signed an agreement to install a 100-kilowatt (kw), 1.5-megawatt-hour (MWh) zinc-air energy storage system in... — Updated 3/17/2020 Full story

 
Samsung scientists develop carbon silver anode solid state lithium ion battery

Samsung solid state battery breakthrough

Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and the Samsung R&D Institute Japan (SRJ) are working on high-performance, long-lasting all-solid-state batteries that are expected to... — Updated 3/17/2020 Full story

 
Glencore Mutanda copper cobalt mine Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Glencore joins Global Battery Alliance

Glencore plc March 6 announced it has joined the Global Battery Alliance, a World Economic Forum initiative to help establish and collaborate on a sustainable battery value chain. GBA is a... — Updated 3/10/2020 Full story

 

BMW unveils Concept i4 electric Gran Coupe

BMW Group has unveiled its Concept i4, a gran coupe that brings fully electric vehicles to the core of the BMW brand. "The design is dynamic, clean and elegant. In short: a perfect BMW... — Updated 3/5/2020 Full story

 
Cat autonomous self driving mining equipment haul trucks at Newmont gold Mine

Autonomous trucks to haul Newmont gold

Newmont Corp. Feb. 19 announced plans for the world's first open-pit gold mine with an entire fleet of autonomous haul trucks. The company's board of directors unanimously approved... — Updated 2/25/2020 Full story

 
Graphene research for artificial photosynthesis sunlight hydrogen fuel

DOE investing $100M in energy Holy Grail

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to provide up to $100 million over five years for research into artificial photosynthesis for the production of fuels from sunlight. "Sunlight is... — Updated 2/25/2020 Full story

 

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