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  • Livent Corp. Salar del Hombre Muerto salt lake Argentina lithium brine EVs

    BMW secures $335M of lithium from Livent

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

    In a move to secure the lithium needed to power its e-mobility aspirations, BMW Group has entered into a deal with Livent Corp. to supply roughly US$335 million (285 million euros) worth of this vital battery metal beginning in 2022. BMW Group plans to have about a dozen fully electric models on showroom floors and expects that battery EVs will make up more than half of its total sales by 2030. As a result, the German luxury automaker expects to deliver roughly 10 million EVs...

  • Syrah Resources Vidalia furnace Louisiana Balama mine Mozambique graphite

    Syrah installs furnace at US anode plant

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

    Syrah Resources Ltd. has installed the furnace at its Vidalia plant in Louisiana, the final component needed to begin upgrading graphite mined at its Balama operation in Mozambique into the active anode material for lithium-ion batteries in the United States. The anodes in lithium-ion batteries are packed full of graphite that has been rolled into potato-shaped spheres and coated in a hard carbon shell that must be thermally treated. With the installation of the furnace at...

  • Syrah Resources graphite mine Balama lithium-ion batteries COVID-19 anode

    Graphite production at Balama to resume

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

    Syrah Resources Ltd. Feb. 22 announced the decision to restart production at the Balama Mine, a globally significant graphite mine in Mozambique. Syrah achieved commercial production at Balama early in 2019 but decided to suspend operations there due to COVID-19. Pandemic related travel restrictions on the Balama workforce weakened graphite demand due to lockdowns; and electric vehicle sales uncertainty were among the reasons the Australia-based miner decided to curtail...

  • Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. Becancour Quebec graphite lithium-ion batteries

    Quebec battery graphite facility underway

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

    Toward its mission to be a carbon-neutral supplier of the graphite needed in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries, Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. is advancing the development of a coated spherical purified graphite production facility in Quebec. To increase the durability and energy density of lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles and storing renewable energy, the graphite that goes into the anodes is rolled into potato-shaped spheres and coated in a hard carbon shell....

  • VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. Hurtigruten Roald Amundsen Adriaan Bakker

    Potential vanadium battery game changer

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

    Canada-based VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. is working with researchers in Germany and Australia to develop a vanadium bromide electrolyte that could contribute to a vanadium redox flow battery with enough energy density it could be used to power heavy-duty vehicles such as ships and trains. Vanadium redox flow batteries hold several advantages in terms of lifespan and scalability that has them competing with lithium-ion batteries for grid-scale energy storage but are at a...

  • Avalon Advanced Metals Inc. Rock Tech Lithium Inc. Canada cobalt Don Bubar

    Establishing a tech metals hub in Ontario

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

    Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. and Rock Tech Lithium Inc. have agreed to work together to advance the development of a lithium battery materials processing facility in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The two lithium collaborators believe such a facility could help catapult the Ontario city on the north shores of Lake Superior to a global hub for technology metals and the industries that need them. "Northern Ontario has the potential to become a major producer of lithium-ion battery...

  • Lithium ion battery scrap cathode material recycling

    Lithium-ion recycling firm ups capacity

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

    American Manganese Inc. Sept. 4 announced further improvements to the design and capacity of its RecycLiCo pilot plant, which recovers cobalt, lithium, nickel, manganese, and aluminum from lithium-ion cathode material. In addition to the growing opportunity to recycle spent lithium-ion batteries, scrap from the rapidly increasing number of battery megafactories provides an immediate source of cathode material in need of recycling. According to recent forecasts by Benchmark...

  • vanadiferous titanomagnetite mineralization drill core Lac Dore Quebec

    Magnetically upgrading Lac Doré vanadium

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

    VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. Aug. 11 reported the final results from magnetic separation tests carried out on composite core samples from the 2019 drill program at the company's Lac Doré vanadium project in Quebec, Canada. Situated about 17 miles (27 kilometers) southeast of the mining town of Chibougamau, Lac Doré lies in a particularly vanadium-rich area of Quebec that is host to BlackRock Mining Inc.'s adjacent Blackrock property; and Vanadium One Iron Corp.'s Mont Sorcier p...

  • Drill core from Lac Doré vanadium iron titanium mine project Quebec Canada

    Drills tap wide vanadium zone at Lac Doré

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

    VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. July 7 released assay results from the final six holes drilled last year at Lac Doré, a vanadium-iron-titanium property about 17 miles (27 kilometers) southeast of Chibougamau, Quebec. Lac Doré lies in a particularly vanadium-rich area, including the Southwest and Armitage deposits on BlackRock Mining Inc.'s adjacent Blackrock property; and the South and North Zone deposits on Vanadium One Iron Corp.'s Mont Sorcier project to the north. The main t...

  • First Cobalt refinery to supply sustainable battery metal in North America

    First Cobalt strengthens ESG commitment

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

    In a move that demonstrates its commitment to environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) practices, First Cobalt Corp. joins the Cobalt Institute as associate member. "Becoming a member of the Cobalt Institute demonstrates our commitment to implementing the most rigorous supply chain sourcing and ESG standards," said First Cobalt President and CEO Trent Mell. First Cobalt is a Canada-based company that is endeavoring to become North America's sole primary cobalt...

  • US Vanadium oxidation stats in acidic solution redox battery

    U.S. Vanadium continues critical operation

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

    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, Arkansas production facility. Vanadium is among the 35 minerals and metals the U.S. Geological Survey deemed critical to the United States and is considered essential to the U.S. Defense Industrial Base. Due to these factors, U.S. Vanadium has decided it is important to keep its Hot Springs...