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  • Pile of grey powder for use in the cathodes of iron-based lithium batteries.

    Mitra Chem raises $60M for battery tech

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

    In-Q-Tel, GM, and TechMet support Series B financing for lithium battery cathode materials tech company. In-Q-Tel, a strategic investor that connects the intelligence community for the United States and its allies to technological solutions, has joined General Motors, TechMet Mercuria, and others in supporting Mitra Chem's $60 million Series B round of financing to advance a battery materials platform that will curb the United States' reliance on other nations for its...

  • ABTC Chief Mineral Resource Officer Scott Jolcover examining samples.

    ABTC issues new estimate at Nevada project

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Further positioning itself as a future domestic supplier of battery materials, American Battery Technology Company announced a substantial expansion of resources at its Tonopah Flats lithium project in Nevada. The Tonopah Flats lithium project encompasses one of the largest known inferred lithium claystone deposits in the United States. While ABTC only began exploration of this lithium deposit in Nevada's Big Smoky Valley in 2021, the company has quickly turned out an...

  • Artistic concept of battery storing wind and solar-generated electricity.

    US green energy storage hits headwinds

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

    Supply constraints slow installations; WoodMac expects li-ion batteries to dominate energy storage in US over next five years. The transition to clean electricity generated from intermittent sources such as solar and wind is energizing the energy storage sector in the United States. Supply chain constraints, however, are acting as an insulator to growth of battery installations that ensure the balance between energy supply and demand. According to the fourth quarter 2022 U.S....

  • 2023 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plugged into a solar charger in a rural setting.

    Stellantis to expand US battery factories

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 8, 2023

    Second US battery gigafactory to be built under a JV with Samsung SDI powers Stellantis' electric ambitions in North America. Adding to the skyrocketing demand for lithium battery materials, global automaker Stellantis and battery manufacturer Samsung SDI have agreed to build a second gigafactory in the United States. The newest facility to be constructed under the StarPlus Energy joint venture forged between the two companies last May is slated to have the capacity to...

  • All-electric Maserati Gran Turismo Folgore EV.

    Stellantis invests in future EV metals

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 18, 2023

    Global automaker signs deal to buy future cobalt and nickel from early-staged projects at historical mines in southern Norway. To help ensure that it has future supplies of the nickel and cobalt that will be needed for the electric vehicles produced by Alfa Romero, Maserati, Peugeot, and its other European brands, Stellantis has signed an offtake agreement to buy 35% of the future nickel sulfate and cobalt sulfate produced from Kuniko Ltd.'s mineral exploration projects in Nor...

  • Worker remote operates crane moving large graphite cylinders inside plant.

    POSCO signs $733M Ultium graphite deal

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    In a deal that will further support General Motors' electric vehicle ambitions, POSCO Chemical has entered into a contract to supply Ultium Cells LLC with $733 million (939.9 billion Korean won) of artificial graphite anode material over the next six years. While natural, or mined, graphite makes up much of the anode material going in the lithium-ion batteries that power EVs, artificially produced graphite is added to increase charging speed and extend the life of the... Full story

  • Construction supervisors look at battery plant blueprints laid on hood of VW.

    VW in bid to become global battery supplier

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 28, 2023

    In spite of a robust collection of new hybrid and electric vehicle models coming out, Volkswagen's hottest project may not be a car. With batteries being the most expensive component in an EV, at roughly 40% of the overall cost, Europe's largest automaker is going straight to the source by investing in Canadian mines. For now, plans for what potential sites are being investigated and what investments are being made have not yet been disclosed. Partnerships between vehicle manu... Full story

  • A blue “Welcome to Idaho” sign along a desert highway at the Nevada border.

    Electra drills new cobalt zone in Idaho

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 4, 2022

    Toward its goal of building its inventory of the cobalt needed for the lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles, Electra Battery Materials Corp. has drilled a new zone of mineralization at its Iron Creek cobalt-copper project within the Idaho Cobalt Belt about 135 miles northeast of Boise. "Idaho could play an important role in the onshoring of the EV battery supply chain by providing a domestic supply of cobalt in America," said Electra Battery Materials CEO Trent Mel...

  • Solid Power’s initial silicon lithium cells to be tested for Ford and BMW EVs.

    Critical step for Solid Power EV cells

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    With the ability to charge faster, store more energy, and be less likely to catch fire than their liquid lithium-ion battery counterparts, solid-state lithium batteries are considered by many in the automotive industry as the Holy Grail of the electric vehicle revolution. With the June 6 announcement that Solid Power Inc. has completed a pilot production line, Ford Motor Company and BMW Group are one step closer to realizing their vision of producing longer-range, lower-cost,...

  • A cutting-edge Samsung SDI PRiMX (prime battery for maximum experience) battery.

    Stellantis, Samsung to build gigafactory

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Global automaker Stellantis and battery manufacturer Samsung SDI have forged a partnership that will invest US$2.5 billion to establish an electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility in Kokomo, Indiana. "It's another incredibly exciting day to be back in Kokomo celebrating such a transformational investment from Stellantis and our new partners at Samsung," said Gov. Eric Holcomb. "Today's announcement is another step toward positioning Indiana as a leader in the future of...

  • Underground development at former cobalt and copper mine in Idaho.

    Electra grows Iron Creek cobalt deposit

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    With its lithium-ion battery materials park in Canada on pace to begin ramping up production in phases beginning at the end of this year, Electra Battery Materials Corp. continues to expand a cobalt deposit in Idaho that could provide the United States with an environmentally sound and socially acceptable domestic supply of this metal critical to electric vehicle batteries. "At a time of heightened geopolitical risk, America has committed to securing a domestic supply of...

  • Nouveau Monde Graphite Matawinie graphite battery EV R&D laboratory Canada

    Nouveau Monde adds high-tech battery lab

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

    Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. Oct. 5 reports the commissioning of a new state-of-the-art lab at its demonstration plant at the company's Matawinie graphite project in Saint-Michel-des-Saints, Canada, to provide in-house capabilities to carry out research and development on advanced anode materials to deliver customized specifications to battery and electric vehicle manufacturers. "EV and battery manufacturers are seeking advanced solutions that provide the ideal combination of...

  • First Cobalt refinery Ontario Canada battery grade sulfate eco-park funding

    First Cobalt finishes refinery financing

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

    First Cobalt Corp. Sept. 3 announced the completion of a US$45 million financing that will help fund the upgrade and expansion of its battery-grade cobalt sulfate refinery in Canada. "With the completion of this financing, the First Cobalt project team can now accelerate long lead equipment orders for our Canadian battery materials refinery as we pursue our vision of becoming the most sustainable producer of battery materials," said Trent Mell, president and CEO of First...

  • UK Battery Industrialisation Centre solid-state battery Britishvolt lithium-ion

    UK group seeks lithium battery holy grail

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Britishvolt, Oxford University, and five other United Kingdom-based universities, private sector, and government organizations have joined forces to develop world-leading solid-state lithium battery technology for the automotive industry. "Collaboration between industry, government and our world-leading academic institutions is putting the UK at the forefront of global efforts to develop innovative automotive technologies, such as solid-state batteries," said UK Minister for I...

  • Britishvolt Glencore UK cobalt batterymaker EV sector Europe giga-factory

    Britishvolt, Glencore forge partnership

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    While ramping up construction of a lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility capable of producing enough cells each year to power 300,000 electric vehicles, Britishvolt has forged a strategic partnership with Glencore, the world's largest producer of the cobalt used in most electric vehicle batteries. "Cobalt is a key ingredient in electric vehicle batteries and knowing that we are being supplied with ethically produced, low-carbon cobalt is a signal to the market that we are...

  • First Cobalt Ontario Canada black mass electric vehicle battery metal recycle

    Battery recycling at First Cobalt refinery

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Furthering its vision of developing an integrated lithium-ion battery park centered on its refinery in Ontario, Canada, First Cobalt Corp. reports that it has successfully extracted nickel, cobalt, copper, manganese, lithium, and graphite from a "black mass" product recovered from recycled batteries. In the lithium-ion battery recycling process, black mass is a powdery material that is produced by crushing or shredding the electrodes after the casing and other ancillary parts...

  • Zinc8 Energy Solutions zinc-air energy storage system Ron MacDonald ZESS

    Zinc8 may hold future for cloud providers

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

    Canada-based company Zinc8 Energy Solutions Inc. made a recent announcement that it has signed a US$200,000 contract with a leading cloud storage provider to demonstrate its patented zinc-air energy storage system. Zinc8's groundbreaking energy storage system, which utilizes an ingenious method of using zinc and oxygen to store energy, won the New York Power Authority (NYPA) Innovation Challenge, which resulted in a contract for a large installation of the system in New York...

  • Fort William First Nation Thunder Bay Ontario Canada Avalon Advanced Materials

    Ontario First Nation eyes lithium plant

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

    Taking another step toward contributing lithium to a battery metals hub in Ontario, Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. has entered into a letter of intent with Fort William First Nation to collaborate on the development of a lithium battery materials refinery located on industrial lands in Thunder Bay, Ontario. To be built on Fort William First Nation lands, this facility would be designed to upgrade concentrates from Avalon's Separation Rapids lithium project about 280 miles...

  • 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....

  • Northvolt Cinis Fertilizer sodium sulfate salt waste recycling low-carbon

    A greener use for Northvolt battery waste

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 19, 2021

    Lithium battery manufacturer Northvolt has partnered up with an unlikely collaborator, Swedish startup Cinis Fertilizer, signing an offtake agreement for sodium sulfate salt to be recovered from battery manufacturing processes and repurposed for commercial use. Aiming to produce the world's most environmentally friendly mineral fertilizer by recycling industrial waste products from the pulp and paper industry, as well as the battery manufacturing industry, Cinis intends to... Full story

  • Northvolt Labs Sweden Revolt lithium-ion batteries EVs R&D battery maker

    Northvolt invests $750M into battery lab

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 7, 2021

    Already established as a foremost European manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries, Northvolt is now investing $750 million to expand its Northvolt Labs in Sweden into a fully integrated ecosystem for catalyzing technological advances in the emerging battery industry. "There is today an irreversible momentum surrounding the switch to battery-electric solutions," said Northvolt CEO Peter Carlsson. "Northvolt Labs is being expanded in order to capitalize on this – to drive the... Full story

  • US Vanadium Holding Company vanadium supply critical mineral Enerox CellCube

    US Vanadium secures five years of feed

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 7, 2021

    US Vanadium Holding Company LLC Sept. 7 announced that it has secured a five-year supply of feed material for its vanadium oxide and electrolyte production facility in Hot Springs, Arkansas. US Vanadium will recover vanadium from this feed material, sourced from India, and process it into high-purity vanadium oxide and downstream vanadium chemicals, an ultra-high-purity electrolyte for vanadium redox flow batteries. This is in addition to the company's vanadium feedstock strea... Full story

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