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  • Aerial view of a small gold recovery plant and water storage pond at 3 Aces.

    MICA funds EnviroMetal gold leach tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 22, 2022

    Canada's Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator has awarded EnviroMetal Technologies Inc. up to C$1.74 million toward the commercialization of a much more environmentally sound alternative to cyanide for leaching gold from ore, concentrates, and other feedstocks. EnviroMetal's potentially game-changing metals recovery technology is based on a proprietary blend of five ingredients that are FDA approved for human consumption that can dissolve gold contained in ores,...

  • American Manganese Wenden Stockpile Arizona electrolytic manganese metal alloy

    AMY finalizes Wenden manganese project

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

    A pile of manganese ore in the desert near Wenden, Arizona, could provide a domestic supply of electrolytic manganese metal, an important alloy in stainless steel and a precursor to the manganese used in lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles. Purchased by the U.S. government in the 1950s and 1960s, the Wenden Stockpile contains roughly 322,000 metric tons of material. However, this potential domestic source of manganese has been languishing in the desert for the...

  • American Manganese Inc. Wenden stockpile Larry Reaugh Paul Gosar

    US manganese stockpile sampling begins

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

    American Manganese Inc. Dec. 8 reported that sampling of the United States government's manganese ore stockpile near Wenden, Arizona is now underway. In October, the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency awarded American Manganese a grant to investigate the viability of using its patented process to efficiently produce electrolytic manganese metal, which is used in stainless steel and lithium-ion batteries designed for electric vehicles, from the ore in the stockpile. "Manganese has b...

  • Niobium steel alloys heat resistant increased strength bridges pipelines

    NioCorp eyes new niobium extraction tech

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

    NioCorp Developments Ltd. Sept. 9 announced progress on a new and more environmentally friendly process for extracting niobium from its Elk Creek superalloys material project in Nebraska. A series of metallurgical tests carried out by Utah-based L3 Process Development has established carbonation as a potential alternative metallurgical process for the extraction of niobium from ore that NioCorp expects to mine at Elk Creek. Carbonation is a relatively clean, environmentally...

  • Computer motherboard electronics critical metals from mining tailings

    Mining innovator awarded prestigious grant

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

    Recently, Phoenix Tailings announced it has become a recipient of the National Science Foundation Phase I Small Business Innovation Research award to continue on breakthrough research and discovery on material separation. America's Seed Fund, powered by the National Science Foundation, awards $200 million annually to startups and small businesses to transform scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across almost...

  • First Cobalt Canada refinery for North America source of battery metal

    First Cobalt advances Canada refinery

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

    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 batteries that power EVs, cobalt has been maligned due to concerns over human rights abuses, including dangerous working conditions and child labor. These worries are primarily due to the fact that 60% of the world's cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country...