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  • Piles of grey, yellow, white, and black rare earth oxide powders.

    Canada Rare Earths' agreement with DRC

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Enhancing the North American supply chain with DRC artisanal mining cooperatives promoting responsible sourcing. Canada Rare Earth Corp. announced a pivotal supply agreement with Congolese state-owned mining company SAKIMA SA, via its subsidiary Simba Essential Minerals, establishing rare earth mining operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Executives from both companies have expressed strong commitment to responsible mining practices. The agreement is one step...

  • Concept art of promethium in a vial surrounded by an organic ligand.

    Promethium's rare earth secrets unveiled

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Oak Ridge National Lab scientists have made new promethium discoveries that may rewrite the rare earths section of chemistry textbooks. A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has begun to unlock the secrets of promethium, the one rare earth that is as scarce as the name of this group of elements suggests. The term rare earths refers to the group of 15 lanthanide elements found in their own row near the bottom of the periodic... Full story

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    ReElement enlists former CIA executive

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 5, 2024

    Enlisting the expertise of a former senior executive at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and national security expert to its board of directors, ReElement Technologies Corp. is better positioned to launch its patented rare earths and critical minerals separation and purification technology beyond the borders of the United States. A former intelligence community senior executive who retired from the CIA after 30 years of distinguished service, Kevin Higgins brings ample... Full story

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    Rare earth supply for USA magnet plant

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

    USA Rare Earth has entered a deal with Australian Strategic Materials to supply magnet rare earths for Oklahoma plant. With its sights set on producing rare earth magnets at its new Oklahoma plant next year, USA Rare Earth LLC has entered into a multi-year supply agreement with Australian Strategic Materials Ltd., a producer of metals for clean energy and high-tech devices. "Having a supply agreement in place with ASM plays a critical role in delivering on our vision of...

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    An international REE partnership in NWT

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

    With the recent signing of a rare earth offtake and profit-sharing agreement with Norway-based REEtec, Australia-based Vital Metals Ltd. said it is targeting the production of rare earths from its Nechalacho project in Northwest Territories before the end of this year. "The signing of this agreement will enable REEtec and Vital to work together to supply separated rare earth oxides, which are competitive to products produced anywhere else in the world into the electric... Full story

  • Appia drills wide zone of high-grade REEs

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

    Assay results confirm that Appia Rare Earths & Uranium Corp. (formerly Appia Energy Corp.) has discovered another zone of high-grade mineralization at its Alces Lake high-grade rare earth elements and gallium property in the Athabasca Basin area of northern Saskatchewan. Since its first detailed exploration program at Alces Lake in 2017, Appia has identified 74 rare earth, gallium, and uranium bearing surface zones and occurrences at the project, suggesting a robust critical...

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    Vital rare earths plant on pace for 2022 start

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

    Vital Metals Ltd. Oct. 5 reported that it expects its rare earth extraction facility in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan to be ready to accept the first ore from the Nechalacho REE mine in Northwest Territories by the end of the year. "Our first shipment of ore is due to leave Nechalacho this month and we expect to start feeding into the plant before the end of CY2021, with commissioning to follow," said Vital Metals Managing Director Geoff Atkins. Commissioning of the...

  • Appia Energy Alces Lake gallium rare earth elements REE Canada Saskatchewan

    Exploring Alces Lake rare earths, gallium

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

    Appia Energy Corp. June 14 provided details of the largest exploration program so far at Alces Lake, a high-grade critical rare earth elements and gallium project in the Athabasca Basin area of northern Saskatchewan. Since its first detailed exploration program at Alces Lake in 2017, Appia has identified 74 rare earth, gallium, and uranium bearing surface zones and occurrences at the project, suggesting a robust critical minerals system across the 35,400-acre (14,300...

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    Canadian rare earth magnet recycling pact

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

    Geomega Resources Inc. has entered into a preliminary agreement to recycle rare earths from a neodymium-iron-boron magnet production facility Everwin Magnetics Co. is developing in Ontario, Canada. Everwin is a subsidiary of Forte Mobility Co., a private company established in 2019 to design and manufacture customized electric buses and vans for public transit agencies and fleet customers in North America. Toward this goal, the company recently acquired a 435,659-square-foot...

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    3D-printing rare earth magnet EV parts

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

    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is leading a European consortium developing a new material for printing rare earth magnets used in a wide array of modern products – high-performance motors in electric vehicles and e-bikes, wind turbines and generators, medical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and high-fidelity speakers are just a few of the applications for these powerful permanent REE magnets. More than 90% of EV motors are based on permanent magnets that deliver h...

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    RapidSX REE separation making headway

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

    Innovation Metals Corp. said it is on pace to have a pilot plant ready to demonstrate RapidSX rare earth element separation technology by mid-2021. RapidSX, a proprietary technology developed by Innovation Metals is being commercialized for the cost-effective bulk separation and purification of rare earths, as well as the critical battery metals lithium, nickel, and cobalt. Rare earths are a group of 17 elements – 15 lanthanide elements that occupy their own row near the b...

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    Lynas moves forward on Texas REE plant

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

    Australia-based rare earths producer Lynas Corporation Ltd. is moving ahead with a U.S.-based heavy rare earth separation facility in Texas. In April, the U.S. Department of Defense indicated that it would award Lynas a contract for a facility that could produce heavy rare earths, which tend to be the least abundant but most highly prized of the 17 elements that fall into the REE category. According to Mining News sources, the Pentagon plans to fund up to two-thirds of the cos...

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    Milestone for USA Rare Earth production

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

    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 United States. Texas Mineral Resources is an El Paso, Texas-based mineral exploration company targeting the heavy rare earths and other technology and industrial minerals found at Round Top, and USA Rare Earth is a New York City based company that is funding the project's development. The...

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    Ucore acquires rapid REE separation tech

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

    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 purification of rare earth elements and other critical metals – in exchange for C$5.8 million of Ucore shares. Ucore and Innovation Metals entered into a service agreement earlier this year to carry out bench-scale testing of RapidSX on the separation of rare earths from concentrates pro...

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    DOE funds critical rare earth research

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

    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 to the functioning of the modern U.S. economy. Rare earth elements such as neodymium, praseodymium, lanthanum and others are vital to a host of contemporary technological and industrial applications, ranging from magnets in electric motors and wind turbines, to speaker and other components in...

  • Innovative Metals RapidSX solvent exchange rare earth separation pilot plant

    Ucore eyes new SX rare earth separation

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    Ucore Rare Metals Inc. is now considering a quicker and more efficient method of solvent extraction (SX) as the rare earth separation technology of choice for the Strategic Metals Complex (SMC) it is planning to develop in Southeast Alaska. This proprietary new technique for separating the tightly interlocked rare earth elements, aptly named RapidSX, was developed by Innovation Metals Corp., a private Canada-based company established to develop cost-effective processing...

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    Hexagon hails Ucore RapidSX REE pact

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    Hexagon Energy Materials Ltd., an Australian company that is investing US$6 million into furthering the development of RapidSX rare earth elements separation technology, Feb. 18 said it is pleased to see Ucore Rare Metals Inc. join the effort to advance this vital technology. "Ucore's interest in and commitment to evaluating RapidSX is significant; they are a REE industry stalwart in the USA with an advanced project with US$145 million in designated financing from the Alaska...

  • Texas REE project considered for Fast 41

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 1, 2022

    Texas Mineral Resources Corp. and USA Rare Earth LLC Jan. 21 announced the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council's (FPISC) decision to add mining as a sector covered under Fast-41. Short for Title 41 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, Fast-41 is a 2015 initiative to improve the timeliness, predictability, and transparency of federal environmental review and authorization process for infrastructure projects in the United States. More information on...

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    DOE funds domestic critical minerals R&D

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 24, 2021

    To help bolster domestic production of rare earth elements and other critical minerals, the United States Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management is providing a total of nearly $1 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development to six projects focused on recovering these critical raw materials from waste streams and other unconventional sources. Critical minerals are necessary to manufacture a wide range of high-tech devices,... Full story

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