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A view of the ends of various-sized copper cables for electrical transmission.

A push to add copper to US critical list

US business and political leaders call on USGS to expediently add copper to list of critical minerals. Copper is essential to a global economy that favors low-carbon electricity powerlines over... — Updated 2/6/2023 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
A row of Chevrolet, Hummer, Cadillac, and BrightDrop electric vehicles.

GM investing $650M in Lithium Americas

The largest-ever investment by an automaker into a battery materials mining company. To strengthen its domestic supply of the materials going into the batteries for its expanding lineup of electric... — Updated 2/7/2023

 
Rock hammer on a pile of rare earths-enriched rocks at Sheep Creek in Montana.

Kingly rare earth grades at Sheep Creek

Assay lab results affirm high-grade nature of critical minerals deposit in SW Montana. If "grade is king," then US Critical Materials Corp.'s Sheep Creek in Montana wears the crown when it comes to ra... — Updated 2/7/2023

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    Tech Metals 
A metal-clad doughnut-shaped chamber for nuclear fusion.

Slow going for nuclear fusion research

Tungsten alloys could endure extreme temps for carbon-free energy technology. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project recently reported hitting significant snags in its... — Updated 2/7/2023

 
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech at Vitals’ REE plant.

Trudeau tours Vital rare earths plant

In a show of support for Canadian production of the minerals critical to clean energy technologies, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Vital Metals Ltd.'s rare earth processing facility in... — Updated 2/2/2023 Full story

 
Aerial view of the proposed Statevolt lithium battery plant near the Salton Sea.

Statevolt secures So-Cal gigafactory site

Acquires land for EV battery factory in Lithium Valley. After months of searching for the ideal locale for a gigafactory capable of producing enough lithium-ion batteries for 650,000 electric... — Updated 2/2/2023

 
As the sun sets, crews mine rare earths ore from a deposit at Nechalacho in NWT.

A Vital pivot in rare earths strategy

Following an AU$45 million (US$31.6 million) infusion of cash in July, Vital Metals Ltd. has gone through some significant changes that are being reflected in a new strategy that slows the ramp-up of... — Updated 2/2/2023

 
Geologist using hammer to break off a rock sample on a hillside in Alaska.

USGS launches 3 new Earth MRI scans

As part of its nationwide scan for domestic sources of critical minerals, the U.S. Geological Survey is investing just over $1 million to gain a better understanding of the potential for cobalt,... — Updated 2/2/2023

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals 
Slides of gallium Lego-like figurine melting through a tiny jail and reforming.

Scientists make mini shapeshifting robot

As technology begins to enter the realm of 1990s-era science fiction, researchers from Soft Machines Lab at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a miniature shapeshifting robot that can liquefy... — Updated 1/31/2023 Full story

 
A closeup of a chunk of a metallic, silvery-grey crystalline graphite.

Nouveau Monde Graphite eyes giant mine

PEA outlines plan for 500,000 tpa graphite mine at Lac Guéret in Northern Quebec. As it ramps up to commercial production at its Matawinie graphite mine and Becancour battery materials plant in... — Updated 1/24/2023

 
White hill of lithium-boron in the southwest Nevada desert.

DOE commits $700M for Rhyolite Ridge

Conditional loan signals a major step forward for ioneer's planned lithium-boron mine in Nevada. As part of the Biden administration's ongoing effort to support projects that will provide a domestic... — Updated 1/21/2023

 
A metallic cube of the periodic table symbol and information for manganese.

Stellantis secures manganese supply

Enters deal with Element 25 for battery-grade manganese from Australia mine. In a move to secure an oft overlooked lithium-ion battery ingredient, Stellantis has cut a deal with Australia-based... — Updated 1/21/2023

 
A metallic cube of sulfur’s symbol on the periodic table of elements.

More sulfur for better Li-S batteries

Argonne National Lab breakthrough advances lithium-sulfur batteries one step closer to commercial use. Increased energy density at lower costs is the ultimate goal when it comes to making better... — Updated 1/17/2023

 
Digital image representing an EV being charged with low-carbon wind energy.

Canada unveils critical mineral strategy

To seize upon a once-in-a-century opportunity to leverage Canada's already world-class mining sector to supply the minerals and metals needed to build the clean energy future, Ottawa has unveiled a... — Updated 1/3/2023 Full story

 
Soldier fires a machine gun while lying in the snow during winter exercises.

DoD supports Perpetua's antimony project

In a move to break America's dependence on China and Russia for the antimony needed for ammunition, fireproofing compounds, night vision goggles, and other military hardware, the Pentagon is providing... — Updated 12/20/2022 Full story

 
Night vision image of six-wheeled army vehicle under the Milky Way.

Senate bill aims to boost strategic metals

Senators Sullivan, Romney introduce bill to reduce DoD overreliance on China for minerals critical to security. Concerned that America is too reliant on China for the minerals and metals critical to n... — Updated 12/20/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
CEO Nishchay Chadha and CTO Vipin Tyagi, cofounders of Ace Green Recycling.

Glencore partners with US recycler ACE

Glencore plc, one of the world's largest natural resources companies, has entered into a long-term supply agreement to purchase 100% of the products to be produced by battery recycler ACE Green... — Updated 12/13/2022

 
Graphic with the symbol, atomic number and atomic weight of tellurium.

A secret ingredient to US clean energy

Rare tellurium has emerged as vital metalloid in next-gen solar, solid-state batteries. From longer-range electric vehicle batteries to long-lasting solar panels that efficiently charge those EVs... — Updated 12/13/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A front loader dumping material in the Wyodak coal mine in Wyoming.

DOE eyes mine waste for critical minerals

Funds 5 national labs to streamline critical minerals recovery process. In yet another round of funding, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $5.3 million in grants for five cutting-edge projects... — Updated 12/13/2022

 
Electric cars, trucks, and vans by Chevrolet, Hummer, Cadillac, and Brightdrop.

GM secures Vale Canada nickel for EVs

Enters deal for battery-grade nickel sulfate to be produced in Canada's new Battery Valley. In a deal that helps General Motors meet its electric vehicle ambitions and further solidifies Canada as... — Updated 12/6/2022

 
Illustration of EV featuring battery packs and metal atomic structure.

Scientists study metals at atomic level

Hoping to gain insights into processes that would create longer-lasting batteries and lighter vehicles, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington are investigating the effects... — Updated 12/6/2022

 
A white Volkswagen ID.4 EV travels past wind turbines on a European highway.

No substitute for EU rare earths policy

REIA urges EU to secure rare earth supplies to ensure adequate battery materials to meet 2030 EV targets. Securing an adequate supply of magnet rare earths to help make the most out of the highly... — Updated 12/6/2022

 
Red Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle traveling a California highway near LA.

Win-win solid-state battery discovery

Energy-dense, stable ceramic lithium battery electrolyte offers new use for a plentiful rare earth element. In what could be a win-win discovery for the future of long-range electric vehicles and the... — Updated 12/6/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
President Biden next to a Corvette Z06 showcased a the revived Detroit car show.

Biden's new surge of EV recycling funding

Furthering its climate goals and hoping to continue strengthening the nation's battery supply chain, the Biden administration has allotted $74 million to advance technologies and processes for the... — Updated 11/29/2022

 
A cream-colored band of rock above an old mine shaft in a Montana hillside.

Sheep Creek's deeper rare earth potential

Critical materials explorer samples historical adits at high-grade rare earth project in SW Montana. A fall program of underground exploration and sampling by US Critical Materials Corp. further... — Updated 11/29/2022

 

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