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GE Additive manufacturing Airbus aerospace titanium aluminum 3d printing

Airbus secures metal 3D printing powder

Canada-based AP&C has signed a deal to supply Airbus with titanium powders for 3D printing, a technology that is gaining traction for manufacturing lighter, more durable, and uniquely designed... — Updated 12/6/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
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Cornish Lithium attracts TechMet funding

An up to 18-million-pound (US$24 million) investment by global critical metals firm TechMet Ltd. is allowing Cornish Lithium Ltd. to accelerate its mission to provide domestic supplies of lithium... — Updated 12/1/2021 Full story

 
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bp puts in large First Solar panel order

Continuing its transformation from a British company supplying much of the world's petroleum needs for the past 120 years to an integrated energy company embracing a spectrum of energy sources... — Updated 11/30/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals 
SPEE3D 3D metal printer additive manufacturing Australia army M113 WarpSPEE3D

Australian Army 3D prints parts in the bush

Whether on the frontlines of a battle or on a humanitarian mission in some remote corner of Earth, military vehicles are usually far from a parts depot when they are needed most. This is why the... — Updated 11/30/2021 Full story

 
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EV cart ahead of critical minerals horse

Does the United States' electric vehicle ambitions put the cart before the horse? Or, more precisely, place the EVs ahead of the raw material supply chains needed to build them? The Biden... — Updated 11/23/2021 Full story

 
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DOE investing $209M in lithium battery tech

In a move to fund research and build alliances across America's lithium battery supply chain, the U.S. Department of Energy is providing $209 million for 26 new national laboratory research... — Updated 11/23/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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Nature of electrons revealed with chip

Princeton University researchers have created the world's purest sample of gallium arsenide, a semiconductor used in devices that power cell phones and satellites. From a square no larger than... — Updated 11/23/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
gallium soft robot T-1000 Terminator China programmable shapeshifting metal

Rise of the liquid gallium smart robots

Skynet's liquid metal T-1000 robot seemed fantastical when the Terminator 2: Judgement Day movie was released in 1991. Fast forward 30 years, however, and researchers at the Chinese Academy of... — Updated 11/23/2021 Full story

 
General Motors low carbon renewable lithium EVs CTR

CTR drills toward clean lithium and energy

With the goal of delivering renewable energy to electrical grids by the end of 2023 and near-zero-carbon lithium for General Motors electric vehicles the following year, Controlled Thermal Resourc... — Updated 11/16/2021 Full story

 
USA Rare Earth Search Minerals neodymium praseodymium REE rare earths MOU

Search, USA Rare Earth strengthen alliance

With their sights set on establishing a complete and sustainable North American rare earths supply chain, Search Minerals Inc. and USA Rare Earth LLC have entered into an agreement for the offtake... — Updated 11/16/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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Graphene enables lightspeed circuitry

In a recent breakthrough by Purdue University, researchers have devised a method utilizing the remarkable properties of graphene to support unidirectional electromagnetic waves on its edge, more... — Updated 11/16/2021 Full story

 
First Cobalt Electra Battery Materials eco-park battery park Ontario Canada

Evolution of Electra Battery Materials

The ambitious 2035 target for a complete transition to electric vehicle sales set by most global automakers hinges on establishing reliable and responsible supply chains for the batteries that... — Updated 11/9/2021 Full story

 
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And then there were 50 critical minerals

The U.S. Geological Survey has unveiled a proposed list of 50 minerals and metals critical to the United States. While this seems to be a major jump over the 35 critical minerals on the original... — Updated 11/9/2021 Full story

 
University New South Wales gallium CO2 capture carbon dioxide reduced emissions

Team captures CO2 with liquid gallium

Researchers in Australia and the United States have proven that gallium in its liquid form can economically capture and convert substantial quantities of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions.... — Updated 11/2/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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Hertz going electric with Tesla EV order

In what can be considered the single largest purchase of electric vehicles in the world, Hertz Corp. has put in an initial order for 100,000 Tesla EVs by the end of 2022, along with investing in n... — Updated 11/2/2021 Full story

 
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Ucore secures Vital rare earths supply

On the heels of a deal to sell more rare earths carbonate to Norway-based REEtec, Vital Metals Ltd. has entered into a separate agreement to sell some of this midstream REE product produced in... — Updated 10/26/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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BMW batteries electrify Coldplay concerts

Luxury vehicle company BMW Group has turned renewable energy up to 11 by teaming up with legendary band Coldplay as part of their upcoming Music of the Spheres World Tour. This will be the... — Updated 10/26/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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GM, GE join forces for rare earths supply

With the global transition to electric vehicles charged with renewable energy creating massive new demands for rare earth materials and magnets, copper, and electrical steel, General Motors and GE... — Updated 10/26/2021 Full story

 
BMW Group lithium extraction startup Lilac Solutions California investment EVs

BMW invests in lithium extraction startup

With its sights set on putting around 10 million fully electric vehicles on global highways over the next decade, the BMW Group is investing in an innovative process to sustainably and... — Updated 10/26/2021 Full story

 
Australia critical minerals loan facility Scott Morrison 2 billion fund federal

Australia backs critical minerals sector

Seeking to solidify Australia as a leading supplier of the critical minerals that are increasingly being required for electric vehicles, renewable energy, telecommunications, aerospace, defense,... — Updated 10/26/2021 Full story

 
BHP Group Nickel West partnership Toyota Panasonic Kaizen EV nickel sulfate EV

Toyota, Panasonic cut deal for BHP nickel

Toyota Motor Corp. and Panasonic Corp. are the latest electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturers to sign an agreement to acquire nickel sulfate from the new production plant at BHP's... — Updated 10/19/2021 Full story

 
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Rare earths project reemerges in Wyoming

When China severely cut exports of rare earths following a dispute with Japan in 2010, Rare Element Resources Ltd. and its Bear Lodge project in Wyoming rose as one of the top candidates for... — Updated 10/19/2021 Full story

 
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REEtec to purchase more Vital rare earths

In another move that demonstrates rare earths production at Nechalacho is scaling up faster than originally anticipated, Vital Metals Ltd. and REEtec AS have amended their offtake agreement to... — Updated 10/19/2021 Full story

 
BHP Group Nickel West Western Australia nickel sulfate Tesla critical minerals

BHP produces first nickel sulfate in WA

BHP Group has produced the first nickel sulfate crystals at its Nickel West plant in Western Australia, a milestone that is good news for electric vehicle and lithium-ion manufacturers,... — Updated 10/12/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
ERMA EU action plan magnets recycling European Raw Materials Alliance EIT REE

EU action plan starts with magnet recycling

The European Raw Materials Alliance released its action plan to secure access to rare earth elements for the industrial sector in the European Union. Detailed in a 38-page report published on... — Updated 10/6/2021 Full story

 

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