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Tesla nickel CEO Elon Musk BHP Group Australia battery metal lithium-ion

Tesla, BHP strike revolutionary nickel deal

Answering Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk's call for new supplies of nickel that are mined "efficiently and in an environmentally sensitive way," Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Group has struck a... — Updated 7/23/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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DOE researchers develop new super-alloy

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have found a way to simultaneously increase an alloy's strength and ductility, a... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 
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GM secures green US geothermal lithium

In a move to help secure the lithium-ion battery metals required to achieve its aspiration of getting "Everybody in" an electric vehicle, General Motors has forged a strategic partnership with... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 
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First Cobalt battery park concept emerges

As First Cobalt Corp. advances the only battery-grade cobalt sulfate refinery in North America toward a 2022 start, the company is beginning to investigate the potential of developing an... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 
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US-Europe rare earth supply chain launched

A container of mixed rare earth carbonate shipped from Energy Fuels Inc.'s White Mesa Mill in Utah to Neo Performance Materials Inc.'s Silmet rare earths separation facility in Estonia marks the... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    Tech Metals 
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Westerners chase scandium production

Scandium, one of 35 minerals identified as being critical to future production of high-tech and industrial technologies in the West, is seeing a surge in mining and extraction activity in... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
NASA Artemis 1 Marshall Space Flight Center NEA Scout Alpha Centauri asteroid

Solar sail craft ready for space mission

While it is not quite a space yacht sailing to Alpha Centauri at 134 million miles per hour, NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Scout will be the first spacecraft to sail on solar winds to a destination... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals 
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology Japan

Rare earths enable record internet speeds

With a boost from fiber optic cables laced with rare earths such as erbium and thulium, researchers at Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology were able to... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 
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Rare earths are now being mined in Canada

On June 28, First Nations mining contractor Nahanni Construction Ltd. dug a scoop of ore from the North T open pit at Vital Metals Ltd.'s Nechalacho project in Northwest Territories that marked a... — Updated 7/13/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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CopperTouch fights the spread of disease

From Ebola outbreaks in Africa to illnesses picked up at the local hospital or clinic, finding a highly effective and efficient means of fighting infectious disease has been a priority for... — Updated 7/13/2021 Full story

 
EnviroLeach Technologies FDA e-waste recycling critical minerals palladium

Recycling tin and PGMs with EnviroLeach

From research into a non-invasive mining technique to extract gold from the ground without mining to recycling electronic waste and old car parts, EnviroLeach Technologies Inc. has developed safe... — Updated 7/6/2021 Full story

 
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First Cobalt expanding Idaho Belt deposit

Chains are only as strong as their weakest link, and two United States federal agencies have determined that cobalt is the weak link in North America's electric vehicle supply chain. First Cobalt... — Updated 7/6/2021 Full story

 
American Manganese RecycLiCo lithium-ion battery recycling cathode material

Upcycling old cathodes for new batteries

To steer away from using expensive and oft controversial cobalt, electric vehicle and lithium-ion battery manufacturers have brewed up new recipes with higher percentages of more abundant nickel... — Updated 7/6/2021 Full story

 
General Motors Ultium battery factory Spring Hill Tennessee EV electric vehicles

GM investing $35B in its electric future

Putting its foot to the "electric pedal" in a race toward the all-electric mobility future it envisions, General Motors has bolstered its investments into electric and autonomous vehicles to $35 b... — Updated 6/29/2021 Full story

 
Schlumberger Panasonic North America EV batteries DLE

Panasonic joins new Nevada lithium project

On a mission to develop innovative solutions to sustainably produce the enormous quantities of lithium needed for the batteries powering electric vehicles, Schlumberger New Energy is teaming up wi... — Updated 6/22/2021 Full story

 
President Joe Biden U.S. critical mineral supply chain domestic REE

White House wants new critical mining, laws

The Biden administration sees domestic mining as an important segment at the front end of the critical supply chains it endeavors to strengthen, as long as the mining is carried out at the... — Updated 6/20/2021 Full story

 
Cornwall china clay kaolin porcelain lithium waste byproduct Cornish Lithium

Mining lithium from Cornwall china clay

The mountains of material left behind from more than 275 years of mining kaolin, a mineral known as china clay due to its use in the fine white porcelain produced in China for thousands of years,... — Updated 6/15/2021 Full story

 
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Canada, EU forge critical minerals alliance

Canada and the European Union have forged a new strategic partnership to help secure the supply chains for minerals and metals critical to the global transition to a low-carbon and digitized... — Updated 6/15/2021 Full story

 
REEtec Vital Metals REE rare earth elements Nechalacho Northwest Territories

REEtec accepts Vital rare earths sample

Norway-based REEtec has confirmed the quality of a rare earths sample produced from Vital Metals Ltd.'s Nechalacho project in Northwest Territories, which means Vital can finish the first phase... — Updated 6/8/2021 Full story

 
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Lithium revives Cornwall mining region

Focused on environmentally sound production of lithium, Cornish Lithium Ltd. is testing new technologies to extract the battery metal from geothermal waters at its United Downs facility in Cornwal... — Updated 6/8/2021 Full story

 
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Flow batteries may rule grid-scale storage

While lithium-ion batteries have a major head start when it comes to the storage of renewable electricity, European analysts predict that flow batteries may overtake the stationary power storage... — Updated 6/2/2021 Full story

 
USA Rare Earth Round Top Texas REE mine to magnet strategy

USA Rare Earth strategy gets $50M boost

With the recent completion of a $50 million financing, USA Rare Earth LLC has the funds to take major strides toward executing its rare earths mine-to-magnet strategy in the United States. At the... — Updated 6/2/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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Glencore rolls out cobalt blockchain plan

Glencore plc has teamed up with fellow miners China Molybdenum Co. Ltd. and Eurasian Resources Group, and battery material supplier Umicore to pilot a blockchain solution for end-to-end cobalt... — Updated 6/2/2021 Full story

 
Giga Metals cobalt nickel lithium-ion batteries EV electric vehicles

Potential CO2 neutral nickel mine in BC

A mine that produced the nickel and cobalt needed for the lithium-ion batteries powering zero-emission electric vehicles and offering the added benefit of locking up carbon dioxide in rocks for ge... — Updated 6/1/2021 Full story

 
EV electric vehicles critical minerals President Joe Biden China import

$174 billion EV plan lacks critical minerals fix

From $15 billion to bolster clean energy research to incentives aimed at encouraging Americans to buy electric vehicles, the Biden administration's proposed $174 billion investment in the United... — Updated 5/18/2021 Full story

 

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