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Lithium spodumene refinery to hydroxide for lithium-ion batteries

Tesla secures Texas Terafactory lithium

Just a week after Tesla Battery Day 2020, where CEO Elon Musk unveiled the electric automaker's massive lithium-ion battery ambitions, the iconic electric automaker has cut a deal to buy some of... — Updated 10/13/2020 Full story

 
Trump cites heavy dependence on China for rare earths graphite gallium

Trump declares critical mineral emergency

President Donald Trump has declared America's heavy reliance on adversarial nations for critical minerals a national emergency that threatens the security, foreign policy, and economy of the Unite... — Updated 10/13/2020 Full story

 
Rechargeable lithium ion cell for electric vehicles nickel from Giga Metals BC

Tesla in rumored talks with Giga Metals

Tesla wants low-carbon nickel from a future mine at Giga Metals' Turnagain nickel-cobalt deposit in northern British Columbia, Canada, according to Reuters. Citing three unnamed sources, the... — Updated 9/29/2020 Full story

 
Graphene enhanced Directa Plus antiviral covid 19 coronavirus masks

Graphene Plus infused masks kill COVID

Italy-based Directa Plus says the coronavirus killing properties of its graphene-enhanced COVID-19 masks have been confirmed by scientists in Rome. Already independently certified as antiviral by... — Updated 9/2/2020 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
ShAPE needs six pounds graphene for 1 million lb of high efficiency copper

Graphene enhanced copper offers EV edge

Working with General Motors, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have discovered that a tiny bit of graphene can increase the conductivity of copper wire by 5%. "That may seem... — Updated 10/27/2020 Full story

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    Tech Metals 
MIT scientists change optical electrical conductivity of diamonds with strain

Diamonds can act like metals in devices

Diamonds are well known as the hardest minerals on earth. The sparkling gemstones also are exceptional thermal conductors and electrical insulators. Now, an international team of researchers says... — Updated 10/27/2020 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Graphene could make light sail spacecraft imagined by Carl Sagan a reality

Sailing to Alpha Centauri with graphene

From coronavirus killing facemasks, to ultra-fast charging superbatteries and high-performance headphones with "stunning" sound quality, graphene has emerged as a miracle material with qualities... — Updated 10/27/2020 Full story

 
Curved graphene supercapacitors store braking energy electricity

Graphene capacitors aid fuel cell buses

Skeleton Technologies, a global leader in graphene-based ultracapacitor energy storage, Oct. 19 announced a deal with Northern Ireland-based Wrightbus to supply its next generation high-energy... — Updated 10/20/2020 Full story

 
Ucore Dotson Ridge REE critical minerals deposit

Ucore unveils Alaska2023 rare earths plan

Seeking to alleviate the United States' heavy reliance on China for its supply of the rare earth elements needed for a broad range of high-tech applications, Ucore Rare Metals Inc. has rolled out... — Updated 10/20/2020 Full story

 
Zinc8 and SmartConsult plan to install zinc air batteries in Australia

Zinc-air energy storage going Down Under

Canada-based Zinc8 Energy Solutions Inc. has formed a partnership that could see its patented zinc-air energy storage system installed at renewable energy facilities in Australia, a country at... — Updated 10/20/2020 Full story

 
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Rise of a world class rare earths project

Appia Energy Corp.'s Alces Lake project in Saskatchewan hosts some of the highest rare earth element grades ever discovered and the Toronto-based exploration company is now investigating just how... — Updated 10/14/2020 Full story

 
Lithium ion batteries in Tesla Powerwall EV need nickel and cobalt

US invests $25M in Brazilian Nickel mine

A week after President Donald Trump declared America's heavy reliance on adversarial nations for critical minerals a national emergency, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation... — Updated 10/13/2020 Full story

 
Laser graphene virucidal face mask coronavirus covid 19 protection

Antibacterial graphene masks from CityU

Scientists in Italy, United Kingdom, Canada, and now Hong Kong are researching graphene-enhanced masks ability to kill viruses and bacteria, further increasing the face covering's effectiveness in... — Updated 9/29/2020 Full story

 
Silver in evolution of digital communications 3G 4G 5G

Silver will play key role in 5G rollout

While rising gold prices are dominating the headlines, silver is quietly experiencing its own explosion in demand. The growing appetite for the lustrous, white metal stems in part from its use in... — Updated 9/29/2020 Full story

 
European Union critical minerals for wind solar energy electric vehicles

Green energy minerals top EU action plan

The European Union is taking action to ensure it has the critical minerals and metals needed for the coming "transition towards a green and digital economy" over the coming decades. "A secure and... — Updated 9/22/2020 Full story

 
2019 Noble Prize chemistry Goodenough solid sate lithium ion battery

Goodenough to change batteries again

Nobel Prize winning co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery John Goodenough is teaming up with a new generation of scientists and entrepreneurs at Energy Exploration Technologies, or EnergyX, to... — Updated 9/22/2020 Full story

 
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Tesla empowers artisanal cobalt miners

Tesla Inc. has joined a growing effort to address artisanal cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, not by boycotting this much maligned source of the lithium-ion battery metal but by... — Updated 9/15/2020 Full story

 
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Texas congressmen craft rare earths bill

A pair of Texas congressmen, Republican Lance Gooden and Democrat Vicente Gonzalez, have introduced the Reclaiming American Rare Earths Act, bipartisan legislation aimed at reducing America's... — Updated 9/15/2020 Full story

 
Supercapacitor rechargeable battery cells graphene KIT

Ultra-fast charging graphene SuperBattery

The ability to charge an electric vehicle in just 15 seconds would wipe out many of the barriers to EV ownership – slow charging times, battery degradation, and range anxiety. Skeleton... — Updated 9/9/2020 Full story

 
Rhenium platinum aluminum superalloys jet turbine blades

Pebble adds rhenium to world-class titles

While the recent call from conservationists and sportsmen for the Trump administration to block permits has cast a shadow of doubt on the development of a mine at Pebble, there is no denying the... — Updated 9/9/2020 Full story

 
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U.S. Vanadium calls for government help

U.S. Vanadium Holding Company LLC, an Arkansas-based producer of high-purity vanadium pentoxide, is urging the United States government to take steps to bolster domestic production of vanadium.... — Updated 9/9/2020 Full story

 
EV electric vehicle motor drive demand for REE magnets

EVs drive explosive REE magnet demand

Rare earths and battery metals market expert Adamas Intelligence forecasts that demand for the magnet rare earths – neodymium, praseodymium, and dysprosium – will falter slightly this year... — Updated 9/2/2020 Full story

 
Neodymium REE magnet imports high tech EV motors wind energy

Magnets are rare earth feed for Geomega

It is estimated that upwards of US$13.8 billion of rare earth magnets are imported into the United States each year, which is creating a stockpile of some of the most widely used rare earth... — Updated 8/26/2020 Full story

 
Swiss researchers titanium nanowire filter paper mask UV radiation covid-19

Titanium dioxide drafted in COVID fight

Researchers in a Swiss laboratory have developed a membrane made of titanium oxide nanowires with antibacterial and antiviral properties. The membrane, which resembles filter paper, may be used in... — Updated 8/25/2020 Full story

 
Semplasitcs Lab scientists create building materials from coal waste

Turning coal waste into building treasure

Florida-based Semplastics and its advanced materials division X-MAT dreams of building safer and more durable homes from the waste left behind by coal mining. "'One person's trash is another... — Updated 8/18/2020 Full story

 

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