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 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A sunny day over Glencore’s Portovesme metallurgical complex.

Italy's Li-Cycle recycling hub is on track

After announcing its plans for a recycling hub in Portovesme, Italy, through a partnership with Glencore, Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. has followed up with the steps needed to begin establishing a centralized... — Updated 9/27/2023

 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 

Canada, Japan forge battery alliance

A flurry of industry partnerships on battery material projects followed landmark alliance between nations. In a move that aligns Canada’s rich minerals endowment with Japan’s battery-making expertise,... — Updated 9/26/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals 
Picture of Redux Recycling’s plant on the shore of Bremerhaven.

Redwood spreads roots to European market

After announcing its initial plans to spread its roots into the world's fastest-growing electric vehicle market, Redwood Materials Inc. reports it has acquired the leading European Union battery recycler,... — Updated 9/26/2023 Full story

A soldier launches a small, winged Raven drone during tactical training.

Pentagon pulls US battery supply chain

Invests $30 million in energy storage systems campus; is aligning military and private sector buying power to speed technology transition in US. The U.S. Department of Defense is investing $30 million to... — Updated 9/26/2023

 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Closeup of the gallium and germanium entries on the periodic table of elements.

China's gallium, germanium exports hit zero

August stoppage Is due to timeline to gain approvals under new export limitation process; longer-term curbs yet to be known. While gallium and germanium exports out of China dropped to zero during August,... — Updated 9/22/2023 Full story

Hummer EV military prototype charging through mud.

DOD invests $110.6M in battery projects

Grants DPA Title III funds to support Albemarle lithium, Tamarack nickel projects in the US. Continuing its mission to establish domestic lithium-ion battery supply chains, the U.S. Department of Defense... — Updated 9/22/2023

Rock sample with metallic gold mineralization coated with green copper oxides.

Bornite's germanium potential revealed

Colorado School of Mines thesis confirms that the germanium values in Alaska deposit have long been underreported. In addition to hosting 6.3 billion pounds of copper and 88 million lb of cobalt critical... — Updated 9/19/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A 3D rendering of a future Redwood Materials facility.

Strong Redwood attracts $1B investment

From a small sprout to a mighty tree, Redwood Materials Inc. may share its roots with the Tree of Tesla but has grown into a pillar of stability in the realm of recycling amidst a time when electric... — Updated 9/19/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Two GMG researchers examining graphene for its graphene batteries.

GMG produces first prototype G-Al pouch

Exploring an alternate battery technology that would lessen the demand for lithium and, in turn, help enable the transition to clean renewable energy, Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd. announced the succes... — Updated 9/18/2023 Full story

Wooden tiles of the elements on the periodic table.

DOE allots $150M for critical minerals

Seeking to curb the United States' heavy dependence on imports for critical minerals, the U.S. Department of Energy is investing $150 million to support the domestic production of these mined materials... — Updated 9/18/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
ABTC employee inspecting its lithium hydroxide product.

ABTC's Tonopah Flats gets more DOE funds

Building upon its foundation as a domestic supplier of critical battery materials, American Battery Technology Company has been awarded a second US$57 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for its... — Updated 9/18/2023 Full story

Hand holding pieces of gray and crumbling core from drilling at Thacker Pass.

Magmatic uprising and a lithium takeover

Results in largest known reserves of lithium on Earth being deposited in volcanic caldera spanning Nevada-Oregon border. The remnants of an ancient volcano spanning the Nevada-Oregon border likely holds... — Updated 9/7/2023

Industrial Quonset tents at Graphite Creek glow at dusk.

Alaska Native Corp backs Graphite One

BSNC investment provides funding for all-American graphite supply chain and signals local AK Native support for mine. As a signal of strong local backing for Graphite One Inc.'s vision to establish an... — Updated 9/7/2023 Full story

A U.S. Army soldier stands in a cloud of smoke during night training exercises.

Pentagon ups Idaho antimony investment

Awards Perpetua additional $15M to help establish a mine-to-munition antimony supply chain that begins at Stibnite Gold project in Idaho. As part of its commitment to establishing domestic supplies of the... — Updated 8/31/2023

Graph of the likeliness of IRA-compliant supplies of lithium, cobalt and nickel.

IRA energizes metal demand, challenges

S&P Global study details enormous energy transition metals demand in the US; significant supply challenges at home, abroad. The United States has "considerable challenges" to overcome when it comes to... — Updated 8/29/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
TechMet headquarters out of Dublin, Ireland.

Techmet raises $200M for tech metals

Helping to spur the production of critical minerals around the world, TechMet Ltd. announced the closing of its latest $200 million in equity funding to further invigorate its incredible lineup of technolo... — Updated 8/29/2023

Ucore executive and four US embassy staff in Canada wearing safety glasses.

US Embassy staff tour Ucore's REE plant

The strategic importance of Ucore Rare Metal Inc.'s RapidSX rare earth elements separation technology was underscored by a recent tour of the company's commercial demonstration plant in Kingston, Ontario.... — Updated 8/29/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Rare Earth Salts 50,000-square-foot headquarters in Nebraska.

America's heartland supplies domestic REEs

With the technology and facilities already in place, Rare Earth Salts Separations and Refining LLC has stepped up to bat for the first fully domestic U.S. supply of critical rare earth elements by... — Updated 8/29/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
A freshly paved road cuts between mostly empty brick buildings in Virginia.

Critical minerals from Appalachian coal

U.S. policymakers have become increasingly concerned about overreliance on China for the minerals and metals essential to clean energy technologies. Today China controls roughly one-third of the global mar... — Updated 8/23/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A splattered mound of finely ground recycled battery.

White House reps visit ABTC facility

Shining a spotlight on a provider of the metals needed for the lithium batteries powering America's clean energy technologies, American Battery Technology Company announced a visit from representatives... — Updated 8/23/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Region of Becancour, Quebec, that will become Lithium Battery Valley.

Ford joins Quebec Lithium Battery Valley

Collaborative investment of C$1.2 billion into future battery cathode facility. Coming out of the region that will hold one of the more prominent footholds for battery-related industries, Ford Motor... — Updated 8/22/2023

Steam rolls out of stack during lithium recovery testing at Hell’s Kitchen.

Stellantis invests $100M in Hell's Kitchen

Automaker funds will support the production of green lithium in California; CTR plans to ship first batch in 2027. To support what will be an important American supply of green lithium for the batteries... — Updated 8/18/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
A series of square brine-filled holes in the Salinas Grandes salt flats.

Is a lithium triangle alliance coming?

Latin American countries collectively hold over 50% of the world's identified raw lithium. These resource-rich nations have begun asserting that they will no longer accept extractive international trade re... — Updated 8/17/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Hands hold a pile of coins with a plant growing out of it.

DOE announces future green tech funding

Impressing the necessity of developing domestic supplies of critical minerals, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management has issued a notice of intent to fund programs... — Updated 8/8/2023

A smartphone with Lynas Rare Earths’ locations webpage opened on the screen.

DOD to invest $258M in Texas REE plant

Lynas to apply the Pentagon funds to develop the first heavy rare earths separation facility outside of China. Continuing its heavy investments into America's critical mineral supply chain, the U.S. Depart... — Updated 8/8/2023


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