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A colorful sunset behind commercial Quonset tents at graphite project in Alaska.

DOD invests $37.5M in Alaska graphite

Graphite One will utilize DPA Title III funds to finalize a feasibility study to develop a mine at Graphite Creek deposit in Alaska. To accelerate the development of a domestic supply chain for the enormou... — Updated 8/8/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
Mary Freeman holding a green tourmaline crystal in an underground cavern.

Maine couple discovers lithium motherlode

Five years ago, Maine native Mary Freeman and her husband Gary went gem-hunting for tourmaline on their property in the woods of Plumbago Mountain. Instead of the popular semiprecious stone they were seeki... — Updated 8/8/2023

Clean energy art showing wind turbines and solar panels inside a battery.

Xcel Energy to test Liquid Metal battery

Forward-thinking utility works with Ambri on demo-scale deployment of molten metal battery for clean energy storage. With the electric vehicle revolution demanding lithium-ion battery materials faster... — Updated 8/8/2023

A silver-colored gallium crystal that shows signs of its low melting point.

Gallium, germanium supply safety nets

Technology metal brokers in the US and Germany say they have stores of both metals to meet tech needs following curbs on Chinese exports. Technology metal brokers in the United States and Europe are provid... — Updated 7/26/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
A hand holds a lithium battery cell with an Australia flag emblem on its side.

Australia to break China's lithium grip

Leading the lithium rush, the Pilgangoora project in Western Australia's mine-friendly and resource-rich Pilbara region is sporting one of the largest hard rock lithium deposits in the world. Nearly all... — Updated 7/25/2023

Stack of cubes with the periodic table of elements information for rare earths.

Stellantis secures future US rare earths

Global automaker enters into terms with NioCorp for EV magnet rare earths from the future Elk Creek mine in Nebraska. Continuing a flurry of investments into mining projects at the front end of electric... — Updated 7/25/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Li-Cycle and EVE Energy co-founders sign MOU for clean battery recycling.

Li-Cycle recycling for Chinese batteries

Li-Cycle Holdings Corp., a rising star of lithium-ion battery recycling in the United States, has signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate and explore battery recycling solutions for EVE Energy... — Updated 7/25/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
An exposed electric vehicle battery pack frame for a future EV.

Electra almost triples LG cobalt deal

As the only future cobalt sulfate supplier in North America, Electra Battery Materials Corp. has cut a deal to supply LG Energy Solution Ltd. with substantially more battery-grade cobalt than originally... — Updated 7/25/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
Close-up of a red 2023 Prius XLE hybrid car on a country highway.

Has Toyota solved solid-state batteries?

Toyota's track record of conservative interest in an otherwise fervent competition over electric vehicle battery engineering has just turned 180 degrees with the company's shocking revelation of a... — Updated 7/25/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
Satellite picture of unique geography of Railroad Valley in Nevada.

NASA throws down against NV lithium mine

Mining companies that hope to draw lithium-rich brines from Railroad Valley in the Nevada desert have come up against heated resistance from environmentalists, local ranchers and tribal leaders for years.... — Updated 7/18/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Electra Battery Materials’ constructing its planned extraction facility.

Electra ships first recycled product

Marking a historical moment for its endeavors to support the green energy transition, Electra Battery Materials Corp. announced its first shipment of recycled nickel-cobalt from its refinery complex north... — Updated 7/18/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs touring Li-Cycle recycling facility.

Arizona governor visits Li-Cycle spoke

Accompanying the plethora of VIPs to its battery recycling facilities in recent months, Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. was visited by Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs for a tour of its plant in Gilbert, Arizona. Her... — Updated 7/14/2023

Piles of white lithium reflect off placid water at the Salinas Grandes Mine.

IEA: more energy minerals work to do

The International Energy Agency's Inaugural Critical Minerals Market Review provides insights into the progress made, challenges ahead. The International Energy Agency is cautiously optimistic about the... — Updated 7/11/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
The inside of Electra Battery Materials’ cobalt refinery in Ontario.

Three Fires invests $10 million in Electra

After signing a memorandum of understanding with First Nation-owned and operated Three Fires Group to form a joint centered focused on recycling lithium-ion battery waste, Electra Battery Materials Corp.... — Updated 7/7/2023

Metallic-looking tiles for gallium and germanium on the periodic table.

China to ban chipmaking metal exports

Going back to its 2010 rare earths playbook, China will ban gallium and germanium exports without state approval. Reminiscent of export restrictions that sent the price of rare earth elements through the... — Updated 7/6/2023 Full story

Image of hexagonal graphene lattice drawn on graph paper with graphite pencil.

Turning Alaska graphite into graphene

Seeking a domestic source of quality graphite that it can transform into the super 2D material known as graphene, Vorbeck Materials Corp. is teaming up with Graphite One Inc., a company developing an... — Updated 7/4/2023 Full story

Blue color chemical compounds being mixed at the RapidSX demo plant.

Ucore acquires new RapidSX demo REE feed

New US feedstock will further test Ucore's rare earth separation tech at Ont. demo plant. Furthering its goal to demonstrate that its RapidSX technology can separate the entire suite of rare earth... — Updated 7/4/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
Hot-rolled nano neo processed rare earth permanent magnets.

Heat-resistant neo magnet breakthrough

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Critical Materials Institute, led by Ames National Laboratory, have developed a "Hot-roll Nano Neo Magnet" method for manufacturing high-performance... — Updated 7/3/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Dish filled with 99.99% pure nickel-cobalt sulfate recycled with RecycLiCo.

RecycLiCo JV for Taiwan recycling plant

Joining hands toward the stable supply of critical battery materials, RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc. announced it has entered into a 50-50 joint venture with Zenith Chemical Corp. to build a 2,000... — Updated 6/20/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
Piles of white lithium reflect off the water at mining operation in Argentina.

Automakers develop own supply lines

Back in 1908, when Ford Motor Company first started cranking out the Model T, the innovative automaker championed new materials, new engineering designs, and new manufacturing practices. More than a... — Updated 6/20/2023

Aerial view of the surface mine facilities at the Idaho Cobalt Operation.

DOD invest $15M to support Idaho Cobalt

Jervois will use the DPA Title III funds to expand cobalt deposit in Idaho, finalize study for domestic refinery. To shore up domestic supplies of the cobalt needed for military hardware and green energy,... — Updated 6/20/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
Ford Lightning electric truck under bright lights for final inspection.

Ford strengthens battery partnerships

Ford Motor Company has stepped up critical metals acquisition, forging still more relationships with the likes of battery metal miners and developers and bringing the automotive manufacturer closer to its... — Updated 6/13/2023

Closeup of a bundle of copper wire strands.

US lawmakers: Copper is critical, period

Arizona lawmaker defies USGS with bill that would elevate copper onto the list of minerals deemed critical to the US. Copper is critical – this is the message a group of Western lawmakers is sending to... — Updated 6/13/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Yellow recycling bin full of consumer electronics.

DOE deploys funds for battery recycling

Piggybacking off its initial Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize, the U.S. Department of Energy announced more than $192 million in new funding for recycling batteries from consumer products, launching an... — Updated 6/13/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
Lithium-ion battery co-inventor Dr. Whittingham in 1979 and today.

ExxonMobil branches into lithium mining

In 2019, Exxon chemist Stanley Whittingham won the Nobel Prize for developing an early iteration of the lithium-ion battery while working at ExxonMobil's Clinton, New Jersey, corporate research lab back... — Updated 6/7/2023 Full story


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