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 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Bags of black mass that will be sent to a Li-Cycle hub facility for processing.

Glencore invests $200M into Li-Cycle

Lithium-ion battery recycling company Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. has entered into a strategic partnership with Glencore plc, with an initial investment of $200 million toward improving the electric... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Hummer, Cadillac Lyriq and other GM electric vehicles.

DOE earmarks $3.2B for battery materials

To help shore up domestic supplies of the cobalt, graphite, lithium, nickel, and other materials that go into lithium-ion batteries, the U.S. Department of Energy has directed $3.16 billion from... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
An artistic rendition of a microchip built for a supercomputer.

Quantum leap for superconductors

A research group at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has discovered one-way superconductivity without the use of magnetic fields, something that was thought to be impossible ever... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
MP Materials’ future rare earths magnet and alloys plant in Texas.

Texas rare earths magnet plant coming

By the end of next year, the powerful rare earth magnets vital to efficiently transform motion into electricity in wind turbines and electricity into motion in electric vehicles are expected to... — Updated 5/3/2022

 
Statevolt's proposed lithium-ion battery factory near California's Salton Sea.

SoCal EV battery gigafactory unveiled

Lars Carlstrom, who has already founded two companies building lithium-ion battery gigafactories in Europe, has launched a third enterprise that plans to build a 54-gigawatt-hour battery facility... — Updated 4/26/2022

 
Tesla lithium-ion battery and EV megafactory near Austin, Texas.

A DOE boost for Vidalia graphite plant

To support American production of graphite active anode material, the single largest ingredient in most lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles, the U.S. Department of Energy's Loan... — Updated 4/26/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
3D printed turbine engine combustor made using NASA's new GRX-810 alloy.

Sci-fi GRX-810 alloy created by NASA

Dubbed GRX-810, a new metal alloy developed by NASA using a 3D printing process that dramatically improves the strength and durability of components and parts for aviation and space exploration... — Updated 4/26/2022

 
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Musk floats battery gigamine idea, again

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has thus far focused the automaker's efforts on manufacturing electric vehicles and the lithium-ion batteries that power them. This could change as a shortage of the minerals a... — Updated 4/26/2022

 

Alabama Graphite refinery on the way

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Congressman Mike Rogers joined other state and local government officials and business leaders during the groundbreaking ceremony at the site of a $202 million processing... — Updated 4/23/2022

 
MIT thermophotovoltaic heat engine to generate electricity.

Heat to electricity with no moving parts

Since its invention nearly 140 years ago, the modern steam turbine has represented the apex of efficiency when it comes to converting thermal energy into electricity. Now, engineers from the... — Updated 4/19/2022

 
Energy Fuels White Mesa rare earths, uranium and vanadium mill in Utah.

A critical minerals week for Energy Fuels

Over the course of one monumental week, Energy Fuels Inc. shipped a trifecta of mineral products critical to the production, storage, and use of low-carbon energy in the United States from its... — Updated 4/19/2022

 
Glencore Electra Battery Materials Canada refinery plant cobalt black mass park

Glencore to buy Electra recycled metals

With mining giant Glencore AG agreeing to buy the nickel and cobalt recycled from spent lithium-ion batteries over the next two years, Electra Battery Materials Corp.'s vision of developing an... — Updated 4/19/2022

 
Avalon Advanced Materials Lithium plant Canada Ontario Thunder Bay Essar

Avalon Lithium plant slated for Ontario

Adding to the rapidly expanding network of companies building a robust lithium battery materials supply in Ontario, Canada-based Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. and India-based Essar Group Company... — Updated 4/12/2022

 
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More US critical minerals action needed

While hailing President Joe Biden's use of the Defense Production Act to bolster domestic supplies of battery minerals and materials as a win for rebuilding United States supply chains, the... — Updated 4/12/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Computer circuit board that may benefit from Berkeley's crystal transistors.

Berkeley creates energy saving crystals

In a breakthrough that could lower the energy needs for computing, University of California, Berkeley engineers have created zirconium-hafnium crystal structures that could make anything that uses... — Updated 4/12/2022

 
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GM secures Aussie cobalt for batteries

In another deal to secure the raw materials it needs to produce enough Ultium batteries to power up to 1 million electric vehicles per year by 2025, General Motors struck a multi-year agreement... — Updated 4/12/2022

 
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Graphite One project goes super critical

Graphite One Inc.'s plans to establish a complete domestic supply chain for the advanced graphite materials for electric vehicle batteries was bolstered by President Joe Biden's decision to use... — Updated 4/5/2022

 
President Biden Defense Production Act DPA EV lithium battery metals

Biden issues battery materials order

With mass production of batteries that store intermittent renewable energy and power electric vehicles being a vital component of the envisioned clean energy future, the Biden administration has... — Updated 4/5/2022

 
lithium ion metal battery BrightDrop EV van Ontario Canada

An Ontario critical minerals strategy

Ontario has developed a mines-to-market critical minerals strategy that leverages rich stores of critical minerals in the northern reaches of the Canadian province, the already well-established... — Updated 3/29/2022

 
Electra Battery Materials Ontario eco-park EV cobalt recycling refinery nickel

Electra Battery Materials Park on schedule

Electra Battery Materials Corp. is making headway on upgrades and expansions of North America's only battery-grade cobalt refinery, the centerpiece of an emerging eco-industrial park in Ontario... — Updated 3/29/2022

 
Teck Resources Coptek antimicrobial antiviral virucidal copper patches

Teck funds UBC copper patches, research

The application of antimicrobial copper patches on high-touch surfaces at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Applied Science will help reduce the spread of infection as researchers insi... — Updated 3/29/2022

 
lithium sulfur battery ev news United States Drexler University Australia

Parallel lithium-sulfur battery advances

Two research teams, one in the United States and the other in Australia – working on separate projects to improve lithium batteries – have reported significant breakthroughs recently that... — Updated 3/29/2022

 
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Lithium Battery Valley emerges in Quebec

Becancour, a small Quebec town along the shores of the St. Lawrence River about midway between Montreal and Quebec City, is rapidly emerging as an epicenter for producing the advanced materials... — Updated 3/22/2022

 
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Shot across the bow for battery metals

Rising demand, tight supply, war, and a short squeeze on a China-based stainless steel titan came into perfect alignment to rocket the price of nickel to historic heights. The price for a pound... — Updated 3/22/2022

 
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Biden urged to support domestic mining

A group of bipartisan senators and a conservation organization are urging the White House to take definitive actions to bolster domestic production of the minerals critical to clean energy and... — Updated 3/16/2022

 

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