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 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

Metallic rending of the hexagonal pattern of the 2D carbon known as graphene.

Graphene hits high in LiO2 battery tests

HydroGraph Clean Power Inc., a manufacturer of high-quality nanomaterials, has cleared a new milestone in the field of energy storage, according to a study published recently in the Journal of... — Updated 6/7/2023

 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 6/5/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
Rich blue lithium evaporation pools at Allkem's Olaroz project in Argentina.

Industry playing catch-up with lithium

At first glance, it appears that mining giants have been slow on the uptake during the booming market for battery materials. This may demonstrate an unusual lack of forethought, or over the next few... — Updated 5/30/2023

A flat solid-state battery against a hexagon and computer circuit background.

A silver lining to solid-state batteries

Duke researchers, machine learning unveil the secrets of silver-enriched compounds that may enable solid-state batteries. With help from machine learning, a team of Duke University researchers has... — Updated 5/30/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
A front view of the new all-electric Ram 1550 pickup produced by Stellantis.

Stellantis invests in next-gen Lyten tech

Stellantis Ventures has invested in accelerating the development and commercialization of Lyten's various 3D Graphene applications for the mobility industry, including the LytCell lithium-sulfur electric... — Updated 5/30/2023

USGS geologist samples a mineralized outcrop on treeless slope in Alaska.

USGS funds new Earth MRI scans in Alaska

Home to deposits and prospects enriched with 49 out of the 50 minerals deemed critical to the United States, Alaska is the single best state in the nation to explore for the minerals and metals needed for... — Updated 5/23/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A huge hill made up of coal refuse near Indiana, Pennsylvania.

DOE proffers critical materials marketplace

Latest RFI for unconventional sources and possible desire for critical minerals "matchmaking." Much like its requests for information on clean energy projects, lithium recycling, and critical minerals,... — Updated 5/22/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
An aerial shot of Glencore's Portovesme metallurgical complex in Italy.

Li-Cycle, Glencore to build Italian Hub

Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. announced the signing of a letter of intent with Glencore plc, one of the world's largest natural resource companies, to jointly study the feasibility and eventual development of... — Updated 5/16/2023

Tesla’s lithium refining complex covers 1,200 acres next to rail in Texas.

Tesla expands into lithium business

Breaks ground on refinery in Texas with capacity to supply lithium for roughly 1 million Tesla EVs per year. Moving another link up the electric vehicles supply chain, Tesla Inc. has broken ground on a... — Updated 5/16/2023

Mined material being stacked into lined containment facility at Hermosa.

Fast-41 permitting of critical US mine

South32 Hermosa zinc-manganese project in Arizona is first US mining project approved for streamlined permit process. To speed the domestic production of manganese, a critical metal used in lithium-ion... — Updated 5/15/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Aluminum microstructure with multicolored grains looks like stained glass.

National lab reshapes recycled aluminum

In a renewable technology breakthrough, the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in collaboration with leading mobility technology company Magna, has unveiled a process that reshap... — Updated 5/9/2023

A strip of mesoporous gold film being applied to the back of a hand.

Device unlocks path to better implants

Researchers at The University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Brisbane have developed a small sensor made from gold film that is both flexible and sensitive... — Updated 5/8/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Electra Battery Materials refinery in northern Ontario, Canada.

Electra shakes hands with Three Fires Group

Leading through example, Electra Battery Materials Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding with First Nation-owned and operated Three Fires Group to form a joint venture focused on the recycling of... — Updated 5/5/2023

Bottles of nickel and cobalt sulfate produced from the NiWest project.

Stellantis forges nickel-cobalt alliance

Global automaker signs deal to buy EV battery metals from future mine. In a deal that shows that global automakers need more battery materials to meet their electric vehicle ambitions than is currently... — Updated 4/28/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Daisy is Apple's disassembly robot at the Material Recovery Lab in Texas.

Apple to use 100% recycled cobalt by 2025

Tech giant is also boosting recycled rare earths, gold, and tin going into Apple products. As a technology giant at the vanguard of the green transition, Apple Inc. is accelerating its work to expand... — Updated 4/26/2023

A roughly one-by-two-inch flat, rectangular TEG generator being tested in a lab.

First Tellurium solid-state energy R&D

Mineral explorer sees tellurium as solid-state clean energy solution, forms company to advance new tech. Before its use in thin-film solar panels, tellurium was an obscure semi-metallic element with few... — Updated 4/26/2023

The shape of a phoenix drawn into a pile of coal fly ash.

Transforming a lump of coal into an EV

DOE funds studies into processes for recovering rare earths and other critical minerals from coal waste streams and acid mine drainage. Looking to develop unconventional domestic sources of the rare... — Updated 4/21/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Rendering of a future EnergyX facility to facilitate renewable energy tech.

General Motors backs EnergyX lithium tech

Already pushing the boundaries of portable energy storage technology through its development of solid-state batteries, Energy Exploration Technologies Inc. or EnergyX, announced a US$50 million funding... — Updated 4/19/2023

Corked bottle with image of Earth inside as the message washed up on a beach.

Message in a bottle: More copper needed

In a clarion call to current and future mining colleagues, IMDEX geoscience chief warns lack of copper may slow energy transition. As global governments and industries scramble to ensure there is enough... — Updated 4/19/2023 Full story

Researcher works on battery foils in the PNNL advanced battery laboratory.

Imperfect science of perfect batteries

Material scientists look to bridge gap between perfect battery recipe in the lab and mass-producing cells in imperfect world. Researchers around the world are working feverishly to invent the perfect... — Updated 4/14/2023 Full story

A Welcome to Louisiana road sign at the border of the Bayou State.

Louisiana welcomes Ucore rare earths plant

Offers $15 million incentive package for REE separation plant to spur job creation, new opportunities in Gulf Coast state. Louisiana welcomes Ucore Rare Metals Inc. to the Bayou State with an enhanced... — Updated 4/7/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Stacks of reclaimed rare earths from Phoenix Tailings’ technology.

Phoenix Tailings' first US REE refinery

Highly promising startup reveals first commercial-scale rare earth element refinery in the US. Rising from the ashes, an American startup that was early in the field of rare earth element separation,... — Updated 4/4/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Employee operating a KION forklift in India.

Li-Cycle next recycling facility in France

Following a commitment for a US$375 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy and a visit from world leaders to its recycling facilities in Canada, the momentum keeps up for Li-Cycle Holdings Corp.... — Updated 3/28/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals

EV tax credit timeline may be too short

American electric vehicle manufacturers are under pressure from the massive federal legislation aimed at creating a robust domestic value chain for several key battery minerals and rare earths. These... — Updated 3/28/2023 Full story


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