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 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

 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

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

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

Computer graphic of lithium batteries imprinted with green digital dots.

Nearly $1 trillion needed for batteries

Heavy investment in mining required to ensure enough raw materials are fed to EV battery gigafactories; key to energy future. Benchmark Minerals Intelligence cautions that the gigafactories being erected... — Updated 8/1/2023

 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 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

Tesla's massive expanded Gigafactory in Nevada.

Evolving EV market shifts mineral demand

Less nickel, cobalt, and manganese in LFP cells offset by larger batteries in electric vehicles. A global rise of lithium ferro-phosphate (LFP) batteries for electric vehicles has provided a lower-cost opt... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals

A feasible plan for Zero Carbon Lithium

Vulcan publishes feasibility study that checks off next milestone along path to 2025 production. With five offtake agreements with some of Europe's largest carmakers, such as Stellantis, Volkswagen, and... — Updated 6/8/2023

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 6/8/2023 Full story

 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

 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

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

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

Rendering of CTR’s planned Hell’s Kitchen geothermal power-lithium facility.

Hell's Kitchen heats up with $1.4B deal

CTR signs MOU to purchase six geothermal power plants from Fuji Electric Corp. With the signing of a contract for $1.4 billion of geothermal power facilities built by Fuji Electric Corp. of America,... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

Elemental symbol for nickel, between copper and cobalt on the periodic table.

BC nickel project receives Canada support

FPX Nickel obtains $725,000 federal grant to advance low-carbon nickel development at Baptiste project. In support of a potential low-carbon domestic source of the nickel and cobalt needed for lithium-ion... — Updated 4/16/2023 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

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
ABTC’s newest Nevada facility will recycle lithium-ion batteries.

ABTC builds base for battery independence

As more and more companies answer the call to supply the materials needed to fuel the clean energy transition, American Battery Technology Company has been doing its part to establish a strong foundation... — Updated 3/15/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
A Tesla 4860 lithium-ion battery with a backdrop of brightly colored swirls.

Tesla makes graphite deal with Magnis

Australia-based Magnis Energy Solutions has signed an agreement with Tesla for North American anode active material (AAM) production. This offtake agreement outlines Tesla's purchase of a substantial part... — Updated 3/2/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Redwood employees overlooking anode copper foil battery material.

DOE to lend $2B for Redwood battery plant

Loan will support US plant capable of producing EV battery materials at the giga-scale. Toward the White House's goal of zero-emission vehicles making up half of all car sales in the U.S. by 2030, the... — Updated 2/21/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
A pile of black powder produced during the lithium battery recycling process.

Tackling EV battery recycling with tech

Electric vehicles are a major player in the decarbonization of the global transport sector. The industry is under pressure to seek the shortest, most profitable route to a renewable future, which puts its... — Updated 2/17/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
Extended hand holding a large chunk of nickel ore with a mine in the background.

Nickel's evolving role in green power

The challenge of reducing emissions from the mining industry as a whole is ongoing and especially vital for the metals needed in renewable power and de-carbonized transportation. Taking center stage in... — Updated 2/15/2023


Quebec backs Nouveau Monde anode tech

Investing C$3.6M into sustainable graphite anode materials tech being advanced by the company. To further solidify Quebec as a vital link in North America's lithium-ion battery supply chain, the... — Updated 2/13/2023


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