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 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Rio Tinto Boron mine Borax lithium battery extraction process critical minerals

Rio Tinto recovering lithium from Boron

Recovering scandium from its iron-titanium mine in Quebec, tellurium from the Kennecott copper mine in Utah, and now lithium from its Boron mine in California, Rio Tinto is leveraging its... — Updated 4/13/2021 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Nouveau Monde Graphite battery anode carbon-neutral Canada Matawinie

Nouveau maps carbon-neutral forever plan

Toward its mission to "produce the greenest advanced graphite materials with a carbon-neutral footprint for a sustainable world," Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc., has laid out a plan that not only... — Updated 4/13/2021 Full story

 
First Cobalt Ontario Canada Stratton Metal Resources North American refinery

Stratton will buy all First Cobalt product

In another step toward its overarching goal to deliver battery grade cobalt into the North American electric vehicles market, First Cobalt Corp. has signed a flexible, long-term, offtake... — Updated 4/6/2021 Full story

 
GM Ultium General Motors Everybody In EV electric vehicles SGS lithium-ion

GM advances Ultium lithium-metal battery

In its push to get "everybody in" on its transition to electric vehicles, General Motors is working closely with SolidEnergy Systems to accelerate the development of a next-generation Ultium... — Updated 3/23/2021 Full story

 
Northvolt Volkswagen Group ID.4 lithium-ion battery green e-mobility partnership

VW places $14B Northvolt battery order

As part of a strategy to significantly lower the cost, improve the performance, and minimize the environmental footprint of batteries going into its expanding line-up of electric vehicles in... — Updated 3/21/2021 Full story

 
Nouveau Monde Graphite Canada Quebec Saint-Michel-des-Saints Matawinie

Quebec greenlights large graphite mine

After a decade of meticulous planning, Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. has received a Quebec government environmental decree to begin developing a mine at its Matawinie project that has been designed... — Updated 2/23/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
X-MAT X-BATT graphite anode recycling Battery Innovation Center lithium-ion

X-MAT refines battery anode technology

X-MAT recently announced a collaboration with the Battery Innovation Center, to determine further improvements of X-MAT's electrode fabrication technology, which dramatically increases the... — Updated 2/9/2021 Full story

 
Volkswagen AG Group Components pilot plant Salzgitter Germany lithium-ion

Volkswagen jumps into battery recycling

Though Volkswagen does not expect any appreciable quantities of spent lithium-ion batteries for at least another decade, the German automaker has already constructed its first plant to recover mor... — Updated 2/4/2021 Full story

 
Sila Nanotechnologies Coatue Management LLC Benchmark Mineral Intelligence

Silicon battery tech firm raises $590M

Considered by market experts to be the largest single fundraising in the history of lithium-ion battery supply chains, Sila Nanotechnologies raised US$590 million during a financing that closed... — Updated 2/2/2021 Full story

 
General Motors Tesla EVs Deborah Wahl Caspar Rawles battery metals lithium-ion

Electric mobility metals inflection point

January 8, 2021 may go down in history as the inflection point for the transition from the fossil fuel powered vehicles that transported humanity through the 20th century to the electric vehicles... — Updated 1/22/2021 Full story

 
Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc Eric Desaulniers Matawinie graphite project

Nouveau Monde Graphite eyes milestones

2021 is shaping up to be a watershed year for Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc.'s mission to be a carbon-neutral supplier of the graphite needed in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries. "This year will... — Updated 1/12/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
UC San Diego ZPower silver-zinc flexible battery Joseph Wang Ying Shirley Meng

Bending the rechargeable battery rules

The future of rechargeable batteries and the technologies they will power just got a lot more flexible, thanks to a recent breakthrough in screen-printable, high-capacity silver-zinc batteries by... — Updated 12/22/2020 Full story

 
Vanadium redox flow V-flow battery electrolyte test tubes oxidized states

VanadiumCorp acquires key refining tech

VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. has acquired full rights to a unique, low-carbon emitting means of extracting vanadium, another key to its goal of unlocking the potential of vanadium redox flow... — Updated 12/8/2020 Full story

 
Syrah Resources Ltd. Vidalia Louisiana graphite EV lithium-ion battery

US graphite anode plant takes vital step

Syrah Resources Ltd. has taken another major step toward scaling up production of natural graphite anode material at its facility in Vidalia, Louisiana to help meet the demands of rapidly... — Updated 12/8/2020 Full story

 
Mercedes-Benz Daimler AG DRC cobalt Ambition 2039 Jungo Brüngger

Mercedes tackles cobalt mining issues

Mercedes-Benz says it will follow its supply chains all the way back to the mines, if that is what it takes to ensure that the lithium and cobalt going into its rapidly expanding line of electric... — Updated 11/17/2020 Full story

 
Vanadium redox flow battery metal mine project

World-class vanadium deposit at Lac Doré

VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. has confirmed that its Lac Doré project in Quebec hosts one of the most significant undeveloped vanadium deposits on the planet, furthering the company's mission of dev... — Updated 11/10/2020 Full story

 
Curved graphene supercapacitors store braking energy electricity

Graphene capacitors aid fuel cell buses

Skeleton Technologies, a global leader in graphene-based ultracapacitor energy storage, Oct. 19 announced a deal with Northern Ireland-based Wrightbus to supply its next generation high-energy... — Updated 10/20/2020 Full story

 
Lithium spodumene refinery to hydroxide for lithium-ion batteries

Tesla secures Texas Terafactory lithium

Just a week after Tesla Battery Day 2020, where CEO Elon Musk unveiled the electric automaker's massive lithium-ion battery ambitions, the iconic electric automaker has cut a deal to buy some of... — Updated 10/13/2020 Full story

 
Lithium ion batteries in Tesla Powerwall EV need nickel and cobalt

US invests $25M in Brazilian Nickel mine

A week after President Donald Trump declared America's heavy reliance on adversarial nations for critical minerals a national emergency, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation... — Updated 10/13/2020 Full story

 
Rechargeable lithium ion cell for electric vehicles nickel from Giga Metals BC

Tesla in rumored talks with Giga Metals

Tesla wants low-carbon nickel from a future mine at Giga Metals' Turnagain nickel-cobalt deposit in northern British Columbia, Canada, according to Reuters. Citing three unnamed sources, the... — Updated 9/29/2020 Full story

 
2019 Noble Prize chemistry Goodenough solid sate lithium ion battery

Goodenough to change batteries again

Nobel Prize winning co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery John Goodenough is teaming up with a new generation of scientists and entrepreneurs at Energy Exploration Technologies, or EnergyX, to... — Updated 9/22/2020 Full story

 
Democratic Republic of Congo small lithium ion battery metal mining

Tesla empowers artisanal cobalt miners

Tesla Inc. has joined a growing effort to address artisanal cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, not by boycotting this much maligned source of the lithium-ion battery metal but by... — Updated 9/15/2020 Full story

 
Supercapacitor rechargeable battery cells graphene KIT

Ultra-fast charging graphene SuperBattery

The ability to charge an electric vehicle in just 15 seconds would wipe out many of the barriers to EV ownership – slow charging times, battery degradation, and range anxiety. Skeleton... — Updated 9/9/2020 Full story

 
Tesla lithium ion battery cell electric vehicles EV renewable energy storage

Is Elon Musk considering Tesla gigamines?

Will gigamines be added to the front of the Tesla supply chain? While Elon Musk's offer of a "giant contract" to mining companies able to supply nickel suggests the Tesla CEO would rather not... — Updated 8/12/2020 Full story

 
Tesla Gigafactory 1 lithium ion battery cell plant Sparks Nevada

Keeping pace with the EV revolution

From mines to gigafactories, it is going to take a massive and coordinated effort to scale up the entire North American lithium-ion battery supply chain at a pace that meets the growing demands... — Updated 8/4/2020 Full story

 

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