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Magmatic uprising and a lithium takeover

Results in largest known reserves of lithium on Earth being deposited in volcanic caldera spanning Nevada-Oregon border. The remnants of an ancient volcano spanning the Nevada-Oregon border likely holds... — Updated 9/7/2023

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Alaska Native Corp backs Graphite One

BSNC investment provides funding for all-American graphite supply chain and signals local AK Native support for mine. As a signal of strong local backing for Graphite One Inc.'s vision to establish an... — Updated 9/7/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
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Is a lithium triangle alliance coming?

Latin American countries collectively hold over 50% of the world's identified raw lithium. These resource-rich nations have begun asserting that they will no longer accept extractive international trade re... — Updated 8/17/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
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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

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
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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

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
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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

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Electra, Glencore cut new cobalt deals

Above and beyond its agreement to sell cobalt hydroxide feed material to Electra Battery Materials Corp., Glencore has signed a five-year tolling contract for the use of Electra's refinery in Ontario to... — Updated 6/8/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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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

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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 have forg... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

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DOE commits $700M for Rhyolite Ridge

Conditional loan signals a major step forward for ioneer's planned lithium-boron mine in Nevada. As part of the Biden administration's ongoing effort to support projects that will provide a domestic... — Updated 1/21/2023

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Rhyolite Ridge nears DOE loan approval

With a "substantially complete" application for a loan to fund the development of its Rhyolite lithium-boron project in Nevada already being processed by the U.S. Department of Energy Loan Programs... — Updated 1/14/2023 Full story

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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 7/12/2022

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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 to... — Updated 7/12/2022

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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 could make... — Updated 7/12/2022

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GM looks to Quebec for cathode plant

Adding to a growing list of deals to source the materials and components needed for its vision to get everybody in on its transition to an all-electric future, General Motors is working with POSCO... — Updated 7/12/2022

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Fortunate locale for Nico cobalt refinery

Alberta has been chosen as the best locale to develop a critical minerals refinery that would process concentrates from Fortune Minerals Ltd.'s planned Nico cobalt-gold-bismuth-copper mine in Canada's Nort... — Updated 7/12/2022

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Greener lithium batteries with plasma tech

Seeking greener and more efficient technology for the production of advanced lithium materials for rechargeable batteries, Australia-based Albemarle Corp. has entered into a joint development agreement... — Updated 7/12/2022

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Tesla cuts deal for Minnesota nickel

As the competition for supplies of the minerals and metals needed to build electric vehicles heats up, Tesla Inc. has cut a deal to secure the nickel for the lithium-ion batteries to power its future EVs f... — Updated 7/12/2022

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Cornish Lithium attracts TechMet funding

An up to 18-million-pound (US$24 million) investment by global critical metals firm TechMet Ltd. is allowing Cornish Lithium Ltd. to accelerate its mission to provide domestic supplies of lithium and... — Updated 7/12/2022

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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 and metals... — Updated 4/26/2022 Full story

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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 the... — Updated 4/5/2022 Full story

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Tesla secures Vidalia battery graphite

Tesla Inc. has cut a deal with Syrah Resources Ltd. to supply the single largest ingredient in most lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles – graphite. More specifically, the renowned electric... — Updated 1/11/2022 Full story

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Historic mining for future battery metals

Pennsylvanian coal helped to fuel America's Industrial Revolution, and mines in the Keystone State have since provided a domestic source of iron ore, cobalt, nickel, and various other metals. Now,... — Updated 12/28/2021 Full story

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Electra to recycle battery metals in 2022

In another step toward realizing its vision of establishing a lithium battery materials park at its First Cobalt refinery in Ontario, Electra Battery Materials Corp. is putting in motion a plan to begin... — Updated 12/21/2021 Full story

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EV cart ahead of critical minerals horse

Does the United States' electric vehicle ambitions put the cart before the horse? Or, more precisely, place the EVs ahead of the raw material supply chains needed to build them? The Biden administration... — Updated 11/23/2021 Full story


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