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Tesla nickel CEO Elon Musk BHP Group Australia battery metal lithium-ion

Tesla, BHP strike revolutionary nickel deal

Answering Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk's call for new supplies of nickel that are mined "efficiently and in an environmentally sensitive way," Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Group has struck a... — Updated 7/23/2021 Full story

 
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GM secures green US geothermal lithium

In a move to help secure the lithium-ion battery metals required to achieve its aspiration of getting "Everybody in" an electric vehicle, General Motors has forged a strategic partnership with... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 
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First Cobalt battery park concept emerges

As First Cobalt Corp. advances the only battery-grade cobalt sulfate refinery in North America toward a 2022 start, the company is beginning to investigate the potential of developing an... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 
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First Cobalt expanding Idaho Belt deposit

Chains are only as strong as their weakest link, and two United States federal agencies have determined that cobalt is the weak link in North America's electric vehicle supply chain. First Cobalt... — Updated 7/6/2021 Full story

 
General Motors Ultium battery factory Spring Hill Tennessee EV electric vehicles

GM investing $35B in its electric future

Putting its foot to the "electric pedal" in a race toward the all-electric mobility future it envisions, General Motors has bolstered its investments into electric and autonomous vehicles to $35 b... — Updated 6/29/2021 Full story

 
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Panasonic joins new Nevada lithium project

On a mission to develop innovative solutions to sustainably produce the enormous quantities of lithium needed for the batteries powering electric vehicles, Schlumberger New Energy is teaming up wi... — Updated 6/22/2021 Full story

 
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 6/22/2021 Full story

 
Cornwall china clay kaolin porcelain lithium waste byproduct Cornish Lithium

Mining lithium from Cornwall china clay

The mountains of material left behind from more than 275 years of mining kaolin, a mineral known as china clay due to its use in the fine white porcelain produced in China for thousands of years,... — Updated 6/15/2021 Full story

 
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Lithium revives Cornwall mining region

Focused on environmentally sound production of lithium, Cornish Lithium Ltd. is testing new technologies to extract the battery metal from geothermal waters at its United Downs facility in Cornwal... — Updated 6/8/2021 Full story

 
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Flow batteries may rule grid-scale storage

While lithium-ion batteries have a major head start when it comes to the storage of renewable electricity, European analysts predict that flow batteries may overtake the stationary power storage... — Updated 6/2/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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Glencore rolls out cobalt blockchain plan

Glencore plc has teamed up with fellow miners China Molybdenum Co. Ltd. and Eurasian Resources Group, and battery material supplier Umicore to pilot a blockchain solution for end-to-end cobalt... — Updated 6/2/2021 Full story

 
Giga Metals cobalt nickel lithium-ion batteries EV electric vehicles

Potential CO2 neutral nickel mine in BC

A mine that produced the nickel and cobalt needed for the lithium-ion batteries powering zero-emission electric vehicles and offering the added benefit of locking up carbon dioxide in rocks for ge... — Updated 6/1/2021 Full story

 
TechMet Brian Menell EV revolution inflection point nickel cobalt lithium tin

TechMet closes $120M tech metals backing

TechMet Ltd. continues to build strong financial support for its vision of building a portfolio of world-class projects that produce, process, and recycle technology metals critical to electric... — Updated 4/27/2021 Full story

 
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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 4/20/2021 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

 
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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
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 

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