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  • Periodic table symbol for copper with graph representing rising prices.

    Mine closures and delays impact copper

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 20, 2024

    Copper has had a wild ride in 2023, going from expected surplus to deficit within the last few months due to labor disputes, environmental protests, and volatile demand. The supply-demand roller coaster in 2023 was reflected in the price of this energy metal, which dropped from a high above $9,400 per metric ton last January to fluctuating to lows of around $7,800 in May and again in October before rebounding above $8,700 by year's end. Part of the reason for the late 2023...

  • Ship loaded with colorful shipping containers going under highway bridge.

    Friendshoring balances domestic mining

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 22, 2023

    On Dec. 12, 2015, delegates from almost every country on the planet signed a landmark climate accord, the Paris Agreement, that united more than 190 parties in support of a legally binding treaty pledging to drive the overall planetary temperature down by slashing the use of fossil fuels and adopting solutions for a massive transition to renewable energy and green transportation. This requires extensive economic and social transformation, measured in five-year cycles of...

  • Graph of the likeliness of IRA-compliant supplies of lithium, cobalt and nickel.

    IRA energizes metal demand, challenges

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 29, 2023

    S&P Global study details enormous energy transition metals demand in the US; significant supply challenges at home, abroad. The United States has "considerable challenges" to overcome when it comes to securing enough critical minerals and copper to meet the increased energy transition-related demands being driven by the Inflation Reduction Act, according to analysis by S&P Global. Detailed in a new 111-page report – Inflation Reduction Act: Impact on North America Metals a...

  • TechMet headquarters out of Dublin, Ireland.

    Techmet raises $200M for tech metals

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 29, 2023

    Helping to spur the production of critical minerals around the world, TechMet Ltd. announced the closing of its latest $200 million in equity funding to further invigorate its incredible lineup of technology metal assets around the globe. Founded in 2017, TechMet is a capital investment firm focused on building businesses across the critical minerals value chain from mining to processing, recycling, and battery component manufacturing. In the past year, TechMet has already inv...

  • A front loader dumping material in the Wyodak coal mine in Wyoming.

    DOE eyes mine waste for critical minerals

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 15, 2023

    Funds 5 national labs to streamline critical minerals recovery process. In yet another round of funding, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $5.3 million in grants for five cutting-edge projects intended to advance research supporting the domestic production of rare earth elements and other critical minerals that are key to manufacturing clean energy technologies such as solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cells. Under the purview of DOE's...

  • A hand holds a lithium battery cell with an Australia flag emblem on its side.

    Australia to break China's lithium grip

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 25, 2023

    Leading the lithium rush, the Pilgangoora project in Western Australia's mine-friendly and resource-rich Pilbara region is sporting one of the largest hard rock lithium deposits in the world. Nearly all the lithium produced at Pilbara Minerals' gigantic Pilgangoora processing plant is sold to China for processing into lithium carbonate and hydroxide. But Pilbara Minerals, along with a few of Australia's more daring mining companies, is working to break China's grip on lithium...

  • Satellite picture of unique geography of Railroad Valley in Nevada.

    NASA throws down against NV lithium mine

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 18, 2023

    Mining companies that hope to draw lithium-rich brines from Railroad Valley in the Nevada desert have come up against heated resistance from environmentalists, local ranchers and tribal leaders for years. A highly persuasive voice that joined the chorus of opponents – the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration itself – has succeeded in placing a world-class lithium area off limits to mining. This wasn't exactly a bolt from the blue – NASA has been working with...

  • World Bank low carbon climate smart mining for wind solar battery technology

    Climate smart mining offers opportunities

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    The global shift to renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, and electric vehicles (EV) requires a vast amount of several minerals and metals. While supplying the huge amount of mined materials needed for the coming clean energy transition poses challenges, especially if not managed responsibly and sustainably, World Bank Group sees economic opportunities for some of the world's poorest regions. "The World Bank supports a low-carbon transition where mining is... Full story

  • A huge hill made up of coal refuse near Indiana, Pennsylvania.

    DOE proffers critical materials marketplace

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated May 22, 2023

    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, the United States Department of Energy is once again seeking input, this time to further solidify domestic critical minerals supply through the use of unconventional and secondary sources. Aimed at supporting its ongoing Carbon Ore, Rare Earth, and Critical Minerals (CORE-CM)...

  • Fisheye view of tungsten sheets inside the WEST tokamak fusion reactor.

    Boron "detergent" for nuclear fusion

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 18, 2022

    Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have found a way to add a dash of boron to a tungsten tokamak fusion reactor to keep its plasma clean during operations. Because of its high melting point, tungsten is a metal of choice for helping tokamak components withstand the intense heat of the fusion process – often upwards of 150 million degrees Kelvin, or ten times the temperature at the core of the Sun. While it is not new to use boron...

  • Silver critical minerals EVs solar panels history photovoltaic 5G Kodak 2030

    A brief evolutionary history of silver

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Typically thought of as a glimmery precious metal used to make coins, bullion, jewelry, and other shiny objects, silver's true value lies in more industrious properties that make it invaluable to high-tech applications such as solar panels, electric vehicles, and 5G networks. "Silver demand has evolved from a monetary ornamental use, to photographic, to digital, and now to energy," Hecla Mining Company President and CEO Phillips Baker, Jr. said during a March 31 keynote...

  • Appia Energy gallium oxide monazite bauxite aluminum rare earth elements REE

    Canada REE project enriched with gallium

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Appia Energy Corp. says recent testing shows that the rare earths-enriched monazite mineral at its Alces Lake project in northern Saskatchewan also hosts gallium, a semiconducting metal that will melt in the palm of your hand. An electron microprobe study conducted by the Saskatchewan Research Council successfully demonstrated that monazite from two separate high-grade rare earth zones and trends at Alces Lake – Ivan and WRCB – contain similar concentrations of gallium oxi...

  • European Space Agency McGill University Eindhoven University of Technology

    Iron fuels the fires of carbon free energy

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    University researchers working in tandem with the European Space Agency, have tested the use of a new, smokeless, carbon-free energy by burning iron powder. And what better way to assess the potential of this new type of fuel than by brewing beer with all the flavor and less carbon emissions than traditional brews? First tested in microgravity aboard European Space Agency sounding rockets, a team at McGill University in Canada and Eindhoven University of Technology in the... Full story

  • Zinc8 and SmartConsult plan to install zinc air batteries in Australia

    Zinc-air energy storage going Down Under

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Canada-based Zinc8 Energy Solutions Inc. has formed a partnership that could see its patented zinc-air energy storage system installed at renewable energy facilities in Australia, a country at the forefront of low-carbon electrical power generation. In recent years, Australia and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency have invested A$1.58 billion (US$1.12 billion) to support 543 greenhouse gas-reducing energy projects as the country seeks to achieve more aggressive renewable...

  • Welsbach Technology Metals Acquisition public offering Nasdaq Global Market

    New tech metals player launches $75M IPO

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 11, 2022

    Looking to establish itself as a major new player in the technology metals and energy transition metals space, Welsbach Technology Metals Acquisition Corp. has launched a $75 million initial public offering on the Nasdaq Global Market. Led by CEO Daniel Mamadou, a technology metals advisor with more than 20 years of experience in global banking, Welsbach is being established as a blank check company that will use the funds raised through its IPO to invest in and support... Full story