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Ottawa backs RapidSX rare earths plant

Ucore is awarded C$4.3 million to produce magnet REEs for EVs and other high-tech uses at its demo plant in Ontario. To support the commercialization of a technology poised to help break North America's... — Updated 11/29/2023

 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
A geologist uses a hammer to break off rocks to sample for critical minerals.

USGS invests millions in critical minerals

In 2023 alone, the federal geological survey invested $51M into Earth MRI scans of 35 states as part of a nationwide critical minerals search. From rare earths in Northern Maine to lithium in Southern... — Updated 11/28/2023 Full story

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China adds graphite to export restrictions

Following gallium, germanium curbs, China announces plan to restrict its exports of critical lithium-ion battery material on Dec 1. Three months into its restrictions on exports of the critical computer... — Updated 11/10/2023

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China's gallium, germanium exports hit zero

August stoppage is due to timeline to gain approvals under new export limitation process; longer-term curbs yet to be known. While gallium and germanium exports out of China dropped to zero during August,... — Updated 10/20/2023 Full story

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IEA critical minerals strategy emerges

Delegates agree on six actions to strengthen and diversify critical energy mineral supply chains. The rapid transition away from the fossil fuels that powered the world through the 20th century and toward... — Updated 10/11/2023

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Canada, Japan forge battery alliance

A flurry of industry partnerships on battery material projects followed landmark alliance between nations. In a move that aligns Canada's rich minerals endowment with Japan's battery-making expertise, the... — Updated 10/5/2023

Wooden tiles of the elements on the periodic table.

DOE allots $150M for critical minerals

Seeking to curb the United States' heavy dependence on imports for critical minerals, the U.S. Department of Energy is investing $150 million to support the domestic production of these mined materials... — Updated 10/3/2023

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Pentagon pulls US battery supply chain

Invests $30 million in energy storage systems campus; is aligning military and private sector buying power to speed technology transition in US. The U.S. Department of Defense is investing $30 million to... — Updated 9/26/2023

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DOD invests $110.6M in battery projects

Grants DPA Title III funds to support Albemarle lithium, Tamarack nickel projects in the US. Continuing its mission to establish domestic lithium-ion battery supply chains, the U.S. Department of Defense... — Updated 9/22/2023

A U.S. Army soldier stands in a cloud of smoke during night training exercises.

Pentagon ups Idaho antimony investment

Awards Perpetua additional $15M to help establish a mine-to-munition antimony supply chain that begins at Stibnite Gold project in Idaho. As part of its commitment to establishing domestic supplies of the... — Updated 8/31/2023

A silver-colored gallium crystal that shows signs of its low melting point.

Gallium, germanium supply safety nets

Technology metal brokers in the US and Germany say they have stores of both metals to meet tech needs following curbs on Chinese exports. Technology metal brokers in the United States and Europe are provid... — Updated 7/26/2023

Piles of white lithium reflect off placid water at the Salinas Grandes Mine.

IEA: more energy minerals work to do

The International Energy Agency's Inaugural Critical Minerals Market Review provides insights into the progress made, challenges ahead. The International Energy Agency is cautiously optimistic about the... — Updated 7/11/2023 Full story

Metallic-looking tiles for gallium and germanium on the periodic table.

China to ban chipmaking metal exports

Going back to its 2010 rare earths playbook, China will ban gallium and germanium exports without state approval. Reminiscent of export restrictions that sent the price of rare earth elements through the... — Updated 7/6/2023 Full story

Aerial view of the surface mine facilities at the Idaho Cobalt Operation.

DOD invest $15M to support Idaho Cobalt

Jervois will use the DPA Title III funds to expand cobalt deposit in Idaho, finalize study for domestic refinery. To shore up domestic supplies of the cobalt needed for military hardware and green energy,... — Updated 6/20/2023

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US lawmakers: Copper is critical, period

Arizona lawmaker defies USGS with bill that would elevate copper onto the list of minerals deemed critical to the US. Copper is critical – this is the message a group of Western lawmakers is sending to... — Updated 6/13/2023 Full story

USGS geologist samples a mineralized outcrop on treeless slope in Alaska.

USGS funds new Earth MRI scans in Alaska

Home to deposits and prospects enriched with 49 out of the 50 minerals deemed critical to the United States, Alaska is the single best state in the nation to explore for the minerals and metals needed for... — Updated 5/23/2023

The shape of a phoenix drawn into a pile of coal fly ash.

Transforming a lump of coal into an EV

DOE funds studies into processes for recovering rare earths and other critical minerals from coal waste streams and acid mine drainage. Looking to develop unconventional domestic sources of the rare... — Updated 4/21/2023

Digital image representing an EV being charged with low-carbon wind energy.

Canada unveils critical mineral strategy

To seize upon a once-in-a-century opportunity to leverage Canada's already world-class mining sector to supply the minerals and metals needed to build the clean energy future, Ottawa has unveiled a... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

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Senate bill aims to boost strategic metals

Senators Sullivan, Romney introduce bill to reduce DoD overreliance on China for minerals critical to security. Concerned that America is too reliant on China for the minerals and metals critical to nation... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals

EV tax credit timeline may be too short

American electric vehicle manufacturers are under pressure from the massive federal legislation aimed at creating a robust domestic value chain for several key battery minerals and rare earths. These... — Updated 3/28/2023 Full story

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Rhetoric will not fill US mineral needs

With the world-class deposits already found within its borders, the United States has the potential to be a major global producer of copper, lithium, and the other minerals and metals critical to the... — Updated 3/7/2023 Full story

Golden Gate Bridge disappears into low clouds over San Francisco Bay.

Bridge to the US lithium battery future

Li-Bridge alliance unveils blueprint to build resilient US lithium battery supply chain. A wide chasm lies between where the United States is today and securing the lithium battery mineral resources and... — Updated 2/21/2023 Full story

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a speech at Vitals’ REE plant.

Trudeau tours Vital rare earths plant

In a show of support for Canadian production of the minerals critical to clean energy technologies, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Vital Metals Ltd.'s rare earth processing facility in... — Updated 2/2/2023 Full story

Geologist using hammer to break off a rock sample on a hillside in Alaska.

USGS launches 3 new Earth MRI scans

As part of its nationwide scan for domestic sources of critical minerals, the U.S. Geological Survey is investing just over $1 million to gain a better understanding of the potential for cobalt, nickel,... — Updated 2/2/2023

Soldier fires a machine gun while lying in the snow during winter exercises.

DoD supports Perpetua's antimony project

In a move to break America's dependence on China and Russia for the antimony needed for ammunition, fireproofing compounds, night vision goggles, and other military hardware, the Pentagon is providing $24.... — Updated 12/20/2022 Full story


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