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Ucore executive and four US embassy staff in Canada wearing safety glasses.

US Embassy staff tour Ucore's REE plant

The strategic importance of Ucore Rare Metal Inc.'s RapidSX rare earth elements separation technology was underscored by a recent tour of the company's commercial demonstration plant in Kingston, Ontario.... — Updated 8/29/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Rare Earth Salts 50,000-square-foot headquarters in Nebraska.

America's heartland supplies domestic REEs

With the technology and facilities already in place, Rare Earth Salts Separations and Refining LLC has stepped up to bat for the first fully domestic U.S. supply of critical rare earth elements by... — Updated 8/29/2023

A smartphone with Lynas Rare Earths’ locations webpage opened on the screen.

DOD to invest $258M in Texas REE plant

Lynas to apply the Pentagon funds to develop the first heavy rare earths separation facility outside of China. Continuing its heavy investments into America's critical mineral supply chain, the U.S. Depart... — Updated 8/8/2023

Six piles of white, yellow, grey, and black rare earth oxide powders.

Key license for Wyoming rare earth project

NRC issues permit needed to process stockpile of high-grade rare earth material through Rare Element's demo plant being built in Wyoming. Surpassing another major milestone on its path to offering a... — Updated 8/1/2023

Stack of cubes with the periodic table of elements information for rare earths.

Stellantis secures future US rare earths

Global automaker enters into terms with NioCorp for EV magnet rare earths from the future Elk Creek mine in Nebraska. Continuing a flurry of investments into mining projects at the front end of electric... — Updated 7/25/2023

Blue color chemical compounds being mixed at the RapidSX demo plant.

Ucore acquires new RapidSX demo REE feed

New US feedstock will further test Ucore's rare earth separation tech at Ont. demo plant. Furthering its goal to demonstrate that its RapidSX technology can separate the entire suite of rare earth... — Updated 7/4/2023

A hand holds an instrument against bands of pink and cream mineralization.

Deeper look at Sheep Creek rare earths

Latest lab results show high grades extend to depth at REE property in SW Montana. Assay results confirm that high-grade rare earth mineralization identified on the surface at US Critical Materials... — Updated 6/8/2023

Industrial complex lights reflect off pond at Energy Metals’ White Mesa Mill.

Energy Fuels acquires rare earths project

In a move that secures high-quality feedstock for its growing rare earths product line, Energy Fuels Inc. has paid $21.9 million to acquire Bahia, a large heavy mineral sands project in Brazil. "Energy... — Updated 6/8/2023

Suspended from the rail above, the Red Rail glides from the station.

China unveils first suspended maglev train

Without any outside forces, a sky train levitates 30 feet above the ground in China's Jiangxi Province, thanks to the powerful forces of rare earth permanent magnets. Unlike magnetic levitation trains... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

View across South Saskatchewan River; the Saskatoon city skyline at night.

A rare earth supply chain master link

Summit spotlights Saskatoon as an emerging rare earths hub in North America Saskatoon, a small city in the heart of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, is emerging as the master link in a North... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

Rock hammer size reference of rare earth-bearing rock samples at Sheep Creek.

High-grade rare earths project emerges

Sheep Creek rare earths project in Montana hosts 13 US critical metals With the transition to electric vehicles charged with low-carbon energy shining a spotlight on America's need for secure and reliable... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

A cream-colored band of rock above an old mine shaft in a Montana hillside.

Sheep Creek's deeper rare earth potential

Critical materials explorer samples historical adits at high-grade rare earth project in SW Montana. A fall program of underground exploration and sampling by US Critical Materials Corp. further confirms... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

A large multi-mast ship sailing on the open ocean on a clear day.

EV magnet rare earth price set to sail

Adamas forecasts NdPr prices to hit $150/kg to ensure supply keeps pace with auto demand Despite a widely held belief that soaring neodymium-praseodymium prices would press automakers to look at... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

As the sun sets, crews mine rare earths ore from a deposit at Nechalacho in NWT.

A Vital pivot in rare earths strategy

Following an AU$45 million (US$31.6 million) infusion of cash in July, Vital Metals Ltd. has gone through some significant changes that are being reflected in a new strategy that slows the ramp-up of... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

Rock hammer on a pile of rare earths-enriched rocks at Sheep Creek in Montana.

Kingly rare earth grades at Sheep Creek

Assay lab results affirm high-grade nature of critical minerals deposit in SW Montana. If "grade is king," then US Critical Materials Corp.'s Sheep Creek in Montana wears the crown when it comes to rare ea... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

A Welcome to Louisiana road sign at the border of the Bayou State.

Louisiana welcomes Ucore rare earths plant

Offers $15 million incentive package for REE separation plant to spur job creation, new opportunities in Gulf Coast state. Louisiana welcomes Ucore Rare Metals Inc. to the Bayou State with an enhanced... — Updated 4/7/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Stacks of reclaimed rare earths from Phoenix Tailings’ technology.

Phoenix Tailings' first US REE refinery

Highly promising startup reveals first commercial-scale rare earth element refinery in the US. Rising from the ashes, an American startup that was early in the field of rare earth element separation,... — Updated 4/4/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Aluminum-cerium alloy being poured from a furnace into a ladle.

Aluminum alloys offer rare earths balance

The U.S. Department of Energy has published a portfolio of research and development projects on the commercialization of aluminum-cerium alloy that offers a possible solution to the overabundance of the... — Updated 2/21/2023 Full story

Red Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle traveling a California highway near LA.

Win-win solid-state battery discovery

Energy-dense, stable ceramic lithium battery electrolyte offers new use for a plentiful rare earth element. In what could be a win-win discovery for the future of long-range electric vehicles and the rare... — Updated 12/6/2022

Rock hammer on a pile of rare earths-enriched rocks at Sheep Creek in Montana.

US Critical Materials explores Sheep Creek

Begins systematic investigation of overlooked rare earths project in SW Montana. To gain a deeper understanding of the high-grade rare earth mineralization coming to surface at Sheep Creek, and... — Updated 11/1/2022

Molten rare earth metal being poured into ingot molds.

Canada first, SRC pours rare earth metal

Major step along the path to establishing Saskatchewan as rare earths hub In another milestone along the path to establishing a major rare earths hub in Saskatchewan, the province announced that the... — Updated 8/31/2022 Full story

Vivid green northern lights display over mining equipment operating at night.

Major funding for Vital rare earths plan

Vital Metals Ltd. has received an AU$45 million (US$31.6 million) infusion of cash to fund its expanding rare earths business in Canada. "Vital Metals is on the threshold of becoming North America's only c... — Updated 8/12/2022

Bottles of erbium, neodymium, and cerium REE oxides produced in Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan increases REE plant funding

To further support its strategy to establish Saskatchewan as a major hub for North America's rare earth supply chain, the provincial government is investing an additional C$20 million (US$15.5 million)... — Updated 7/12/2022

Piles of rare earth element oxides with many high-tech and industrial purposes.

It's OK, USA Rare Earth plant coming soon

The rare earth magnets that help wind turbines transform a breeze into low-carbon electricity and then convert that energy to horsepower in the motors of electric vehicles will soon be made in Oklahoma.... — Updated 7/12/2022 Full story

Smartphone and computer screen showing Lynas Rare Earths’ locations.

Lynas Rare Earths lands $120M DoD deal

The United States Department of Defense is investing US$120 million to fund a heavy rare earths separation facility to be owned and operated by Lynas USA LLC, a subsidiary of Australia-based Lynas Rare... — Updated 7/12/2022


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