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  • Business leaders with safety glasses in front of Ucore’s RapidSX demo plant.

    Canada invests $4M in rare earths tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Natural Resources Canada formalizes funding of Ucore's RapidSX REE separation demo plant in Ontario. In support of a homegrown technology that will help bolster Canada's leadership in responsible production of critical minerals needed for the clean energy and digital economy, Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan) Critical Minerals Research, Development, and Demonstration program is investing C$4.2 million (US$3.1 million) into Ucore Rare Metals Inc.'s RapidSX rare earths...

  • Burst of green northern lights over a crusher at the Nechalacho rare earth mine.

    Chinese firm buys Canada's rare earths

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Jan 3, 2024

    Shenghe acquires ore stockpile that symbolized a shift away from China for REEs critical to North America's green energy and high-tech sectors. High-grade ore dug up from a small open pit at Vital Metal Ltd.'s Nechalacho project in the summer of 2021 marked the start of Canada's first rare earth elements mine and the first link in an REE supply chain that was envisioned to be completely independent of China. "The combination of our efforts clearly work together towards the...

  • Closeup of column filled with fluids used to separate rare earth elements.

    Rare earth separation move, counter move

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jan 2, 2024

    On the same day that China bans exports of REE processing tech; Ucore, RER hit milestones on cleaner and more efficient methods. In a move to hold onto its dominant position as the world's supplier of rare earths, China is now banning the exports of technologies for the processing and separation of this tightly bonded group of 15 elements needed for green energy, high-tech devices, and countless industrial and household goods. While China maintains a strong position in the...

  • Aerial view of Mountain Pass rare earth mine in California’s Mojave Desert.

    Rare earths discovered in Wyoming coal

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 1, 2024

    The only rare earths mine in the United States – accounting for about 16% of the world's rare earths production – is the Mountain Pass mine in California's Mojave Desert, operated by MP Materials. The mine is partly owned by Chinese interests, which export most of what is produced out of the country for processing. China controls 91% of refining activity, 87% of oxide separation and 94% of magnet production, as recently reported in the Wall Street Journal, a supply concent...

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

    Louisiana welcomes Ucore rare earths plant

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 2, 2023

    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 financial incentive package for establishing the company's first rare earths separation and oxide production facility at a newly selected 80,800-square-foot in the central part of the state. The rare earths that are produced at Ucore's Louisiana Strategic Metals Complex are in...

  • Stacks of reclaimed rare earths from Phoenix Tailings’ technology.

    Phoenix Tailings' first US REE refinery

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 2, 2023

    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, Phoenix Tailings, has made a brilliant comeback with the announcement of the first rare earth refinery to begin production in the United States. Founded in 2018, Boston-based Phoenix Tailings had a significant head start at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing the potential...

  • White, yellow, black, and grey piles of powered rare earth elements.

    Wyoming rare earths plant gets final okay

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

    DOE finishes NEPA review needed to build demo plant that will process a high-grade rare earth sample from the Bear Lodge project north of Upton, Wyoming. Clearing another hurdle on its path to offering a reliable domestic alternative to China for the rare earths needed to propel the clean energy transition, Rare Element Resources Ltd. Nov. 16 announced that the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has finalized its National Environmental...

  • Green bands of aurora in the winter sky above sign in front of Nechalacho camp.

    Shenghe invests in Canada rare earth mine

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Nov 21, 2023

    Vital Metals turns to Chinese firm to fund Nechalacho, home to first REE mine in Canada. Drifting further away from the original vision of establishing a rare earths supply chain in Canada that would help to break the West's heavy reliance on China for this suite of tech elements, Vital Metals Ltd. has turned to Shenghe Resources Holding Co., Ltd. for funding that will allow the Australia-based REE mining company to move forward with its plans for a larger mine at its...

  • A rock hammer laying atop a pile of rare earths enriched carbonatites.

    Evidence of larger Sheep Creek REE deposit

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 24, 2023

    New geophysical surveys identify potential source of the high-grade rare earths found on the surface at Montana project. A pair of recent geophysical surveys has identified a potentially larger source of the high-grade rare earths, gallium, niobium, and other critical minerals found on the surface at U.S. Critical Materials Corp.'s Sheep Creek project in southwestern Montana. Long known as a potential domestic supply of niobium, which is a critical ingredient in high-strength...

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

    US Embassy staff tour Ucore's REE plant

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

    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. "This visit underscores the significance of our work in the rare earth minerals sector and highlights our dedication to pioneering eco-friendly resource solutions," said Ucore Rare Metals COO Mike Schrider. The RapidSX technology being demonstrated at the Ontario plant is a...

  • Rare Earth Salts 50,000-square-foot headquarters in Nebraska.

    America's heartland supplies domestic REEs

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

    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 announcing the production and sale of its high-purity terbium and yttrium from recycled feedstock. Founded in 2012 by Rare Earth Salts Chief Technology Officer Joseph Brewer, his goal was to address the global need for a cost-effective, sustainable, and environmentally friendly rare...

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

    DOD to invest $258M in Texas REE plant

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

    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. Department of Defense has allocated roughly $258 million to support development of the Lynas U.S. Rare Earths processing facility in Texas, which is more than double the original $120 million price tag for establishing the first large-scale heavy rare earth elements separation plan... Full story

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

    Key license for Wyoming rare earth project

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Aug 1, 2023

    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 long-term, reliable, and sustainable domestic supply of separated rare earth elements, Rare Element Resources Ltd. has been issued a license necessary to process previously stockpiled material at its Bear Lodge project in Wyoming. Located in an area of northeastern Wyoming with...

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

    Stellantis secures future US rare earths

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 25, 2023

    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 vehicle supply chains, Stellantis has entered into a preliminary agreement to buy magnet rare earths from a future mine at NioCorp Developments Ltd.'s Elk Creek critical mineral project in Nebraska. The neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium, and terbium that Stellantis hopes to...

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

    Ucore acquires new RapidSX demo REE feed

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 4, 2023

    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 elements from a wide range of sources, Ucore Rare Metals Inc. has acquired a third mixed REE concentrate to process at its commercialization and demonstration facility in Kingston, Ontario. "We believe that Ucore's Kingston, Ontario, Demo Plant is currently the largest heavy REE...

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

    Deeper look at Sheep Creek rare earths

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

    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 Corp.'s Sheep Creek project in southwestern Montana continues underground. In early February, the company reported that 52 Sheep Creek surface samples tested by Activation Labs, a Canadian analytical laboratory renowned for its rare earth analysis, returned an average grade of 9%...

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

    Energy Fuels acquires rare earths project

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

    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 Fuels has achieved yet another important milestone for our expanding rare earth business through our acquisition of the Bahia project," said Energy Fuels President and CEO Mark Chalmers. Monazite concentrates produced from the heavy mineral sands at Bahia will be shipped to the...

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

    A rare earth supply chain master link

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    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 American rare earth supply chain with connections in Canada, Australia, Europe, and the United States. This city of just over 300,000 people on the Canadian Prairies is not gaining notoriety as a major North American rare earth hub due to rich deposits of this suite of 15 enigmatic... Full story

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

    Sheep Creek's deeper rare earth potential

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    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 the idea that Sheep Creek is one of the highest-grade rare earth discoveries in the United States and supports the need for drilling to fully understand the scope of critical minerals mineralization at this project in southwestern Montana. High-grade rare earths were found at... Full story

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

    EV magnet rare earth price set to sail

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    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 alternatives to these rare earths for magnets going into electric vehicles, Adamas Intelligence forecasts that NdPr oxide prices will double by the end of the decade. NdPr is a combination of the rare earths neodymium and praseodymium used in the powerful neodymium-iron-boron magnets... 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

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    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 production at the company's rare earths separation plant in Saskatchewan and focuses the company's resources on expanding production at its Nechalacho Mine in Canada's Northwest Territories. Shortly following this financing anchored by AU$30 million (US$21 million) contributed by... Full story

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

    Kingly rare earth grades at Sheep Creek

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    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 earth projects in the United States. The mining sector mantra "grade is king" alludes to the idea that a mine capable of producing one kilogram of rare earths for every 11 tons of ore dug up will be more profitable and have a smaller environmental footprint than a mine that mus... Full story

  • Aluminum-cerium alloy being poured from a furnace into a ladle.

    Aluminum alloys offer rare earths balance

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 21, 2023

    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 most abundant rare earth element. The clean energy transition depends on critical materials like rare earth elements that power wind turbine generators, electric vehicles, and other clean energy technologies, materials, and processes. Typically, REEs are found together in... Full story

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

    Win-win solid-state battery discovery

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 6, 2022

    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 earths mining sector, engineers at California-based American Elements have invented a ceramic electrolyte material for use in solid-state lithium-sulfur batteries. Lithium-sulfur batteries can store somewhere between two and five times as much energy by weight than the curren...

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

    US Critical Materials explores Sheep Creek

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 1, 2022

    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 investigate the potential for a larger deposit of this group of technology elements, US Critical Metals Corp. and US Critical Materials Corp. are carrying out detailed mapping and sampling of this overlooked and underexplored project in southwestern Montana. While high-grade rare...

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