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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... — Updated 11/14/2022 Full story

 
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

 
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 11/1/2022 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... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
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... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
Rare earths include 15 individual elements found on the periodic table.

Elk Creek deposit proves to be rare earth

An updated feasibility study for developing a mine at Elk Creek confirms that the proposed niobium-titanium-scandium mine in Nebraska also boasts one of the richest stores of rare earth elements... — Updated 9/6/2022

 
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... — Updated 8/31/2022 Full story

 
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... — Updated 8/30/2022

 
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... — Updated 8/12/2022 Full story

 
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... — 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... — 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... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
MP Materials’ future rare earths magnet and alloys plant in Texas.

Texas rare earths magnet plant coming

By the end of next year, the powerful rare earth magnets vital to efficiently transform motion into electricity in wind turbines and electricity into motion in electric vehicles are expected to... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
Energy Fuels White Mesa rare earths, uranium and vanadium mill in Utah.

A critical minerals week for Energy Fuels

Over the course of one monumental week, Energy Fuels Inc. shipped a trifecta of mineral products critical to the production, storage, and use of low-carbon energy in the United States from its... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
DoD MP Materials Pentagon contract Mountain Pass California Mojave Desert REE

Pentagon invests in heavy rare earths

Part of a much larger critical minerals investment and strategy unveiled by the Biden administration on Feb. 22, the Pentagon has awarded MP Materials Corp. a $35 million contract to commercially... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
Cheetah Resources Nechalacho REE rare earth elements separation facility Canada

Vital to rethink Nechalacho mine plan

The ore sorter at Vital Metals Ltd.'s Nechalacho rare earths project in Canada's Northwest Territories is able to upgrade lower-grade ore into concentrates viable for shipping to the company's... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
MP Materials' future rare earths magnet facility in Texas.

GM secures American rare earth magnets

To secure a long-term domestic supply of the rare earths needed to build electric vehicles in North America, General Motors has entered into a binding agreement to buy REE materials and magnets... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
USA Rare Earth magnet critical minerals gallium battery metals supply chain

Texas tech metals deposit critical to US

The proposed list of 50 critical minerals unveiled by the U.S. Geological Survey in November shined a light on how dependent the United States is on foreign countries for rare earth elements and... — Updated 7/12/2022 Full story

 
USA Rare Earth Search Minerals neodymium praseodymium REE rare earths MOU

Search, USA Rare Earth strengthen alliance

With their sights set on establishing a complete and sustainable North American rare earths supply chain, Search Minerals Inc. and USA Rare Earth LLC have entered into an agreement for the offtake... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
REEtec Norway Vital Metals Canada rare earth elements neodymium praseodymium

REEtec to purchase more Vital rare earths

In another move that demonstrates rare earths production at Nechalacho is scaling up faster than originally anticipated, Vital Metals Ltd. and REEtec AS have amended their offtake agreement to... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
REE separation facility RapidSX Alaska2023 SMC rare earth elements Ucore

Ucore secures Vital rare earths supply

On the heels of a deal to sell more rare earths carbonate to Norway-based REEtec, Vital Metals Ltd. has entered into a separate agreement to sell some of this midstream REE product produced in... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
electric motor rare earth elements REE magnets recycling GM General Motors

GM, GE join forces for rare earths supply

With the global transition to electric vehicles charged with renewable energy creating massive new demands for rare earth materials and magnets, copper, and electrical steel, General Motors and GE... — Updated 7/12/2022

 
Bear Lodge Wyoming rare earth elements REE Rare Element Resources map DOE

Rare earths project reemerges in Wyoming

When China severely cut exports of rare earths following a dispute with Japan in 2010, Rare Element Resources Ltd. and its Bear Lodge project in Wyoming rose as one of the top candidates for... — Updated 10/19/2021 Full story

 
Vital Metals Nechalacho Canada rare earth elements REE Northwest Territories

Bonanza grade rare earths at Nechalacho

Crews at Vital Metals Ltd.'s Nechalacho rare earths project in Canada's Northwest Territories are mining zones of ore with such high grades that there is no need to upgrade it with the on-site... — Updated 10/5/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology Japan

Rare earths enable record internet speeds

With a boost from fiber optic cables laced with rare earths such as erbium and thulium, researchers at Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology were able to... — Updated 7/20/2021 Full story

 

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