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 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals 
President Biden next to a Corvette Z06 showcased a the revived Detroit car show.

Biden's new surge of EV recycling funding

Furthering its climate goals and hoping to continue strengthening the nation's battery supply chain, the Biden administration has allotted $74 million to advance technologies and processes for... — Updated 11/22/2022

 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Electric cars, trucks, and vans by Chevrolet, Hummer, Cadillac, and Brightdrop.

GM secures Vale Canada nickel for EVs

Enters deal for battery-grade nickel sulfate to be produced in Canada's new Battery Valley. In a deal that helps General Motors meet its electric vehicle ambitions and further solidifies Canada... — Updated 11/21/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A 3D rendering of interconnected atoms that could function like graphene.

Twisted graphene smooths quantum tech

Researchers postulate graphene can be transistor, superconductor simultaneously. With the breakthroughs in quantum technologies that graphene has enabled, among countless other discoveries this... — Updated 11/15/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Rows of unblemished Panasonic double AA batteries.

Redwood materials for Panasonic US plant

Cathode supply deal follows seal of approval from Argonne National Laboratory. Helping to offset the imbalance of demand to resources, battery recycler Redwood Materials Inc. will supply... — Updated 11/15/2022

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

A helicopter equipped with geophysical survey equipment prepares for flight.

USGS invests another $6M in Earth MRIs

Great Plains states, CO-WY border to be scanned for critical minerals. In its ongoing quest to identify domestic sources of the 50 minerals deemed critical to America's economy and security, the... — Updated 11/3/2022

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

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

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
An artist's rendering of the newest conductive plastic.

Conductive Play-Doh breaks convention

Going against all known rules of conductivity, researchers from the University of Chicago are astonished by a strange material that can be made like plastic but conducts electricity like metal, be... — Updated 11/1/2022

President Joe Biden delivers a speech laying out his American Jobs Plan.

$2.8B US battery supply chain infusion

In a massive leap toward establishing a domestic lithium-ion battery supply chain, the White House has awarded $2.8 billion in grants to companies advancing 20 battery materials manufacturing and... — Updated 10/25/2022


20 Battery companies awarded $2.8 billion

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $2.8 billion in grants for 20 projects to expand the domestic manufacturing of materials for lithium batteries powering electric vehicles and storing... — Updated 10/19/2022

Concept ofelectric aircraft with wings like a plane and propellers like a drone.

Solid-state batteries are taking flight

SABERS research team at NASA are developing solid- state batteries for electric aircraft. Knowing that the electrification of air transportation requires batteries that are lighter, store more... — Updated 10/18/2022

Aerial view of Jervois’ cobalt mine in the rolling hills of Idaho.

Idaho mine offers US cobalt, almost

Jervois ramps up Idaho cobalt mine; concentrates must be shipped out of U.S. for refining. The ramping up of commercial production at Jervois Global Ltd.'s Idaho Cobalt Operations mine will... — Updated 10/18/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Fisheye view of tungsten sheets inside the WEST tokamak fusion reactor.

Boron "detergent" for nuclear fusion

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 opera... — Updated 10/18/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Left shows the prototype Thermal Camouflage Jacket. Right shows it in use.

Prototype invisibility cloak by Vollebak

Techno-clothing company utilizes graphene to make jacket invisible to infrared cameras. Thanks to the "wonder material" graphene, the invisibility cloak often seen in fantasy and science fiction... — Updated 10/18/2022

A blue Chevrolet Silverado EV being plugged into a home charger.

GM secures future EV battery metals

In another example of global automakers heading to the very front end of global supply chains to source the materials they need to transition to electric mobility, General Motors is making up to... — Updated 10/18/2022

Bottles of high-grade nickel, cobalt products produced from testing at NiWest.

Stellantis secures future nickel, cobalt

In a move that demonstrates automakers need all the battery materials that can possibly be produced by the global mining sector, Stellantis has entered into a preliminary agreement to buy... — Updated 10/11/2022

Graphic showing 2D MXenes and some of their potential applications.

Scientists explore new atomic frontiers

Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia have succeeded in using a new method of analysis to peel back the atomic layers of two-dimensional metallic compounds known as MXenes (pronounced... — Updated 10/4/2022

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

Handshake with images of wind turbines and charging electric vehicle.

NioCorp cuts critical metals finance deal

Proposed merger with GXII would provide Nasdaq listing, access to cash for Elk Creek. To fund the development of a mine at its Elk Creek project in Nebraska that produces niobium, rare earths,... — Updated 10/4/2022

Aerial view of Electra’s hydrometallurgical cobalt refinery in Quebec, Canada.

LG inks two Ontario battery metal deals

When Ontario unveiled its critical minerals strategy earlier this year, the idea was to leverage the rich mineral endowment in the northern reaches of the province and the established... — Updated 10/4/2022

A U.S. special forces soldier in a billow of smoke during a night patrol.

Pentagon looks to Idaho for antimony

Perpetua receives two DOD grants to study military-grade antimony from Stibnite, ID Geopolitical tensions with China and Russia's war with Ukraine has the Pentagon concerned about securing... — Updated 10/4/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Bags of black mass that Li-Cycle has produced at its Hub facilities.

Sen. Schumer visits NY Li-Cycle facility

Recycling hub will offer supply of critical battery materials in US After advocating for Zinc8 Energy Solutions Inc. to develop its zinc-air energy storage systems manufacturing plant in New... — 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

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Laser sintering metal into a complex shape, not otherwise possible with casting.

3D printing ultra-strong titanium alloys

Monash University researchers discover durable microstructure makes stronger titanium A world-first study led by Monash University engineers in Australia has demonstrated how cutting-edge 3D... — Updated 9/20/2022


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