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 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
A balance scale weighing industrial processes and nature conservation.

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 3/27/2023 Full story

 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Rendering of CTR’s planned Hell’s Kitchen geothermal power-lithium facility.

Hell's Kitchen heats up with $1.4B deal

CTR signs MOU to purchase six geothermal power plants from Fuji Electric Corp. With the signing of a contract for $1.4 billion of geothermal power facilities built by Fuji Electric Corp. of America,... — Updated 3/21/2023

Tesla's massive expanded Gigafactory in Nevada.

Evolving EV market shifts mineral demand

Less nickel, cobalt, and manganese in LFP cells offset by larger batteries in electric vehicles. A global rise of lithium ferro-phosphate (LFP) batteries for electric vehicles has provided a lower-cost opt... — Updated 3/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
ABTC’s newest Nevada facility will recycle lithium-ion batteries.

ABTC builds base for battery independence

As more and more companies answer the call to supply the materials needed to fuel the clean energy transition, American Battery Technology Company has been doing its part to establish a strong foundation... — Updated 3/15/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Li-Cycle CEO Ajay Kocchar, Justin Trudeau, Ursula von der Leyen, Tim Johnston.

Trudeau, von der Leyen visit Li-Cycle

Leaders tour Ontario spoke facility to witness ongoing battery recycling efforts. Shortly after receiving approval for a US$375 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Technology... — Updated 3/14/2023

Elemental symbol for nickel, between copper and cobalt on the periodic table.

BC nickel project receives Canada support

FPX Nickel obtains $725,000 federal grant to advance low-carbon nickel development at Baptiste project. In support of a potential low-carbon domestic source of the nickel and cobalt needed for lithium-ion... — Updated 3/14/2023

Chess board representing trade maneuvering between U.S. and China.

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

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
A Tesla 4860 lithium-ion battery with a backdrop of brightly colored swirls.

Tesla makes graphite deal with Magnis

Australia-based Magnis Energy Solutions has signed an agreement with Tesla for North American anode active material (AAM) production. This offtake agreement outlines Tesla's purchase of a substantial part... — Updated 3/2/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
MGA Thermal CEO and CTO measure graphite-aluminum thermal energy storage blocks.

Shell funds MGA Thermal storage plant

Green energy startup MGA Thermal and its long-duration energy storage solution rose above a field of dozens of quality applicants to win a $400,000 grant from Shell GameChanger, an initiative sponsored by... — Updated 2/28/2023

Sandia lab technician shines light on 3D printer during superalloy printing.

Sandia scientists 3D print new superalloy

In the emerging field of additive manufacturing, researchers from Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N. M., have developed a material that could significantly reduce carbon emissions from... — Updated 2/28/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Li-Cycle employee sorting through power tool battery packs for recycling.

Li-Cycle on deck for a $375M DOE loan

Keeping with its goal to support companies' endeavoring to establish a domestic battery materials supply chain for electric vehicles and associated technologies that will require the same minerals and... — Updated 2/28/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Redwood employees overlooking anode copper foil battery material.

DOE to lend $2B for Redwood battery plant

Loan will support US plant capable of producing EV battery materials at the giga-scale. Toward the White House's goal of zero-emission vehicles making up half of all car sales in the U.S. by 2030, the... — Updated 2/21/2023 Full story

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 2/21/2023

 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

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

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
A pile of black powder produced during the lithium battery recycling process.

Tackling EV battery recycling with tech

Electric vehicles are a major player in the decarbonization of the global transport sector. The industry is under pressure to seek the shortest, most profitable route to a renewable future, which puts its... — Updated 2/17/2023 Full story

A view of the ends of various-sized copper cables for electrical transmission.

A push to add copper to US critical list

US business and political leaders call on USGS to expediently add copper to list of critical minerals. Copper is essential to a global economy that favors low-carbon electricity powerlines over fossil... — Updated 2/16/2023 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 2/16/2023

A metal-clad doughnut-shaped chamber for nuclear fusion.

Slow going for nuclear fusion research

Tungsten alloys could endure extreme temps for carbon-free energy technology. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project recently reported hitting significant snags in its quest... — Updated 2/16/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
Extended hand holding a large chunk of nickel ore with a mine in the background.

Nickel's evolving role in green power

The challenge of reducing emissions from the mining industry as a whole is ongoing and especially vital for the metals needed in renewable power and de-carbonized transportation. Taking center stage in... — Updated 2/15/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals

A feasible plan for Zero Carbon Lithium

Vulcan publishes feasibility study that checks off next milestone along path to 2025 production. With five offtake agreements with some of Europe's largest carmakers, such as Stellantis, Volkswagen, and... — Updated 2/15/2023 Full story

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 2/14/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Slides of gallium Lego-like figurine melting through a tiny jail and reforming.

Scientists make mini shapeshifting robot

As technology begins to enter the realm of 1990s-era science fiction, researchers from Soft Machines Lab at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a miniature shapeshifting robot that can liquefy... — Updated 2/14/2023 Full story


Quebec backs Nouveau Monde anode tech

Investing C$3.6M into sustainable graphite anode materials tech being advanced by the company. To further solidify Quebec as a vital link in North America's lithium-ion battery supply chain, the... — Updated 2/13/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
X-BATT battery pouches made from upcycling old graphite anode material.

X-BATT reveals new coal anode material

With the need for electric vehicle batteries continuing to grow, a solution to the demand for battery materials may come from an unexpected source – coal. Now, for the first time ever, X-BATT has built... — Updated 2/7/2023


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