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Robot arms build electric vehicles on a futuristic auto assembly line.

Gridlock could delay clean energy future

The International Energy Agency warns that traffic jams threaten the clean energy future. Not on global highways congested with electric vehicles, nor in lines of these EVs waiting to top off thei... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Prototype silicon anode battery packs by Sila Nanotechnologies.

Sila Nano silicon anode for Mercedes EVs

In a significant step forward for the electric vehicle industry, Mercedes-Benz announced the next step in its partnership with Sila Nanotechnologies, to incorporate Sila's silicon anode chemistry... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
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 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Meltio's metal 3D printer head attached to a robotic arm.

Meltio 3D printing goes three dimensional

The ability to design and manufacture parts from metals or polymers into nearly any shape imaginable has been the dream of production companies for years, with one tech company taking it a step... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
A chunk of graphite found at Quebec deposits for lithium-ion batteries.

Quebec graphite companies join forces

In a landmark deal that is expected to further solidify Quebec as a major North American hub for the enormous quantities of graphite needed for the lithium-ion batteries powering the electric... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
Men install First Solar CdTe thin-film photovoltaic panels.

Critical solar metal now produced in US

As part of a wider initiative to recover critical minerals as byproducts at its current mining operations, Rio Tinto is now producing the tellurium used in thin-film photovoltaic solar panels at... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
Manganese, 25th element on the periodic table, is used in alloys and batteries.

Manganese X preps for Battery Hill pilot

Manganese X Energy Corp. is rapidly advancing plans to become a North American producer of manganese, an oft-overlooked metal critical to lithium-ion batteries. The company recently published a... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
Workers in an underground nickel mine in Ontario, Canada.

Tesla buying low-carbon nickel from Vale

The rumors are true, Tesla Inc. will be buying nickel for the lithium-ion batteries powering its vehicles from Vale's Canada operations. "We are pleased to have the leading electric vehicle... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
A smartphone and other digital devises dependent on an array of metals.

Apple, USGS develop rock-to-metal ratio

How much rock must be moved to produce the metals in an Apple iPhone, Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle or any other product that requires mined commodities (i.e., nearly everything)? Apple teamed... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares presentation at the Dare Forward 2030 conference.

Stellantis invests in Zero Carbon Lithium

To further secure supplies of sustainably produced lithium for the batteries powering the electric vehicles manufactured by Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, and its other European... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
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 7/1/2022

 
Green Berets on patrol with a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in the background.

Russia's war heightens antimony concerns

The supply chain repercussions of Russia's war with Ukraine have policymakers in Washington, DC concerned about securing supplies of antimony, which is critical to renewable energy storage... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
A USGS geologist collecting samples from an outcrop of rocks in Alaska.

White House funds critical minerals search

The U.S. Department of the Interior is distributing more than $74.6 million to 30 states for critical minerals investigations under the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Mapping Resources... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
Scientist observes battery cathode material produced with Nano One technology.

Nano One's battery cathode Instant Pot

Global mining and metals company Rio Tinto has entered into a strategic partnership that includes a roughly US$10 million (C$12.5 million) investment in Nano One Materials Corp., a British... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
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 7/1/2022

 
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 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Cambridge University's artificial leaf inside of a clear water pipe.

Solar fuel made from artificial leaves

Researchers at the University of Cambridge, with academics at Imperial College London, have developed a bismuth leaf that may one day be able to produce clean hydrogen from water and sunlight,... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
The Quantum Brilliance processor installed at Pawsey Centre in Australia.

Diamonds shimmer in quantum computers

It seems that cutting-edge computer technology, like truth, is stranger than fiction. In this strange new world of computational science, diamonds push past the reasonable and into the... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
Mud pots above geothermal lithium sources near Salton Sea in CA.

Stellantis orders Hell's Kitchen lithium

Another major automaker has gotten in line to purchase future supplies of low-carbon lithium that Controlled Thermal Resources Ltd. will be cooking up from geothermal brines at its Hell's Kitchen... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A puddle of liquified gallium with two large beads of platinum in it.

Gallium is platinum's new best friend

Researchers at the University of New South Wales Sydney and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology recently made a groundbreaking discovery in the use of platinum. By adding just a pinch of... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Two bloated, end-of-life lithium-ion cell phone batteries.

DOE funding toward X-BATT recycling tech

Semplastics, parent company of X-MAT and X-BATT, was awarded over $200,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop novel high-capacity composite anodes for the upcycling of spent graphite from... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
Silicon, the atomic number 14, is found below carbon on the periodic table.

Korea backs NEO Battery Materials plant

In a major step toward achieving its mission to help accelerate the mass adoption of electric vehicles by providing an alternative to the graphite anode materials typically used in the... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Metals 
Electra Battery Materials’ cobalt refinery in Ontario.

Electra considers Quebec cobalt refinery

As it advances the development of a lithium-ion battery materials park centered on its cobalt refinery in Ontario, Electra Battery Materials Corp. is considering the potential of building a... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By Rose Ragsdale    Tech Metals 
A 3D image of the hexagonal pattern of the 2D wonder material, graphene.

HydroGraph opens Kansas graphene plant

HydroGraph Clean Power Inc., a commercial manufacturer of high-quality nanomaterials and alternative-energy fuels, reported June 23 the opening of a 13,000-square-foot manufacturing facility for... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals 
Refined powders from recycled lithium-batteries from Redwood Materials.

Toyota pairs with Redwood for EV batteries

As part of its commitment to reduce its environmental footprint and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Toyota Motor North America is collaborating with Redwood Materials Inc. to create a... — Updated 7/1/2022

 

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