MondaySep 21, 2020 2:30 pm

Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) Likely Partnering with Canadian Mining Company for Low Carbon Nickel Supplies

According to a report, Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) is working on a collaboration with a Canadian mining company to help develop a mine that would provide Tesla a source for low carbon nickel that is used in its lithium-ion batteries. In the company’s mission statement presented by Elon Musk, it is stated that the company’s aim, apart from manufacturing eco-friendly cars, was to achieve environmentally friendly means of production. A recent report by the Financial Times revealed that Tesla was partnering up with Glencore, commodity miner and trader, to purchase cobalt. However, the electric car company still requires nickel, which…

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FridaySep 18, 2020 11:45 am

Canadian Federal Government Invests Millions in Mining Wastewater Treatment

As many mining operations use water on a large scale, in various processes, this produces wastewater that is highly concentrated in pollutants due to the contact between various minerals and the water. Mining pollutants can be caused by: Water leaching, concentration and flotation Wash water Contaminants from gas scrubbers and refining Flow process acids Additionally, rain that penetrates mine tailings can cause hydrolysis, oxidation and washing, which produces wastewater that is highly contaminated. If this wastewater is discharged into the environment without being treated, it may contaminate the environment that surrounds the mines. With the harsh impact of wastewater pollution…

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ThursdaySep 17, 2020 2:30 pm

Accelerated Carbonization Could Make Mining Waste Yield More Cobalt and Nickel

An international group of scientists recently carried out experiments that allowed them to attain an equivalent of roughly 30 years of passive carbonation of mine tailings in a 4-week period. In a paper that was published in the Economic Geology journal, the scientists state that the sped up process of carbonation on the tailings increases the carbon capture for environmental benefit significantly and could possibly retrieve valuable battery metals. The lead author of the study, who is also a researcher at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization, Jessica Hamilton, stated in a media statement that the integration of carbon…

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WednesdaySep 16, 2020 12:45 pm

NASA Aims to Buy Minerals Extracted from the Moon

NASA recently announced that it is scouting for private companies that would like to go to the moon, collect rocks and dust from the surface and bring them back to Earth. The space agency plans on buying the moon samples for amounts between $15,000-$25,000 for 50 to 500 grams. Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, announced last Thursday that the collection of moon material would be a part of a technology development program to help astronauts ‘live off the land’ for crewed space flights to the moon or another place in the future. The collection is also a part of the Artemis…

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TuesdaySep 15, 2020 3:00 pm

Could China’s Extreme Increase in Aluminum Imports Spark an Imbalance in the Sector?

Earlier this year, China exported much less aluminum than it imported, which is rare because China is the world’s largest producer of aluminum. In 2018 and 2019, China, a huge exporter of semis, exported about 5.2 million tons of semi-manufactured products. The last time China was a net importer was in 2009. The aluminum import surge is expected to be short-lived, just like in 2009. However, it might be possible that we are witnessing structural shifts in the global aluminum market. In June, 123,000 tons of primary aluminum were imported by China and an additional 185,000 tons in July. This…

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MondaySep 14, 2020 2:40 pm

Europe Joins Scramble for Critical Minerals

Precious minerals have become very crucial that every miner is not taking chances. Some continents like Europe have realized that they are running out of these precious minerals. Furthermore, Europe is also facing competition from low-cost minerals from China. The situation is putting Europe at a critical stage as it has to struggle and recover its sustainable minerals. However, for this to happen, Europe will have to produce many of these minerals that the region does not have. This has forced the European Union to follow the U.S. and Japan's footsteps to build its metallic supply. It is predicted that…

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MondaySep 14, 2020 10:00 am

Why is Coal Still the Preferred Option in Beijing Energy Production?

Of the many oil companies declaring their various projects that will help reduce emissions, one has many surprised: PetroChina Company (NYSE: PTR) Unlike other oil companies in Europe and the U.S., China’s oil firms do not usually treat climate objectives as a serious issue that needs to be addressed. On top of that, Beijing, which is one of the most air polluted cities in the world, isn’t even planning on hitting its emissions peak until the year 2030. It appears that not even the huge fund managers that have been calling for Western oil firms to further improve their carbon…

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FridaySep 11, 2020 3:15 pm

Copper Mining Revolutions that are Beneficial to the Environment

For many years, companies like Kingman Minerals Ltd. (TSX.V: KGS) have produced copper that is utilized in many sectors, given its many qualities, such as its high electrical and thermal conductivity. In this day and age, roughly half of all the copper produced in the world is an essential for electricity sectors around the globe. Its common use may also be attributed to the fact that copper can be reused for an indefinite amount of time without losing any of its physical or chemical properties. Recycled copper is identical to primary copper and its production uses less energy. Reusing copper…

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FridaySep 11, 2020 9:15 am

Geologists Discover Green Way to Access Minerals

A recent study that was published by an international team of scientists, in the Nature Communication journal explains that copper, nickel, cobalt as well as platinum elements can be transported away from the Earth’s mantle through magma in carbon dioxide bubbles. This team of scientists, who found out that carbon dioxide played a critical role in making minerals that are used in green technologies more accessible for mining, also discovered that carbon dioxide transported these metals into the upper crust, where they could form into bigger ore deposits. The geoscientists come from different prestigious institutions such as the Scottish Universities…

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ThursdaySep 10, 2020 2:45 pm

AI Companies Seek to Solve Mining’s Oldest Challenge

Mining companies are now relying on artificial intelligence in trying to resolve some of the challenges that plague mining operations. This comes after a number of artificial intelligence (“AI”) companies have availed several technologies that can help in addressing the longstanding problems of the mining industry. This technology is essential as it is helping the companies reduce their operational costs. Several mining companies are now thriving, courtesy of artificial intelligence. However, the decrease in the quality of the minerals ores is leading companies to consider using technology to remedy the situation. For example, the use of technologies from, an…

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