THE ECONOMIST: Mission critical Governments have identified commodities essential to economic and military security

Cut deep into the desert rock of southern California are the jagged tiers of an open-pit mine. Mountain Pass is North America’s only mine of rare-earth metals, used in everything from fighter jets to the drive-trains of electric cars. In 2015 Mountain Pass shut, unable to compete with rare-earth producers in China. But it has begun a new chapter. mp Materials, which bought the mine in 2017, said on March 18th that production in 2020 jumped by 40%. More expansion is planned. With grants awarded by America’s defence department last year, mp Materials will build facilities to process rare earths, part of an effort to secure supply independent from China.

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PR NEWSWIRE: Li-Cycle Announces First Commercial Shipment of Recycled Battery Material

PR Newswire

First shipment of commercial product recovered via Li-Cycle’s proprietary, high efficiency process marks a major milestone in the lithium-ion battery recycling industry globally

TORONTOJan. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Li-Cycle Corp. (“Li-Cycle“), a leading North America based lithium-ion battery resource recovery company, is pleased to announce in December 2019 it completed its first shipment of commercially recycled battery material, containing energy metals concentrate. The shipped product was processed at Li-Cycle’s facility in Ontario, Canada and contained key energy metals – such as cobalt, nickel and lithium – used in lithium-ion batteries. Li-Cycle is one of the few companies globally capable of recovering critical battery materials from lithium-ion batteries in a sustainable and safe manner.

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SDTC: Minister Bains announces $58.6 million to support 14 Canadian companies through Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Across Canada, companies on the leading edge of innovation and job creation are advancing clean technologies across all sectors of the economy and finding new ways to solve the world’s environmental challenges. That’s good for everyone: clean technologies can create well-paying jobs that will support the Canadian economy and help Canada meet its climate change goals.

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PROACTIVE INVESTORS: Rainbow rare earths signs cooperation agreement to fund downstream definitive feasibility study

Proactive Investors

Rainbow Rare Earths Ltd (LON:RBW) has signed a cooperation agreement with TechMet Limited to fund a Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) for downstream rare earth separation.

The rare earth metals miner said it would form a joint venture with TechMet to undertake the DFS, which would be fully funded by TechMe, following an initial scoping exercise on a reimbursable carry basis of up to US$3mln.

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