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US$6Bn commitment to solar manufacturing in the USA
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A group of leading US renewable energy companies has pledged to buy up to 7 gigawatts of US-made solar panels per year in order to secure a robust domestic supply chain.

More potential for scandium supply in the USA?
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Canadian mineral exploration company, Imperial Mining Group, has received positive PEA results for its 100% owned project in Quebec.

Is coal a future source of rare earth elements?
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Energy Capital Economic Development has opened a US$3M coal commercialisation facility to develop and evaluate the viability of nonfuel, low- or zero-emissions products made from coal.  

Rio Tinto’s new greenfield mine, Gudai-Darri, delivers first iron ore
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Rio has delivered the first ore from the Gudai-Darri iron ore mine, its first greenfield project in the Pilbara, Western Australia, in more than a decade. 

Ivanhoe Electric to kick-start critical materials IPO
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Robert Friedland’s Ivanhoe Electric is seeking to raise as much as US$180M from investors with an interest in critical materials for energy transition.

Minerals Security Partnership announced at PDAC
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The USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom, and the European Commission established a new critical materials partnership.

Mozambican graphite mine adopts hybrid energy solutions
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Syrah Resources’ Balama graphite mine in Mozambique has approved a solar and battery renewable energy solution at its operation.

Bolivia lithium contract award to have geopolitical consequences
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Last week, Bolivia's government declined to name its selection for a partner to develop the country’s lithium resources. 

AEX Gold pivoting into critical minerals in Greenland through joint venture
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AEX Gold is in the process of setting up a joint venture in Greenland that will focus on exploration projects in Greenland critical to energy transition.

Noble alloy molybdenum gets European Union support as a critical material
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Greenland Resources receives support from the European Raw Material Alliance (ERMA) to secure financing for its Malmbjerg Molybdenum Project in Greenland.

Another rare earth magnet facility planned in the USA
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USA Rare Earth announced plans to invest $100M in an integrated rare earth metal and sintered neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) manufacturing facility.

Black Chrome Mine into business rescue amid soaring prices
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The Black Chrome Mine (BCM) company, a subsidiary of Chrometco, was placed under business rescue on 8 June 2022.

Will antimony play a key role in energy storage?
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Ambri is expanding its liquid-metal battery energy storage system (ESS) capacity in Massachusett, USA. 

Are solar cars on the horizon?
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A Dutch company is starting deliveries of the world’s first production-ready solar car to customers in late 2022. 

A big week for BYD as it leapfrogs Volkswagen
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Last week, BYD became the world’s third-biggest automaker by market capitalization. The Chinese automaker also announced plans to supply batteries to Tesla.

US looks to limit reliance on China for antimony supply
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Antimony is on the front lines of USA congressional efforts to secure strategic reserves for minerals critical to the defence-industrial supply chain.

Yildirim to expand ferroalloy suite through Kosovo acquisition
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Turkey’s Yildirim Group is expanding its ferroalloys production capacity to include ferronickel through an agreement to acquire Newco Ferronikeli in Kosovo.

InoBat and Green Lithium agree UK-based strategic partnership
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Green Lithium, which is building the UK’s first lithium refinery in the north of England, has agreed to supply the Slovakian battery manufacturer InoBat with battery-grade lithium chemicals.  

Bolsonaro outlines government plans to buy shares in niobium firm
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Brazil’s federal government is interested in acquiring niobium special purpose firm Codemig, controlled by Minas Gerais state. 

US President Joe Biden waives tariffs on 80% of US solar panel imports
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President Biden has waived tariffs on solar panels from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam for two years and invoked the Defense Production Act to boost critical supplies to American solar manufacturers.

Key takeaways from IMnI’s 46th manganese conference
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Last week, the International Manganese Institute (IMnI) welcomed its members and the wider Mn community to Cape Town, South Africa.