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Bismuth – The Non-Toxic Alternative for Next-Generation Solar Cells

Bismuth, currently dubbed the “green element” is gaining attention for its use in low-cost solar cells. It is thought that bismuth can replace lead in solar cells, replicating the exceptional properties, without the toxicity concerns. A collaboration of researchers from Cambridge, MIT, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Colorado School of Mines in the US have shown that bismuth-based devices can be just as tolerant to defects as their lead-based counterparts, and can be produced using common industrial techniques. This research is in preliminary stages, but suggests a bright future for bismuth in the world of metal mining and recovery....

No Mining in the Amazon – Brazil Court Suspends Government Decree

A Brazilian court has suspended a government decree to open commercial mining in a large natural reserve in the Amazon. This reserve is in the eastern Amazon, spanning 46 000 sq km. It is home to indigenous tribes, and thought to be rich in gold, manganese, and other minerals. There are other protected areas in the Amazon, the Biological Reserve of Maicuru and the Para State forest, which are also thought to be rich in gold, and desired for mining to boost the region’s economy. Environmentalists, activists, and celebrities all have created an outcry about the motion to mine this...

U.S. Government to Invest $17.4M in projects to Recover Rare Earth Elements from Coal

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is reportedly onto the second phase of four projects based on recovery of rare earth elements from coal and coal by-products. The DOE is going to invest $17.4 million in testing and development of rare earth element recovery systems. This commitment to environmentally benign and cost-effective approaches to metal recovery shows its significance in today’s world and shines a light on other metal recovery technologies, and their importance....

White Pine Copper Refinery Produces Copper from Stamp Sand for Environmental Clean-up

White Pine Copper Refinery (WPCR) has announced their plans to produce copper cathode from previously unused sources of copper. These sources include new raw material sources, and stamp sands in the Keweenaw, around Gay, MI. Their plans to use the existing EMEW facility of 720 cells, is estimated to produce upwards of 3,000,000 lbs. of copper cathode annually. Not only is this project is very important environmentally – utilizing the Keweenaw sands as a valuable resource for copper, it will also have a positive impact on the local economy by creating up to 15 new jobs in White Pine....

Metals Market Boom

Prices of copper, aluminum, and zinc are all at multi-year highs. With global industrial and technological growth, there is a clear demand for many raw materials, and it is reflected in the high stock prices of these metals. Copper and aluminum have both hit the highest they’ve been in nearly three years, just within the last week; and zinc is at the highest it’s been in a decade. This increasing trend in the stock market shows potential to drive the demand for not only mining, but recycling and recovery of these metals as well....

Anglo American is placing a contrarian bet on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Anglo American (AAL.L) is moving against the grain when it comes to predictions about precious metal demand for the future. While many major mining companies, like Glencore (GLEN.L) and Rio Tinto (RIO.AX) (RIO.L) are focusing on the precious metals of lithium-ion batteries, Anglo American seems to stay headstrong in their production of platinum.There is a large push for low-emission transport vehicles in North America, Europe, and China, which suggests a decreased demand for platinum, largely used in diesel vehicles. Against this trend, CEO of Anglo American, Mark Cutifani, believes that both platinum and palladium will play major roles in hybrid...

New battery that can isolate solid carbon from gaseous carbon dioxide.

Just last week, it was published in Joule that scientists have designed a battery that can isolate solid carbon from gaseous carbon dioxide. The design of this battery was intended for a lithium-CO2 battery, and researchers discovered its carbon fixation ability when they tried to recharge a prototype for a lithium-CO2 battery. In recharging, lithium ions and CO2 are regenerated from the lithium carbonate and carbon produced during discharge. However, in this case, the lithium carbonate decomposed and yielded additional carbon and oxygen gas. They see this as a possible approach to fixing carbon in a stable form that is easy to dispose of. This...

Our Rebranding is Complete

We are pleased to announce that we have successfully completed our rebranding and now fully operational as emewCorporation.  This change is part of our deliberate strategy to emphasize the strength of our diversified clean technology toolkit and ongoing commitment to environmental remediation, fluid treatment, and metal production. As we embark on this next phase of growth, emewCorporation would like to thank our loyal clients, partners, and collaborators for your ongoing support and look forward to a mutually beneficial and productive future with you....

Tin – The Best Performing Commodity in 2016

Tin is one of the major soldering ingredients used in electronic components today since it is more environmentally friendly than lead. For example, every iPhone has approximately 1-3 grams of tin, which makes it one of the biggest metal sources used by Apple. Unfortunately, it is difficult to recycle tin to its original purity and therefore mining of the virgin metal is required. As the demand for tin grows, prices for the metal reached a multi-year high and will most likely continue to rise. Tin has been the best performing commodity in 2016 catching the attention of resource investors. The price...

Copper is exploding. Trump’s surprise win affects the market.

President-elect Donald Trump promised to rejuvenate the American economy by focusing on infrastructure development. Millions of people are expected to be employed in a five-year building plan. Shortly after his acceptance speech the price of Copper spiked representing the biggest two-day gain in the last five years. Construction requires Copper and a lot of it. Resource companies such as Glencore, Rio Tinto, and Anglo American already gained reaching 16-month highs on Bloomberg World Mining Index. Nickel, Zinc, Lead, and Tin were not left behind and prices for these metals are also trending up....