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Vancouver Company Lands Ni-Cu-Co Rich Sulfide Mineralization in Sweden

Slattberg is Sienna Resource’s project in Bergslagen, Sweden, it is a historic site home to 16 old mines. Drilling has begun, showing nickel-copper-cobalt rich sulfide mineralization. One of the 2.8 m drill holes showed 1.05% Ni; 1125 ppm Co; 0.79% Cu; 0.45 ppm Pd and Pt; the Slattberg project covers over 12.7 thousand acres. Sienna wants to become a primary player in the battery metals supply chain, which includes the metals found in Slattberg: cobalt, copper, and nickel. Sienna has another project in Nevada, the Clayton Valley Deep Basin Lithium Brine Project, conveniently located a few hundred miles from Tesla’s...

Britain uses Tin to drive into the Electric Vehicle Supply Chain

The English county of Cornwall claims to have one of the world’s largest tin deposits, yet this area hasn’t been actively mined since the 1990’s. Metal prices collapsed and the mines shut down. Now, demand for tin is rising, along with other metals that can be used in electric vehicles (EVs), electronics, and renewables. The British government is beginning to support the reopening of these mines, providing $1.2M towards research and is seeking investment. There is a rush of small mining companies into the area, including Canada’s Strongbox Exploration and both Australia’s Wolf Minerals and New Age Exploration. England is...

Medical Diagnosis and Mining have What in Common?

Mineral deposits are traditionally detected by chemical analysis of soil by drill holes created at potential mine sites, a process that can take many months. Geoscience BC in Canada has started to try a new method for detection: genomic sequencing. Genomic or DNA sequencing is used for biological research for forensic biology, medical diagnosis, and virology. New technologies have made it possible for the rapid speed sequencing of complete DNA sequences, or genomes of animal, plant, and microbial species. The idea for mineralization detection is looking at the changes in the micro-organisms living in soils over buried mineral deposits.  The benefit...

Monster EVs: Copper Mine Trucks to Run on Electricity

At the Aitik mine in Sweden, there are massive Caterpillar 795F mining trucks that do the heavy lifting. These trucks have tires that are 15 feet tall, and haul 310 ton loads of rock up steep inclines, and work all day and all night, 365 days of the year. At the largest open pit copper mine in Sweden, the 30 truck fleet moves 70 million tons of rock each year. Although there is significant value in what they are moving: approximately 97,5000 tons of copper, 2.9 tons of gold, and 62 tons of silver, they are using incredible amounts of...

High-Grade Nickel and Copper Found at Mt. Alexander

St. George Mining Ltd. has been drilling at Cathedrals Prospect and found sulphides with an average measurement of 8% nickel and 3% copper. They have now secured $4 million through private share placement to fund drilling. The high-grade mineralization measured in the drill holes is excellent sign for the future of the Mt. Alexander Project in Western Australia. 17 drill holes are planned to be completed in the current program....

No more Cobalt! Samsung SDI to take the Cobalt out of EV Batteries.

With the dramatic rise of Cobalt prices, Samsung SDI has thought to revisit its formula for their lithium-ion batteries. Current technologies are nickel-cobalt-manganese and nickel-cobalt-aluminum, but the new battery composition is aiming at greater than 90% nickel, and only 5% cobalt. They want to significantly minimize the cobalt in the batteries, as a long-term strategy to deal with the rising prices of Cobalt due to anticipated supply shortages. Not only is Samsung SDI trying to change the battery composition, they are also exploring ways to recycle old lithium batteries, aware that this is an important task – to recover cobalt...

Cobalt 27 acquires NSR Royalty on future production from Dumont Ni-Co project

Cobalt 27 Capital acquired a net smelter return (NSR) royalty on future production from the Dumont nickel-cobalt project in the Abitibi region of Quebec, Canada. This project is a 50:50 joint venture between RNC Minerals and Waterton and the deal is worth $70M. The NSR royalty is 1.7%, valid for 60 years and applicable over all metals notably cobalt, nickel, palladium, and platinum. The production term is 33 years, with a potential life expectancy of 66 years at 1.18 billion tonnes of ore. Production is expected to commence in 2020; globally this is the second-largest nickel reserve and largest undeveloped...

Vancouver Company on top of TSX Venture 50

Garibaldi Resources Corp. (TSX-V:GGI) was ranked at the top of the TSX Venture Exchange’s Top 50 in 2017. The Venture 50 is ranked based on market capitalization growth, share price gains, and trading volume. Garibaldi Resources had a 2351% year-over-year gain in market value and a share price appreciation of 1722% last year. The President and CEO, Steve Regoci, said their success in 2017 was based on their copper-cobalt-nickel sulphide discovery at Nickel Mountain in Northwestern B.C. This exploration company is based in Vancouver, but has projects in both British Columbia and Mexico....

New Innovative Companies to Bring Change to the Mining Sector

Goldcorp Inc. has selected four finalists for its mining innovation competition – Acoustic Zoom Inc., EnviroLeach Technologies Inc., Llama Zoo Interactive Inc., and Open Mineral AG. Over 100 companies participated in the DisruptMining competition with the intention of bringing new ideas to the industry. The finalists compete in March of this year for a potential $1M in funding. Acoustic Zoom uses high-frequency seismic imaging to map deep into the earth, with hopes to decrease survey costs by 90%. EnviroLeach’s technology is a lower-impact alternative to cyanide in separating gold from rocks. Their solution contains 5 environmentally friendly ingredients to be mixed...

Is there value in your dirty laundry? Scientists mine silver from laundry wastewater.

Silver nanoparticles are known for their antibacterial properties, which is why they have been added to clothing to fight odour-causing bacterial growth. Athletic clothing is a great example of silver being used for this purpose. Over many washes, the silver is dissolved in the laundry water and is eventually released into the environment. Silver is beneficial for killing bacteria in small concentrations, but in larger concentrations it will cause harm to small aquatic species, and in high enough concentrations it will cause harm to us. Scientists were looking to recover silver from wastewater by using ion exchange, however there are...