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Heritage Battery Recycling, LLC and plasma technology company 6K announced an exclusive joint development agreement to produce new cathode material from…

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Heritage Battery Recycling, LLC and plasma technology company 6K announced an exclusive joint development agreement to produce new cathode material from recycled batteries. The process uses Heritage’s established network infrastructure to collect, store, and process end-of-life batteries, combined with 6K’s plasma technology to manufacture critical cathode-grade battery materials needed to power applications with high-purity requirements.

6K’s UniMelt high-frequency microwave-based plasma system reduces cost, improves throughput and yield, while increasing control over particle size, purity, and morphology.

The ability to precisely synthesize and tailor an unlimited spectrum of oxides, nitrides, metals & alloys derives from the ability to control all aspects of the plasma process flow. Microwave-engineered plasma provides a thermal production zone of extreme uniformity, guaranteeing every particle sees the same thermal kinetics and the same process history.

The same technology enables a large production zone, scalable to 100+ tons/unit/year, and 99% microwave coupling efficiency—translating to higher throughput and lower cost.

This development comes at a key time, as consistent supply of battery materials is at the forefront of the US government’s efforts to secure sustainable, domestic sources.

Heritage will draw upon resources from its affiliate, Heritage Environmental Services, as well as its collaboration with Heritage Crystal Clean to build a national collection network for sourcing battery feedstock.

Heritage and 6K plan to be making cathode from recycled content as early as Q1 2022.


Aldoro Resources covering all bases with rubidium, lithium, nickel, copper, gold and more in rock chip samples

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Aldoro Resources is covering all bases across its diverse prospects in WA, posting high-grade rock chip assays for a suite of metals including gold, copper, nickel, lithium and rubidium.

Junior explorer Aldoro (ASX:ARN), is using grassroots exploration techniques to improve the surface geochemical knowledge of its tenements across the Wyemandoo pegmatite, Narndee Igneous Complex, and Quandong Well target, collecting 20 rock chip samples.

Evidence of mineralisation across pegmatite, magmatic nickel-copper gossan and VMHS gold-copper targets was uncovered at all three targets.

Samples from the Wyemandoo pegmatite returned top grades of 0.80% rubidium and 0.81% lithium.

A high-grade rubidium-lithium lepidolite pegmatite sample from Wyemandoo. Pic: Aldoro Resources

The results are exciting after Aldoro recently identified world-class rubidium potential of its nearby Niobe project, and warrant drilling investigation.

At Narndee, top results from samples included up to 0.37% nickel, 0.15% copper, 0.09% cobalt, 27ppb palladium and 22ppb gold.

That included two samples taken from gossans within a couple of kilometres of the VC1 target, where Aldoro struck magmatic sulphides in the first drilling undertaken at Narndee in a decade.

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Gossan 2, exposed in a historical exploration pit 1000m SSW of the significant VC1 drill hole. Pic: Aldoro Resources

Meanwhile, sampling at Quandong Well returned best results of 1.93g/t gold and 0.45% copper.

BHP subsidiary Dampier Mining explored Quandong Well in the 1970s, drilling 31 holes for 1731m that are yet to be compiled and validated by Aldoro.

The old timers reported significant copper, zinc, and gold results in oxide phases close to the surface, grading into a sulphide assemblage of pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite at depth.

Next steps

The rock sampling program was an important step for Aldoro, which noted the surface geochemical dataset is inadequate over most of its tenement package.

Initial results have enabled the company to develop an industry-standard database as a launchpad to future exploration success at Wyemandoo, Narndee and Quandong Well.

Aldoro plans to complete systematic rock chip and soils sampling programs and detailed mapping over the Wyemandoo pegmatite swarm.

This will identify the most prospective zones for drill targeting and locate pegmatite strike extensions and occurrences under soil cover.

The company said field reconnaissance and field mapping will continue to locate and assess all prospective areas of the tenement package for LCT pegmatites, nickel gossans, and copper-gold gossans.




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Green Energy: Al Gore backs Origin’s UK energy provider and Victoria’s big battery switches back on after fire

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Origin’s Octopus gets a convenient investment

Former US Vice President Al Gore, of hanging chad and The Inconvenient Truth fame, has doubled down on his support of the energy transition since his iconic slideshow documentary came to life in 2006.

He is now in partnership with Australian generator Origin Energy (ASX:ORG), which like many other Australian power companies has faltered in recent years as energy prices have come off the boil.

It is onto a winner at the moment with its investment in UK green power retailer and tech play Octopus Energy, which banked a £211 million capital injection from Gore-chaired Generation Investment Management for a 7% stake in the firm.

That has been matched by a £36 million investment from Origin that has kept its stake at 20%, as the GIM investment boosted Octopus’ value to £3 billion (around $5.5b Aussie).

GIM has the option to double its stake before the end of the financial year, which would likely prompt Origin to exercise an option to maintain its fifth of the UK-based company.

Origin CEO Frank Calabria said Octopus has tripled in value since Origin entered the green energy play in May last year, highlighting the investment as an important growth avenue.

Octopus holds around £3.4b of renewable power generating assets and is known for releasing Kraken – not the nautically-themed rum (or crypto exchange) but an energy retail tech platform licenced to energy retailers, including Origin.

Origin’s shares were up almost 5% in early trade as energy stocks soared, with Octopus also having snared 580,000 customers in the UK from the recent collapse of energy retailer Avro Energy.

Gas prices have hit an all time high in Europe as energy prices skyrocket ahead of the northern hemisphere winter.

The International Energy Agency’s Fatih Birol has urged countries to stay the course with the transition away from fossil fuels, saying green energy policies were not to blame.


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Vic’s big battery back in business after fire

Remember the big fire that shut down the new Tesla battery system near Geelong?

It’s coming back online baby, after regulators told Neoen and Tesla they were all good to resume energisation testing tomorrow.

Two Megapacks caught alight during the commissioning phase in July, and several detailed investigations followed to determine the root cause.

Once the Country Fire Authority (CFA) brought the situation under control, it handed control of the site to Energy Safe Victoria (ESV), who then started an investigation into the incident to prevent a recurrence.

The investigation identified the cause as coinciding short circuits in two locations, which was started by a coolant leak outside the battery compartment. 

This occurred while the Megapack was offline in a service mode that removed fault protections, enabling it to go undetected while a fire commenced in the adjacent battery compartment. 

Neoen Australia managing director Louis de Sambucy said: “We have taken the time to understand the cause of the incident and we have implemented actions to ensure it will not happen again.

“We are now actively working with all stakeholders to complete commissioning and testing of the project and we look forward to sharing the lessons learnt with the industry in coming weeks.”

Testing at the big battery in Victoria will recommence. Pic: Neoen


Independent report to highlight key learnings

Two independent groups, Energy Safety Response Group and Fisher Engineering, are compiling a report with key learnings from the fire, which will be released by November.

Key insights, including lessons for fire management and emergency response, will be shared publicly to support the relevant authorities in the deployment of battery storage technology, the groups said.

Anxiety about the safety of battery storage systems is an important fear to quell for investors in green energy.

A recent overheating incident at the world’s biggest battery in California, in batteries developed by LG, also highlighted this tension as the pace of large-scale battery developments increases.

Neoen and Tesla are continuing to work towards delivering the project in time for the Australian summer.

The Victorian Big Battery will unlock up to 250 MW of additional peak capacity on the existing Victoria to New South Wales Interconnector (VNI) over the next decade, playing a key role in the transition of the electricity sector towards lower emissions.


Fin enhances renewable case at Onslow project

At the junior end of the green energy spectrum we have a new proponent in large-scale renewable hydrogen proposals on the cards in salt project developer Fin Resources (ASX:FIN).

Its North Onslow Solar Salt Project has been radically upscaled in recent weeks as Fin looks to turn it into a multi-commodity ‘green products’ hub.

Fin says Onslow could be the perfect location for a combined solar salt, SOP, caustic soda, chlorine and hydrogen hub.

That is backed by new investigations which suggest it is perfectly located for wind and solar generation.

Consultants to Fin say its 905km2 tenement package has the potential to host some 60 GW of solar with a total wind resource estimated at 15 GW.

Fin, which is progressing a scoping study on the Onslow salt project, envisions a future two stage development that could see it supply its estimated 358MW of power needs for its solar salt, sulphate of potash and chlor-alkali product initially.

A further 29GW of solar and wind resource is outside the planned development portfolio, meaning that could present a future opportunity to move into desalination and ‘green hydrogen’.


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Devil in the detail for HWK gold explorer spinoff Diablo

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It is unusual for an exploration company to come along with assets as advanced as those with which Hawkstone Mining spin-off Diablo Resources plans to list.

Diablo (to be ASX:DBO) will join the ASX boards in the coming weeks with a suite of three highly prospective US-based gold and copper projects – all of which are drill ready and proximate to projects of significance in their region.

The projects were formerly on the Hawkstone books, but that company has turned its full focus to lithium in Arizona (it’s literally on the cusp of changing its name to Arizona Lithium), leaving the highly prospective suite of assets to be spun into Diablo.

“I think our shareholders understand that the Big Sandy lithium project is such a large project, with lithium in Arizona ideally located, and it’s a big potential resource,” Hawkstone MD Paul Lloyd, who will also become Diablo chairman, told Stockhead.

“When we brought these gold projects into Hawkstone they were dwarfed by Big Sandy, and therefore we don’t think they ever got the market valuation that was warranted.

“We’ve done a lot of work on the projects to get them to the point where they are drlll-ready, and we think they’ll create a lot more value for shareholders in a separate entity.”

Diablo’s assets include the Devil’s Canyon gold project on the world-famous Carlin Trend in Nevada, the Western Desert gold-copper project 50km west of the Long Canyon gold mine in Utah, and the Lone Pine historical high-grade gold project 8km east of the 3-million-ounce Beartrack mine currently being explored by TSX-listed Revival Gold in Idaho.

Diablo’s exploration projects. Pic: Supplied.

Spicy project trio

Diablo’s name suggests heat, and the early signs suggest there’s plenty in the ground at each of its exploration projects.

At Devil’s Canyon, rock samples have returned astounding assays as high as 191.5 grams per tonne gold, 524g/t silver and 16.05% copper.

Samples from Western Desert have come in at 6.9g/t gold, 1495g/t silver and 5.09% copper, while historic drilling at Lone Pine returned assays including 1.2m at 17g/t gold and 1.9m at 12.9g/t gold with mineralisation open in all directions.

Lloyd isn’t planning on wasting any time in getting Diablo’s exploration efforts going, expecting to have approvals in place for drilling on at least one of the projects around the time of listing.

“It’s more than likely we’ll be able to commence drilling at Western Desert in Utah, which is very close to Long Canyon and a project where we’ve recorded some terrific surface numbers,” he said.

“The gravity of the work we’ve already done there to date and the other technical work we’ve completed really gives us a lot of upside and there’s potential for great early-stage results from drilling.”

Priority targets at Western Desert. A1 and A3 rated as priority. Pic: Supplied.

Located in the prolific Carlin Trend, where almost 200 million ounces of gold have been produced over the years, Devil’s Canyon is likely to be the Diablo flagship.

Lloyd said he had long aspired to working with a project in the region, and will have the chance to do so with Diablo.

“There’s been some really impressive rock chip samples come out of there already, and it sits only 20km west of Kinross Gold Corporation’s in-production Bald Mountain mine,” he said.

“Devil’s Canyon has similar geology to that deposit. We’d love to get in there and have four or five holes completed before the weather changes.

“In this area, you’re hunting for elephants, and those rock chip samples give us an indication that there’s something serious there. We’re really looking forward to drilling it.”

Devil’s Canyon is over the border from Western Desert in Nevada. Pic: Supplied.

Minimal modern-day exploration has been carried out at Lone Pine, where 18 shallow holes were drilled in the 1990s at the King Solomon prospect.

The project includes a high-grade zone mined prior to 1907, where maiden drilling in 2020 returned significant high-grade results.

Drone magnetics are planned for Lone Pine in Q3 2021.

The Lone Pine project in Idaho. Pic: supplied.

Experience on the ground

Floated by the same team behind the IPOs of BPM Minerals (ASX:BPM) and Pantera Minerals (ASX:PFE), there are some familiar names at management level for Diablo.

Experienced gold geologist Lyle Thorne, who was previously exploration manager for NTM Gold prior to its Dacian merger, will join as CEO, while Barnaby Egerton-Warburton and Greg Smith will serve as non-executive directors.

On the ground, the company is drawing on expertise of Harrison Land Services – a Utah based consulting firm which has proved itself to have significant knowledge of the western US.

“These projects, being in Utah, Idaho and Nevada, are all fairly close to their base at Moab,” Lloyd said.

“The team is headed up by Gavin Harrison, who has more than 20 years’ experience with rigs and staking ground, and who helped us acquire these projects to begin with. He’s invaluable.”

When it lists, Diablo will do so with 74.5 million shares on issue and a market capitalisation of $14.9 million, with $6.5 million cash on listing before costs.

“I expect we’ll look really good in the first six months because we’ll have such great newsflow,” Lloyd said.

“Any exploration success should effect the share price significantly.”

Diablo is expected to list on the ASX on October 12, 2021.

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