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  • SK Siltron silicon carbide wafers lined up neatly in a package.

    DOE offers $544M to semiconductor company

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 26, 2024

    Department of Energy hopes to build a more secure and resilient semiconductor supply chain for EV manufacturing in the U.S. Once again investing in the future of secure, domestic manufacturing, the U.S. Department of Energy, through its Loan Programs Office (LPO) has conditionally committed to loan SK Siltron CSS, LLC $544 million to expand American production of high-quality silicon carbide (SiC) wafers for electric vehicles. This more than half-a-billion-dollar loan toward...

  • A complex metamaterial metal cube printed using aluminum.

    Scientists print new titanium material

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 23, 2024

    Titanium metamaterial unlocks strength beyond nature. Pushing beyond what is found in nature, scientists from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology have engineered a lightweight and high-strength titanium material that holds promise for applications in medical, transportation, military, energy, and everything else that could benefit from an already widespread metal. Using a common titanium alloy, Ti-6Al-4V (titanium-aluminum-vanadium), the research team constructed... Full story

  • A large pile of raw, unused bituminous coal ores.

    DOE funds more REE from coal research

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Three projects that will advance coal-derived rare earths and critical minerals. Further attempting to strengthen America's critical mineral supply chain and by proxy its national security, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $17 million in funding for three projects focused on establishing a domestic supply of rare earth elements and critical minerals from coal-based resources. Funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law as part of President Biden's Investing in... Full story

  • Morpheus Space FEEP thrusters on display.

    Morpheus' liquid metal ion thruster

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 21, 2024

    Startup sets new standard for orbital industry with scalable, modular thrusters that come with a suite of support tech for seamless operation. Supporting the dreams of countless space-venturing hopefuls, like its namesake, Morpheus Space Inc. has unveiled a potentially game-changing liquid metal ion propulsion system that they believe will chart a path to the stars for smaller companies and organizations to explore the infinite possibilities of endless space. As orbital capabi...

  • 3D rendering of the Hitachi all-electric EH4000 AC3 haul truck.

    Hitachi unveils all-electric mining truck

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 21, 2024

    Works with ABB to develop prototype that seldom needs a recharge due to innovative trolly assist and regenerative braking system. Heavy equipment staple Hitachi Construction Machinery Co. and electrification and automation leader ABB Ltd. have reached a milestone in their collaboration to develop a battery-powered electric mining haul truck that never needs to break for a recharge. Under development since 2021, with the goal of meeting the growing demand for reducing...

  • A bottle of GMG’s CoolWorx graphene coating.

    GMG to sell graphene HVAC coating in US

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    With the groundwork laid out for its THERMAL-XR graphene-based HVAC coating, Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd. (GMG) recently expanded its product reach to North America, receiving approval from Canada and awaiting the final okays from the U.S. Based out of Richlands, Australia, GMG is a clean-tech company that, instead of mining or sourcing graphite to refine into graphene, makes the wonder material through a unique synthetic process. The company has devised a proprietary...

  • Four unique metal components printed on the ISS.

    ESA testing metal 3D printing in space

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Building the infrastructure that can sustain life is the first step to living outside of Earth's atmosphere. Seeing as it is currently impractical to launch hundreds of rockets laden with all the equipment and supplies needed for a space colony, the European Space Agency is testing extraterrestrial additive manufacturing with the first metal 3D printer delivered to the International Space Station. Although several 3D printers already exist on board the ISS, the first of which...

  • A small mound of black mass used in research purposes.

    Electra highlights battery recycling complex

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Inching closer to a fully operational battery recycling and refining facility, Electra Battery Materials Corp. has utilized the last year to meticulously streamline, optimize, and improve its battery recycling trial, as well as the recovery systems for lithium, nickel, cobalt, and other critical minerals at its Ontario complex in Canada. "Throughout this 12-month demonstration operation, our team has continued to refine and optimize the processes resulting in successive...

  • Gloved hands holding a GMG graphene-aluminum battery pouch.

    Graphene-aluminum battery keeps it cool

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 14, 2024

    The GMG battery maintains less than body temperature when charged and discharged over long periods, high speeds. Following its successful production of a prototype 500 milliampere-hour graphene-aluminum battery, Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd. (GMG) continues to demonstrate the performance of its potentially game-changing batteries compared to conventional lithium-ion. This includes keeping their cool during rapid charging and discharging. Capitalizing on its proprietary... Full story

  • ABTC Chief Mineral Resource Officer Scott Jolcover examining samples.

    ABTC issues new estimate at Nevada project

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Further positioning itself as a future domestic supplier of battery materials, American Battery Technology Company announced a substantial expansion of resources at its Tonopah Flats lithium project in Nevada. The Tonopah Flats lithium project encompasses one of the largest known inferred lithium claystone deposits in the United States. While ABTC only began exploration of this lithium deposit in Nevada's Big Smoky Valley in 2021, the company has quickly turned out an...

  • Various digital symbols imposed on an image of heavy equipment.

    Hivekit now offers sleek mine management

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Looking to put some order into the modern mine, Hivekit Inc. has released an operations management system for the mining and metals industry, providing a cloud-based platform able to track individuals, vehicles, equipment, and other data sources– replicated as a three-dimensional digital twin – allowing management in the virtual before taking it to reality. Founded in 2023, Hivekit is the result of five years of research and development into creating a new way of... Full story

  • Metal 3D printed parts made from high entropy alloy.

    Testing the limits of high entropy alloys

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 6, 2024

    DOE national lab verifies stronger and more flexible 3D-printed metal. As additive manufacturing continues to shift from hobbyist to mainstream, research has ramped up to delve deeper into its expansive applications. A significant focus lies in the materials, such as those being called high-entropy alloys, that unlock unprecedented compositions unattainable through conventional methods. This innovation being explored by scientists has now been examined to its very atomic...

  • A metal 3D printed chair using liquid metal printing developed by MIT.

    MIT flips the metal 3D printing script

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 5, 2024

    Introducing yet another innovation out of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, researchers have developed an additive manufacturing technique that can rapidly print liquid metal into large-scale parts like table legs and chair frames in a matter of minutes. To date, nearly 20 different methods of 3D printing are being utilized, most employing a technique of heating the material after it has been prepared. This is due to various factors, but generally because the material in...

  • A supercooled superconductor being levitated with quantum locking.

    Graphite room-temp superconductor

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 5, 2024

    Making some headlines so far this year, a research paper published in "Advanced Quantum Technologies" by leading quantum technology company, Terra Quantum, details a topic that swept the world up in a storm last fall – room temperature superconductors – and much like the excitement of LK-99, this superconductor is also made of a fairly benign ingredient, graphite. Superconductivity is the ability of a conductor to transmit electrical current without the loss of any... Full story

  • Zentek’s graphene-based ZenGUARD antimicrobial mask.

    Zentek shows economics of graphene filters

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 31, 2024

    Further advancing the disease-fighting products it developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Zentek Ltd. has released the details of a new study focused on the logistics and costs for commercial facilities that adopt its graphene-based ZenGUARD Enhanced Air Filters, as well as the benefits its product provides to mitigate the spread of airborne transmissive pathogens. "We have learned through the pandemic that viruses spread almost exclusively when people are indoors, and one...

  • A microchip with a hollow of semiconductive tellurite glass.

    Window into tellurite glass solar panels

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 30, 2024

    In a discovery that is approaching an "alchemist's dream", a team of scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and Tokyo Tech has transformed glass into a light-powered semiconductor that could be the window into future clean energy generation. Interested in the behavior of atoms in tellurite glass when exposed to ultrafast bursts of high-energy laser light, the researchers were surprised that a short burst of energy over one femtosecond, or one quadri... Full story

  • Rows of Tiamat-branded sodium-ion batteries on display.

    Stellantis invests in Tiamat sodium-ion

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 24, 2024

    Aluminum-sulfur, iron-phosphate, nickel-hydride, solid-state, redox flow, molten-salt, the growing list of potential alternatives to lithium-ion batteries has exploded onto the scene in the past few years as experts quickly determined a single battery technology could not withstand the torrent of technologies vital to power a future of clean, sustainable energy. One of the most promising contenders is sodium-ion batteries, and with support from automaker giant Stellantis, it...

  • The U.S. Air Force Base in Spangdahlem, Germany, in the 1990s.

    Strengthening USAF airfields with graphene

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 20, 2024

    Accelerating efforts to broaden its rare earths and critical elements supply chain, American Resources Corp. announced that its affiliated company, Novusterra Inc., has signed a strategic partnership with key industries leaders, including the United States Air Force, for its patented technology on the production of carbon nanomaterial additives for future sustainable infrastructure. "We are honored to serve alongside our partners at Kenai Defense, Texas Tech University and...

  • Evan Willing and Tyler Dabney set up tantalum cold spray equipment.

    Wisconsin makes fusion tantalum coating

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 20, 2024

    UW researchers explore capacity of tantalum cold spray technology to protect fusion reactors, prevent hydrogen loss. On the coattails of mankind's breakthrough in fusion technology, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is preemptively preparing a technology that could further stabilize the potential energy of a man-made micro-sun with a spray coating technology that could simultaneously maintain temperature integrity while also extracting the very fuel of a star – hydrogen....

  • Georgia Power’s Vogtle 4 nuclear power reactor in Waynesboro, Georgia.

    DOE reports exciting nuclear watch list

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 16, 2024

    After successful incentives and mobilization, federal agency says to keep eyes peeled for more development. With a resurgence of nuclear energy in 2022 marking possibly the most significant year for nuclear energy since its inception, 2023 was the year to see if legislation put forth by the Biden administration to reinvigorate this stigmatized power supply would lift off. And according to the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy, it appears to have been a...

  • Wafer of coal-derived memristors made from Kentucky Blue Gem coal.

    Low-tech coal sees high-tech applications

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 15, 2024

    As the world continues to shift away from older technologies and carbon-emitting energy production, researchers have sought ways to reimagine their uses and align them with modern ideals. The number one candidate – coal – has been an energy lynchpin and an economic keystone for more than a century. Instead of cutting away the lifeline, science seeks to utilize this ancient material in new, high-tech ways. With companies turning coal into clean technologies such as...

  • Abeeway Smart Badge displayed over an illustrated picture of workers.

    Peru copper mine upgrades worker safety

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 15, 2024

    In the world of technological interconnectivity, Mina Justa, a Peruvian mining operation that produces nearly 150,000 metric tons of copper concentrates and cathode material per year, will employ modern solutions toward worker safety and security with the implementation of strategic internet of things technologies at this critical material mine. A US$1.6 billion greenfield copper project near Marcona, Peru, Mina Justa lies roughly 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of Lima...

  • Ex-CIA executive Kevin Higgins.

    ReElement enlists former CIA executive

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 5, 2024

    Enlisting the expertise of a former senior executive at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and national security expert to its board of directors, ReElement Technologies Corp. is better positioned to launch its patented rare earths and critical minerals separation and purification technology beyond the borders of the United States. A former intelligence community senior executive who retired from the CIA after 30 years of distinguished service, Kevin Higgins brings ample...

  • Kansas State University scooping graphene out of a small detonation chamber.

    Explosive graphene EMI shielding discovery

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 1, 2024

    Chance graphene discovery leads to tech company pushing forward next generation of K-State research. In a similar serendipitous fashion that enabled the original discovery of graphene, scientists from Kansas State University were astounded when an experiment predicted to create aerosol gel failed, leaving their material in a smoldering pile. Instead, the researchers were left with a sooty black substance that would result in an explosive new way to produce the wonder...

  • BASF flags flying in front of the company’s Ludwigshafen site in Germany.

    BASF launches PGM carbon tracker Verdium

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 1, 2024

    Wielding the capability of Germany's largest chemical manufacturer, BASF launched a new solution to recycled metals that will enable companies to verify carbon reductions and track sustainability goals through its newly launched Verdium treatment. Independently validated by leading safety science company UL Solutions, with the approval from a third party, BASF felt confident in releasing what it believes will counter emissions from the recycling of critically valuable...

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