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  • Infograph of battery collection points at Batteries Plus and Staples.

    DOE funds nationwide battery recycling

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2024

    $14 million initiative will establish more than 1,000 collection points for recycling batteries and electronic devices across the U.S. In an effort to enhance the sustainability of domestic supply chains and reduce e-waste, the U.S. Department of Energy has launched a $14 million initiative to establish more than 1,000 battery recycling collection points for used batteries at Batteries Plus and Staples stores across the nation. "At DOE we're excited to help create a circular,... Full story

  • HydroGraph FGA-1 fractal graphene next to pile with a scoop.

    HydroGraph adds to Middle East growth

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Partners with Gulf Cryo to source graphene and its use in many enhanced products for the United Arab Emirates and other regions. Expanding further into the Middle East, HydroGraph Clean Power Inc. has forged a strategic alliance with Gulf Cryo LLC, marking another step toward introducing pristine graphene solutions to the region. Following up on a partnership with Khalifa University of Science and Technology announced in April, the Canada-based graphene company is looking at...

  • Company names listed beside each other on photos that pertain to each company.

    Redwood adds GM to list of recyclers

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Will now recycle Ultium cells for approximately 10,000 metric tons of material a year. Following suit as other vehicle manufacturers like Ford, Toyota, and Volkswagen, General Motors has seen the potential of the battery recycling capabilities of Redwood Materials Inc. and has announced a partnership with the Nevada-based recycling company. Working with Ultium Cells LLC – a joint battery cell manufacturing venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution – Redwood will re...

  • A 3D graphic showing different chemical reactions on platinum.

    Platinum's clean energy breakthrough

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Japanese researchers unveil platinum electrode enhancement for producing clean hydrogen. Imagine a world where clean energy is not just a dream but a reality. Researchers at Chiba University have taken one step closer by cracking the code on platinum electrodes that are vital to hydrogen fuel cells and electrolysis. With subtle changes to the way these electrodes interact with water, they've discovered a game-changing method to boost both efficiency and durability – a small t...

  • Researchers holding experimental carbon fiber battery cells.

    Carbon fiber batteries: form and function

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Tech startup pioneers carbon fiber batteries that can store energy in the body of EVs or aircraft. At the forefront of cutting-edge technology, Sinonus, a spinout from Chalmers Technical University and part of Chalmers Ventures' portfolio, is revolutionizing industries with its breakthrough in carbon fiber technology – energy storage. Well-known for its exceptional strength and light weight, carbon fiber has been used in many products, such as aircraft components, h...

  • Man squats next to TitanSPEE3D arm and nozzle.

    SPEE3D revolutionizing heavy 3D printing

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Introduces TitanSPEE3D large format metal 3D printer; able to print up to 4,400 pounds. Joining the ranks of SPEE3D's innovative additive manufacturing lineup, the company will soon unveil TitanSPEE3D, a large-format metal 3D printer engineered to produce heavy, high-quality metal parts quickly and cost-effectively. The rapid and highly effective additive manufacturing capabilities of Australia-based SPEE3D's metal 3D printing technology has grabbed the attention of...

  • An aerial photo of Solvay’s La Rochelle rare earths hub in France.

    Cyclic finalizes rMREO offtake with Solvay

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Joint effort aims to bolster Europe's rare earth supply through sustainable recycling. Marking a significant stride toward a sustainable rare earth supply chain, Solvay SA and Cyclic Materials Inc. announced the finalization of a supply agreement for recycled mixed rare earth oxides aimed at enhancing European self-sufficiency for this suite of technology metals. Founded in 2021, Canada-based Cyclic Materials has been pioneering a sustainable approach to rare earths and...

  • Man pouring concrete into framed grid on a building.

    Arizona State validates HydroGraph graphene

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    "Tests also showed a reduction in global warming potential of 10 to 15%." In a notable advancement for sustainable building materials, HydroGraph Clean Power Inc. announced the publication of a joint study with Arizona State University that validates the performance of its pristine graphene in cement, showcasing improvements in compressive strength and a reduction in global warming potential. According to the European Union-backed research firm Graphene Flagship, integrating...

  • Vials of recycled oxides from Cyclic Materials’ Mag-Xtract technology.

    Cyclic Materials opens REE recycling plant

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Canada-based rare earths recycler opens first plant in Kingston, Ontario. In the realm of advanced recycling, Cyclic Materials Inc. announced the opening of its Hub100 rare earths and critical metals recycling plant in Kingston, Ontario, the first scaled-up version of its proprietary REEPure hydrometallurgical technology. "The opening of Hub100 marks a significant milestone in our company's journey," said Cyclic Materials CEO Ahmad Ghahreman. "This successful scaling up of...

  • Electra employee inspecting nickel-cobalt recycled from lithium-ion batteries.

    NRCan awards $5M to aid Electra recycling

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Canada looks to support the development of company's proprietary battery materials recycling technology. To support advancing battery recycling technology, the Canadian government has awarded Electra Battery Materials Corp. C$5 million (US$3.6 million) to further develop its proprietary battery materials recycling process. Electra's battery material recycling facility is being developed alongside the company's battery-grade cobalt refinery, about 400 kilometers (250 miles)...

  • A table full of 2024 ARBS awards for HVAC industry.

    GMG's graphene coating wins HVAC award

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Premier heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration exhibition recognizes company for innovative graphene-based paint. In recognition for its top-of-the-line graphene-based THERMAL-XR RESTORE HVAC coating, Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd. was awarded the Product Excellence HVAC Award in Australia for an innovative product that could well be the start of a turning point in the industry. Based out of Richlands, Australia, GMG is a clean-tech company that bypasses...

  • Sign outside Global Tungsten & Powders facility in Towanda, Penn.

    GTP seeks to invest in Jervois cobalt

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Hopes funding may persuade company to co-locate cobalt refinery near existing tungsten operations in Pennsylvania. Marking a significant step in creating a domestic cobalt supply chain in the United States, Jervois Global Ltd. has entered into a non-binding explorative memorandum of understanding with Global Tungsten & Powders LLC (GTP) to advance the development of a major cobalt refinery. With Jervois already owning a cobalt mining project in Idaho and GTP operating a...

  • A solar farm being lit by a sun setting in the background.

    Flash of light improves solar cells

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    A novel light-based method enhances PbS quantum dot solar cells, promising cheaper and more efficient renewable energy. South Korean scientists have discovered a new method to enhance the efficiency of lead-sulfide (PbS) quantum dot solar cells. By using rapid bursts of specialized light instead of prolonged heating, they have found a way to produce cheaper and more effective solar power. At present, the fabrication of PbS solar cells requires a lengthy heat treatment process....

  • Close-up of an electric vehicle charging station with car in background.

    Merger fuels metal recycling expansion

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Merger aims to boost recycling capabilities, enhance the supply chain with critical metals, and drive growth in the electrified economy. Marking a pivotal step toward enhancing the electrified economy, American Resources Corp.'s subsidiary, American Metals LLC, has inked a definitive business combination agreement with AI Transportation Acquisition Corp. American Metals has evolved into a dynamic arm of American Resources Corp., a multifaceted company now spearheading sectors...

  • Steam venting out of a nuclear power plant.

    US launches major nuclear fuel initiative

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    DOE announces $2.7 billion funding to boost U.S. nuclear fuel production, aims to replace Russian imports and enhance energy security. In a major stride toward energy independence, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced a $2.7 billion initiative under President Biden's Investing in America agenda to revitalize the nation's nuclear fuel supply chain, severing ties with Russian imports and fortifying domestic energy security. Over the past few years, DOE has taken several...

  • A row of soldiers lined up, focusing on their distinct footwear.

    GC USA to upgrade boots for U.S. troops

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

    Partners with HEROES and UMass Lowell to develop advanced, American-made military boots using cutting-edge graphene and aerogel technology. Taking a bold step in military innovation, GC Associates USA has partnered with DEVCOM Soldier Center and UMass Lowell to utilize its cutting-edge graphene and aerogel materials for the next generation of U.S. military footwear. GC USA, recognized for its innovative solutions and veteran leadership, has a distinguished history of... Full story

  • The Crew Dragon Endeavor docked and being prepared for launch.

    MIT announces titanium alloy breakthrough

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

    New titanium alloys combine strength and ductility, offering potential advancements for aerospace and biomedical industries. In a breakthrough that could transform multiple industries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers, in collaboration with ATI Specialty Materials, have developed new titanium alloys that break the conventional tradeoff between strength and ductility, potentially revolutionizing applications from aerospace to biomedical equipment. Titanium... Full story

  • Rio Tinto logo on a hard hat with two workers in the background.

    Canada ushers in carbon-free aluminum

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2024

    Rio Tinto partners with Québec to deploy ELYSIS at Arvida smelter, revolutionizing aluminum production by eliminating GHG emissions. Taking a significant leap in decarbonizing the aluminum industry, Rio Tinto is installing carbon-free smelting cells at its Arvida smelter in Québec. Using the groundbreaking ELYSIS technology, this project is a joint venture with the government of Québec and marks the first commercial deployment of this revolutionary technology. The pr... Full story

  • Men overlooking various shipments of equipment and supplies.

    Verusen grows team for AI-powered MRO

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

    Meet the new faces driving Verusen's AI-powered MRO innovation and expansion into new sectors. Driving the future forward with artificial intelligence-powered maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) materials optimization and collaboration, Atlanta-based Verusen is expanding into new specialized sectors that include oil and gas, mining, and power generation and utilities. Founded in 2015, Verusen is a supply chain intelligence company that has capitalized on the AI boom to...

  • Closeup of chunks of uranium concentrate or yellowcake.

    Russian import ban creates nuclear shift

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

    New legislation heralds anticipated domestic nuclear energy transformation. With the signing into law of bipartisan legislation that effectively bans the import of uranium products from Russia, the Biden administration has signaled a monumental shift for America's civil nuclear energy sector. Signed by President Biden on May 14, the bipartisan Prohibiting Russian Uranium Imports Act has finally been enacted into law. "This bill limits the importation of uranium from Russia....

  • Molten metal from a conventional blast furnace being poured into a mold.

    Boston Metal is forging green steel

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated May 28, 2024

    World-changing molten electrolysis process spun out of MIT can make steel with no emissions, may also be applied to other smelting processes. In the crucible of industrial progress, steel stands as both the foundation and obstacle. Armed with its molten oxide electrolysis process, Boston Metal aims to revolutionize steelmaking that will join innovation with sustainability and offer a path toward greener steel production. The advent of steel in industrial applications quickly s... Full story

  • ABTC employees pose for picture at opening of recycling facility.

    ABTC exceeds battery recycling capacity

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

    Company ramps up recycling facility, operates at over 115% capacity. In a triumph of innovation, American Battery Technology Company announced a groundbreaking milestone: its lithium-ion battery recycling facility has been operating steadily at over 115% of its designed capacity, showcasing the efficacy of its proprietary recycling technology. Established in 2011, ABTC began its journey with a handful of mining claims out of Nevada. Stemming from a former Tesla employee's ambi...

  • GRX-810 superalloy powder being poured into a small mound.

    GRX-810 licensed to four U.S. companies

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

    NASA offers opportunity with stellar superalloy set to rocket aerospace to new heights. After two years since its debut, NASA's GRX-810 superalloy remains poised for transformative takeoff. Crafted through innovative 3D printing and thermodynamic modeling, this material has captivated the aerospace industry. Now, with the agency licensing GRX-810 to four American companies, a future of sturdier, more resilient aircraft and spacecraft components emerges, signaling a giant leap...

  • Site manager watching a Railveyor system working.

    Electrifying Elk Creek with Railveyor

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

    Scoping study finds implementing system could significantly reduce costs, time, and footprint in one fell swoop. In the pursuit of a domestic supply of the rare earths and other minerals critical to the United States, NioCorp Developments Ltd. has unveiled the results of a scoping study that demonstrates that the implementation of a Railveyor ore haulage system has the potential to reduce the carbon footprint, costs, and the time it takes to get to full production at its Elk... Full story

  • US Strategic Metals battery materials recovery facility in Madison County, MO.

    Missouri sparks battery materials collab

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated May 17, 2024

    Missouri University of Science and Technology, US Strategic Metals; lithium-ion battery precursor cathode active material research. Pioneering a transformative shift in the American battery landscape, US Strategic Metals joins forces with Missouri University of Science and Technology to advance research on precursor cathode active material, leveraging the Show Me State's abundant natural resources and cutting-edge facilities in green innovation. Transforming from humble... Full story

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