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 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
General Motors Chevrolet Silverado Hummer EV electric vehicles Everybody In

GM excited with new factory and truck

Continuing its shift toward electric mobility, General Motors has unveiled a new Chevrolet Silverado that has been rebooted as the company's first all-electric pickup. To be built at GM's new... — Updated 4/7/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes 
Epiroc Meglab Canada electrification mining digitalization zero emission green

Epiroc buys electric mine solutions firm

In a move to further its contribution to the digitization and digitalization of the mining industry, Epiroc plans to acquire Canada-based Meglab, a company that specializes in providing... — Updated 4/7/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Epiroc Ericsson AT&T Ambra Solutions telecommunications digitalization mining

Connecting mines to the digital world

In a recent webinar hosted by Ericsson, industry leaders from AT&T, Epiroc, and Ambra Solutions met to discuss the global impact and direction of connectivity for the mining industry. This... — Updated 4/6/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech 
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Kristi Noem David Johnson

$19M for new SD School of Mines building

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem recently approved $19 million in funding toward the construction of a new state-of-the-art Mineral Industries Building for the South Dakota School of Mines.... — Updated 4/6/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Australia Rover Challenge University of Adelaide John Culton NASA Space Agency

Aussie space mining rover competition

On Friday March 26, challengers from four Australian universities went head-to-head in a fierce competition to build and operate advanced lunar rovers for simulated space exploration and mining.... — Updated 4/1/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Critical Minerals Biden Administration Department of Energy Secretary

$30M for home supply of critical minerals

The U.S. Department of Energy March 18 announced $30 million in funding to support scientific research of domestic supplies of the critical minerals and metals needed to produce clean energy... — Updated 3/23/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Rio Tinto Amaero titanium scandium alloy dioxide Canada 3D printing laser

Rio Tinto sells first Canadian scandium

Rio Tinto has made the first sale of aluminum-scandium alloy from its plant in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, offering a North American supply of scandium, a metal deemed critical to the United States and... — Updated 3/16/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
DNV Norsk Hydro blockchain aluminum supply chain sustainable Tag. Trace. Trust.

Hydro adopts blockchain for sustainability

With consumers increasingly calling for proven sustainable products, Norsk Hydro has teamed up with fellow Norwegian DNV on a pilot project that utilizes blockchain technology to trace Norsk's... — Updated 3/16/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Turtle Wax graphene 75th anniversary Denis John Healy Family Scholarship

Turtle Wax 75th anniversary graphene wax

From its humble Chicago roots to distribution in more than 120 countries, Turtle Wax celebrates its 75th Anniversary with the limited introduction of Hybrid Solutions Ceramic Graphene Paste Wax. T... — Updated 3/16/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Ontario Canada critical minerals ESG sustainability low-carbon economy EV

Ontario future critical mineral world hub

With the current global shift toward sustainability, organizations, cities, and even countries are priming themselves to embrace the change. In particular, Canada's Ontario has unveiled plans to... — Updated 3/11/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Oak Ridge National Laboratory BWX Technologies 3D metal printing molybdenum

3D printing goes nuclear with molybdenum

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and BWX Technologies have recently developed a new method to manufacture and qualify parts for high-temperature nuclear reactor applications by using 3D printing.... — Updated 3/9/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Altana Eckert TLS Technik Germany 3D metal printing powder center for excellence

German company begins metal 3D printing

German-based global specialty chemical leader Altana has expanded its pigment, powder, paste and pellet expertise to the 3D metal printing world with the acquisition of TLS Technik GmbH. Altana,... — Updated 3/2/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
MIT 2D materials graphene MIT.nano electron microscope molecular photograph

At the border of the physical dimensions

An international team led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers has discovered a method of imaging what goes on at the boundary of 2D and 3D materials, down to the level of... — Updated 3/2/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
American Manganese RecycLiCo battery recycling Solar Impulse Foundation

RecycLiCo wins Efficient Solution Label

Recently, American Manganese Inc., inventor of the patented RecycLiCo closed-loop lithium-ion battery cathode recycling process was awarded the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label, joining the... — Updated 2/23/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Minerva Intelligence Giga Metals TARGET AI Brazil copper Parnaiba artificial

Minerva maps Brazil, prospective TARGETs

Minerva Intelligence Inc. announced Feb. 19, the successful implementation of its TARGET software for Giga Metals Corp., with prospectivity results compiled for its Parnaiba Basin copper project... — Updated 2/23/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Max Planck Society Humboldt-University of Berlin zinc oxide semiconductor doping

Lasers change zinc oxide at lightspeeds

Future technology may involve sci-fi transformation techniques like the recently discovered ability to transform metals to semiconductors and vice versa, using the power of the laser. A group of r... — Updated 2/23/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes

Ford invests $1B in European EV future

Ford Motor Company Feb. 17 announced a US$1 billion investment to transform its century old German-based vehicle assembly facility in Cologne, one of the largest manufacturing centers and the... — Updated 2/18/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Rio Tinto aluminum START label blockchain transparency traceability

Rio Tinto STARTs transparency campaign

Metals and mining giant Rio Tinto has begun a campaign of transparency and traceability for the aluminum industry with the launch of START, a blockchain-powered "nutrition label" for responsible... — Updated 2/16/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Graphmatech copper 3D metal printing additive manufacturing Uppsala University

Copper 3D printing solution with graphene

Researchers at Uppsala University, in collaboration with Swedish graphene materials company Graphmatech, have demonstrated a potential breakthrough in the printability of copper for laser... — Updated 2/16/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
University of Sussex graphene nanomaterials 2D origami smallest microchip

Nano-origami used for smallest microchip

Physicists at the University of Sussex have combined the properties of the modern 2D material, graphene, with the ancient art of paperfolding, origami, to create the tiniest microchips to date.... — Updated 2/16/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Xerox ElemX U.S. Navy Naval Postgraduate School 3D metal printing printer

Xerox teams up with Navy for 3D printing

Xerox and the Naval Postgraduate School recently announced a strategic collaboration focused on advancing additive manufacturing research, specifically 3D metal printing, which has the potential... — Updated 2/9/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
X-MAT X-BATT graphite anode recycling Battery Innovation Center lithium-ion

X-MAT refines battery anode technology

X-MAT recently announced a collaboration with the Battery Innovation Center, to determine further improvements of X-MAT's electrode fabrication technology, which dramatically increases the... — Updated 2/9/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Kaunis Iron EV truck Volvo collaboration Sweden Vattenfall ABB Arctic electrical

Sweden irons out carbon emission future

Sweden-based Kaunis Iron, in collaboration with Vattenfall, Volvo Trucks, ABB and Wist Last & Buss have come together for a unique pilot project to develop a sustainable logistics system,... — Updated 2/2/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
NASA beryllium aluminum alloys critical minerals James Webb Space Telescope

Critical minerals forge strong alliance

As two of the 35 minerals and metals considered to be critical to the economic and national security of the United States, beryllium and aluminum are fundamental to many sectors for their natural... — Updated 2/2/2021 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Sandvik AB 3D metal printing titanium powder Yngwie Malmsteen indestrucible

Sandvik prints smash-proof metal guitar

While it may not be new news it is still awesome, Sandvik AB of Sweden, machined and 3D printed the world's first all-metal smash-proof guitar, and had Yngwie Malmsteen do what heavy metal rock... — Updated 1/26/2021 Full story

 

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