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 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Li-Cycle CEO Ajay Kocchar, Justin Trudeau, Ursula von der Leyen, Tim Johnston.

Trudeau, von der Leyen visit Li-Cycle

Leaders tour Ontario spoke facility to witness ongoing battery recycling efforts. Shortly after receiving approval for a US$375 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Technology... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
3D rendering of Volkswagen’s future Salzgitter gigafactory.

Ontario new home to VW gigafactory

Setting up in one of North America's fastest-growing lithium-ion battery development zones, Volkswagen Group has foreseen the potential and has opted to build its next gigafactory outside of Europe in the... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals

A feasible plan for Zero Carbon Lithium

Vulcan publishes feasibility study that checks off next milestone along path to 2025 production. With five offtake agreements with some of Europe's largest carmakers, such as Stellantis, Volkswagen, and... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A large canvas sack filled with lumps of recycled batteries or black mass.

Electra recycles lithium from spent batteries

Marking a significant milestone in its role as a leading electric vehicle battery recycler, Electra Battery Materials Corp. announced the successful recovery of technical-grade lithium carbonate from a... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Fluffy ball like structure of MXenes made by UChicago researchers.

UChicago discovers efficient MXene recipe

Researchers from the University of Chicago have discovered the secret recipe for creating MXene. Much like a croissant with its individual layers painstakingly kneaded twixt generous amounts of butter,... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Lunar Outpost’s MAPP rover to be used for mining on the Moon.

Australia's Moon to Mars Trailblazers

Foreseeing the importance of a presence in space, the Minister for Industry and Science, Australian parliament member Ed Husic, along with dignitaries from the Australian Space Agency and NASA, announced... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A researcher at U of T studying metal 3D printers.

Scientists seek AI-driven metal 3D printing

U of T researchers begin to compile database for self-printing additive manufacturing. Tapping into the unlimited potential of additive manufacturing, University of Toronto researchers are reevaluating... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
3D rendering of bumpy graphene with hydrogen molecules at the peaks.

Graphene exhibits catalytic properties

Pinning yet another magical property on the coat of the wonder material known as graphene begs the question – is there anything that graphene can't do? A team of researchers from the National Graphene... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A rendering of copper nanoparticles transforming into nanograins.

Berkeley films first nano motion picture

Exploring the mysteries of copper, researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have discovered yet another use for this "new oil" of the clean energy future – converting carbon dioxide and... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Pile of electronic devices to be recycled at Redwood facility.

Volkswagen to add Redwood bins to dealers

After partnering together mid-2022, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., has expanded its existing collaboration with Redwood Materials Inc. by adding Redwood recycling bins at participating Volkswagen... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Geomega technicians monitoring ISR recovery process.

Federal funds for Geomega REE recycling

With another C$3 million in funding, but this time from the Government of Canada's Critical Minerals Research, Development and Demonstration program, Geomega Resources Inc. is well-financed to continue... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Buildings account for roughly 30 to 40% of global energy consumption.

New material like a jacket for buildings

While air conditioning was a marvel of its time, concerns over the Earth's climate has led to the pursuit of more efficient energy consumption and management. Now, researchers at the University of... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Veracio technician operating a TruScan system for mining exploration.

Boart Longyear creates new geo data firm

As the demand for critical metals continues to rise, the need for efficient and accurate mineral exploration has never been greater. With the mining industry facing ever-increasing pressure to reduce the... — Updated 4/14/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Employee operating a KION forklift in India.

Li-Cycle next recycling facility in France

Following a commitment for a US$375 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy and a visit from world leaders to its recycling facilities in Canada, the momentum keeps up for Li-Cycle Holdings Corp.... — Updated 3/28/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Daoru Han and Jacob Ortega discuss space inside plasma vacuum chamber.

NASA Lunar Forge winner earns funding

Under the lead of a doctoral aerospace engineering student at Missouri University of Science and Technology, a team of 12 undergraduates have come together to continue research on a project that is out of... — Updated 3/28/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
ABTC’s newest Nevada facility will recycle lithium-ion batteries.

ABTC builds base for battery independence

As more and more companies answer the call to supply the materials needed to fuel the clean energy transition, American Battery Technology Company has been doing its part to establish a strong foundation... — Updated 3/15/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Remote operator monitoring underground semi-autonomous heavy equipment.

Rajant, Sandvik mesh digital mining tech

Robust wireless network paired with autonomous mining equipment at diamond mine. Taking one step closer to the autonomous mine of the future, Rajant Corp.'s formidable Kinetic Mesh wireless network has... — Updated 3/8/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Li-Cycle employee sorting through power tool battery packs for recycling.

Li-Cycle on deck for a $375M DOE loan

Keeping with its goal to support companies' endeavoring to establish a domestic battery materials supply chain for electric vehicles and associated technologies that will require the same minerals and... — Updated 2/28/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Redwood employees overlooking anode copper foil battery material.

DOE to lend $2B for Redwood battery plant

Loan will support US plant capable of producing EV battery materials at the giga-scale. Toward the White House's goal of zero-emission vehicles making up half of all car sales in the U.S. by 2030, the... — Updated 2/21/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
The metal framing of one of Electra's battery materials refineries.

Electra makes first battery recycling move

Becoming the frontrunner of battery recyclers, Electra Battery Materials Corp. announced that it has successfully completed the first plant-scale recycling of black mass material in North America,... — Updated 2/21/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Aluminum-cerium alloy being poured from a furnace into a ladle.

Aluminum alloys offer rare earths balance

The U.S. Department of Energy has published a portfolio of research and development projects on the commercialization of aluminum-cerium alloy that offers a possible solution to the overabundance of the... — Updated 2/21/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Downtown Denver features tons of buildings with most surface area being windows.

Windows get PV treatment to save energy

Aiming to improve energy efficiency to any degree, the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has found that perovskite materials – the very same active component that has been... — Updated 2/17/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Mask developed with Zentek's ZenGUARD graphene coating to protect against COVID.

ZenGUARD-treated filters surpass air tests

With the final report for its Phase 2 testing of ZenGUARD for use in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning filtration from the National Research Council of Canada, Zentek Ltd. is priming itself to... — Updated 2/7/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
X-BATT battery pouches made from upcycling old graphite anode material.

X-BATT reveals new coal anode material

With the need for electric vehicle batteries continuing to grow, a solution to the demand for battery materials may come from an unexpected source – coal. Now, for the first time ever, X-BATT has built... — Updated 2/7/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Authors of the paper detailing the discovery of solid state battery failure.

Solid-state battery problem discovered

In the pursuit of improving portable power, new lithium metal batteries with solid electrolytes tick off every box in next-gen battery technology – lightweight, higher capacity, faster charging, and... — Updated 2/7/2023 Full story


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