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  • Perseverance Mars rover taking a selfie on Mars.

    Perseverance drills exciting Martian sample

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 18, 2024

    The 24th sample taken by the six-wheeled scientist offers new clues about Jezero Crater and the lake it may have once held. As of April 4, Perseverance has been active on Mars for 1,110 sols or three years, one month, and 17 days in Earth time since its landing. In that time, the lonely rover collected 24 samples, but the latest embodies exactly why NASA sent the six-wheeled scientist to the Red Planet. The mission of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is to focus on... Full story

  • A gold plate labeled Umicore on a pile of gold nuggets.

    Unique recycled precious metals guarantee

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

    Belgian precious metals recycler Umicore unveils Nexyclus certifications, a green guarantee at every step of its process. Leveraging the might of its precious metals refining and jewelry and industrial metals capabilities, Umicore SA has launched Nexyclus to address resource scarcity and the increased demand for recycled, responsibly sourced and low-carbon metals. Based out of Belgium, Umicore is a multinational materials technology firm that was formed through the merger of... Full story

  • Vice President of Operations at HydroGraph Stephen Corkill.

    HydroGraph joins minds with UAE university

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

    Company signs agreement with Khalifa University of Science and Technology to advance graphene in various sectors. What started as an explosive discovery of graphene production has led to HydroGraph Clean Power Inc.'s development of graphene-enhanced electromagnetic shielding and biomedical sensors for the early detection of cancer. Now, the innovative graphene company has signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate with Khalifa University of Science and Technology on r... Full story

  • A high resolution photograph of Mars taken by NASA.

    NASA seeks solutions for Mars samples

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

    Space Agency finds costs and timeframe of previous plan too high, seeks public and private sector innovation to get samples to Earth. In response to Perseverance's successful sample collection efforts, a discussion on returning these samples of Martian geology and potential signs of life back to Earth has been revisited. During a teleconference held early this morning, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration outlined its recommendations regarding a path forward for t... Full story

  • Sodium-ion batteries next to the periodic symbol for sodium.

    Improving sodium-ion batteries with graphene

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

    Researchers find way to make crack-free nanocellular graphene to upgrade low-cost sodium-ion energy storage systems. Looking to solve a critical failure during the manufacture of nanocellular graphene, researchers from Tohoku University in Japan have discovered that by using this specialized form of graphene in a dealloying process effectively "heals" the cracks formed during its making. Ever since its discovery in 2004, graphene has been revolutionizing the field of... Full story

  • Small piles of various recycled elements on a glass viewing plate.

    Circular economy for rare earths is online

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 8, 2024

    ReElement CEO signals the first circular system for recycled rare earths from magnets is in place. One after the other, ReElement Technologies Corp. has been establishing all the links required to build a circular economy for rare earth magnets. Recently partnering with EDPR to recycle its wind turbines and reaffirming with USA Rare Earth LLC to purchase some of those recycled REEs, the company has now announced a deal with major U.S. auto manufacturers to recycle end-of-life...

  • PV power station at the Natural Bridges National Monument.

    DOE funds clean energy at mining sites

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 8, 2024

    U.S. Energy Department provides $475M for clean energy in five projects at mine sites across the nation . Looking to revitalize the industry that has supported and continues to support thousands of Americans for over a century, the Department of Energy announced nearly half a billion dollars in funding to accelerate clean energy deployment at five current and former mine sites. DOE has selected five projects in Arizona, Kentucky, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia...

  • ABTC workers overlooking production at recycling facility.

    IRS grants $40M in tax credits to ABTC

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

    Evaluation conducted by DOE finds American Battery Technology Company prime candidate to build another recycling facility in U.S. Having earned an initial $20 million tax credit award under the Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Tax Credit, otherwise known as 48C, American Battery Technology Company has been selected for an additional $40.5 million to support the design and construction of a new, next-generation commercial battery recycling facility within the United States.... Full story

  • Example of GMG’s prototype graphene aluminum-ion battery.

    GMG secures A$2M funding to upgrade plant

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    Queensland government offers grant to enable development of graphene aluminum-ion batteries. Recognizing the potential of homemade graphene, the government of Queensland has signed an A$2 million funding agreement with Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd. to support the company's proposed automated graphene aluminum-ion battery pilot plant in Brisbane, Australia. "We want to thank the Queensland Government and acknowledge its commitment to supporting the critical and battery manu... Full story

  • A series of rare earth elements displayed in several piles.

    American Resources reports REE analysis

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

    Independent third-party lab reports over 550 ppm at Wyoming County Coal project in West Virginia. In addition to its rare earth and lithium battery material recycling and refining activities, American Resources Corp. is exploring the potential of recovering rare earths from the Wyoming County Coal project in West Virginia. "Our team has laid the foundation for this project as one of the largest, low cost, mid vol (volatile) metallurgical carbon facilities with inherent high-gr... Full story

  • Dozens of plumes of emissions in an industrial district.

    DOE funding makes decarbonization history

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

    Largest industrial decarbonization investment ever in US history; will see $6 billion across 33 projects throughout the nation. Stoking the non-emissive fires of industry once again, the U.S. Department of Energy has leveraged another significant share of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to inject upwards of $6 billion into 33 projects across more than 20 states to decarbonize energy-intensive industries, reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions, and invigorate job...

  • NASA engineer preparing CADRE rover for next Moon mission.

    NASA adds CADRE rovers to next Moon mission

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 29, 2024

    Jet Propulsion Lab rovers will conduct autonomous experiments to test viability of mostly independent robotic work in space. After years of research and development, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced that its CADRE mini-rovers will soon arrive on the Moon aboard a lunar lander to test the viability of cooperative robotics in future exploration of celestial bodies. Developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California, the Cooperat... Full story

  • A heavy-duty train operating on the Moon with Earth in the background.

    DARPA enlists Northrop for Moon railroad

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 29, 2024

    Begins study to develop first railroad network on the Moon for future extraterrestrial habitation. Invoking a time when Americans began voyaging across the continent in steam-powered engines, Northrop Grumman Corp. has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to further develop the concept of building a Moon-based railroad network. As part of a broader 10-year Lunar Architecture (LunA-10) Capability Study, this envisioned lunar railroad network would be... Full story

  • Wind turbines and solar panels seen with a sunset.

    ReElement to recycle EDPR wind turbines

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Rare earths recycling partnership is first of many that begins process of a circular economy. Striving toward a truly circular system in the recovery of rare earth elements, ReElement Technologies Corp. announced a partnership with EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) to maximize efficiency and sustainability in recycling neodymium-based permanent magnets from decommissioned wind turbines into magnet-grade REEs. The collaboration will leverage the wind energy expertise of...

  • Li-Cycle technician sorting batteries to be recycled.

    Li-Cycle right-sizing battery recycling

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Lithium battery recycling firm details finances, operations, investments, and additional plans to overcome challenging financial landscape. Following the $75 million strategic investment from Glencore plc last week, which was aimed to alleviate some of the pressures the company is feeling due to the higher-cost environment, Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. announced an update on its situation and plans to right-size its recycling enterprise going forward. "Since embarking on our...

  • A bin full of retired CPUs from old laptops or computers.

    DOE offers E-SCRAP prize for recycling

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

    Seeks innovation in recovering untapped multi-billion-dollar electronic scrap industry in America. Organizing an engaging competition to spur recycling of critical materials from electronic scrap, the U.S. Department of Energy launched its Electronics Scrap Recycling Advancement Prize (E-SCRAP), which will award up to $4 million for winning competitors. Including mobile phones, home appliances, medical or office equipment and essentially any other consumer technology powered...

  • Employee examining recycling e-scrap at one of its facilities.

    Glencore invests another $75M in Li-Cycle

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

    Supports future recycling leader toward ongoing facility construction. Almost two years after its initial $200 million investment from Glencore plc, Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. has announced a new $75 million strategic investment from the Swiss commodities trading and mining company to help the recycling company continue to position itself as a future leader in the production of critical battery materials. "We are pleased to secure an additional $75 million investment from...

  • Fluent Metal technicians working on printer head.

    Fluent Metal liquid AM drops on the scene

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 19, 2024

    Metal 3D printing startup raises $5.5 million in first-round funding to advance its metal dropper printing technology. Using no lasers or powder, additive manufacturing company Fluent Metal Inc. emerged on the metal 3D printing scene with a $5.5 million financing to bring its unique drop-on-demand approach to the world. "Drop-on-demand technology is an elegant approach to create complex metal components," said Fluent Metal CEO Peter Schmitt. "Whether it's prototype iterations... Full story

  • 100-microwatt nuclear battery next to a Wu Jiao five-cent coin.

    Betavolt unveils 50-year atomic battery

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    Betavolt reveals battery of atomic proportions, may be solution to long-form energy storage on a micro-scale Exploring alternate battery chemistries, Beijing-based Betavolt has unveiled a new battery that it claims can generate electricity for at least 50 years without the need for recharging or maintenance. The catch – they are nuclear-powered, with diamond semiconductors, and only generate around 100 Microwatts at a size less than a five Jiao coin, which is about 25 m... Full story

  • A map graphic designed to show connections between Canadian regions.

    Canada's call for clean mining innovations

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator network issues third round of pan-Canadian call for proposals Issuing its third pan-Canadian call for proposals from innovative clean-tech companies for the mining industry, the Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator (MICA) network, supported by the Government of Canada, hopes to once again drive the nationwide commodity toward modernization through efficiency and sustainability. Created in 2021 through a strategic C$40...

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

    DOE offers $544M to semiconductor company

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 9, 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 large pile of raw, unused bituminous coal ores.

    DOE funds more REE from coal research

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 6, 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...

  • A breccia-style rock that shows varied types of rocks within.

    Arizona copper miner enlists AI power

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

    Prismo Metals brings ExploreTech xFlare technology to world-class copper project Heating up its exploration endeavors at the company's Hot Breccia project in the heart of the great Arizona Copper Belt, Prismo Metals Inc. has enlisted the support of Exploration Technologies Inc.'s xFlare artificial intelligence technology to assess the potential of this world-class copper target. "The Hot Breccia project should be an ideal place to apply xFlare," said Prismo Metals President... Full story

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

    Graphene-aluminum battery keeps it cool

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 6, 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...

  • A microscopic picture of the supports built to hold MIT’s metamaterial.

    MIT prints particle-proof metamaterial

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 27, 2024

    Supersonic experiments help identify atomic resilience in metamaterials for spacecraft, vehicles, helmets, or other objects. In a "sound-breaking" study conducted by engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a novel method has been unveiled for rapidly assessing the resilience of metamaterials and their architectures by exposure to supersonic impacts, positioning research toward possible nanoscale particle-proof protective hulls and segments that can withstand... Full story

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