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Articles from the January 19, 2022 edition

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  • Exyn delivers 3D models in living color

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 4, 2023

    Imagine a future where a geologist could slip on a virtual reality headset and descend into a full-color, highly accurate 3D model of a mine abandoned decades earlier and much too unstable to allow for human entry. With Exyn Technologies Inc.'s unveiling of the world's first real-time colorized point cloud visualization on a handheld lidar scanner, the ExynPak, such chromatic visions may be closer than you think. "If you watch any good sci-fi movie or show, colorized 3D...

  • BHP Group electrification Pilbara Western Australia train iron ore rail network

    BHP orders battery electric locomotives

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    On the heels of Rio Tinto's order for four battery-electric locomotives to pull trains of iron ore in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, BHP has placed an order for four of its own battery-electric locomotives to be trialed on its Western Australia Iron Ore rail network. Both of these global miners see electrification of mining and transport equipment as an important facet of achieving their steep carbon dioxide emission reduction targets moving forward. "Replacing...

  • Albermarle Australia lithium plasma 6K battery UniMelt carbon dioxide emissions

    Greener lithium batteries with plasma tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Seeking greener and more efficient technology for the production of advanced lithium materials for rechargeable batteries, Australia-based Albemarle Corp. has entered into a joint development agreement with 6K, a United States-based company that has developed a cutting-edge microwave-controlled plasma technology for producing advanced materials. Dubbed UniMelt, this patented technology leverages the physics of plasma chemistry to produce high-purity and customized materials...

  • Porsche electric vehicle EV Guinness World Records Eagle Mine Pikes Peak Taycan

    Porsche EV makes record American climb

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    From the 1,774 feet below sea level depths of a Michigan mine to the 14,115-foot-high summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado, television producer J.F. Musial and his team broke a Guinness World Record by driving a Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo for the greatest altitude change ever achieved by an electric vehicle – 15,889 feet, or just over three miles. And, as a crew that usually spends their time making car films, Musial and his creative team videoed the epic trek. "It started as a...

  • Volvo Trucks VNR Electric configurations battery all-electric North America

    Volvo debuts second-gen all-electric truck

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    In keeping with the green energy transition trend, Volvo Trucks Jan. 14 announced the launch of its next iteration Volvo VNR Electric – one of six all-electric heavy truck models offered by the company – with the VNR specifically designed for the North American market. In preparation for the launch, the company conducted testing of another one of its all-electric trucks, the Volvo FH Electric, a zero-exhaust emission vehicle with 490 kilowatts of continuous power and a gro...