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Articles from the February 15, 2023 edition


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  • A pumpjack pumps oil from a well in an American Southwest desert.

    Critical minerals from fossil fuel waste

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    DOE funds R&D for recovering critical metals while creating clean water from fossil fuel waste. The Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management is providing $17.5 million in funding for research and development projects focused on producing clean water and critical minerals from oil, gas, and coal production wastewater. Fossil fuel production and use produces wastewater, either pumped up with oil and gas or from the waste streams of production or...

  • Redwood employees overlooking anode copper foil battery material.

    DOE to lend $2B for Redwood battery plant

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

    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 U.S. Department of Energy has conditionally committed to lend $2 billion to Redwood Materials Inc. to support the expansion and construction of a battery recycling and manufacturing complex in Nevada. Announced on Thursday via the DOE Loan Programs Office, Redwood will use the...

  • Industrial complex lights reflect off pond at Energy Metals’ White Mesa Mill.

    Energy Fuels acquires rare earths project

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    In a move that secures high-quality feedstock for its growing rare earths product line, Energy Fuels Inc. has paid $21.9 million to acquire Bahia, a large heavy mineral sands project in Brazil. "Energy Fuels has achieved yet another important milestone for our expanding rare earth business through our acquisition of the Bahia project," said Energy Fuels President and CEO Mark Chalmers. Monazite concentrates produced from the heavy mineral sands at Bahia will be shipped to the...

  • A feasible plan for Zero Carbon Lithium

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    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 Renault Group, as well as Umicore and Korea's LG Electronics, Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd. has announced the results of its definitive feasibility study for phase one of the company's Zero Carbon Lithium project in Germany's Rhine River Valley. Aiming to become the world's...

  • Buildings account for roughly 30 to 40% of global energy consumption.

    New material like a jacket for buildings

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    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 Chicago's Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering have designed a chameleon-like building material made with copper that changes its infrared color – and how much heat it absorbs or emits based on outside temperature. "We've essentially figured out a low-energy way to treat a b... Full story

  • Downtown Denver features tons of buildings with most surface area being windows.

    Windows get PV treatment to save energy

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 17, 2023

    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 implemented in some of the most efficient solar panels on the market – can be applied to windows to decrease energy costs. According to the NREL, using thermochromic windows or dynamic windows in office buildings improves energy efficiency across all climate zones in the United Sta...

  • Quebec backs Nouveau Monde anode tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 13, 2023

    Investing C$3.6M into sustainable graphite anode materials tech being advanced by the company. To further solidify Quebec as a vital link in North America's lithium-ion battery supply chain, the provincial government is providing Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. with up to C$3.6 million (US$2.7 million) to further develop technologies to sustainably transform mined graphite into battery-grade anode material for electric vehicles. "The funding announced today will boost our...