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Articles from the February 16, 2022 edition

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  • DOE rare earths REE refinery US domestic supply chain EV battery lithium-ion

    DOE eyes unconventional REE refinery

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

    Looking to break America's reliance on China for rare earths and critical minerals, the U.S. Department of Energy is investing $140 million to develop a facility that extracts these minerals from unconventional sources and then refines them into the metals needed for electric vehicles, renewable energy generation, and other modern technologies. These technological advances are creating new demand for a suite of minerals and metals that are often rare and in short supply. In... Full story

  • ABB ioneer Rhyolite Ridge Nevada lithium boron North America electrification

    ABB to optimize ioneer's Rhyolite Ridge

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

    Seeking every advantage when it comes to the efficient and sustainable production of lithium and boron at its Rhyolite Ridge project in Nevada, ioneer Ltd. has turned to the expertise of ABB, global leader in electrification, automation, and digitalization for mining and other industrial sectors. "ABB is focused on providing environmentally sound engineering and technology solutions," said ioneer Managing Director Bernard Rowe. "This aligns with ioneer's ambition to not only...

  • Carbfix Talon Metals DOE Tamarack Rio Tinto clean energy domestic mine Minnesota

    DOE funds carbon antimining at Tamarack

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

    The United States Department of Energy is investing $2.2 million to explore the holy grail of clean energy projects – a domestic mine that helps to supply the nickel and copper needed to achieve America's electric vehicle and renewable energy ambitions while also pulling carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it as a mineral in rocks for geological periods of time. Global mining company Rio Tinto is contributing another $4 million and is leading this three-year r...

  • Graphene Composites air filter COVID coronavirus nanomaterials Omicron variant

    Graphene filters to make breathing easier

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

    Graphene Composites Ltd., a world leader in nanomaterials engineering, announced the development of a unique coating for air filters that destroy viruses and bacteria on contact. Designed to be effective against all COVID variants, including Omicron, Graphene Composites introduces its GC Halo treatment for air filters to help deliver cleaner and safer indoor air. "GC Halo uses groundbreaking nanoparticle technology to neutralise pathogens," said Steve Devine, chief technology...

  • Teck Resources Caterpillar MEDATech ALTDRIVE Western Star electric haul truck

    Teck pilots electric concentrate haulers

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

    Toward its goal of eliminating 1,000 internal combustion vehicles from its fleet by 2025, Teck Resources Ltd. is piloting a fully electric on-highway transport truck to haul copper concentrates the roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) from its Highland Valley Mine in southern British Columbia and a rail loading facility in the town of Ashcroft. The Canadian miner says this will mark a world's first when it comes to battery-electric truck hauling copper concentrates from a mine....

  • World Copper editorial Nolan Peterson North of 60 Mining News low-carbon

    Copper's vital role in low-carbon economy

    Nolan Peterson, World Copper|Updated Mar 1, 2022

    When most people think about the metals driving the alternative energy revolution, lithium, vanadium, cobalt and rare earths spring to mind. As recently reported by EE Times Europe, "Copper is an important raw material for the electronics industry, being the most widely used conductor for PCB, wiring, and connector manufacturing. The average person, however, might not realize this, thinking that copper is some kind of old metal on which there is no progress to be made." There... Full story

  • Virginia Tech soft robotics low melting point alloy autonomous drone submarine

    Low melting metal enables morphing robots

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 22, 2022

    Imagine a small autonomous vehicle that could drive over land, stop, and flatten itself into a quadcopter; well, you don't have to imagine very hard as engineers from Virginia Tech have combined the use of rubber, low melting point metal, and temperature to create a robot that can morph to perform different functions. Nature alone is rife with organisms that can change their shape to achieve different tasks, like an octopus that can dramatically shift and mold itself to move,... Full story