The Elements of Innovation Discovered

Articles from the February 24, 2021 edition


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  • Thermoelectric generator TEG University of Colorado Boulder wearables

    New device turns the body into a battery

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    While thermoelectric generators are proving useful in a growing number of modern applications, ranging from electric vehicles to spacecraft, a new potential use for the technology has emerged that could give a whole new meaning to the phrase, "personal electronic device." Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a new, low-cost wearable device that uses tiny thermoelectric generators with liquid metal wiring to transform the human body into a... Full story

  • Max Planck Society Humboldt-University of Berlin zinc oxide semiconductor doping

    Lasers change zinc oxide at lightspeeds

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Future technology may involve sci-fi transformation techniques like the recently discovered ability to transform metals to semiconductors and vice versa, using the power of the laser. A group of researchers from the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society and the Humboldt-University of Berlin have discovered that a laser can convert a semiconductor to a metal and reverse it back in roughly the time it takes light to travel the width of a red blood cell. As most of the...

  • Appia Energy gallium oxide monazite bauxite aluminum rare earth elements REE

    Canada REE project enriched with gallium

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Appia Energy Corp. says recent testing shows that the rare earths-enriched monazite mineral at its Alces Lake project in northern Saskatchewan also hosts gallium, a semiconducting metal that will melt in the palm of your hand. An electron microprobe study conducted by the Saskatchewan Research Council successfully demonstrated that monazite from two separate high-grade rare earth zones and trends at Alces Lake – Ivan and WRCB – contain similar concentrations of gallium oxi...

  • Minerva Intelligence Giga Metals TARGET AI Brazil copper Parnaiba artificial

    Minerva maps Brazil, prospective TARGETs

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Minerva Intelligence Inc. announced Feb. 19, the successful implementation of its TARGET software for Giga Metals Corp., with prospectivity results compiled for its Parnaiba Basin copper project in Brazil, leading to the decision to acquire new exploration permits. Minerva, finding success in its artificial intelligence-driven suite of mineral exploration software and services, was enlisted by fellow Canadian Giga Metals to use its expertise to determine new prospective...

  • Northvolt electric vehicles EV battery systems factory Poland gigafactory

    Northvolt invests $200M in Poland plant

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Furthering its ambitions to be a premium and sustainable battery solutions leader, Northvolt is investing US$200 million to build the largest energy storage systems factory in Europe. The first stage of the planned 50,000-square-meter (538,000 square feet) cutting edge battery systems factory being built in Gdańsk, Poland is already underway. This initial phase, expected to be completed next year, will be able to produce 5 gigawatt-hours of lithium-ion battery modules and...

  • Syrah Resources graphite mine Balama lithium-ion batteries COVID-19 anode

    Graphite production at Balama to resume

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Syrah Resources Ltd. Feb. 22 announced the decision to restart production at the Balama Mine, a globally significant graphite mine in Mozambique. Syrah achieved commercial production at Balama early in 2019 but decided to suspend operations there due to COVID-19. Pandemic related travel restrictions on the Balama workforce weakened graphite demand due to lockdowns; and electric vehicle sales uncertainty were among the reasons the Australia-based miner decided to curtail...

  • Ford invests $1B in European EV future

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Ford Motor Company Feb. 17 announced a US$1 billion investment to transform its century old German-based vehicle assembly facility in Cologne, one of the largest manufacturing centers and the home of Ford in Europe, into the American automaker's first electric vehicle facility there. The news comes after Ford stated weeks earlier it was investing at least US$22 billion globally in electrification through 2025, which is nearly double its 2018 EV investment plan. "Our...

  • Vital Metals REEtec rare earth elements REE Nechalacho Canada separation

    Power of partnerships rare earth strategy

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Instead of the economies-of-scale strategy typically used to get a viable rare earths project into production, Australia-based Vital Metals Ltd. has taken a power-of-partnerships approach to rapidly begin supplying global markets with rare earth oxides from its Nechalacho project in Canada's Northwest Territories. Under this partnership strategy, Vital has contracted a local First Nations to do the mining. It will apply its own expertise to upgrade the ore to a REE... Full story