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  • United States Critical Minerals USGS 2022 finalized list 50 national defense

    USGS finalizes 2022 critical minerals list

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

    The U.S. Geological Survey has finalized a list of 50 minerals and metals critical to the United States. While seemingly a large increase over the 35 critical minerals on the 2018 list, most of the additions are from individually listing the constituents of two mineral groups, rare earth elements and platinum group metals. In addition to listing each rare earth and platinum group element individually, the changes to the list of U.S. critical minerals include the addition of...

  • Electra Battery Materials ecopark lithium nickel cobalt North American supply

    Talon joins Electra battery park vision

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

    Intrigued by Electra Battery Materials Corp.'s vision of developing a hydroelectric-powered battery materials park in Ontario, Talon Metals Corp. has joined a partnership that will investigate the potential of using this emerging Canadian facility to upgrade nickel produced at its coming Tamarack Mine in Minnesota into the battery-grade nickel sulfate needed for the lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles. This partnership, which also includes the Ontario government a...

  • NASA Artemis space program research Missouri Science Technology University

    NASA chooses schools for Moon living

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

    Missouri University of Science and Technology has been selected as part of a NASA project to develop lunar infrastructure technologies, with researchers from the school developing mineral extraction techniques that may one day make it possible for people to live and work on the Moon. Announced in February, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration selected three U.S. universities as part of its LuSTR Space Technology Research Grants program. In the hopes to supplement...

  • SPEE3D award Australia department defense military 3D metal printing field test

    US awards Aussie company for 3D printer

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

    The U.S. Defense Strategies Institute (DSI) recognized Australian additive manufacturing company SPEE3D at the 6th Military Additive Manufacturing Summit, where the company was named the inaugural winner of the Institute's Award for Expeditionary & Tactical 3D Printing Excellence. Founded in 2015, Australia-based SPEE3D is the evolution of In Motion Technology, a company co-founded by Byron Kennedy and Steve Camilleri to commercialize their axial flux motor technology used to...

  • EPA Teck Resources climate change sustainability greenhouse gas emissions clean

    Teck expands its climate action strategy

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

    Teck Resources Ltd. Feb. 25 announced an expansion to its climate action strategy, which includes a new short-term goal to achieve net-zero "Scope 2" greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and an ambition to achieve net-zero "Scope 3" emissions by 2050, building on the Canada-based company's existing commitment to achieving net-zero emissions across its global operations by 2050. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, greenhouse gas emission (GHG) inventory is a list of...

  • CellCube US Vanadium VRFB redox flow batteries electrolyte Enerox low-carbon

    CellCube secures US Vanadium electrolyte

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 8, 2022

    Getting ahead of the expected growing demand for vanadium redox flow batteries in North America, Austria-based Enerox GmbH has significantly expanded its agreement to buy electrolyte for its CellCube VRFB from US Vanadium LLC. "As part of our go-to-market in North America, we want to use electrolyte which has been regionally processed within North America ensuring long-term deliverability at a competitive price," said CellCube CEO Alexander Schoenfeldt. After an expansion... Full story

  • Exyn Technologies Maestro Digital Mine canary gas sensor drone autonomous

    Drones are new canaries in the mine

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 8, 2022

    Maestro Digital Mine, which specializes in industrial internet of things (IIoT) devices that make mines safer and more productive, and Exyn Technologies, a pioneer of aerial drones capable of autonomously navigating complex underground environments, have teamed up to create the 21st century equivalent of a canary in the mine – an ExynAero drone equipped with critical gas sensors manufactured by Maestro. For centuries, hazardous gases have posed a fatal threat to underground m... Full story