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Articles from the March 11, 2020 edition


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  • Nickel sap hypoaccumulators agromining phytomining Malaysia Borneo

    Tapping nickel syrup from Borneo trees

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

    Could we mine the nickel we need for lithium-ion batteries, stainless steel and other applications in much the same way as we make pure maple syrup – from the sap of trees? Research at one nickel syrup agromining grove in Malaysia is demonstrating that this concept is not as far-fetched as it might sound. While most of Earth's flora tend to avoid the sulfide-rich and potassium-poor ultramafic deposits that host much of the world's nickel – geologists often use sparse veg... Full story

  • Hornsdale Power Reserve Tesla Megapack lithium ion battery energy storage system

    Big batteries offer reliable, green power

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    Tesla's "big battery" utility-scale Powerpack systems are emerging around the globe, proving a supplemental energy storage system that reduces costs and provides a reliable backup in cases of emergency. The Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia, owned by French renewable energy producer Neoen, is currently home to the largest lithium-ion battery energy storage system in the world with 100 megawatts (MW) of power storage and 129 megawatt-hours (MWh) of output capacity....

  • Copper mineralization at Nico cobalt gold bismuth mine project NWT

    Fortunate mix of critical metals in Canada

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    As lithium-ion battery and electric car companies seek reliable and ethical sources of cobalt, Fortune Minerals Ltd. has sights set on supplying some of that cobalt – along with copper, gold and bismuth – from its Nico mine project in Northwest Territories and associated refinery in Canada. Over the past two decades, Fortune has advanced Nico from an in-house mineral discovery to a development stage project that could produce two critical metals, a third metal vital to an ele...

  • Antibacterial silver prevent spread of diseases such as coronavirus MRSA flu

    Silver bullet for COVID-19, other monsters

    Matthew Lasley, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    If your buddy is bitten by a werewolf or vampire and infected, myth, legends and pop culture say the cure is silver. Whether it is a silver bullet through the heart or skin searing silver to keep your vampire at bay, silver is the answer to most of your supernatural ailments. But what about the more mundane? And how did silver become the hero of mythology? The fact is, silver has been used for thousands of years in medicine. While it has only been recently that we understand...

  • Glencore Mutanda copper cobalt mine Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

    Glencore joins Global Battery Alliance

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    Glencore plc March 6 announced it has joined the Global Battery Alliance, a World Economic Forum initiative to help establish and collaborate on a sustainable battery value chain. GBA is a partnership of 70 members that includes businesses across the entire battery value train, from mining companies providing the metals going into the batteries to manufacturers that use those batteries in their products, as well as governmental and non-governmental organization. The alliance...

  • GM Ultium electric vehicle modular platform EV battery system

    Ultium EV battery powers new GM legacy

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    Detroit-based auto giant General Motors has taken an enormous leap towards an all-electric vehicle future with the reveal of their new Ultium battery and a plan to rapidly grow its EV portfolio, further ushering in the next generation of transportation. Household names from the Detroit carmaker, such as Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick have gone all-in towards the production of their electric vehicle models, expanding the EV lineup under GM to 22 vehicles by 2023, including...