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Articles from the March 18, 2020 edition

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  • Zinc8 Energy Solution zinc air electrical storage lab technician

    Zinc8 lands NY energy storage installation

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

    Zinc8 Energy Solutions, formerly MGX Renewables Inc, March 11 announced it has signed an agreement to install a 100-kilowatt (kw), 1.5-megawatt-hour (MWh) zinc-air energy storage system in Brooklyn, New York. Zinc-air energy storage is a three-part system that stores energy from renewable and other sources and then delivers electricity to the grid as needed. Basically, energy is stored in the form of zinc particles that are roughly the size to grains of sand. • When the s...

  • Samsung scientists develop carbon silver anode solid state lithium ion battery

    Samsung solid state battery breakthrough

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

    Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and the Samsung R&D Institute Japan (SRJ) are working on high-performance, long-lasting all-solid-state batteries that are expected to significantly increase the range of electric vehicles. A prototype pouch cell developed by the SAIT and SRJ teams would enable an EV to travel up to 500 miles (800 kilometers) on a single charge and features a cycle life of over 1,000 charges. Compared to widely used lithium-ion batteries, which...

  • Books complex mining technical reports Prospector tool searchable data

    Mining investment moves into digital age

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

    A global mining expert and entrepreneur has teamed up with a Boston-based tech firm that specializes in using machine learning to optimize market research to create Prospector, a new company and online platform that brings mining sector investment into the digital age. Considered "the Zillow for the mining industry," Prospector uses artificial intelligence to streamline and simplify the complex geological, engineering and financial data in mining and mineral exploration techni...

  • Alaska Republican Senator Murkowski American Energy Innovations Act

    Energy legislation stalls in US Senate

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    The American Energy Innovations Act, legislation hailed as Congress' best chance to modernize the nation's energy policies in more than 12 years, bogged down in the U.S. Senate in early March after a dispute erupted among several lawmakers over an amendment aimed at limiting hydrofluorocarbons emissions from home appliances. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and ranking committee member...

  • Uranium thorium nuclear reactor low carbon energy fuels

    The nuclear option for carbon-free energy

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

    As the cultural and economic shift towards renewable energy continues to develop, the pursuit for new renewable technologies is emerging as well. Some believe these pursuits should include revisiting a bygone, yet controversial, energy source to combat the encroaching climate issue. Nuclear energy, a hot button issue due to our sordid history with the technology, but a discussion regarding the viability of nuclear energy may soon be approaching. For almost a hundred years the...

  • Roy Hill Epiroc executives sign autonomous mining equipment conversion deal

    Roy Hill crosses threshold toward autonomy

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

    Roy Hill, an iron mining company with operations in Western Australia's Pilbara region, has signed a deal with global mining equipment and service provider Epiroc, and automation specialist ASI Mining to convert 77 of their human operated fleet of trucks and excavators to autonomy. Taking a different approach to the future, Roy Hill has chosen to modify their existing fleet and give them a futuristic upgrade. Epiroc and ASI Mining will collaborate to meet Roy Hill's...