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Articles from the March 22, 2023 edition

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  • Construction supervisors look at battery plant blueprints laid on hood of VW.

    VW in bid to become global battery supplier

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    In spite of a robust collection of new hybrid and electric vehicle models coming out, Volkswagen's hottest project may not be a car. With batteries being the most expensive component in an EV, at roughly 40% of the overall cost, Europe's largest automaker is going straight to the source by investing in Canadian mines. For now, plans for what potential sites are being investigated and what investments are being made have not yet been disclosed. Partnerships between vehicle manu...

  • Rendering of CTR’s planned Hell’s Kitchen geothermal power-lithium facility.

    Hell's Kitchen heats up with $1.4B deal

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    CTR signs MOU to purchase six geothermal power plants from Fuji Electric Corp. With the signing of a contract for $1.4 billion of geothermal power facilities built by Fuji Electric Corp. of America, Controlled Thermal Resources takes one enormous step toward its goal of producing large quantities of low-carbon lithium for electric vehicles and electricity at its Hell's Kitchen project in the Salton Sea area of Southern California. "Today marks the beginning of a clean energy...

  • A researcher at U of T studying metal 3D printers.

    Scientists seek AI-driven metal 3D printing

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    U of T researchers begin to compile database for self-printing additive manufacturing. Tapping into the unlimited potential of additive manufacturing, University of Toronto researchers are reevaluating the processes of metal 3D printing to build the framework of a future system where production with printers is completely automated, down to each molecule. Experimenting at the university's first metal 3D printing laboratory, a team led by Professor Yu Zou in the Faculty of...

  • Artistic concept of battery storing wind and solar-generated electricity.

    US green energy storage hits headwinds

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 10, 2024

    Supply constraints slow installations; WoodMac expects li-ion batteries to dominate energy storage in US over next five years. The transition to clean electricity generated from intermittent sources such as solar and wind is energizing the energy storage sector in the United States. Supply chain constraints, however, are acting as an insulator to growth of battery installations that ensure the balance between energy supply and demand. According to the fourth quarter 2022 U.S....

  • Daoru Han and Jacob Ortega discuss space inside plasma vacuum chamber.

    NASA Lunar Forge winner earns funding

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 18, 2023

    Under the lead of a doctoral aerospace engineering student at Missouri University of Science and Technology, a team of 12 undergraduates have come together to continue research on a project that is out of this world. In the fall of 2022, NASA announced its eighth annual Breakthrough, Innovation, and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge. You can read about the initial announcement of NASA's challenge at Latest NASA challenge tackles Moon forging in the August 17, 2022 edition of...

  • 3D rendering of Volkswagen’s future Salzgitter gigafactory.

    Ontario new home to VW gigafactory

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Setting up in one of North America's fastest-growing lithium-ion battery development zones, Volkswagen Group has foreseen the potential and has opted to build its next gigafactory outside of Europe in the city of St. Thomas, Ontario. The St. Thomas factory is a joint venture between VW and PowerCo SE, a new independent company created by the automaker to oversee its massive $20 billion battery initiatives. With two other gigafactories currently in development, this latest...

  • 3D rendering of bumpy graphene with hydrogen molecules at the peaks.

    Graphene exhibits catalytic properties

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Pinning yet another magical property on the coat of the wonder material known as graphene begs the question – is there anything that graphene can't do? A team of researchers from the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester has discovered that imperfect graphene can exhibit qualities much like a catalyst, which is contrary to the general expectation that the carbon sheet is as chemically inert as the bulk graphite from which it is obtained. Published in t...

  • Aerial view of rock crushing and screen operation at a quarry in Cyprus.

    Destigmatizing tailings in carbon capture

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Global electrification of an extensive amount of industrial processes necessitates a counterbalance to the wave of new mining required for the electric vehicles and renewable energy infrastructure to meet carbon neutrality imperatives without doing further damage to the environment or simply displacing problems to other areas of the value stream. Technologies for capturing carbon dioxide are improving, but the captured CO2 still needs a rock-solid alternative to expensive...