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  • Electra Battery Materials Ontario eco-park EV cobalt recycling refinery nickel

    Electra Battery Materials Park on schedule

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

    Electra Battery Materials Corp. is making headway on upgrades and expansions of North America's only battery-grade cobalt refinery, the centerpiece of an emerging eco-industrial park in Ontario that will supply battery materials to the lithium-ion battery and electric vehicle plants in North America. Electra's cobalt refinery is a hydrometallurgical facility that previously operated in Ontario for a decade. Since acquiring this asset, the company has been advancing a strategy... Full story

  • IDTechEx report 3D metal printing additive manufacturing COVID-19 market future

    Future of metal 3D printing is bright

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

    After recovering from a short-term downturn for metal 3D printing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, IDTechEx forecasts that the global metal additive manufacturing market will hit US$18.5 billion by 2032. The market research firm says several factors have come into play to push this burgeoning technology to the foreground, most notably the pandemic itself. The remote and autonomous capabilities of "printing" metal components – oftentimes, in locations where shipping was h...

  • Caterpillar autonomous heavy haul truck water truck record 2021 milestone

    Cat autonomous trucks set new record

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

    Caterpillar Inc.'s enormous autonomous mining trucks hauled 1.2 billion metric tons of ore, waste, and other materials during 2021, a world record that will likely only stand for a year as more mining companies turn to the safety and efficiency Cat autonomous haulage has to offer. Autonomous trucks equipped with Cat MineStar Command for hauling, a solution developed by Caterpillar for fully integrated autonomous mining systems, are hauling iron ore, oil sands, copper, coal,...

  • DOE Department Energy Office Fossil Energy Carbon Management novel energy

    DOE invests in novel energy storage tech

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

    From hot sand in Alabama to hydrogen storage at Tennessee coal mines, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management is investing $2.4 million into projects that could increase the duration, reliability, and affordability of novel energy storage technologies. "The Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management is investing in projects that will advance thermal and hydrogen energy storage technologies for use during and beyond the electricity...

  • X-MAT X-BATT X-TILE Carbon Core Composite coal waste recycling battery house

    X-MAT earns more funding for coal research

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

    The Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management March 18 announced US$2.2 million in funding for research into new, clean uses for coal waste – primarily, to continue the efforts by X-MAT Carbon Core Composites LLC in completely building a home out of coal. Over the past year, X-MAT has developed bricks, blocks, facades, panels, and roof tiles that comprise all the components needed to construct a building. As a result, X-MAT has been awarded a f...

  • lithium ion metal battery BrightDrop EV van Ontario Canada

    An Ontario critical minerals strategy

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

    Ontario has developed a mines-to-market critical minerals strategy that leverages rich stores of critical minerals in the northern reaches of the Canadian province, the already well-established mining sector found there, and the robust manufacturing sector that has been developed in the south. "The Critical Minerals Strategy is our government's blueprint to connect industries, resources and workers in our province's north to the future of manufacturing in the south as we...

  • ZETA Zero Emission Transportation Association EV gas prices ICE Biden Putin

    ZETA presents EV to gas numbers analysis

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 29, 2022

    A recent analysis by the Zero Emission Transportation Association found that electric vehicle drivers save upwards of $10,000 in operating costs when compared to similar internal combustion engine cars, trucks, and SUVs. Given the increases in the cost of filling up an ICE vehicle at the gas pump, the savings of driving an EV are likely to increase. "This month's Consumer Price Index shows once again that gas prices are surging, which has been exacerbated by Putin's invasion... Full story