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Articles from the March 29, 2023 edition

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  • Employee operating a KION forklift in India.

    Li-Cycle next recycling facility in France

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

    Following a commitment for a US$375 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy and a visit from world leaders to its recycling facilities in Canada, the momentum keeps up for Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. with a newly signed definitive agreement with KION Group for the development of a lithium-ion battery recycling plant in France. As the leading lithium-ion battery recycler in North America, Li-Cycle has been advancing its spoke-and-hub system to recover lithium, nickel,...

  • University of Texas Research scientist Estibalitz Ukar sitting on a rock.

    Groundbreaking CO2 capture mining tech

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

    University of Texas scientists develop CO2-injection tech that breaks rocks and stores carbon. University of Texas at Austin researchers may have made a literal groundbreaking discovery for mining the nickel and cobalt needed for electric vehicle batteries – storing more carbon dioxide than is needed to produce these lithium-ion battery metals while also using the CO2 as a rock conditioner that makes the mining and processing less energy intensive. Many nickel-cobalt d...

  • A Volvo FH Electric truck dumping rocks inside an underground mine.

    Volvo, Boliden deploy EV mining trucks

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Starting this year, Swedish mining group Boliden will begin incorporating heavy battery-electric trucks into its underground transport fleet, beginning with two vehicles from Volvo Trucks. Diesel engines are a major contributor to carbon dioxide emissions and hydrocarbons in underground mines – this poses a safety challenge that must be managed to ensure the health of below-ground miners. Diesel exhaust also increases the carbon footprint of mining companies seeking to r...

  • Fluffy ball like structure of MXenes made by UChicago researchers.

    UChicago discovers efficient MXene recipe

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

    Researchers from the University of Chicago have discovered the secret recipe for creating MXene. Much like a croissant with its individual layers painstakingly kneaded twixt generous amounts of butter, this breakthrough results in a beautiful flakey 2D material that could usher in a new era of electronics. Until recently, MXenes (pronounced "max-eens") were as labor-intensive as good croissants in a French bakery. Involving several stringent chemical engineering steps,...

  • Lunar Outpost’s MAPP rover to be used for mining on the Moon.

    Australia's Moon to Mars Trailblazers

    A.J. Roan, Mining News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Foreseeing the importance of a presence in space, the Minister for Industry and Science, Australian parliament member Ed Husic, along with dignitaries from the Australian Space Agency and NASA, announced the EPE and Lunar Outpost Oceania consortium as one of two successful groups to receive stage-one funding under Australia's Moon to Mars Trailblazer Initiative. The Trailblazer program was launched in late 2021 as part of the Moon to Mars Initiative, which seeks to progress...

  • EV tax credit timeline may be too short

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 28, 2023

    American electric vehicle manufacturers are under pressure from the massive federal legislation aimed at creating a robust domestic value chain for several key battery minerals and rare earths. These materials are predominantly being imported for EV batteries – as well as the battery cells themselves in many cases – from problematic sources like China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Russia. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) passed by Congress in August 2022 inc...