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  • lithium sulfur battery ev news United States Drexler University Australia

    Parallel lithium-sulfur battery advances

    Rose Ragsdale, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Two research teams, one in the United States and the other in Australia – working on separate projects to improve lithium batteries – have reported significant breakthroughs recently that could make lithium-sulfur batteries a viable option. As interest grows in harnessing green, emissions-free electricity to power everything from personal devices like smartphones and laptops to electric vehicles for consumers and industry, lithium batteries are becoming an important sto... Full story

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    Teck funds UBC copper patches, research

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

    The application of antimicrobial copper patches on high-touch surfaces at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Applied Science will help reduce the spread of infection as researchers inside the protected buildings investigate more advanced copper coatings that are even more lethal to viruses and bacteria. Funded through Teck Resources Ltd.'s Copper and Health program, more than 400 Health Canada-registered copper patches have been installed on door handles, railings,...

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    EV battery gigafactory coming to Ontario

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

    Global automaker Stellantis and battery manufacturer LG Energy Solution have forged a partnership that will invest US$4.1 billion (C$5 billion) to establish the first large-scale, electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility in Canada. To be built in Windsor, Ontario, this new facility will produce leading-edge lithium-ion battery cells and modules that will power a significant portion of the EVs being manufactured in North America for Stellantis, which owns Chrysler,...

  • University Adelaide Exterres Laboratory space exploration simulation Australia

    Australian university sets up space lab

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

    The University of Adelaide has launched Exterres Laboratory, the first of its kind in Australia for an off-Earth surface testing environment for space technology such as rovers – which are destined for the furthest reaches of the universe. The Extraterrestrial Environmental Simulation (Exterres) Laboratory, located on North Terrace campus, will provide a crucial stepping-stone in developing the technology required to accompany humankind back into deep space. With it, researche...

  • Sandvik Mining Boliden metal 3D printing manufacturing technology

    Sweden mines undergo 3D printing trial

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 5, 2022

    Swedish companies Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions AB and Boliden AB have forged a partnership to explore the potential of 3D manufacturing parts for the hardworking mining equipment at operations around the globe. The additive manufacturing trial will involve a set of specifically redesigned components printed digitally at a Sandvik-managed facility in Italy, with the performance being monitored on machines in Boliden's underground mine worksites – first in Sweden, then i... Full story

  • Komatsu autonomous bulldozer remote control operated Minas-Rio ProVision

    Komatsu tests remote control bulldozer

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 5, 2022

    Bulldozer operators at mining operations may soon be trading in the loud and jarring cabs of these large earthmoving machines for remote-control consoles in air-conditioned offices. Komatsu Ltd. is testing such remote-control dozer technology at Anglo American's Minas-Rio iron ore mine in Brazil. Under an agreement between Brazilian subsidiaries of the two companies, a tele-remote Komatsu D375Ai-8 dozer that weighs in at 72.9 metric tons and is able to push 22 cubic meters... Full story