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Articles from the April 7, 2021 edition

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  • UK United Kingdom critical minerals technology-critical metals green revolution

    Experts urge swift UK tech metals strategy

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Critical materials experts from the University of Birmingham are urging the United Kingdom to take quick action to ensure Britain has a stable supply of technology-critical metals essential for its transition to clean energy. "Our ability to deliver on our international commitments will doubtless be enabled or constrained by our access to the technology-critical metals that underpin the clean energy transition," said Sir John Beddington, chief scientific adviser to the UK...

  • Silver critical minerals EVs solar panels history photovoltaic 5G Kodak 2030

    A brief evolutionary history of silver

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Typically thought of as a glimmery precious metal used to make coins, bullion, jewelry, and other shiny objects, silver's true value lies in more industrious properties that make it invaluable to high-tech applications such as solar panels, electric vehicles, and 5G networks. "Silver demand has evolved from a monetary ornamental use, to photographic, to digital, and now to energy," Hecla Mining Company President and CEO Phillips Baker, Jr. said during a March 31 keynote...

  • ZEN Graphene Health Canada Trebor Rx graphene masks antibacterial

    ZEN supports Canada graphene mask recall

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. said it supports Health Canada's recent precautionary recall of face masks that contain graphene, a 2D material that has been proven highly effective at killing viruses, bacteria, and fungi responsible for a broad range of diseases. Health Canada recently issued an advisory warning that inhaling graphene particles from treated face masks may pose health risks. "Until the department completes a thorough scientific assessment and has established the s...

  • Epiroc Meglab Canada electrification mining digitalization zero emission green

    Epiroc buys electric mine solutions firm

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    In a move to further its contribution to the digitization and digitalization of the mining industry, Epiroc plans to acquire Canada-based Meglab, a company that specializes in providing electrification infrastructure solutions to mines. "Epiroc is proud to be the leader in providing battery-electric vehicles for the mining industry, improving customers' work environment and lowering their emissions while increasing their productivity," said Epiroc President and CEO Helena...

  • Fort William First Nation Thunder Bay Ontario Canada Avalon Advanced Materials

    Ontario First Nation eyes lithium plant

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Taking another step toward contributing lithium to a battery metals hub in Ontario, Avalon Advanced Materials Inc. has entered into a letter of intent with Fort William First Nation to collaborate on the development of a lithium battery materials refinery located on industrial lands in Thunder Bay, Ontario. To be built on Fort William First Nation lands, this facility would be designed to upgrade concentrates from Avalon's Separation Rapids lithium project about 280 miles...

  • South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Kristi Noem David Johnson

    $19M for new SD School of Mines building

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem recently approved $19 million in funding toward the construction of a new state-of-the-art Mineral Industries Building for the South Dakota School of Mines. "Thanks to state leaders, we have an exciting opportunity in this new facility to produce a large return on investment for both the public and private sector," said South Dakota Mines President Jim Rankin. "This facility will yield new research and spin-off companies alongside a new crop...