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Articles from the April 12, 2023 edition

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  • A Welcome to Louisiana road sign at the border of the Bayou State.

    Louisiana welcomes Ucore rare earths plant

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 2, 2023

    Offers $15 million incentive package for REE separation plant to spur job creation, new opportunities in Gulf Coast state. Louisiana welcomes Ucore Rare Metals Inc. to the Bayou State with an enhanced financial incentive package for establishing the company's first rare earths separation and oxide production facility at a newly selected 80,800-square-foot in the central part of the state. The rare earths that are produced at Ucore's Louisiana Strategic Metals Complex are in...

  • Prototype oxygen-ion battery made with ceramic and lanthanum.

    Air to power future long storage batteries

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 21, 2023

    While lithium-ion batteries have become omnipresent for nearly all portable energy needs, we have quickly found that they are ultimately limited in what they are capable of. Enter Vienna University of Technology, where German scientists have found a way to harness the most abundant element on earth to breathe new life into the future of energy storage. Exploring new battery chemistries for the green energy transition, researchers at Vienna University of Technology, or TU Wien,...

  • Artistic rendering of electrons bending in new quantum material.

    Scientists curve atoms in fabric of space

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 21, 2023

    Throwing a curveball at the scientific community, an international team of researchers headed by the University of Geneva, Switzerland, has designed a quantum material that allows the control of electrons within its structure by essentially curving the fabric of space in which they occupy. Expanding into the fields of information and communication technologies presents scientists and industry with new hurdles to overcome, especially if they want to breach into the cutting...

  • Historical coal breaker and railroad track at Eckley’s Miners Village, PA.

    DOE to repurpose 1.5M acres of coal mines

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 19, 2023

    Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed last year, the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) announced it is allocating $450 million in grants to repurpose 1.5 million acres of current and former coal mining sites as green energy projects. "We share a belief, which is that the workers who powered the last century of industry and innovation can power the next one. They have the infrastructure, they have the expertise, they got the...

  • Rendering of a future EnergyX facility to facilitate renewable energy tech.

    General Motors backs EnergyX lithium tech

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 19, 2023

    Already pushing the boundaries of portable energy storage technology through its development of solid-state batteries, Energy Exploration Technologies Inc. or EnergyX, announced a US$50 million funding from General Motors Co. to help the company develop its lithium extraction and refinery technology. EnergyX's direct lithium extraction (DLE) technology can extract lithium metal directly from brine and potentially in anode-ready form for electric vehicle batteries, enabling a...

  • Researcher works on battery foils in the PNNL advanced battery laboratory.

    Imperfect science of perfect batteries

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 14, 2023

    Material scientists look to bridge gap between perfect battery recipe in the lab and mass-producing cells in imperfect world. Researchers around the world are working feverishly to invent the perfect battery to power the burgeoning electric vehicle revolution. The perfect battery recipe baked up in the lab, however, has little use if it is too complex or expensive for the giga-scale needs of an automotive sector that is replacing 1.4 billion internal combustion engine... Full story

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