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Articles from the April 13, 2022 edition

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  • Glencore Electra Battery Materials Canada refinery plant cobalt black mass park

    Glencore to buy Electra recycled metals

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

    With mining giant Glencore AG agreeing to buy the nickel and cobalt recycled from spent lithium-ion batteries over the next two years, Electra Battery Materials Corp.'s vision of developing an eco-industrial park in Ontario that serves as a one-stop-shop for the materials needed for the batteries powering 1.5 million electric vehicles per year is one step closer to reality. The Electra Battery Materials Park is being developed around the company's cobalt refinery about 250...

  • Taiga Motors all-electric snowmobile ore snowmachine in Canada

    Motorsport electrification begins with Taiga

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

    Although the weather is warming as spring arrives to the Northern Hemisphere, fans of winter sports can look forward to the latest addition to electrification with Taiga Motors Inc. announcing the launch of a battery-electric snowmobile, a first for the company and world. Hoping to electrify snowmobiles since its inception in 2015, Canada-based Taiga has long been ahead of the curve and has been determined to transform motorsports with the adoption of electrification. Yet, it...

  • First Solar photovoltaic PV Origis Energy Silicon Ranch thin-film modules US

    First Solar doubles up module agreements

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

    In two back-to-back deals, First Solar Inc. has secured contracts for the installation of 4.75 gigawatts of responsibly produced thin-film photovoltaic solar modules. Origis Energy, one of America's largest solar and energy storage developers, placed an order for 750 megawatts of the cadmium telluride thin film photovoltaic modules produced by First Solar. "This 750 MW solar agreement builds on a long-term alliance between the First Solar and Origis teams," said Samir Verstyn,...

  • General Motors GM EV electric vehicles Ultium batteries battery Glencore cobalt

    GM secures Aussie cobalt for batteries

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

    In another deal to secure the raw materials it needs to produce enough Ultium batteries to power up to 1 million electric vehicles per year by 2025, General Motors struck a multi-year agreement to purchase cobalt from Glencore's Murrin Murrin operation in Western Australia. A rare and critical metal, cobalt plays an important role in improving the energy density and longevity of the lithium-ion batteries powering EVs. "Future facing commodities like cobalt play a pivotal role...

  • Tesla gigmine Elon Musk lithium prices Cyber Rodeo Texas EV electric vehicles

    Musk floats battery gigamine idea, again

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 26, 2022

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk has thus far focused the automaker's efforts on manufacturing electric vehicles and the lithium-ion batteries that power them. This could change as a shortage of the minerals and metals critical to lithium batteries threatens to slow production and drive up the costs of EVs. "Price of lithium has gone to insane levels!" Musk tweeted on April 8. "Tesla might actually have to get into the mining & refining directly at scale, unless costs improve." In a... Full story

  • Computer circuit board that may benefit from Berkeley's crystal transistors.

    Berkeley creates energy saving crystals

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

    In a breakthrough that could lower the energy needs for computing, University of California, Berkeley engineers have created zirconium-hafnium crystal structures that could make anything that uses advanced transistors more energy efficient. "We have been able to show that our gate-oxide technology is better than available transistors: What the trillion-dollar semiconductor industry can do today – we can essentially beat them," said study senior author Sayeef Salahuddin, a dist... Full story