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Articles from the April 14, 2021 edition

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  • Rio Tinto Boron mine Borax lithium battery extraction process critical minerals

    Rio Tinto recovering lithium from Boron

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

    Recovering scandium from its iron-titanium mine in Quebec, tellurium from the Kennecott copper mine in Utah, and now lithium from its Boron mine in California, Rio Tinto is leveraging its operations to produce the critical metals needed for 3D printing, solar energy, and lithium batteries. On April 7, the global miner announced that it has begun producing battery-grade lithium from waste rock at its Boron mine site at the western edge of the Mojave Desert. The mine is...

  • University of Adelaide HiTeMP Forum Gus Nathan zero-emissions low-carbon green

    Australia tackles heavy industry carbon

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

    University of Adelaide's Centre for Energy Technology just announced potential pathways to divert the production of heavy industry emissions through the use of green energy methods instead of fossil fuels. Through the High Temperature Minerals Processing (HiTeMP) Outlook #2 Report, published by Adelaide following the second HiTeMP Forum, a world-leading think tank, international specialists from industry, research, government, and community have charted a path for the heavy...

  • Nouveau Monde Graphite battery anode carbon-neutral Canada Matawinie

    Nouveau maps carbon neutral forever plan

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

    Toward its mission to "produce the greenest advanced graphite materials with a carbon-neutral footprint for a sustainable world," Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc., has laid out a plan that not only charts a path to a carbon-neutral future but also aims to offset all corporate emissions since the company was formed in 2012. "Nouveau Monde has committed to a zero-harm approach to producing advanced battery materials for decades to come. Carbon neutrality is an important part of this...

  • University of Nevada Energy Resource Governance Initiative ERM school delegates

    Nevada school tackles responsible mining

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

    Facing the worldwide growing demand for vital technology minerals and metals, a new Energy Resource Governance Initiative academy program has been established at the University of Nevada, Reno. With Nevada recently titled as the top mining destination in the world by the Fraser Institute's Annual Survey of Mining Companies, this is a prime location for such a facility. "The new paradigm shift from fossil-fuel based energy to renewables and electric batteries has created a... Full story

  • General Motors Chevrolet Silverado Hummer EV electric vehicles Everybody In

    GM excited with new factory and truck

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

    Continuing its shift toward electric mobility, General Motors has unveiled a new Chevrolet Silverado that has been rebooted as the company's first all-electric pickup. To be built at GM's new Factory ZERO assembly plant in Michigan, the Chevrolet e-Silverado has been designed from the ground up to be a full-size electric pickup, harnessing the fullest potential of GM's Ultium platform and the proven capability of Chevy's flagship truck. According to GM, the electric Silverado...

  • Solar energy panels sunset group 5 elements copper reduction CuRe

    Group 5 metals improve First Solar panels

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

    First Solar Inc. is leveraging the power of Group 5 elements to nearly eliminate the degradation of its newest generation of photovoltaic solar panels. Group 5 refers to vanadium, niobium, tantalum, and dubnium that are in the fifth vertical row from the right on the periodic table. Only the first three are naturally occurring refractory metals – dubnium has been produced in laboratories but has only a short half-life. Scientists at First Solar's labs in Silicon Valley and Ohi...

  • ZEN Graphene Trebor Rx Health Canada Nucro-Technics ZENGuard PPE COVID-19

    ZEN, Trebor answer Health Canada request

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

    ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. and Trebor Rx Corp. have submitted additional information requested by Health Canada in regard to a recent precautionary recall of face masks treated with graphene. Earlier this month, Health Canada issued an advisory warning that inhaling graphene particles from treated face masks may pose health risks. Trebor is a Canada-based company that is producing masks treated with an antimicrobial graphene compound developed by ZEN that has been proven in...

  • NASA JPL-Caltech Mars rover Perseverance space mining robotics geologist

    Perseverance is a well equipped geologist

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

    The long-term exploration and colonization of Mars will not be able to rely on the expense of rocketing goods beyond the gravitational pull of Earth and then another 171 million miles to the Red Planet. Instead, the mining of ice and other minerals for fuel, water and building materials from local resources will need to be carried out by Martian robots and humans. So, it is no wonder that NASA's first three Mars rovers are basically robotic geologists exploring the Martian... Full story