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Articles from the April 20, 2022 edition

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  • Tesla lithium-ion battery and EV megafactory near Austin, Texas.

    A DOE boost for Vidalia graphite plant

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    To support American production of graphite active anode material, the single largest ingredient in most lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles, the U.S. Department of Energy's Loan Programs Office has allotted $107 million to fund the expansion of Syrah Resources Ltd.'s Vidalia graphite processing facility in Louisiana. With this and further expansions to follow, Vidalia is expected to produce enough natural graphite-based active anode material, also known as coated... Full story

  • Energy Fuels White Mesa rare earths, uranium and vanadium mill in Utah.

    A critical minerals week for Energy Fuels

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

    Over the course of one monumental week, Energy Fuels Inc. shipped a trifecta of mineral products critical to the production, storage, and use of low-carbon energy in the United States from its White Mesa Mill in southern Utah. "This week, our vision of Energy Fuels as 'America's Critical Mineral and Clean Energy Hub' tangibly advanced, as our White Mesa Mill in Utah sent three shipments of advanced materials containing a total of fifteen critical elements," said Energy Fuels...

  • University of Wisconsin student with electron beam powder imaging equipment.

    Scientists see inside metal printing process

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

    Combining special, high-energy X-rays with thermal imaging and visible light, engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are looking inside 3D metal prints made with electron beam powder bed fusion to better understand, and eventually refine, this promising new metal 3D printing method. With a technology as limitless as 3D printing, it is only a matter of time before the impossible becomes possible. Building geometrically complex or one-of-a-kind designs, artificial...

  • 2D quantum material perfectly made in lab

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

    In a discovery that could speed research into next-generation electronics and light-emitting diode devices, a University of Michigan research team has developed the first reliable, scalable method for growing single layers of hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) on graphene. Known as molecular-beam epitaxy – a process widely used in the manufacture of semiconductor devices, including transistors, and considered one of the fundamental tools for the development of nanotechnologies. Thi...

  • First Solar Nevada Gold Mines Barrick Newmont cadmium-telluride thin-film PV

    American solar for largest gold complex

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

    Looking to lower the carbon footprint of the single largest gold-producing complex in the world, Nevada Gold Mines has turned to First Solar Inc. to provide enough cadmium-telluride thin-film photovoltaic solar modules to supply up to 17% of the energy needs of its Nevada gold mines. A joint venture between Barrick Gold Corp. and Newmont Corp., the world's two largest gold mining companies, Nevada Gold Mines produces approximately 3.5 million ounces of gold a year. Joining a...

  • Statevolt's proposed lithium-ion battery factory near California's Salton Sea.

    SoCal EV battery gigafactory unveiled

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

    Lars Carlstrom, who has already founded two companies building lithium-ion battery gigafactories in Europe, has launched a third enterprise that plans to build a 54-gigawatt-hour battery facility in Southern California that will be supplied with geothermal power and lithium from Controlled Thermal Resources' Hell's Kitchen project in Imperial Valley. Carlstrom is a pioneering industrialist in the automotive sector who founded Britishvolt, which is developing a 30 GWh battery g... Full story

  • MIT thermophotovoltaic heat engine to generate electricity.

    Heat to electricity with no moving parts

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 19, 2022

    Since its invention nearly 140 years ago, the modern steam turbine has represented the apex of efficiency when it comes to converting thermal energy into electricity. Now, engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and National Renewable Energy Laboratory have created a heat engine with no moving parts that exceeds the efficiency of the turbines used in today's coal, natural gas, and nuclear power plants. Reminiscent of the photovoltaic solar cells that convert... Full story