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Articles from the April 27, 2022 edition

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  • Musk Foundation $100 million XPRIZE carbon sequestration technologies.

    Carbon capture mining tech wins XPRIZE

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

    A mine that could suck billions of tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and turn it to stone while also producing the nickel, cobalt, and other metals needed for zero-emissions electric vehicles would be the ultimate prize for Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk. Carbin Minerals and Carbfix, two companies developing just that type of technology, have been awarded $1 million from XPRIZE, a global future-positive movement envisioned by Musk and supported by his foundation. XPRIZE... Full story

  • MP Materials’ future rare earths magnet and alloys plant in Texas.

    Texas rare earths magnet plant coming

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

    By the end of next year, the powerful rare earth magnets vital to efficiently transform motion into electricity in wind turbines and electricity into motion in electric vehicles are expected to be rolling off the assembly line at a new 200,000-square-foot facility that MP Materials Corp. is building in Fort Worth, Texas. During a ceremony that attracted Texas lawmakers, General Motors executives, and even a GMC Hummer EV that benefits from the type of rare earth magnets that... Full story

  • A huge pond of aluminum waste, also called red mud, can be recovered with IBRT.

    Rio Tinto further funds Geomega tech

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

    After receiving C$4 million in funding toward a pilot plant and feasibility study for the sustainable recovery of iron and critical minerals from aluminum waste, Geomega Resources Inc. has entered into a development agreement with partner Rio Tinto that provides C$1 million to complete proof-of-concept work being carried out by Geomega subsidiary Innord Inc. As the largest aluminum producer in North America, Rio Tinto has agreed to begin evaluating in parallel with Innord,...

  • Ferrocene is orange in its powdered form and has many technology uses.

    Ink printed solar cells may replace silicon

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

    Paper-thin and inexpensive solar cells printed from ink may one day replace the cumbersome traditional solar cells made from silicon thanks to a material created at Imperial College London called ferrocene. "Silicon cells are efficient but expensive, and we urgently need new solar energy devices to accelerate the transition to renewable energy," said Nicholas Long, a professor from the department of chemistry at Imperial College London and a co-lead author of a scientific...

  • A map detailing Bullion Gold Resources many mining claims in Quebec.

    GoldSpot returns to Abitibi for Bullion

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

    Mineral discovery with machine learning company GoldSpot Discoveries Corp. April 26 announced it has been engaged to apply its artificial intelligence and geoscience expertise at Bullion Gold Resources Corp.'s Bousquet project in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt of Quebec. "GoldSpot was founded doing work in the Abitibi Gold Belt, and we're always excited when we get to continue work in the region," said GoldSpot Discoveries CEO Vincent Dubé-Bourgeois. "The Bousquet project has...

  • Alabama Graphite refinery on the way

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

    Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Congressman Mike Rogers joined other state and local government officials and business leaders during the groundbreaking ceremony at the site of a $202 million processing facility being developed by Westwater Resources Inc. that will produce the high-quality graphite needed for the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles. Being built at Kellyton, which is about 50 miles north of Montgomery, this graphite refinery will transform Alabama into...

  • 3D printed turbine engine combustor made using NASA's new GRX-810 alloy.

    Sci-fi GRX-810 alloy created by NASA

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 26, 2022

    Dubbed GRX-810, a new metal alloy developed by NASA using a 3D printing process that dramatically improves the strength and durability of components and parts for aviation and space exploration – resulting in better and longer-lasting performance. Although it is currently unknown exactly what mix of metals goes into GRX-810, it is described as an oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloy – a metal that contains nanoscale oxide particles – that can endure temperatures over... Full story