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  • A chunk of graphite found at Quebec deposits for lithium-ion batteries.

    Quebec graphite companies join forces

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

    In a landmark deal that is expected to further solidify Quebec as a major North American hub for the enormous quantities of graphite needed for the lithium-ion batteries powering the electric vehicle revolution, Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. has agreed to invest in advancing Mason Graphite Inc.'s Lac Guéret graphite project toward development. Under an option and joint venture agreement announced on May 16, Nouveau Monde will invest up to C$5 million into the equity of Mason... Full story

  • A precision laser to be used in potential nuclear fusion of hydrogen-boron.

    Australia invests in laser fusion industry

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

    As Australia's first laser fusion energy company, HB11 Energy has been awarded A$22 million (US$15.5) to develop next-generation high-power lasers needed to create a multi-billion-dollar nuclear energy industry in the land down under. This forms a part of the A$50 million (US$35.1 million) Trailblazer grant awarded to the universities of Adelaide and New South Wales under the "Defence Trailblazer for Concept to Sovereign Capability" bid. It comprises A$6 million (US$4.2...

  • Astrobotic's Peregrine lunar lander in upcoming space missions.

    Preparations for foothold in final frontier

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

    Aiming to kick off the Artemis era later this year, NASA is preparing for the first launch of its Space Launch System (SLS) mega-rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft, which will fly without any crew around the Moon and back on a trip lasting between 26 and 42 days. NASA hopes this Artemis 1 mission will be a steppingstone to its next giant goal, landing astronauts at the lunar south pole by the end of 2025. On the morning of March 17, the world's largest set of doors rolled...

  • Men install First Solar CdTe thin-film photovoltaic panels.

    Critical solar metal now produced in US

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

    As part of a wider initiative to recover critical minerals as byproducts at its current mining operations, Rio Tinto is now producing the tellurium used in thin-film photovoltaic solar panels at its Kennecott copper operation in Utah. "We are proud to deliver a new domestic supply of tellurium to support the manufacturing of solar panels and other critical equipment here in the United States," said Rio Tinto Copper Chief Operating Officer Clayton Walker. This key ingredient...

  • Manganese, 25th element on the periodic table, is used in alloys and batteries.

    Manganese X preps for Battery Hill pilot

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Manganese X Energy Corp. is rapidly advancing plans to become a North American producer of manganese, an oft-overlooked metal critical to lithium-ion batteries. The company recently published a preliminary economic assessment that outlines a financially robust mine at its Battery Hill project in New Brunswick that would produce an average of 68,000 metric tons of battery-grade, high-purity manganese sulphate sulfate monohydrate (HPMSM) annually for 47 years. This long-lived...

  • A pile of black mass before being processed into battery-grade materials.

    AMY NMC-811 cathode material gets tested

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

    American Manganese reports that it has delivered NMC-811 (nickel-manganese-cobalt) cathode precursor material samples produced with its RecycLiCo technology to third-party collaborators in North America, Europe, and Asia. "We are maintaining an active collaboration with players in the growing battery industry with our continuous lab-scale research, while we work in parallel to prepare our demonstration plant for scaled-up and continuous operations," said American Manganese...

  • A woman retrieving binoculars scanned using a Lumafield Neptune CT scanner.

    CT scans make 3D printing parts easier

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

    To address the supply chain challenges that have plagued manufacturers since the onset of the COVID pandemic, Desktop Metal and Lumafield have joined forces to offer an easy system to scan and 3D print plastic or metal parts on demand. As a global leader in additive manufacturing technologies for mass production, Desktop Metal hopes to use Lumafield's industrial X-ray computed tomography (CT) platform to scan and 3D print parts and tools quickly and accurately without the... Full story