The Elements of Innovation Discovered

Articles from the May 19, 2021 edition

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  • solid-state batteries lithium-metal anode BLT-battery dendrite cathode

    Extra tomato stabilizes solid-state battery

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

    Adding an extra layer of tomato on a metaphoric BLT could be the solution to a decades-long problem that has prevented scientists from developing the solid-state lithium batteries that would significantly increase the range and lessen the charging time of electric vehicles. For roughly 40 years, researchers have tried to harness the potential of solid-state, lithium-metal batteries, which hold substantially more energy in the same volume and charge in a fraction of the time...

  • Hyundai Kia EV electric vehicle Ioniq 5 Aptiv Boston Dynamics José Muñoz

    Hyundai and Kia join EV bandwagon in US

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

    Hyundai Motor Group is backing its commitment to join the low-carbon transition with a $7.4 billion investment in the United States by 2025. With plans to expand electric vehicle production, enhance production facilities, and invest further in smart mobility solutions, the Korea-based carmaker is joining the electric movement with frightening momentum. "This investment demonstrates our deep commitment to the U.S. market, our dealers and customers," said Hyundai Motor North Ame...

  • EV electric vehicles critical minerals President Joe Biden China import

    $174 billion EV plan lacks critical minerals fix

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

    From $15 billion to bolster clean energy research to incentives aimed at encouraging Americans to buy electric vehicles, the Biden administration's proposed $174 billion investment in the United States EV industry is a once-in-a-generation strategy that is missing a key piece – a plan to secure the minerals needed to manufacture these vehicles and the batteries that go in them. In a new fact sheet that outlines its plan to supercharge U.S. transportation and manufacturing, t...

  • Caterpillar CAT BHP Rio Tinto Vale Austmine METS Charge On Innovation Challenge

    Seeking huge electric mine truck solutions

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

    As a part of their commitment to lowering carbon emissions, many global mining companies would like to transform their large haul trucks from diesel to electric. This transition, however, has one big hurdle – the time it takes to charge up these enormous earthmovers takes away from productivity or requires mining operations to buy more of these multi-million dollar electric trucks to do the same work as their diesel counterparts. To find solutions to this dilemma, three of t...

  • graphene cybersecurity Pennsylvania State University PUF cryptographic keys

    Graphene makes cybersecurity more secure

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

    In the world of cybersecurity, innovations that offer robust protection of private data from ill-intentioned people are becoming more crucial. Now, researchers at Pennsylvania State University have leveraged graphene's unique properties to design a way to make encryption harder to crack. Current silicon-based technologies exploit microscopic differences between computing components to create secure keys. However, artificial intelligence can predict these keys, thereby gaining... Full story

  • Ericsson Sigma Connectivity Mobilaris 5G IoT Industry 4.0 safety sensor device

    5G companion device for mining safety

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

    Ericsson, in partnership with Sigma Connectivity and Mobilaris, has presented the future of workforce safety with the revolutionary combination of 5G and cellular internet of things technology designed to watch your back and every other direction all at once. Leveraging Ericsson's latest cellular IoT design, Mobilaris has provided Industry 4.0 users with 5G-ready devices that monitor and deliver real-time positioning of people, vehicles, and moving assets within a mining opera...