The Elements of Innovation Discovered

Articles from the June 1, 2022 edition


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  • X-MAT CEO Bill Easter holding prototypes of X-BATT single layer pouch batteries.

    X-BATT granted battery recycling patent

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    X-MAT, the advanced materials division of Semplastics, recently announced it has been granted a United States patent for its electrode fabrication technology, which dramatically increases the storage capacity of graphite recovered from recycled batteries. "What we are doing with recycled electric vehicle batteries is unique and revolutionary and the patent proves it," said Semplastics CEO Bill Easter. The patent covers several important technologies that incorporate recycled... Full story

  • A picture of the crystal structure of the carbon wonder material graphyne.

    Scientists successfully synthesize graphyne

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Though scientists have tried with limited success for more than a decade to synthesize a new form of carbon called "graphyne," a team of researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has finally succeeded in creating the material in bulk. Graphyne has long interested the scientific community because of its similarities to graphene, another form of carbon highly valued by industry. Yet despite decades of work and theorizing, only a few fragments of graphyne have ever been... Full story

  • Vehicle frame manufacturing at Volvo’s Luqiao plant in China.

    Volvo signs SteelZero for net-zero goals

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

    Volvo Cars has become the first carmaker to sign up with the SteelZero initiative, a net-zero steel pledge, which commits the European automaker to stringent carbon dioxide-based steel sourcing requirements by 2030, with the final goal of purchasing all its steel from fossil-fuel-free sources by 2050. Steel production is a major source of CO2 emission for the automotive industry, averaging 33% of all production-related emissions for a new Volvo car in 2021. Globally, steel...

  • A cutting-edge Samsung SDI PRiMX (prime battery for maximum experience) battery.

    Stellantis, Samsung to build gigafactory

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Global automaker Stellantis and battery manufacturer Samsung SDI have forged a partnership that will invest US$2.5 billion to establish an electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility in Kokomo, Indiana. "It's another incredibly exciting day to be back in Kokomo celebrating such a transformational investment from Stellantis and our new partners at Samsung," said Gov. Eric Holcomb. "Today's announcement is another step toward positioning Indiana as a leader in the future of...

  • Silicon, the atomic number 14, is found below carbon on the periodic table.

    Korea backs NEO Battery Materials plant

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

    In a major step toward achieving its mission to help accelerate the mass adoption of electric vehicles by providing an alternative to the graphite anode materials typically used in the lithium-ion batteries that power them, NEO Battery Materials Ltd. plans to invest US$20 million (C$25 million) to build and expand a silicon anode plant in the province of Gyeonggi, South Korea. As an anode material, silicon has demonstrated the potential to have up to 10 times more storage... Full story

  • Tube filled with reactive tailings material being injected with CO2 exhaust.

    FPX Nickel looks beyond net-zero carbon

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

    Recent lab tests carried out by researchers from the University of British Columbia indicate that a nickel mine at FPX Nickel Corp.'s Baptiste project in central British Columbia could absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than the CO2 that would be emitted to dig up and extract this critical ingredient of the lithium-ion batteries going into electric vehicles, home electronics, cordless power tools, and growing list of battery-powered devices. A road-accessible...