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Articles from the June 2, 2021 edition

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  • Pennsylvania State University gold electrode semi-clear transparent solar cells

    Gold film may be key to clear solar cells

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

    With a little bit of gold, scientists at Pennsylvania State University have taken another step toward the vision of turning windows into transparent solar cells that generate electricity while still offering a view of the world outside. "Transparent solar cells could someday find a place on windows in homes and office buildings, generating electricity from sunlight that would otherwise be wasted," said Kai Wang, assistant research professor of materials science and... Full story

  • vanadium redox flow battery IDTechEx lithium-ion alternative energy DOE

    Flow batteries may rule grid-scale storage

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

    While lithium-ion batteries have a major head start when it comes to the storage of renewable electricity, European analysts predict that flow batteries may overtake the stationary power storage market within a decade, and investments by the Biden administration could help make these forecasts a reality. Vanadium redox flow batteries – variably called flow batteries or vanadium redox batteries – are the most common and technologically advanced of the flow batteries. Tak...

  • Alaska gold rush placer gold mining video game simulator xbox discovery channel

    Consoles get popular mining simulator

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

    Fans of farming, trucking, or aviation simulators may find some therapeutic gameplay in "Gold Rush: The Game" – or not, as the mining simulator also pits players from around the world in a competition to become Alaska's wealthiest gold miner. Developer Code Horizon, which released a PC version of the Alaska gold mining game in 2017, partnered with the Discovery Channel to bring to life for fans of the famous Gold Rush series a game allowing a whole new level of immersion, a... Full story

  • Canada Silver Cobalt Works EV batteries electric vehicles Re-2Ox recycling REE

    Junior seeks to recycle EV batteries

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Canada Silver Cobalt Works Inc. has developed an innovative extraction process designed to economically remove and recycle various minerals and metals from spent electric vehicle batteries. The junior mining company's Re-2Ox closed-loop process is designed to produce cobalt sulfate to industry specifications for reuse in new EV batteries. Canada Silver Cobalt recently hired SGS Canada to design and build a pilot plant in anticipation of bringing the benefits of its...

  • Giga Metals cobalt nickel lithium-ion batteries EV electric vehicles

    Potential CO2 neutral nickel mine in BC

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

    A mine that produced the nickel and cobalt needed for the lithium-ion batteries powering zero-emission electric vehicles and offering the added benefit of locking up carbon dioxide in rocks for geological time periods would be considered an optimum solution in the battle against global warming. Recent tests carried out at the University of British Columbia indicate the potential that Giga Metals Corp.'s Turnagain project in Northern BC could be one such greenhouse gas-absorbin...

  • REEtec Vital Metals REE rare earth elements Nechalacho Northwest Territories

    REEtec accepts Vital rare earths sample

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

    Norway-based REEtec has confirmed the quality of a rare earths sample produced from Vital Metals Ltd.'s Nechalacho project in Northwest Territories, which means Vital can finish the first phase of its power-of-partnerships strategy to deliver Canadian rare earths to market by the end of 2021. Under this partnership strategy, a Northwest Territories First Nation contractor is mining high-grade rare earths ore from a near-surface deposit at Nechalacho; Vitals' Canadian...

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    Epiroc purchases fast assay tech company

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

    Global mining equipment and technology supplier Epiroc is making another acquisition in its buying spree of mining tech companies, this time with an Australian mining and logging company and its cutting-edge assay service. Following the trend of purchases that include Meglab, a Canadian-based company that specializes in providing electrification infrastructure to mines, to MineRP, a decades-old software provider for digital mine integration, to collaborations such as those...