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Articles from the June 14, 2023 edition

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  • DexMat CEO Bryan Hassin holds a roughly one-foot section of Galvorn cable.

    A low-carbon future built from thin air

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    Climate-tech firm Is locking up CO2 into a next-gen carbon material that outperforms energy-intensive building products. Texas-based climate-tech startup DexMat is transforming greenhouse gases into a carbon nanomaterial that is stronger than steel, lighter than aluminum, and as conductive as copper. Boasting many of the superlatives of its carbon cousin graphene, this new wonder material called Galvorn has the earmarks of a futuristic climate-saving building material that can...

  • The word recycle stamped in all capital letters on tarnished steel blocks.

    First recycled metals market launched

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 20, 2023

    In the next five years, the recycling industry is expected to repurpose an average of 400 million tons of scrap metal annually, growing at an unprecedented rate due to the spread of industrialization and concerns over environmental sustainability. Yet, the lack of a globally accepted and standardized authentication system has hampered the accuracy of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting and has made it challenging to support the value of high-quality...

  • Enormous rolls of stainless steel produced by ArcelorMittal.

    ArcelorMittal, GM recycled steel deal

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 20, 2023

    ArcelorMittal North America will supply General Motors with XCarb, a recycled and renewably produced (RRP) steel product that is taking the two industry giants a step closer to carbon neutrality. "This agreement provides another example of how we are innovating with our suppliers to reduce emissions throughout the supply chain," said Jeff Morrison, GM VP of global purchasing and supply chain. "It also highlights how strong supplier relationships can help build a better, more...

  • Dish filled with 99.99% pure nickel-cobalt sulfate recycled with RecycLiCo.

    RecycLiCo JV for Taiwan recycling plant

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 20, 2023

    Joining hands toward the stable supply of critical battery materials, RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc. announced it has entered into a 50-50 joint venture with Zenith Chemical Corp. to build a 2,000 metric ton per year lithium-ion battery recycling plant in Taiwan. Since 2016, RecycLiCo has facilitated up to 100% extraction of valuable battery materials from nickel-manganese-cobalt and now lithium-iron-phosphate cathode chemistries. As all these battery chemistries contain...

  • A shower of sparks arcs from molten steel being poured into an industrial vat.

    ExxonMobil and Nucor join CCS agreement

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 13, 2023

    ExxonMobil's latest carbon capture and storage (CCS) agreement is with one of North America's largest steel producers, Nucor Corp. North Carolina-based Nucor produces steel products that go into industrial and domestic goods such as automobiles, appliances, and heavy equipment. Steelmaking, however, is an energy-intensive endeavor that accounts for roughly 7% of global carbon dioxide emissions. Nucor has set in motion a multi-pronged strategy to reduce the carbon footprint of...

  • Closeup of a bundle of copper wire strands.

    US lawmakers: Copper is critical, period

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 13, 2023

    Arizona lawmaker defies USGS with bill that would elevate copper onto the list of minerals deemed critical to the US. Copper is critical – this is the message a group of Western lawmakers is sending to the U.S. Geological Survey with the Copper is Critical Act. This bill, which was introduced to the House by Congressman Juan Ciscomani, R-Ariz., on June 8, consists of one sentence that defines minerals critical to the United States as copper and whatever other minerals, e... Full story

  • Yellow recycling bin full of consumer electronics.

    DOE deploys funds for battery recycling

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 13, 2023

    Piggybacking off its initial Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize, the U.S. Department of Energy announced more than $192 million in new funding for recycling batteries from consumer products, launching an advanced battery research and development consortium. With electric vehicles and stationary energy storage projected to increase the lithium battery market by as much as ten-fold by 2030, DOE says it is essential to invest in sustainable and lower-cost recycling of consumer...