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Articles from the June 15, 2022 edition

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  • A zoomed in photo of a loudspeaker.

    UK SCREAMs for recycled REE magnets

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

    Researchers from the Birmingham Energy Institute, along with several partners, are supporting a new grant-funded project to recycle rare earth magnets from electronic waste, electric motors, and wind turbines for the United Kingdom's critical minerals supply chain. Secure Critical Rare Earth Magnets for UK, or SCREAM, is a 3.4-million-pound (US$4.1 million) UK Research and Innovation funded project that will establish a recycled source of rare earth magnets in the UK to... Full story

  • The Quantum Brilliance processor installed at Pawsey Centre in Australia.

    Diamonds shimmer in quantum computers

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

    It seems that cutting-edge computer technology, like truth, is stranger than fiction. In this strange new world of computational science, diamonds push past the reasonable and into the incomprehensible realm of quantum computing. Such a diamond-based quantum computer developed by German-Australian startup Quantum Brilliance can run at room temperature, allowing it to work in tandem with conventional supercomputers at the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre in Australia....

  • A geoscientist tests for CO2 that could indicate hidden mineralization in BC.

    Brewing up new mineral exploration tech

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

    A small, made-in-British-Columbia device that uses sensors typically found in breweries and greenhouses has proven to be useful in the exploration of critical minerals. A new report from Geoscience BC shows that this device can indicate the presence of geological faults and sulfide mineralization through real-time measurements of the concentrations of oxygen and carbon dioxide in soil. This ability to sniff out CO2 in the soil can help geologists identify potential mineral...

  • Scientist observes battery cathode material produced with Nano One technology.

    Nano One's battery cathode Instant Pot

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

    Global mining and metals company Rio Tinto has entered into a strategic partnership that includes a roughly US$10 million (C$12.5 million) investment in Nano One Materials Corp., a British Columbia-based company that has developed a technology equivalent to the "Instant Pot" of lithium battery cathode materials. While there has been a lot of buzz about the hundreds of factories being constructed around the globe to manufacture the lithium batteries needed for the electric...

  • Piles of rare earth element oxides with many high-tech and industrial purposes.

    It's OK, USA Rare Earth plant coming soon

    Shane Lasley, Mining News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    The rare earth magnets that help wind turbines transform a breeze into low-carbon electricity and then convert that energy to horsepower in the motors of electric vehicles will soon be made in Oklahoma. On June 9, USA Rare Earth LLC announced it bought a 309,0000-square-foot building in Stillwater, an Oklahoma city that boasts a growing high-tech economy, to house its rare earth elements processing and magnets plant. "Oklahoma has long been on the cutting edge of energy... Full story

  • Smartphone and computer screen showing Lynas Rare Earths’ locations.

    Lynas Rare Earths lands $120M DoD deal

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

    The United States Department of Defense is investing US$120 million to fund a heavy rare earths separation facility to be owned and operated by Lynas USA LLC, a subsidiary of Australia-based Lynas Rare Earths Ltd. This facility is to be built alongside a light rare earths separation facility that is being co-funded by the Pentagon and Lynas. "The U.S. Government's selection of Lynas for this strategic contract reflects our proven track record in Rare Earths production," said...

  • Cambridge University's artificial leaf inside of a clear water pipe.

    Solar fuel made from artificial leaves

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

    Researchers at the University of Cambridge, with academics at Imperial College London, have developed a bismuth leaf that may one day be able to produce clean hydrogen from water and sunlight, overcoming some of the basic challenges of producing this emerging green energy fuel. Hydrogen fuel is expected to play a critical role in the transition to decarbonization and in reaching many countries' goals of net-zero emissions. With most hydrogen currently supplied from fossil... Full story