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  • Tow geologist inspect a tray of core from drilling a graphite deposit.

    Residents fear graphite going to Pentagon

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Canadian locals leery of U.S. military investment in Lomiko Metals graphite project in Quebec. Initially, when Lomiko Metals Inc., a mining company based in Surrey, British Columbia announced plans to build a graphite mine in Quebec's Laurentides region, there were fears regarding potential environmental harm, especially to nearby lakes, but objections increased after locals found out the Pentagon was also involved in the project. In May, Lomiko Metals received a grant of...

  • Closeup of the north polar region of the Moon.

    Natural graphene discovered on the Moon

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Carbon nanomaterial identified in lunar soil samples brought back by China's Chang'e-5 mission could shape future and rewrite history. Graphene is a 2D carbon material that is 200 times stronger than steel, lighter than paper, and boasts extraordinary mechanical and electrical properties. So, having this phenomenal nanomaterial naturally occurring on the Moon's surface could be an extremely valuable resource for future lunar bases that serve as a launching point for...

  • Researchers holding experimental carbon fiber battery cells.

    Carbon fiber batteries: form and function

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Tech startup pioneers carbon fiber batteries that can store energy in the body of EVs or aircraft. At the forefront of cutting-edge technology, Sinonus, a spinout from Chalmers Technical University and part of Chalmers Ventures' portfolio, is revolutionizing industries with its breakthrough in carbon fiber technology – energy storage. Well-known for its exceptional strength and light weight, carbon fiber has been used in many products, such as aircraft components, h...

  • Recycling symbol showing steel industry images.

    SGS advises U.S. on critical minerals

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Leading testing and certification company speaks with officials in support of critical mineral processing and recycling projects. At the Building a Sustainable U.S. Battery Supply Chain meeting cohosted by the American Battery Materials Initiative at the White House earlier this month, David Anonychuk, Global Vice President, Metallurgy and Consulting at SGS and Niels Verbaan, SGS Director, Hydrometallurgy, were invited to speak to an assembly of U.S. officials and industry...

  • Man squats next to TitanSPEE3D arm and nozzle.

    SPEE3D revolutionizing heavy 3D printing

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Introduces TitanSPEE3D large format metal 3D printer; able to print up to 4,400 pounds. Joining the ranks of SPEE3D's innovative additive manufacturing lineup, the company will soon unveil TitanSPEE3D, a large-format metal 3D printer engineered to produce heavy, high-quality metal parts quickly and cost-effectively. The rapid and highly effective additive manufacturing capabilities of Australia-based SPEE3D's metal 3D printing technology has grabbed the attention of...

  • Piles of grey, yellow, white, and black rare earth oxide powders.

    Canada Rare Earths' agreement with DRC

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Enhancing the North American supply chain with DRC artisanal mining cooperatives promoting responsible sourcing. Canada Rare Earth Corp. announced a pivotal supply agreement with Congolese state-owned mining company SAKIMA SA, via its subsidiary Simba Essential Minerals, establishing rare earth mining operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Executives from both companies have expressed strong commitment to responsible mining practices. The agreement is one step...

  • A large six-rotor drone hovering over a field.

    Tellurium devices to extend drone flights

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    PyroDelta is developing a tellurium-based thermoelectric generator that could transform prop downwash into longer drone range. Can tellurium-based thermoelectric generators provide extra lift to drones? First Tellurium believes they can and a company it created to advance research and development of thermoelectric devices for clean energy generation is developing a prototype specifically for drone applications. Thermoelectric generators transform the differences in temperature...

  • A Tesla 4680 lithium-ion battery cell against a backdrop of swirled colors.

    Tesla stockholders reject sea moratorium

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 25, 2024

    Auto manufacturers take sides on the question facing the industry – are deep sea resources necessary to compete in the global EV race? A proposal to limit the use of minerals pulled from the seabed has been making its rounds in boardrooms from Tesla to GM, asking big names in the electric vehicle game to commit to a moratorium on minerals sourced from the deep sea. It lost in a landslide, with 78% of Tesla shareholders voting against the proposal and 6% in favor. While c...

  • Female scientist examines small metal sample pulled from acid bath.

    Scientists develop bacteria-fighting alloy

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 24, 2024

    Georgia Tech researchers forge copper-infused, nanotextured stainless-steel material to stem rising tide of deadly infections. Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have created a stainless-steel alloy infused with copper to prevent bacterial infections caused by surface contamination. The new metal has potential to be used to create an effective, scalable, and sustainable solution to the growing threat of deadly antibiotic-resistant microbes adhering to surfaces in...