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Articles from the June 29, 2022 edition

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  • Refined powders from recycled lithium-batteries from Redwood Materials.

    Toyota pairs with Redwood for EV batteries

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

    As part of its commitment to reduce its environmental footprint and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Toyota Motor North America is collaborating with Redwood Materials Inc. to create a sustainable, closed-loop battery ecosystem for its electrified powertrains. Toward this goal, Toyota and Redwood will explore a series of end-of-life battery solutions for Toyota's proposed battery ecosystem. The mission focuses not only on the collection, testing, and recycling of batteries...

  • SPEE3D's WarpSPEE3D metal 3D printer is the size of a small car.

    SPEE3D printers introduce Phaser nozzle

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    SPEE3D's cold spray metal 3D printers can easily be considered one of the fastest printers in the world, deploying full-density, solid metal parts in minutes. Now, with the release of its Phaser nozzle, there is no competition when it comes to rapid printing of harder metals. Using a principle similar to creating a water jet stream that can slice through diamond, SPEE3D printers spray out powder through a nozzle and the immense pressure and friction forms the final product.... Full story

  • A simplified infograph showing the premise of a circular economy.

    Rethinking green energy circular economy

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

    Upon completion of an exhaustive review of the circular economy for solar and battery technologies, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that alternatives to recycling – reducing the use of virgin materials in manufacturing, reusing for new applications, and extending product life spans – may offer untapped potential to build an effective circular economy for renewable energy. As demand for photovoltaic (PV) panels and lit...

  • Bottles of erbium, neodymium, and cerium REE oxides produced in Saskatchewan.

    Saskatchewan increases REE plant funding

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

    To further support its strategy to establish Saskatchewan as a major hub for North America's rare earth supply chain, the provincial government is investing an additional C$20 million (US$15.5 million) into the rare earth processing facility that Saskatchewan Research Council is developing near Saskatoon. In the fall of 2020, the Saskatchewan government invested an initial C$31 million (US$24 million) for SRC to build the first facility in North America capable of upgrading...

  • Trail CCUS pilot plant will tie into the refinery’s No. 2 sulfuric acid plant.

    Teck to capture CO2 at Trail Operations

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

    As part of the goal to reduce the carbon intensity of its operations 33% by 2030 and reach net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, Teck Resources Ltd. is carrying out a carbon capture utilization and storage pilot project at its Trail Operations metallurgical complex. Located in southern British Columbia, Trail is a zinc and lead smelting and refining complex that also recovers precious metals such as silver and gold, as well as critical metals germanium, indium, and...

  • Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares presentation at the Dare Forward 2030 conference.

    Stellantis invests in Zero Carbon Lithium

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

    To further secure supplies of sustainably produced lithium for the batteries powering the electric vehicles manufactured by Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Maserati, Opel, Peugeot, and its other European brands, Stellantis has expanded and extended its partnership with Vulcan Energy Resources Ltd., which is advancing the Zero Carbon Lithium project in Germany's Rhine River Valley. To produce the zero-carbon lithium promised by the project's name, Vulcan will draw lithium-enriched...

  • Drill tests for lithium at American Lithium’s TLC project in Clayton Valley.

    Lithium Oversupply? Hold Your Horses

    Simon Clarke|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    As the price of lithium has skyrocketed over the last 18 months, the demand for lithium-ion batteries is more intense than ever. Battery makers, including Panasonic, LG Chem and CATL, have to budget for the rising cost of lithium, a metal that's crucial to the batteries that go into electric cars, as they expand their production over the coming years. With every bull market, however, there are bear prognosticators who bet on the price of lithium to decline with the market... Full story

  • Electra Battery Materials’ cobalt refinery in Ontario.

    Electra considers Quebec cobalt refinery

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

    As it advances the development of a lithium-ion battery materials park centered on its cobalt refinery in Ontario, Electra Battery Materials Corp. is considering the potential of building a second similar facility in a battery materials park being developed near the town of Becancour in the neighboring province of Quebec. "Given a forecasted deficit in domestic cobalt sulfate production by 2025, we have received significant interest from industry and government stakeholders...

  • A 3D image of the hexagonal pattern of the 2D wonder material, graphene.

    HydroGraph opens Kansas graphene plant

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

    HydroGraph Clean Power Inc., a commercial manufacturer of high-quality nanomaterials and alternative-energy fuels, reported June 23 the opening of a 13,000-square-foot manufacturing facility for graphene and other products in Manhattan, Kansas. Using its patented Hyperion detonation process, the company intends to produce high-quality graphene in what it describes as a low-cost and environmentally friendly manner due to low energy consumption and the absence of emissions.... Full story