The Elements of Innovation Discovered

Articles from the July 13, 2022 edition


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  • Lab tech connects wires on a Zinc8 zinc-air battery.

    NY Sen. Schumer calls Zinc8 with an offer

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Seeing a win-win-win situation that revitalizes an old Superfund site, creates jobs for New Yorkers, and supercharges a cutting-edge renewable energy storage technology, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, picked up the phone and called Zinc8 Energy Solutions CEO Ron MacDonald to urge the energy-storage technology company to manufacture zinc-air batteries in his home state. During this pivotal call to MacDonald, Sen. Schumer touted the cleaned up and refurbished... Full story

  • Rendering of NMG’s future Matawinie graphite mine in Quebec.

    A feasible Nouveau Monde Graphite plan

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    It is going to require enormous quantities of graphite for the lithium batteries powering the electric vehicle revolution, and Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. has taken another step toward feeding North American EV supply chains with this critical battery anode material. On July 6, the Canadian battery materials company unveiled the results of a feasibility study that demonstrates strong economics for its plan to build a graphite mine and a coated spherical graphite anode... Full story

  • A 3D rendering showing Cooper pairs with offset rows of graphene.

    Physics' newest twisted graphene family

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 19, 2022

    Just when you would think graphene could not possibly be more amazing than it already is, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology prove that to be furthest from the truth, discovering that if two or more graphene layers are stacked at an offset angle, the conductive properties of graphene become superconductive. Initially discovered in 2018, the MIT researchers recently published a new finding in Nature Materials that if you just keep stacking graphene with a...

  • Closeup of the columns at the RapidSX demo plant in Ontario.

    Ucore accelerates RapidSX development

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 19, 2022

    Following the positive results from an independent technical review received early this year, Ucore Rare Metals Inc. has decided to expand the rare earths separation capacity of its RapidSX demonstration plant to include stages that will produce the rare earths for the powerful magnets that go into electric vehicle motors, wind turbines, computer hard drives, and a long list of other modern devices. Developed by Innovation Metals Corp., a subsidiary of Ucore, RapidSX is...

  • Komatsu mining truck that can run on multiple low-carbon power sources.

    Cummins zero emission for Komatsu trucks

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 19, 2022

    To further delve into the development of zero-emissions mining haul trucks, Komatsu is teaming up with Cummins, a global power leader best known for its diesel engines. Building on a longtime partnership of Cummins diesel engines powering a wide variety of Komatsu mining and construction equipment, the companies are now collaborating on zero-emissions power technologies, including hydrogen fuel cell solutions for large mining haul trucks. "Cummins has been a long-term partner...

  • An old VW minivan parked inside a tunnel of a Redwood tree.

    VW plants seed for Redwood EV recycling

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 19, 2022

    Redwood Materials Inc. has partnered with yet another auto giant, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., to create a new circular supply chain for recycled Volkswagen and Audi electric vehicle batteries in the United States. After announcing a partnership with Toyota Motor North America in late June, it was not long before Volkswagen – which has already been taking steps to prepare for its end-of-life EV batteries for some time now – sought the California battery recycler to loc...

  • A prototype lithium-sulfur battery inside a freezer at minus 40 degrees C and F.

    Hot or cold, Li-S batteries can take it

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

    Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed something many of the most extreme temperate locations in the world have long been waiting for, batteries that perform well in freezing cold and scorching hot weather while maintaining high capacity. Described in a paper published in "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences," UC San Diego researchers were able to accomplish the feat of weatherized batteries by developing an electrolyte that is not only...

  • The inside of Graphenea's new graphene oxide pilot plant.

    Graphene oxide on the way for EU markets

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

    Through a recent breakthrough in battery recycling, Graphmatech, Graphenea, and Northvolt have succeeded in up-cycling end-of-life electric vehicle batteries into graphene oxide at industrial pilot scale, helping to hasten the transition to a green economy. "The upcycling of graphene oxide from recycling batteries represents a great development in our pursuit of a sustainable battery industry in Europe," said Emma Nehrenheim, chief environmental officer of Northvolt....