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Articles from the July 28, 2021 edition

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  • Mercedez Benz Daimler AG Rio Tinto Jadar Serbia jadarite lithium-ion battery

    Rio Tinto commits $2.4B for lithium mine

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

    With the goal of producing 58,000 metric tons of the lithium carbonate needed for the batteries powering electric vehicles and storing renewable energy each year, global miner Rio Tinto has committed US$2.4 billion to the development of Jadar in Serbia, one of the world's largest greenfield lithium projects. "Serbia and Rio Tinto will be well-positioned to capture the opportunity offered by rising demand for lithium, driven by the global energy transition and the project will...

  • UC Berkeley Lawrence National Laboratory 2D magnet spintronics quantum physics

    First 2D magnet developed at UC Berkeley

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

    Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California Berkeley announced the development of a two-dimensional cobalt-doped zinc oxide magnet that operates at room temperature and could lead to new applications in computing, electronics, and new tools for the study of quantum physics. The ultrathin magnet, recently reported in the journal "Nature Communications," could make significant advances in next-generation...

  • Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions Automine Concept autonomous underground

    Secret Sandvik Automine loader unveiled

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

    In the depths of its test mine and lab in Tampere, Finland, Sandvik has secretly been carrying out underground tests on a cabinless, electrified, and automated concept loader that showcases the Swedish company's vision for the future of mining equipment. Clandestinely developed in a facility dubbed Area 52, this concept loader is equipped with Sandvik's Automine, an automation solution that allows the cutting-edge mining machine to navigate through the rough and changing... Full story

  • First Cobalt Ontario Canada black mass electric vehicle battery metal recycle

    Battery recycling at First Cobalt refinery

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

    Furthering its vision of developing an integrated lithium-ion battery park centered on its refinery in Ontario, Canada, First Cobalt Corp. reports that it has successfully extracted nickel, cobalt, copper, manganese, lithium, and graphite from a "black mass" product recovered from recycled batteries. In the lithium-ion battery recycling process, black mass is a powdery material that is produced by crushing or shredding the electrodes after the casing and other ancillary parts...

  • General Fusion Canadian Nuclear Laboratories nuclear energy tritium deuterium

    Canada nuclear project with General Fusion

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

    Canada-based nuclear energy producer, General Fusion Inc., July 27 announced a partnership with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories to advance fusion reactor technology through the use of tritium extraction techniques in commercial power plants in a novel fusion power concept reactor. Using the conventional fusion process, General Fusion will develop a nonconventional reactor that is a practical and economical approach to power through magnetized target fusion (MTF) – a fusion p...

  • Tesla nickel CEO Elon Musk BHP Group Australia battery metal lithium-ion

    Tesla, BHP strike revolutionary nickel deal

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 3, 2021

    Answering Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk's call for new supplies of nickel that are mined "efficiently and in an environmentally sensitive way," Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP Group has struck a deal to supply the electric automaker with this fundamental lithium-ion battery ingredient from its Nickel West operation in Western Australia. "We are delighted to sign this agreement with Tesla Inc., and to collaborate with them on ways to make the battery supply chain more sustainable... Full story

  • gallium solar panel patent expiration Australia University New South Wales

    Gallium solar panels can finally progress

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 27, 2021

    Coming from a country where more than two million rooftops have solar panels, the Australian University of New South Wales has been exploring methods to reduce costs to the already cheapest form of electricity generation, and gallium may have given the answer to one of the solar panel's largest drawbacks. The sun degrades conventional boron-filled silicon. As one of the most commonly used materials in creating solar panels, direct sunlight on boron silicon reduces its quality... Full story