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  • Various metal 3D printed objects using UMass high-entropy alloy.

    Exciting new 3D printing alloy discovery

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

    Strong and flexible, HEA offers the ideal additive manufacturing combination Scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Georgia Institute of Technology have 3D printed a dual-phase, nanostructured, high-entropy alloy that exceeds the strength and ductility of other state-of-the-art additive manufactured materials and could be a game-changer for 3D printing. Led by assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering Wen Chen at UMass, and Ting...

  • Biden under “A Future Made in America” banner at GM’s Factory Zero.

    DOE seeks input on US critical materials

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

    Recognizing the meteoric rise in demand for minerals and metals critical to electric vehicles, renewable energy, and the American economy at large, the U.S. Department of Energy is requesting public input on the development and implementation of a $675 million critical materials research, development, demonstration, and commercialization program. Funded by the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this program is being established to address vulnerabilities in the... Full story

  • Row of installed First Solar thin-film solar panels in field with flowers.

    DOE backs tellurium enriched solar tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 23, 2022

    Launches $20M consortium to boost American-made CdTe cells Increasing federal backing of American-made thin-film solar technologies is likely to increase the demand for tellurium, a key ingredient of cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cells. Tellurium is a metalloid, one of seven elements with properties that fall between metals like aluminum and tin and non-metals like carbon and phosphorus. These semimetals, which also include silicon and germanium, have natural semiconductive...

  • A row of solar panels with wind turbines in the backround.

    America leads global campaign to fight climate change with landmark legislation

    Ron MacDonald|Updated Aug 23, 2022

    The $469 billion energy and climate spending agreement struck between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Joe Manchin (D-WV), if successful in getting passed in Congress, will be the biggest legislative win for the clean energy movement since the Clean Air Act and represents the single largest federal clean energy investment in U.S. history. This energy and climate agreement details that a $27 billion 'clean energy technology accelerator' will be created to ensure... Full story

  • A large Komatsu mining haul truck being tested at a site in Arizona.

    Mining sector races to net-zero by 2050

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 16, 2022

    CO2 reduction path for mines is difficult but not impossible Aligned with global climate goals agreed upon in international pacts such as the Paris Agreement, most of the major mining companies that will supply the raw materials required to build the low-carbon future have declared their own targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30 to 40% by 2030 and net-zero by 2050. How likely is it that this industrial sector known for its enormous diesel-powered digging and hauling... Full story

  • A factory smokestack puffing out billows of steam.

    DOE seeks input for clean energy projects

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 9, 2022

    The United States Department of Energy is seeking public input for a new $750 million Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program. Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the program is aimed at supporting small and medium-sized manufacturers to produce or recycle clean energy products or deploy cutting-edge greenhouse gas-reducing equipment at facilities in coal communities. Along with these investments, the program will expand the nation's clean energy...