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Articles from the August 18, 2021 edition

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  • Italvolt American Manganese lithium-ion recycling RecycLiCo Italy Canada

    Canada supports RecycLiCo pilot in Italy

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

    American Manganese Inc.'s efforts to develop a cathode recycling facility alongside Italvolt's lithium-ion battery gigafactory in Italy is being bolstered by advisory services and funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program. Earlier this year, American Manganese announced it had entered into an agreement to collaborate on the development of a facility that will utilize American Manganese's patented RecycLiCo process to recycle...

  • Britishvolt Glencore UK cobalt batterymaker EV sector Europe giga-factory

    Britishvolt, Glencore forge partnership

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

    While ramping up construction of a lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility capable of producing enough cells each year to power 300,000 electric vehicles, Britishvolt has forged a strategic partnership with Glencore, the world's largest producer of the cobalt used in most electric vehicle batteries. "Cobalt is a key ingredient in electric vehicle batteries and knowing that we are being supplied with ethically produced, low-carbon cobalt is a signal to the market that we are...

  • University of Adelaide Australia Ali Pourmousavi Kani mining Assessment

    Experts help electrify Australian mining

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

    Experts from the University of Adelaide are leading a project focused on helping Australia's mining sector transition to more efficient and sustainable battery electric vehicles. "About 30-50% of the total mine site energy usage is related to diesel-powered mining vehicles," said Ali Pourmousavi Kani, a lecturer at University of Adelaide's School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. "This represents a significant proportion of current mining operational costs, and the...

  • Sandvik Nokia 5G underground mining VTT NGMining project research pilot

    Finnish 5G research collaboration kicks off

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

    Following last year's announcement of Nokia's 5G standalone private wireless networks, Nokia and early collaborator Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology have announced a partnership with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland to start a research project focusing on 5G-powered underground mining technology. Aptly called Next Generation Mining (NGMining), the partners say the new project will bring together industrial 5G private networks, edge computing, and artificial...

  • ExOne Maxxwell Motors EV electric vehicle 3D printing metal copper winding

    ExOne chosen to 3D print copper EV part

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

    Sand and metal 3D printing experts The ExOne Company Corp. announced Aug. 17 a collaboration with Maxxwell Motors to develop 3D printed copper windings for electric drive systems for electric vehicles. Founded in 2018, the Tennessee-based startup has been seeking a way to develop electric motors without the use of rare earth magnets. Optimized copper windings and rotors in electric motors are among the many factors that enable the automotive industry's transition to hybrid...

  • MIT scrap aluminum hydrogen fuel cells energy electrochemical indium gallium

    MIT develops game-changing H fuel process

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

    As the world aspires to move away from fossil fuels and minimize carbon emissions, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new method to generate clean hydrogen fuel using scrap aluminum and water. Hydrogen fuel cells function by combining hydrogen and oxygen in an electrochemical process to produce electrical energy and water. While an incredible source of energy, with the only byproduct being water vapor, the extraction of hydrogen is not...

  • Nanotech Energy graphene battery mass production non-flammable funding

    Graphene battery company raises $64M

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 31, 2021

    Graphene manufacturer and producer of graphene-based batteries Nanotech Energy Inc. reported Aug. 10 it had raised $64 million in funding to be used toward the development of a high-volume graphene manufacturing facility in Reno, Nevada, as well as a potential new headquarters in Amsterdam. Founded in 2015, Nanotech has been researching and developing scalable graphene production and graphene batteries for many years, holding one of the earliest patents for the 2D material... Full story

  • University of Pittsburgh rare earth element magnets Powdermet DOE EV REE

    A rare earth magnets alternative emerges

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 24, 2021

    Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering are working with Powdermet Inc., an Ohio-based nanomaterials and advanced materials research and development company, to develop manganese-bismuth-based materials as an alternative to rare earths in permanent magnets. The motors in most electric vehicles made today contain rare earth permanent magnets, which leverage the naturally occurring strong magnetic force offered by rare earths such as neodymium o... Full story

  • GoldSpot Discoveries acquisition CEO.CA Geotic AI artificial intelligence

    GoldSpot to acquire CEO.CA and Geotic

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 24, 2021

    Leading artificial intelligence company GoldSpot Discoveries Corp. announced Aug. 16 not one, but two planned acquisitions to bolster the rapidly growing firm, continuing its incredible pace to transform the mineral discovery process using advanced machine learning. Included in its acquisition spree, GoldSpot entered into a definitive agreement with Spiel Technologies Ltd. and Pacific Website Company Inc. to purchase CEO.CA Technologies Ltd. CEO.CA owns and operates a leading... Full story