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  • China lithium Afghanistan rare earths Joe Biden IndexBox Beijing Taliban EV

    US exit leaves China $1T of Afghan metals

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

    The United States' withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan opened the door for China to swoop in and lay claim to the more than $1 trillion worth of lithium, rare earths, and other metals and gems estimated to lie below a landscape marked by more than 40 years of continuous war. Digging up the rich natural resources in Afghanistan will not be easy and it is not likely that China will consider the now Taliban-run country as a dependable source of critical minerals and metals in t...

  • sodium-ion battery graphene Chalmers University Sweden lithium-ion Janus

    Graphene boosts sodium-ion battery 10x

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

    Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have recently devised a method of using a novel form of the wonder material graphene in sodium-ion batteries, increasing their sustainability and capability, tenfold. Much like today's lithium-ion, sodium-ion batteries function by generating power by shuttling ions between a pair of electrodes in a liquid electrolyte, yet their performance has always left something to be desired. Part of their limitation is due to...

  • perfect graphene Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials graphene

    Korean lab develops near-perfect graphene

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

    A team at the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials within the Institute for Basic Science in South Korea, including students at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, have achieved growth and characterization of large area, single-crystal graphene that has no wrinkles, folds or absorption layers. This could be said to be the most perfect graphene that has been grown and characterized, to date. "This pioneering breakthrough was due to many contributing...

  • HEVO DOE ORNL wireless EV charging license infrastructure polyphase coil

    EV charging will soon go wireless with HEVO

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

    U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has licensed its wireless charging technology – a technology that could one day enable electric vehicles to be charged as they are driven at highway speeds – to Brooklyn-based HEVO to continue development of this groundbreaking system. Founded in 2011, HEVO has long been in the process of seeking ways to eliminate global reliance on fossil fuels. Built upon the values inherent to its name – honest, empathy, value...

  • Saskatchewan Research Council REE rare earth elements SRC Alces Lake

    Saskatchewan rare earths plant on its way

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 7, 2021

    A year after the Saskatchewan government announced that it is investing C$31 million in a rare earths processing facility in the Canadian province, construction of this important segment in Canada's burgeoning REE supply chain is well underway. "Saskatchewan's new rare earth processing facility will be a catalyst to stimulate the resource sector in Saskatchewan and across Canada, providing the early-stage supply chain needed to generate cash-flow, investment and industrial... Full story

  • Round Top Texas Minerals Resources REE magnets EV Pennsylvania bipartisan bill

    US rare earth magnet sector seeks support

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 31, 2021

    The National Mining Association and a group of 16 companies working to establish a complete rare earths mines-to-magnets supply chain in the United States are urging Congress to approve legislation that would provide tax incentives for the domestic manufacturing of REE magnets. Earlier this month, Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-California) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pennsylvania) introduced HR 5033, a bipartisan bill to help stimulate domestic production of rare earth magnets as part... Full story