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Articles from the September 14, 2022 edition

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  • Lithium-tellurium disc batteries are held with clamps during testing at UBC.

    Tellurium may be key to longer-range EVs

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 4, 2022

    Tellurium, a rare byproduct of mining copper and gold, may be the secret ingredient to longer-lasting lithium batteries that allow electric vehicles to travel more than twice as far on a single charge. With the support of industrial partner Fenix Advanced Materials, researchers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan are developing solid-state lithium-tellurium batteries that could deliver such advantages to EVs. Earlier this year, a UBC Okanagan research team...

  • A row of square S-band antenna (RF) patches created on a metal 3D printer.

    Metal 3D printing Fleet Space satellites

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 27, 2022

    Australian tech company brings satellite printing in-house Fleet Space Technologies has taken another large step on its path to leveraging the unique abilities of metal 3D printers to manufacture a constellation of 288 low-Earth-orbit satellites that can deliver secure planet-wide coverage for millions of industrial internet of things devices. This new phase for the Australian satellite technologies company is the installation of a new 3D Systems DMP Flex 350 metal 3D...

  • A high resolution picture of Mars, the Red Planet.

    3D printing with Mars dirt and titanium

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 27, 2022

    Washington State researchers add to out-of-this-world 3D printer materials Scientists from Washington State University have discovered that a small amount of simulated crushed Martian dirt mixed with a titanium alloy made for a stronger, high-performance material for 3D printing that could help build a future on the Red Planet. "In space, 3D printing is something that has to happen if we want to think of a manned mission because we really cannot carry everything from here,"...

  • Closeup of an aluminum bar stamped with ELYSIS.

    A Rio Tinto-Volvo net-zero partnership

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 20, 2022

    Rio Tino to supply low-carbon metals, Volvo offers low-emissions trucks Global mining giant Rio Tinto and European automaker Volvo Group have agreed to forge a partnership that will help both companies achieve their climate ambitions. "We look forward to partnering with Volvo to progress our contribution to a net-zero future, as we collaborate to deliver sustainable outcomes from the mine to the showroom floor," said Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jakob Stausholm. Under a...

  • Minerva Intelligence revamps AI software

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 13, 2022

    Building on a full year of industry deployment and testing, Minerva Intelligence Inc. has revamped its previously released DRIVER software, to improve its functionality and user experience, and ultimately improve the overall capabilities of this artificial intelligence-powered mineral exploration system. "We are thrilled to be able to release the updated version of the DRIVER software pushing the boundaries of web and cloud-based 3D artificial intelligence modelling...

  • America's largest nuclear plant, the Palo Verde plant in Arizona.

    Nuclear gets historical tax incentives

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 13, 2022

    The Inflation Reduction Act aims to lower energy bills for U.S. consumers, among many other financial and climate benefits. Nuclear energy is among the benefactors of this landmark legislation. According to the Office of Nuclear Energy, the law entails a production tax credit to help preserve the existing fleet of nuclear plants. "This is a huge priority for our office," the federal nuclear office penned in a statement. The zero-emission nuclear power production credit...

  • Two enormous autonomous Cat trucks haul ore at a mine.

    Robust autonomous mine network alliance

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 13, 2022

    FTP Solutions and Rajant team up to deliver reliable autonomous mine network solution Rajant Corp., a global leader in industrial-grade broadband communications technology, has teamed up with FTP Solutions, a provider of market-leading wireless network monitoring systems, to deliver the extremely reliable and robust communications networks required for efficient and effective autonomous mining operations. Rajant's patented Kinetic Mesh technology offers mine sites with the...

  • A test vial bubbling as the reaction from gallium-aluminum creates hydrogen.

    More gallium the key to green hydrogen

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 13, 2022

    A liquid metal being explored for use in shapeshifting soft robots and enhancing carbon-capturing properties of platinum, gallium is proving to be the missing link to many questions materials scientists have been attempting to answer for years. Now, when the need for clean alternative energy is at its peak, University of California Santa Cruz researchers have found that gallium could unlock the doors to cheap hydrogen production. Researchers have tried to find efficient and...