The Elements of Innovation Discovered

Articles from the September 23, 2020 edition

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  • 2019 Noble Prize chemistry Goodenough solid sate lithium ion battery

    Goodenough to change batteries again

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Nobel Prize winning co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery John Goodenough is teaming up with a new generation of scientists and entrepreneurs at Energy Exploration Technologies, or EnergyX, to make the next world changing battery storage discovery – solid-state lithium-ion batteries. From untethering our phones, computers, and power tools, to ushering in the era of renewable energy and electric vehicles, the rechargeable batteries pioneered by Goodenough and his colleagues h...

  • Rare earth elements dysprosium neodymium terbium europium

    Extracting REEs from Pennsylvania coal

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Best known for its contribution to advancing the Round Top rare earths and critical minerals mine project, Texas Mineral Resources Corp. is now leading a group targeting the development of a plant capable of recovering rare earths from Pennsylvania coal byproducts. The Texas-based mineral explorer is teaming up with Penn State University; Jeddo Coal Company, a family-run mining company with a Pennsylvania operation; and H22OS Consulting, an engineering and construction firm...

  • Silver in evolution of digital communications 3G 4G 5G

    Silver will play key role in 5G rollout

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    While rising gold prices are dominating the headlines, silver is quietly experiencing its own explosion in demand. The growing appetite for the lustrous, white metal stems in part from its use in components needed in rapidly evolving technologies, led by the voracious appetite of fifth generation (5G) telecommunications and related electronic applications and systems. But silver, long valued for its beauty and rarity, has been around for millennia. Other than in currency and a...

  • Teck miner at solar power generating facility Chilean mine

    Teck transitions to renewables in Chile

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Taking a big step on its path to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, Canadian miner Teck Resources Ltd. has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with The AES Corp., a global power company that provides sustainable and affordable energy in 14 countries, for 100% renewable power for its Carmen de Andacollo copper and gold mine in Chile. Under the arrangement, Teck's Carmen de Andacollo is sourcing 72 megawatts, or 550 gigawatt hours per year, of wind, solar and hydroel...

  • Virucidal graphene silver ink for treating masks protective equipment

    Tests find Zen Graphene ink kills COVID

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    After five months of optimization and testing, ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. says it has developed a graphene-based ink that is 99% effective at killing the virus responsible COVID-19. Applied to materials used to make face masks and other personal protective equipment, this virucidal ink shows the potential to help prevent the spread COVID-19 as the world braces for a second wave of the disease. Earlier this year, the company sent samples of its graphene-based ink to a...

  • Microsoft offers ditgital solutions to South Africa mining sector

    Microsoft reimagines South Africa mining

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 29, 2020

    Microsoft believes technologies hold the key to a thriving global mining industry and is showcasing how its digital solutions can transform this crucial sector of the South Africa economy. "Mining is a critical industry in South Africa, and has historically been a major contributor to the country's GDP (gross domestic product), tax revenue and employment – last year alone, the mining sector employed over 450,000 people, contributed 24.3 billion Rand (US$1.5 billion) in taxes a... Full story