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Articles from the September 27, 2023 edition

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  • Closeup of the gallium and germanium entries on the periodic table of elements.

    China's gallium, germanium exports hit zero

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 20, 2023

    August stoppage is due to timeline to gain approvals under new export limitation process; longer-term curbs yet to be known. While gallium and germanium exports out of China dropped to zero during August, it is too early to determine just how restrictive the government plans to be on shipping this pair of semiconductor elements out of the country, or the impacts such export curbs will have on the manufacturing of computer chips, fiber optic cables, and other high-tech goods... Full story

  • A container full of powdery pink recycled neodymium material.

    Geomega closes in on finalizing groundwork

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Provides update on magnet and bauxite recycling pilot plants, and nominates supply chain expert to serve on board. Coming into the final months of 2023, Geomega Resources Inc., a leading developer of clean technologies for the mining, refining, and recycling of rare earths and other critical materials, has released an update for its various operations and construction of the plants that will help fuel the low-carbon future. After announcing at the end of May regarding the...

  • DOE’s ReCell Center displays the simple parts of a shredded battery.

    DOE funds national collab for batteries

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    As part of its Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office, the Department of Energy announced the selection of eight projects to receive a combined $2 million to drive innovation in lithium-ion battery rejuvenation, recycling, and reuse for the future of clean energy. Administered through the ReCell Center at Argonne National Laboratory, AMMTO will form cooperative research and development agreements between national labs and industry partners to perform...

  • Computer-generated image of critical and precious metals and gems.

    DOE critical minerals collaboration launch

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy launched a unifying Critical Materials Collaborative this week to "harness and unify critical materials research across America's innovation ecosystem." Building on momentum from the 2023 DOE Critical Materials Assessment, the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office has announced plans to fund up to $10 million to establish a Critical Materials Accelerator Program. Projects funded...

  • Artist rendering of pumped thermal energy storage to be demonstrated in Alaska.

    DOE backs Alaska thermal energy storage

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Westinghouse to build demo plant that stores excess grid electricity as heat; providing secure, low-cost energy storage in cold climates. To help commercialize a renewable energy storage solution that overcomes some of the drawbacks associated with lithium-ion batteries and other traditional storage technologies, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Westinghouse Electric Company funding for a pumped thermal energy storage system in Alaska. This 1.2 gigawatt-hour...

  • Picture of Redux Recycling’s plant on the shore of Bremerhaven.

    Redwood spreads roots to European market

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Following up on plans to spread its roots into the world's fastest-growing electric vehicle market, Redwood Materials Inc. has acquired the leading European Union battery recycler, Redux Recycling GmbH. Located in Bremerhaven, on Germany's North Sea coast, Redux Recycling's facility is equipped to recycle up to 10,000 metric tons of lithium-ion batteries with a variety of chemistries. Centrally located within Europe and near the distribution center of the Bremerhaven Port,...

  • Road sign pointing to Japan and Canada.

    Canada, Japan forge battery alliance

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    A flurry of industry partnerships on battery material projects followed landmark alliance between nations. In a move that aligns Canada's rich minerals endowment with Japan's battery-making expertise, the two countries have entered into a historic battery supply chain agreement. "Canada and Japan are committed to advancing our shared ambitions to develop sustainable and reliable global battery supply chains," said Canada Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry...