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Articles from the October 11, 2023 edition


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  • A silver hydrogen airship flies over a lake during the summer in Finland.

    Intelligent airships monitor nickel mine

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 25, 2023

    Terrafame selects Kelluu airships to monitor, create a 3D twin of nickel mine in Finland. Will autonomous airships become a common site over safe and efficient mines of the future? The answer to this question may lie in the success of Terrafame's use of Kelluu dirigibles to monitor its 23-square-mile (60 square kilometers) nickel mine and processing plant in Finland. Terrafame's project is a complete battery materials supply chain that begins with an open-pit mine at the... Full story

  • Two CONSOL Energy employees standing in an operations room.

    C-BATT JV to advance coal-based batteries

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 24, 2023

    X-BATT and CONSOL Energy subsidiary join hands to develop next-gen clean energy tech. A pioneer in advanced battery materials, X-BATT has been reimagining lithium-ion batteries through the use of unconventional materials and a method that can rejuvenate spent anode material. To accelerate development of its coal-based anode technology, X-BATT has forged a partnership with CONSOL Innovations LLC to form C-BATT Innovations LLC, a joint venture focused on commercializing...

  • A rock hammer laying atop a pile of rare earths enriched carbonatites.

    Evidence of larger Sheep Creek REE deposit

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 24, 2023

    New geophysical surveys identify potential source of the high-grade rare earths found on the surface at Montana project. A pair of recent geophysical surveys has identified a potentially larger source of the high-grade rare earths, gallium, niobium, and other critical minerals found on the surface at U.S. Critical Materials Corp.'s Sheep Creek project in southwestern Montana. Long known as a potential domestic supply of niobium, which is a critical ingredient in high-strength...

  • An extremely sophisticated rocket engine 3D-printed by AMCM.

    AMCM is metal 3D printing rocket engines

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 18, 2023

    Specializing in customization and tailor-made 3D printers, AMCM GmbH utilizes its expertise in additive manufacturing to bring cutting-edge technologies to industries that seek to push their own boundaries in innovation – this time with its latest M 8K model 3D printer. Headquartered out of Bavaria, Germany, AMCM (Additive Manufacturing Customized Machines) was started based on two main objectives: to provide solutions for clients whose needs were not being met by s...

  • Caterpillar 789D haul truck used to test Rajant’s wireless technology.

    Cat validates Rajant Mesh connectivity

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 18, 2023

    Working toward improved synergies between its autonomous equipment in the complex hive that makes up mine sites and the connectivity that will be consistent enough to keep all the bees informed of each other, Caterpillar Inc. has completed an in-house validation for Rajant Corp.'s BreadCrumbs LX5 CA radios, which will enable field trials with Rajant's product and Cat's MineStar Command for hauling. "This validation is a key step to provide additional options for our mining...

  • Electric Cat loader carrying a scoop of gravel.

    A case study for zero-carbon mining

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 18, 2023

    Nouveau Monde, Caterpillar's work to create a model for zero-carbon mining in Quebec; tackles key electric mining questions. From working with Caterpillar to develop an electric mining fleet for its Matawinie graphite mine, to securing affordable hydropower to produce lithium battery anode material, Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. continues to pioneer a low-carbon mine-to-battery supply chain in Quebec. "Quebec is becoming North America's green battery thanks to its vast hydropowe...