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  • 20 Battery companies awarded $2.8 billion

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2023

    The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $2.8 billion in grants for 20 projects to expand the domestic manufacturing of materials for lithium batteries powering electric vehicles and storing renewable energy. Here is a brief rundown of the grants and projects under this American-made battery materials initiative. 6K Inc. will receive $50 million in federal funds and plans to invest another $57.4 million to demonstrate the ability to domestically produce NMC 811 and lithium... Full story

  • The Wallula field site in Washington State is ideal for carbon capture research.

    Rock solid technique for capturing CO2

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Following the current trend of carbon emission mitigation, researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are endeavoring to subvert gaseous carbon dioxide by turning it into stone that cannot enter the atmosphere and warm our planet more. "As global temperatures increase, so does the urgency to find ways to store carbon," said Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Lab Fellow Kevin Rosso, who co-authored a scientific article on converting CO2 to carbon minerals. "By... Full story

  • L3 Process Development’s modern innovations building in Quebec, Canada.

    US critical and essential mineral source

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Elk Creek demo plant recovers magnesium-calcium carbonate with 99% purity. As an initial step toward the ultimate goal of producing niobium, rare earths, scandium, and titanium at a future Elk Creek Mine, NioCorp Developments Ltd. announced that its demonstration-scale processing plant in Quebec, Canada has produced a high-grade calcium-magnesium carbonate from ore obtained from its critical minerals project in Nebraska. The idea behind removing the calcium and magnesium from... Full story

  • A mineshaft being outlined with a digital rendering.

    Ericsson and Becker partner on mining 5G

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 1, 2022

    Seeking to unearth the future of smart mining, Swedish telecom giant Ericsson has partnered with Becker Mining Systems AG to distribute private 5G networks at global operations. According to a recent report by Ericsson, the successful implementation of digitalization into the mining sector could potentially triple productivity growth in the industry by 2025 – shining a light on the value of creating data-driven mines. With the apparent necessity mining will play in the o...

  • Rock hammer on a pile of rare earths-enriched rocks at Sheep Creek in Montana.

    US Critical Materials explores Sheep Creek

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 1, 2022

    Begins systematic investigation of overlooked rare earths project in SW Montana. To gain a deeper understanding of the high-grade rare earth mineralization coming to surface at Sheep Creek, and investigate the potential for a larger deposit of this group of technology elements, US Critical Metals Corp. and US Critical Materials Corp. are carrying out detailed mapping and sampling of this overlooked and underexplored project in southwestern Montana. While high-grade rare...

  • President Joe Biden delivers a speech laying out his American Jobs Plan.

    $2.8B US battery supply chain infusion

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 25, 2022

    In a massive leap toward establishing a domestic lithium-ion battery supply chain, the White House has awarded $2.8 billion in grants to companies advancing 20 battery materials manufacturing and processing projects in the U.S. and launched an initiative "to mobilize the entire government in securing a reliable and sustainable supply of critical minerals used for power, electricity, and electric vehicles." To be administered by the U.S. Department of Energy, the grants are to... Full story

  • Most communications use X-band waves to transmit signals.

    Drexel 2D material absorbs wavelengths

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 25, 2022

    Much like lead can protect even Superman from the effects of kryptonite, researchers at Drexel University's College of Engineering may have engineered a vanadium-based MXene shield that could render electronic devices impermeable to electromagnetic waves, essentially protecting them from the multitude of frequencies whizzing about our heads every day. Buzzing, feedback or static are some of the most noticeable manifestations of electromagnetic interference. This is...