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Articles from the November 16, 2022 edition

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  • Red oval showing the radiometric anomaly at Pennington Mountain in Maine.

    Rare Earth MRI discovery in Maine

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

    A recent rare earth elements discovery in the far northern reaches of Maine demonstrates the value of the U.S. Geological Survey's Earth Mapping Resources Initiative, or Earth MRI, an aptly named project under which the USGS is partnering with state geologists to scan America's geology and critical mineral resource potential. Much like the Earth MRI name implies, the Maine project began with airborne magnetic and radiometric geophysical surveys that provided a picture of the... Full story

  • A close up angled shot of hydrogen fuel tanks.

    DOE sees nuclear as key to green hydrogen

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

    Nuclear-powered clean hydrogen production has the potential to be a gamechanger. As one of the most viable options to stabilize the energy demands of the future with clean renewable sources, the Department of Energy has been exploring the possibility for the power sector to leverage its nuclear facilities to generate another source of sustainable fuel, creating a two-for-one opportunity that may alleviate climate concerns. Hydrogen has the vast potential to do just that. Able... Full story

  • Red Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle traveling a California highway near LA.

    Win-win solid-state battery discovery

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 6, 2022

    Energy-dense, stable ceramic lithium battery electrolyte offers new use for a plentiful rare earth element. In what could be a win-win discovery for the future of long-range electric vehicles and the rare earths mining sector, engineers at California-based American Elements have invented a ceramic electrolyte material for use in solid-state lithium-sulfur batteries. Lithium-sulfur batteries can store somewhere between two and five times as much energy by weight than the curren...

  • The suite of equipment that operates Meltio's newest Horizon software.

    Meltio's new tools ease metal 3D printing

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 15, 2022

    From the minds behind the fully articulated robotic arm 3D printing delivery system, Meltio introduces two new innovations designed to increase the reliability of metal additive manufacturing – Meltio Horizon software and Laser Calibration System. "We have developed the Meltio Horizon software and the Laser Calibration System with the aim of facilitating the use of Meltio's metal 3D printing technology for industries around the world," said Meltio CEO Ángel Llavero. "It sh...

  • Rows of unblemished Panasonic double AA batteries.

    Redwood materials for Panasonic US plant

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 15, 2022

    Cathode supply deal follows seal of approval from Argonne National Laboratory. Helping to offset the imbalance of demand to resources, battery recycler Redwood Materials Inc. will supply Panasonic cathode material for lithium-ion battery cell production at the electronic powerhouse's new Kansas plant, which is slated to begin production in 2025, marking the first time this material will be produced in North America at gigafactory scale. It is projected that in the next...

  • An automated battery electric loader being tested in an underground mine.

    Sandvik is adding industrial math power

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 15, 2022

    Polymathian will bolster Sandvik's automated and battery-electric mining solutions. In yet another move to bolster its digital mining technologies division, Sandvik has cut a deal to acquire Polymathian Industrial Mathematics, an Australia-based provider of advanced mine optimization software and services. Founded in 2013 by a trio of mathematicians and operations researchers, Polymathian leverages its world-leading expertise in industrial mathematics, simulation, machine...