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Articles from the November 22, 2023 edition


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  • A semi-truck pulls a tanker marked hydrogen with wind turbine in the background.

    Silver catalyzes hydrogen for cheap

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    In 1806, Swiss engineer François Isaac de Rivaz invented an internal combustion engine that used a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen as fuel. The first electric car came some 25 years later, long before the modern gas engine in 1885. But then Henry Ford built the inexpensive Model T in 1908, with an internal combustion engine that ran on gasoline at an impressively low $280, while electric cars at their peak in 1912 sold for over $1,000. Considering that hydrogen is the most...

  • Redwood employees dismantling end-of-life EV batteries.

    Toyota to use recycled Redwood materials

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Future product will comprise 20% recycled nickel, 20% lithium, 50% cobalt, and 100% copper for world's most sustainable EV battery. Last year, Redwood Materials Inc. partnered with Toyota Motor North America to create a closed-loop solution for electric vehicle batteries. Initially focused on the collection, testing, and recycling of Toyota hybrid EV batteries, the companies recently announced the next stage in their collaboration – utilizing Redwood's recycled materials as...

  • Closeup of RapidSX rare earth separation columns filled with colorful liquids.

    Ottawa backs RapidSX rare earths plant

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Ucore is awarded C$4.3 million to produce magnet REEs for EVs and other high-tech uses at its demo plant in Ontario. To support the commercialization of a technology poised to help break North America's dependence on China for rare earths critical to the clean energy and technology sectors, the Canadian government has awarded Ucore Rare Metals Inc. C$4.28 million (US$3.1 million) to demonstrate the capabilities of its RapidSX rare earths separation platform. "We would like to...

  • Outside photo of American Battery Solutions’ ABMC in Springboro, Ohio.

    Komatsu to buy American Battery Solutions

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Komatsu will use ABS batteries in its expanding line of electric mining equipment; ABS will operate as a separate entity. In a significant move for future battery manufacturing in the United States, Komatsu Ltd., through its United States-based subsidiary Komatsu America, has cut a deal to acquire American Battery Solutions Inc. Located in the heart of the U.S. automotive industry, American Battery Solutions was founded in 2019 by long-time battery industry pioneer Subhash...

  • Drone view of a pilot-scale mill and gold recovery plant in the Yukon.

    An EnviroMetal gold recovery breakthrough

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Testing over the past three years has shown that EnviroMetal Technologies Inc.'s proprietary formula offers an environmentally sound alternative to cyanide for leaching gold from high-grade ore, concentrates, and recycled electronics. A new breakthrough by the British Columbia-based company could make this non-cyanide gold leaching process an option for operations with lower-grade ore and concentrates. "We are extremely encouraged with our latest breakthrough; it has the...

  • City of Oi in Fukui, Japan, with majestic Mt. Fuji in the background.

    ReElement forms JV for Japan refinery

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 29, 2023

    While enjoying local government support for establishing a battery materials recycling facility in Indiana, American Resources Corp.'s ReElement Technologies Corp. aims for over the land and across the sea as it announced a joint venture partnership with JHUT LLC to establish ReElement Technology Japan. "Over the course of the last year, we have had the opportunity to collaborate and strategize on a partnership with the JHUT team, and we are excited that we have come to an agr...

  • White, yellow, black, and grey piles of powered rare earth elements.

    Wyoming rare earths plant gets final okay

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 29, 2023

    DOE finishes NEPA review needed to build demo plant that will process a high-grade rare earth sample from the Bear Lodge project north of Upton, Wyoming. Clearing another hurdle on its path to offering a reliable domestic alternative to China for the rare earths needed to propel the clean energy transition, Rare Element Resources Ltd. Nov. 16 announced that the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has finalized its National Environmental...