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Articles from the December 13, 2023 edition

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  • Pile of dark grey graphite anode powder next to four unlabeled silver batteries.

    Graphite One delivers anode samples

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 1, 2024

    As part of its plan to initially produce synthetic graphite anode material in the U.S., G1 ships samples to future clients for testing. As part of its strategy to quickly establish a domestic mine-to-battery graphite anode material supply chain, Graphite One Inc. has delivered samples of synthetic graphite lithium battery anode material to battery manufacturers and automakers in the United States. "With the U.S. currently not producing any natural and synthetic anode materials...

  • A focused spout of bright blue plasma that looks like flame.

    DOD invests in 6K Additive UniMelt tech

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 1, 2024

    Awarded a five-year Blanket Purchase Agreement from the United States Army toward the end of September, 6K Additive LLC announced the receipt of $23.4 million in funding from the Department of Defense to expand its refining capabilities for defense and commercial supply chains. Considered a leader in the sustainable production of materials for additive manufacturing, 6K Additive is a division of 6K Inc., a company focused on delivering next-generation materials at the highest...

  • Pile of grey powder for use in the cathodes of iron-based lithium batteries.

    Mitra Chem speeds iron-based US batteries

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 22, 2023

    GM-backed tech, battery materials company ships initial iron-based cathode samples to global EV and battery makers. One month after closing a $60 million Series B round of financing led by General Motors, Mitra Chem has already shipped multiple samples of commercial-grade lithium-manganese-iron-phosphate (LMFP) cathode active material to major global electric vehicle manufacturers and battery makers. Led by Vivas Kumar, an engineer who previously served as a senior manager on...

  • A bulk commodities ship equipped with large white cylinders with Teck logo.

    Teck takes CO2 reductions to high seas

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 22, 2023

    Collaborates with Oldendorff to install innovative wind propulsion system on vessel that delivers BC steelmaking coal. The pending sale of its steelmaking coal business to commodities giant Glencore has not slowed Teck Resources Ltd.'s push of new technologies that will lower the carbon dioxide emissions footprint of shipping the bulk commodity used to transform iron ore to steel. To lower the CO2 emissions of shipping coal from its mining operations in southeastern British...

  • A 3D rendering of a hydrogen fuel-powered Komatsu 930E haul truck.

    GM, Komatsu forge hydrogen partnership

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 22, 2023

    Revolutionizing heavy-duty commercial equipment, General Motors and Komatsu have joined forces in a groundbreaking collaboration, aiming to power mining haul trucks with hydrogen fuel cells, driving cleaner operations and moving toward the ambitious goal of zero-carbon emissions. Lightweight and quick to refuel, hydrogen fuel cells are hailed as the ideal solution to electrifying applications traditionally powered by diesel engines. Powered by the universe's most abundant mate...

  • Ship loaded with colorful shipping containers going under highway bridge.

    Friendshoring balances domestic mining

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 22, 2023

    On Dec. 12, 2015, delegates from almost every country on the planet signed a landmark climate accord, the Paris Agreement, that united more than 190 parties in support of a legally binding treaty pledging to drive the overall planetary temperature down by slashing the use of fossil fuels and adopting solutions for a massive transition to renewable energy and green transportation. This requires extensive economic and social transformation, measured in five-year cycles of...