The Elements of Innovation Discovered

Articles from the December 23, 2020 edition

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  • European Space Agency McGill University Eindhoven University of Technology

    Iron fuels the fires of carbon free energy

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    University researchers working in tandem with the European Space Agency, have tested the use of a new, smokeless, carbon-free energy by burning iron powder. And what better way to assess the potential of this new type of fuel than by brewing beer with all the flavor and less carbon emissions than traditional brews? First tested in microgravity aboard European Space Agency sounding rockets, a team at McGill University in Canada and Eindhoven University of Technology in the... Full story

  • tungsten critical mineral Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute aqueous electrolyte

    Tungsten fills niche in new innovations

    Rose Ragsdale, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    President-elect Joe Biden's plans to spend $2 trillion on infrastructure and move the world's biggest economy toward greener policies is brightening the outlook for base metals, including tougher-than-nails tungsten. Many countries, including the United States, have designated tungsten as a critical metal after China, which accounts for 80% of annual global tungsten production of 85,000 metric tons, have placed restrictions on its exports of the metal. Tungsten is often...

  • Porsche Falk Heilfort 3d metal printing laser melt fusion 99X electric Formula E

    Porsche 3D prints sporty EV drive housing

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Porsche has utilized metal 3D printing to produce a complete electric motor and gearbox housing that is lighter, stronger, and more efficient than the traditional cast housings used in its sportscars. "This proves that additive manufacturing with all its advantages is also suitable for larger and highly-stressed components in electric sports cars," said Falk Heilfort, project manager in the powertrain advance development department at Porsche Development Centre in Weissach, Ge...

  • Syrah Resources Ltd. Solarcentury Balama graphite mine Shaun Verner solar energy

    US-bound graphite goes greener with solar

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Seeking to bring down the cost and carbon dioxide emissions of mining the graphite needed for lithium-ion batteries, Syrah Resources Ltd. has reached an agreement for the installation of solar power generation and battery storage at its Balama Mine in Mozambique. Currently, graphite is the primary anode material in lithium-ion batteries used to store renewable energy and power electric vehicles. These applications are expected to drive an estimated 500% increase in annual...

  • Semplastics X-MAT National Energy Technology Laboratory Bill Easter X-TILE

    Naughty to nice with a coal-made home

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Instead of brick by brick, X-MAT, the advanced materials division of Semplastics, is looking to build homes lump by lump with coal, and with a recent approval of funding by the Department of Energy to build a test house, this may become a new contemporary material of future homes. Earlier this month, X-MAT received a $625,000 contract from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory to create coal-derived building materials in the construction of a...