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  • Infograph of battery collection points at Batteries Plus and Staples.

    DOE funds nationwide battery recycling

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2024

    $14 million initiative will establish more than 1,000 collection points for recycling batteries and electronic devices across the U.S. In an effort to enhance the sustainability of domestic supply chains and reduce e-waste, the U.S. Department of Energy has launched a $14 million initiative to establish more than 1,000 battery recycling collection points for used batteries at Batteries Plus and Staples stores across the nation. "At DOE we're excited to help create a circular,... Full story

  • HydroGraph FGA-1 fractal graphene next to pile with a scoop.

    HydroGraph adds to Middle East growth

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Partners with Gulf Cryo to source graphene and its use in many enhanced products for the United Arab Emirates and other regions. Expanding further into the Middle East, HydroGraph Clean Power Inc. has forged a strategic alliance with Gulf Cryo LLC, marking another step toward introducing pristine graphene solutions to the region. Following up on a partnership with Khalifa University of Science and Technology announced in April, the Canada-based graphene company is looking at...

  • Artistic rendering of metals being dissolved in a glass jar.

    Organic solvents for urban metal mining

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Researchers develop increasingly sustainable methods for dissolving precious metals like gold, silver and copper from recycled e-waste. With a surprising assortment of solvents you can pick up at the local store, researchers at the University of Helsinki have developed sustainable dissolution methods that have successfully extracted gold, silver, and copper from e-waste. The massive amount of unrecycled waste from computers, printers and cell phones, video game consoles, TVs,...

  • Closeup of the north polar region of the Moon.

    Natural graphene discovered on the Moon

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Carbon nanomaterial identified in lunar soil samples brought back by China's Chang'e-5 mission could shape future and rewrite history. Graphene is a 2D carbon material that is 200 times stronger than steel, lighter than paper, and boasts extraordinary mechanical and electrical properties. So, having this phenomenal nanomaterial naturally occurring on the Moon's surface could be an extremely valuable resource for future lunar bases that serve as a launching point for...

  • Researchers holding experimental carbon fiber battery cells.

    Carbon fiber batteries: form and function

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Tech startup pioneers carbon fiber batteries that can store energy in the body of EVs or aircraft. At the forefront of cutting-edge technology, Sinonus, a spinout from Chalmers Technical University and part of Chalmers Ventures' portfolio, is revolutionizing industries with its breakthrough in carbon fiber technology – energy storage. Well-known for its exceptional strength and light weight, carbon fiber has been used in many products, such as aircraft components, h...

  • Recycling symbol showing steel industry images.

    SGS advises U.S. on critical minerals

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Leading testing and certification company speaks with officials in support of critical mineral processing and recycling projects. At the Building a Sustainable U.S. Battery Supply Chain meeting cohosted by the American Battery Materials Initiative at the White House earlier this month, David Anonychuk, Global Vice President, Metallurgy and Consulting at SGS and Niels Verbaan, SGS Director, Hydrometallurgy, were invited to speak to an assembly of U.S. officials and industry...

  • Man squats next to TitanSPEE3D arm and nozzle.

    SPEE3D revolutionizing heavy 3D printing

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Introduces TitanSPEE3D large format metal 3D printer; able to print up to 4,400 pounds. Joining the ranks of SPEE3D's innovative additive manufacturing lineup, the company will soon unveil TitanSPEE3D, a large-format metal 3D printer engineered to produce heavy, high-quality metal parts quickly and cost-effectively. The rapid and highly effective additive manufacturing capabilities of Australia-based SPEE3D's metal 3D printing technology has grabbed the attention of...

  • Piles of grey, yellow, white, and black rare earth oxide powders.

    Canada Rare Earths' agreement with DRC

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Enhancing the North American supply chain with DRC artisanal mining cooperatives promoting responsible sourcing. Canada Rare Earth Corp. announced a pivotal supply agreement with Congolese state-owned mining company SAKIMA SA, via its subsidiary Simba Essential Minerals, establishing rare earth mining operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Executives from both companies have expressed strong commitment to responsible mining practices. The agreement is one step...

  • An aerial photo of Solvay’s La Rochelle rare earths hub in France.

    Cyclic finalizes rMREO offtake with Solvay

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Joint effort aims to bolster Europe's rare earth supply through sustainable recycling. Marking a significant stride toward a sustainable rare earth supply chain, Solvay SA and Cyclic Materials Inc. announced the finalization of a supply agreement for recycled mixed rare earth oxides aimed at enhancing European self-sufficiency for this suite of technology metals. Founded in 2021, Canada-based Cyclic Materials has been pioneering a sustainable approach to rare earths and...

  • Man pouring concrete into framed grid on a building.

    Arizona State validates HydroGraph graphene

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    "Tests also showed a reduction in global warming potential of 10 to 15%." In a notable advancement for sustainable building materials, HydroGraph Clean Power Inc. announced the publication of a joint study with Arizona State University that validates the performance of its pristine graphene in cement, showcasing improvements in compressive strength and a reduction in global warming potential. According to the European Union-backed research firm Graphene Flagship, integrating...

  • A table full of 2024 ARBS awards for HVAC industry.

    GMG's graphene coating wins HVAC award

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Premier heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration exhibition recognizes company for innovative graphene-based paint. In recognition for its top-of-the-line graphene-based THERMAL-XR RESTORE HVAC coating, Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd. was awarded the Product Excellence HVAC Award in Australia for an innovative product that could well be the start of a turning point in the industry. Based out of Richlands, Australia, GMG is a clean-tech company that bypasses...

  • Man’s hand lifting a core sample from a tray of samples.

    Coniagas eyes Congo copper-cobalt feed

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Offshore stockpiles offer material company's feed-first strategy for Re-20X hydrometallurgical process in Quebec. Coniagas Battery Metals Inc. has identified promising offshore stockpiles rich in copper and cobalt that could provide a source of feed for the evaluation and processing using the company's Re-2Ox, a proprietary closed-loop, zero-discharge hydrometallurgical process for the extraction of metals from mined material and black mass battery recycling material....

  • Amontree and Yan with wafers of synthesized graphene.

    Need better graphene? Use less oxygen.

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Engineers link lower graphene quality to oxygen levels during the processing stage and develop new techniques to make less flawed carbon nanomaterial at scale. Engineers at Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, the University of Montreal, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed an oxygen-free chemical vapor deposition (OF-CVD) method for producing high-quality graphene that can create samples at scale. Their work, publishe...

  • Sign outside Global Tungsten & Powders facility in Towanda, Penn.

    GTP seeks to invest in Jervois cobalt

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Hopes funding may persuade company to co-locate cobalt refinery near existing tungsten operations in Pennsylvania. Marking a significant step in creating a domestic cobalt supply chain in the United States, Jervois Global Ltd. has entered into a non-binding explorative memorandum of understanding with Global Tungsten & Powders LLC (GTP) to advance the development of a major cobalt refinery. With Jervois already owning a cobalt mining project in Idaho and GTP operating a...

  • View of Ugitech’s Ugine steel plant in France.

    EU steel made with green hydrogen

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    The trend towards increased sustainability within the steelmaking process, "green steel" practices are catching on around the world. Under a pioneering memorandum of understanding, Lhyfe will install a green hydrogen production unit at Ugitech's plant in Ugine, France, capable of generating around 13 tons of hydrogen per day. This comes at a time when "green steel" practices are making headlines around the world, from Boston Metal's molten electrolysis to Rio Tinto's latest...

  • Video demonstrating three steps of Novamera’s surgical mining process.

    DIGITAL invests in Novamera mining tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Canada's Global Innovation Cluster for digital technologies invests C$3.5 million in surgical mining of high-grade deposits. Mining tech start-up Novamera has received a $2.6 million (C$3.5 million) investment from Canadian technologies accelerator DIGITAL to advance a technology to surgically mine metals from high-grade deposits that have been overlooked because they are uneconomic with conventional mining technologies due to their size and shape. Many high-grade narrow vein...

  • A solar farm being lit by a sun setting in the background.

    Flash of light improves solar cells

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    A novel light-based method enhances PbS quantum dot solar cells, promising cheaper and more efficient renewable energy. South Korean scientists have discovered a new method to enhance the efficiency of lead-sulfide (PbS) quantum dot solar cells. By using rapid bursts of specialized light instead of prolonged heating, they have found a way to produce cheaper and more effective solar power. At present, the fabrication of PbS solar cells requires a lengthy heat treatment process....

  • Close-up of an electric vehicle charging station with car in background.

    Merger fuels metal recycling expansion

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Merger aims to boost recycling capabilities, enhance the supply chain with critical metals, and drive growth in the electrified economy. Marking a pivotal step toward enhancing the electrified economy, American Resources Corp.'s subsidiary, American Metals LLC, has inked a definitive business combination agreement with AI Transportation Acquisition Corp. American Metals has evolved into a dynamic arm of American Resources Corp., a multifaceted company now spearheading sectors...

  • Steam venting out of a nuclear power plant.

    US launches major nuclear fuel initiative

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    DOE announces $2.7 billion funding to boost U.S. nuclear fuel production, aims to replace Russian imports and enhance energy security. In a major stride toward energy independence, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced a $2.7 billion initiative under President Biden's Investing in America agenda to revitalize the nation's nuclear fuel supply chain, severing ties with Russian imports and fortifying domestic energy security. Over the past few years, DOE has taken several...

  • Gloved hand holding lithium hydroxide.

    Nevada's 100% domestic lithium hydroxide

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 9, 2024

    American Battery Technology Company (ABTC), headquartered in Reno, Nevada, has pioneered a first-of-its-kind technology to commercially produce lithium hydroxide – a key element in energy transition batteries – from lithium-bearing claystone deposits in Nevada. Lithium products are generally manufactured from conventional feedstock resources like hard rock spodumene materials out of Australia or lithium-rich South American brines. While the hunt for local lithium has bor... Full story

  • A row of soldiers lined up, focusing on their distinct footwear.

    GC USA to upgrade boots for U.S. troops

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 9, 2024

    Partners with HEROES and UMass Lowell to develop advanced, American-made military boots using cutting-edge graphene and aerogel technology. Taking a bold step in military innovation, GC Associates USA has partnered with DEVCOM Soldier Center and UMass Lowell to utilize its cutting-edge graphene and aerogel materials for the next generation of U.S. military footwear. GC USA, recognized for its innovative solutions and veteran leadership, has a distinguished history of... Full story

  • Tropical drink in front of an erupting volcano.

    Volcanic geofluids rich in tech metals

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 9, 2024

    Scientists eye dormant volcanoes to extract energy and battery metals. Researchers at Oxford University in the UK are looking into volcanic geofluids, which could help the green energy transition with a wealth of free energy and minerals. A dormant volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat has piqued researchers' interest in the geofluids that flow beneath it. Oxford's ReSET program project lead, Jonathan Blundy, a Royal Society Research Professor, is confident in his... Full story

  • Concept art of promethium in a vial surrounded by an organic ligand.

    Promethium's rare earth secrets unveiled

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    Oak Ridge National Lab scientists have made new promethium discoveries that may rewrite the rare earths section of chemistry textbooks. A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has begun to unlock the secrets of promethium, the one rare earth that is as scarce as the name of this group of elements suggests. The term rare earths refers to the group of 15 lanthanide elements found in their own row near the bottom of the periodic... Full story

  • Molten metal from a conventional blast furnace being poured into a mold.

    Boston Metal is forging green steel

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated May 28, 2024

    World-changing molten electrolysis process spun out of MIT can make steel with no emissions, may also be applied to other smelting processes. In the crucible of industrial progress, steel stands as both the foundation and obstacle. Armed with its molten oxide electrolysis process, Boston Metal aims to revolutionize steelmaking that will join innovation with sustainability and offer a path toward greener steel production. The advent of steel in industrial applications quickly s... Full story

  • A woman and two men smiling in hard hats.

    U.S. seeks to rebuild mining workforce

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated May 27, 2024

    Policies and investments hinge on an incoming labor pool that sees mining in a modern light. With Washington's policies and cash infusions in full force to accelerate fair trade mineral and processing partnerships and develop a domestic supply, the U.S. mining sector must quickly find and train a new workforce to keep the industry producing. "The U.S. must ready the next generation of mining engineers, metallurgists, and geoscientists to develop the secure, transparent, and... Full story

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