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

    EU steel made with green hydrogen

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 4, 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... Full story

  • An upshot of the fans at Climeworks’ Mammoth facility.

    Swiss CO2 capture tech heads to Louisiana

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated May 30, 2024

    Climeworks has started operations at the world's largest direct air carbon capture plant in Iceland; stashing CO2 in Louisiana's salt aquifers is next. Over in Iceland two massive direct air capture (DAC) plants priced in the low triple-digit millions to build are costing close to $1,000 per metric ton to pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But that's only the beginning – they will build even bigger next time. Climeworks' carbon capture technology is coming to America. E...

  • 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

  • Rendering of Vantaan Energia’s cavern thermal energy storage facility.

    Grid batteries might not all be mechanical

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated May 15, 2024

    Thermal energy storage cavern twice the size of Madison Square Garden could heat Finland's fourth-most-populous city of Vantaa all year. Engineering advancements have recently made strides in sustainability by imitating nature as opposed to conquering it. In the case of storage, the global energy transition demands more powerful and efficient batteries as well as earth-friendly processes to get the technology where it needs to be, and one city in Finland is building the...

  • University of Arizona campus that features 20 colleges.

    Arizona paves streets of copper for U.S.

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated May 13, 2024

    University convened with key leaders across government, industry, and academia on Capitol Hill to discuss sustainable production and cultivating the next generation of miners. In a pivotal move to safeguard the U.S. critical mineral supply chain, the University of Arizona has taken center stage in pioneering sustainable mining practices, nurturing a skilled domestic workforce, and powering the national transition to renewable energy and next-gen defense technology at an event... Full story

  • Overhead view of the Karuizawa house surrounded by trees.

    Building green with CO2-absorbing concrete

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 25, 2024

    Japan's Kajima Corp. is well on its way to supplying the world with carbon-negative concrete. A little over an hour from Tokyo, nestled in the mountains near Nagano, a house has been built in Karuizawa with the world's first carbon dioxide-removing concrete walls produced by replacing a percentage of the cement content with an industrial byproduct and adding a CO2-absorbing admixture of dicalcium silicate. Karuizawa is one of Japan's oldest and most famous forested mountain re... Full story

  • Semi-truck cab painted with Metallica’s '72 season album-inspired graphics.

    A Metallica catalyst for Iveco fuel cells

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 18, 2024

    Iconic heavy metal band will use electric trucks produced by Italian automaker on European leg of 2024 tour. In what may be the perfect metaphor for the heavy metal needed as a catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells, Italian automaker Iveco is providing electric and natural gas trucks and busses to transport crew and gear during the European leg of Metallica's M72 World Tour. Representing the environmental and social values embraced by both the legendary heavy metal rock band and... Full story

  • Artist's rendering of an infinity symbol made up of batteries.

    A one-stop, closed-loop U.S. battery supply

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 12, 2024

    With the money, permits and resources locked in, US Strategic Metals has positioned itself as a desperately needed sustainable domestic battery metals platform Intent on repairing the widening gap representing a nonexistent American electric battery industry, US Strategic Metals (USSM) has transformed from humble beginnings as a mine site cleanup and reclamation business to a one-stop green battery metals platform taking the first steps toward a secure domestic closed-loop...

  • BASF flags flying in front of the company’s Ludwigshafen site in Germany.

    BASF launches PGM carbon tracker Verdium

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

    Wielding the capability of Germany's largest chemical manufacturer, BASF launched a new solution to recycled metals that will enable companies to verify carbon reductions and track sustainability goals through its newly launched Verdium treatment. Independently validated by leading safety science company UL Solutions, with the approval from a third party, BASF felt confident in releasing what it believes will counter emissions from the recycling of critically valuable...

  • Missouri S&T Professor Guang Xu testing ventilation in experimental mine.

    Missouri S&T to assist in cleaner mines

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 25, 2023

    Awarded EPA grant for critical mineral waste and P2 prevention assistance at MO and AK mines. Wanting to better understand the effects of pollution and waste related to the mining of critical minerals, a Missouri University Science and Technology team has been awarded nearly $1 million from the Environmental Protection Agency for a study in their home state and Alaska. "The United States is facing a critical minerals crisis, and Missouri S&T is uniquely positioned to help... Full story

  • Smoke and steam emitted from stacks at a power plant in North Bend, Ohio.

    The future of carbon management is digital

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated May 9, 2023

    Carbon neutrality goals worldwide are being propelled by new government initiatives, improved regulatory frameworks, and heightened customer awareness and scrutiny. Several countries now leading the green revolution have also announced grants and aid for businesses and end users that promote the development of low- and zero-carbon technologies and their rapid adoption. Affected industries – with mining being no exception – are in a mad dash to make use of developing tec...

  • Buildings account for roughly 30 to 40% of global energy consumption.

    New material like a jacket for buildings

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

    While air conditioning was a marvel of its time, concerns over the Earth's climate has led to the pursuit of more efficient energy consumption and management. Now, researchers at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering have designed a chameleon-like building material made with copper that changes its infrared color – and how much heat it absorbs or emits based on outside temperature. "We've essentially figured out a low-energy way to treat a b... Full story

  • Downtown Denver features tons of buildings with most surface area being windows.

    Windows get PV treatment to save energy

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 17, 2023

    Aiming to improve energy efficiency to any degree, the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has found that perovskite materials – the very same active component that has been implemented in some of the most efficient solar panels on the market – can be applied to windows to decrease energy costs. According to the NREL, using thermochromic windows or dynamic windows in office buildings improves energy efficiency across all climate zones in the United Sta...

  • Closeup of an aluminum bar stamped with ELYSIS.

    A Rio Tinto-Volvo net-zero partnership

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 20, 2022

    Rio Tino to supply low-carbon metals, Volvo offers low-emissions trucks Global mining giant Rio Tinto and European automaker Volvo Group have agreed to forge a partnership that will help both companies achieve their climate ambitions. "We look forward to partnering with Volvo to progress our contribution to a net-zero future, as we collaborate to deliver sustainable outcomes from the mine to the showroom floor," said Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jakob Stausholm. Under a...

  • A graphic showing the Future 50, a Corporate Knights ranking list.

    Future 50 ranking, Li-Cycle earns top three

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    With lithium quadrupling in price over the past year, it's a great time to own this mineral, and the good times extend to Canada-based Li-Cycle Holdings Corp., which recycles metals from electronic waste – including nickel, copper and cobalt, but especially the lithium in consumer and electric vehicle batteries. In recognition for its incredible growth and potential, Corporate Knights has selected Li-Cycle as one of Canada's fastest-growing sustainable companies. "We are t...

  • Vehicle frame manufacturing at Volvo’s Luqiao plant in China.

    Volvo signs SteelZero for net-zero goals

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Volvo Cars has become the first carmaker to sign up with the SteelZero initiative, a net-zero steel pledge, which commits the European automaker to stringent carbon dioxide-based steel sourcing requirements by 2030, with the final goal of purchasing all its steel from fossil-fuel-free sources by 2050. Steel production is a major source of CO2 emission for the automotive industry, averaging 33% of all production-related emissions for a new Volvo car in 2021. Globally, steel...

  • EPA Teck Resources climate change sustainability greenhouse gas emissions clean

    Teck expands its climate action strategy

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Teck Resources Ltd. Feb. 25 announced an expansion to its climate action strategy, which includes a new short-term goal to achieve net-zero "Scope 2" greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and an ambition to achieve net-zero "Scope 3" emissions by 2050, building on the Canada-based company's existing commitment to achieving net-zero emissions across its global operations by 2050. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, greenhouse gas emission (GHG) inventory is a list of...

  • Life cycle assessment sustainable low-carbon mining solution University Exeter

    Life cycle assessments for green mining

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    A team of researchers at the University of Exeter, Minviro, the British Geological Survey, and the Circular Economy Solutions Unit has recently determined the benefits of utilizing a life cycle assessment (LCA) or "cradle to grave" evaluation in the ongoing endeavor to facilitate and improve green mining techniques. Generally used to assess the environmental impacts associated with the life cycle of commercial products, from extraction to the use and disposal of said...

  • AVEVA Schneider Electric IDC Technology Spotlight sustainability low-carbon

    Mining industry pursues sustainability

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    European digital solutions companies AVEVA Group plc and Schneider Electric SE have combined their technological expertise to support sustainability initiatives of mining companies in four key pillars - energy efficiency, yield improvement, low greenhouse emission technology adoptions, and new green processes. France-based Schneider Electric is a multinational energy and automation digital solutions provider focused on efficiency and sustainability. The company applies these...