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Lithium-tellurium disc batteries are held with clamps during testing at UBC.

Tellurium may be key to longer-range EVs

Tellurium, a rare byproduct of mining copper and gold, may be the secret ingredient to longer-lasting lithium batteries that allow electric vehicles to travel more than twice as far on a single... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A high resolution picture of Mars, the Red Planet.

3D printing with Mars dirt and titanium

Washington State researchers add to out-of-this-world 3D printer materials Scientists from Washington State University have discovered that a small amount of simulated crushed Martian dirt mixed... — Updated 9/27/2022

 
Yellow Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition with Nite Pony package.

Ford calls for US mine permitting reform

The Inflation Reduction Act offers American car buyers a $7,500 tax credit for buying a new electric vehicle, as long as the ingredients in the battery of that automobile are mostly produced... — Updated 9/20/2022

 
Artist’s concept of a battery system for storing wind and solar energy.

Zinc8 scopes US zinc battery plant sites

Encouraged by the support it has received from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, along with the clean energy battery tax credits offered up in the Inflation Reduction Act, Zinc8... — Updated 9/20/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A test vial bubbling as the reaction from gallium-aluminum creates hydrogen.

More gallium the key to green hydrogen

A liquid metal being explored for use in shapeshifting soft robots and enhancing carbon-capturing properties of platinum, gallium is proving to be the missing link to many questions materials... — Updated 9/13/2022

 
Molten rare earth metal being poured into ingot molds.

Canada first, SRC pours rare earth metal

Major step along the path to establishing Saskatchewan as rare earths hub In another milestone along the path to establishing a major rare earths hub in Saskatchewan, the province announced that... — Updated 8/31/2022 Full story

 
Concept of peeling away old power sources to reveal renewable energy.

US utility testing liquid metal batteries

Xcel Energy eyes Ambri antimony batteries for clean energy storage Xcel Energy, a utility company that generates enough electricity to power roughly 23 million homes across eight states, has... — Updated 8/31/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A prototype of Cambridge University's artificial leaf floating on the Cam River.

An artificial leaf to fuel world trade

While renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar have become significantly cheaper and more available in recent years, many challenges still need to be overcome to achieve decarbonizatio... — Updated 8/30/2022

 
Suspended from the rail above, the Red Rail glides from the station.

China unveils first suspended maglev train

Without any outside forces, a sky train levitates 30 feet above the ground in China's Jiangxi Province, thanks to the powerful forces of rare earth permanent magnets. Unlike magnetic levitation... — Updated 8/30/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A rendering of MIT's gallium-gold bandage sensor on an arm.

A gold-gallium bandage to monitor body

MIT develops a wearable sensor able to target any biomarker Using a gold-gallium "band-aid" could prove the next generation of biological monitoring as researchers from the Massachusetts... — Updated 8/30/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
The periodic table element of mercury graphic.

2D material to clean up mercury pollution

Due to the alarming increase in mercury emissions into the atmosphere, researchers have been working for many years to develop systems to remove this heavy metal from water. Now, a team at Drexel... — Updated 8/30/2022

 
Cups with aluminum, sulfur, and molten salts in aluminum-sulfur batteries.

A new low-cost aluminum-sulfur battery

Seeking an affordable and safer alternative to lithium-ion batteries for the storage of intermittent clean energy from wind and solar, a global team of researchers led by an award-winning chemist... — Updated 8/30/2022

 
A geologist’s hammer next to lens of graphite at Graphite Creek in Alaska.

Study details US graphite supply chain

At a time when American automakers are looking for potential domestic supplies of the graphite that makes up nearly half of all the materials that go into the lithium-ion batteries powering... — Updated 8/30/2022 Full story

 
Row of installed First Solar thin-film solar panels in field with flowers.

DOE backs tellurium enriched solar tech

Launches $20M consortium to boost American-made CdTe cells Increasing federal backing of American-made thin-film solar technologies is likely to increase the demand for tellurium, a key... — Updated 8/23/2022

 
Stacks of boxes storing drill core at the Turnagain nickel project in BC.

Mitsubishi invests in BC nickel project

Japanese industrial giant Mitsubishi Corp. has entered into a deal to gain a foothold in a potential nickel-cobalt mine at Giga Metals Corp.'s Turnagain project in Northern British Columbia,... — Updated 8/23/2022

 
An old road closed barricade on an overgrown roadway.

Sen. Sullivan halts Defense nominees

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, is holding up the nominations of three senior Department of Defense nominees until he gets some answers on why the Biden administration pulled the permits for... — Updated 8/12/2022

 
Vivid green northern lights display over mining equipment operating at night.

Major funding for Vital rare earths plan

Vital Metals Ltd. has received an AU$45 million (US$31.6 million) infusion of cash to fund its expanding rare earths business in Canada. "Vital Metals is on the threshold of becoming North America... — Updated 8/12/2022

 
The tops of several AA-sized batteries commonly used in electronic devices.

Rechargeability looms for zinc batteries

For years, researchers have sought a viable method for making the common zinc alkaline battery rechargeable. Now, a team of international researchers has developed a technique for doing just that.... — Updated 8/10/2022

 
Biden under “A Future Made in America” banner at GM’s Factory Zero.

DOE seeks input on US critical materials

Recognizing the meteoric rise in demand for minerals and metals critical to electric vehicles, renewable energy, and the American economy at large, the U.S. Department of Energy is requesting... — Updated 8/9/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A hand-railing made using antimicrobial copper.

Super nano-copper coating to kill bacteria

A team of University of British Columbia researchers has designed a new copper coating that can kill bacteria more quickly and in greater quantities than current chemistries and could soon be... — Updated 8/9/2022

 
Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup under bright lights at the Rouge EV Center.

The ABCs of securing metals for Ford EVs

Looking to secure the materials required for the lithium batteries that will deliver power to more than 2 million electric vehicles per year by 2026, Ford Motor Company is adding the clout of its... — Updated 8/2/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A Hyundai NEXO cut through the middle, showing its hydrogen fuel-powered engine.

Iron to catalyze hydrogen fuel cell future

Researchers from Northeastern University in Boston have identified a novel class of catalysts that, because of their particular non-noble-metal nature, could offer a lower-cost alternative to the... — Updated 8/2/2022

 
A Tesla 4680 lithium-ion cell for EVs against a background of colorful swirls.

DOE loans Syrah $102M for graphite plant

To bolster supplies of the lithium-ion battery materials needed for America's transition to electric vehicles, the U.S. Department of Energy's Loan Programs Office is loaning Syrah Resources Ltd.... — Updated 8/2/2022

 
Rubidoux sandstone outcropping the southern Missouri Ozark Mountains.

USGS scours Ozarks for critical minerals

To gain a better understanding of the potential for critical minerals in the Ozarks, the U.S. Geological Survey has partnered with Arkansas and Missouri geologists on a $2.75 million program that... — Updated 7/26/2022

 
An artist rendering of a lithium-ion battery.

Vital link to Ontario's EV supply chain

Umicore to invest C$1.5B on lithium battery materials plant in Ontario. To establish the missing link between Ontario's abundant lithium battery metal resources and the established automotive... — Updated 7/26/2022 Full story

 

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