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First Tellurium solid-state energy R&D

Mineral explorer sees tellurium as solid-state clean energy solution, forms company to advance new tech. Before its use in thin-film solar panels, tellurium was an obscure semi-metallic element with few... — Updated 4/26/2023

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Message in a bottle: More copper needed

In a clarion call to current and future mining colleagues, IMDEX geoscience chief warns lack of copper may slow energy transition. As global governments and industries scramble to ensure there is enough... — Updated 4/19/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Tech Metals
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Shell funds MGA Thermal storage plant

Green energy startup MGA Thermal and its long-duration energy storage solution rose above a field of dozens of quality applicants to win a $400,000 grant from Shell GameChanger, an initiative sponsored by... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

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NY Sen. Schumer calls Zinc8 with an offer

Seeing a win-win-win situation that revitalizes an old Superfund site, creates jobs for New Yorkers, and supercharges a cutting-edge renewable energy storage technology, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

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A secret ingredient to US clean energy

Rare tellurium has emerged as vital metalloid in next-gen solar, solid-state batteries. From longer-range electric vehicle batteries to long-lasting solar panels that efficiently charge those EVs with... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

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New device turns the body into a battery

While thermoelectric generators are proving useful in a growing number of modern applications, ranging from electric vehicles to spacecraft, a new potential use for the technology has emerged that could... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

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A push to add copper to US critical list

US business and political leaders call on USGS to expediently add copper to list of critical minerals. Copper is essential to a global economy that favors low-carbon electricity powerlines over fossil... — Updated 2/16/2023 Full story

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Slow going for nuclear fusion research

Tungsten alloys could endure extreme temps for carbon-free energy technology. The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project recently reported hitting significant snags in its quest... — Updated 2/16/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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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 scientists... — Updated 9/13/2022

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 selected the... — Updated 8/31/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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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 decarbonization in most... — Updated 8/30/2022

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 ingredient of... — Updated 8/23/2022

 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

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Cambridge University's artificial leaf inside of a clear water pipe.

Solar fuel made from artificial leaves

Researchers at the University of Cambridge, with academics at Imperial College London, have developed a bismuth leaf that may one day be able to produce clean hydrogen from water and sunlight, overcoming... — Updated 7/12/2022 Full story

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Gridlock could delay clean energy future

The International Energy Agency warns that traffic jams threaten the clean energy future. Not on global highways congested with electric vehicles, nor in lines of these EVs waiting to top off their batteri... — Updated 7/12/2022

Men install First Solar CdTe thin-film photovoltaic panels.

Critical solar metal now produced in US

As part of a wider initiative to recover critical minerals as byproducts at its current mining operations, Rio Tinto is now producing the tellurium used in thin-film photovoltaic solar panels at its... — Updated 7/12/2022

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Scientists break fusion power record

The quest to generate clean energy like that produced inside our Sun and other stars moved a step closer to reality recently when scientists in the United Kingdom broke the record for power released in a... — Updated 7/12/2022

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US Vanadium electrolyte plant complete

With the recent completion of a $2 million expansion, US Vanadium Holding Company LLC is now able to produce up to 4 million liters of ultra-high-purity electrolyte for vanadium redox flow batteries per... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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DESY nano-chocolates that store hydrogen

Announced just before the end of 2021, a team led by the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron or DESY research center, laid the foundation for an alternative method of storing hydrogen gas using palladium... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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Purdue paints with record-breaking white

Out of West Lafayette, Indiana, Purdue University has earned a Guinness World Record for an unintended side effect to reducing global warming – creating the whitest paint ever. "When we started this... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
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MIT develops game-changing H fuel process

As the world aspires to move away from fossil fuels and minimize carbon emissions, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new method to generate clean hydrogen fuel... — Updated 7/12/2022

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Researchers develop metal eating robots

Mankind's use of minerals has evolved over the eons hand-in-hand with innovation. From the first crude fire starters and simple machines to the evolving wonders of the Information Age, human beings have... — Updated 7/10/2022

MIT thermophotovoltaic heat engine to generate electricity.

Heat to electricity with no moving parts

Since its invention nearly 140 years ago, the modern steam turbine has represented the apex of efficiency when it comes to converting thermal energy into electricity. Now, engineers from the Massachusetts... — Updated 4/19/2022 Full story

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An inconvenient truth for climate change

It is an inconvenient truth that the low-carbon future envisioned by world leaders that gathered for the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, cannot be built without massive new supplies... — Updated 1/25/2022 Full story

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bp puts in large First Solar panel order

Continuing its transformation from a British company supplying much of the world's petroleum needs for the past 120 years to an integrated energy company embracing a spectrum of energy sources for a... — Updated 12/7/2021 Full story


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