Category: Metals

Nth Cycle receives grant for electro-extraction technology commercialization

Read the full story at Recycling Today.

Nth Cycle, a metal processing and recycling technology company based in Boston, has been awarded a $250,000 grant by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) through its InnovateMass program. The grant money will go toward commercializing Nth Cycle’s clean and modular electro-extraction technology. 

Millions of electric car batteries will retire in the next decade. What happens to them?

Read the full story in The Guardian.

The quest to prevent batteries – rich in raw materials such as cobalt, lithium and nickel – ending up as a mountain of waste.

Microplastics: A trojan horse for metals

Read the full story from the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.

The fact that microplastics can accumulate organic pollutants from the environment and transport them has been known for some time. What is new, however, is that metals can also be transported in this manner. In addition, the smaller the particles, the greater the metal accumulation on the plastic. This has been demonstrated by scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon in a new study. The results were published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials Letters.

A major breakthrough for the clean steel industry

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

A pioneering green steelmaking plant in Sweden has successfully demonstrated the feasibility of using fossil fuel-free hydrogen gas rather than coking coal for production processes, marking a “critical milestone” on the road to decarbonizing the steel industry, according to the companies behind the high profile project.

HYBRIT — a joint venture company between Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall, iron ore miner LKAB and steelmaker SSAB — has produced its first 100 metric tons of sponge iron using hydrogen at the pilot plant, having started test operations at the Luleå site in September.

Boulder startup ElectraSteel raises $28.25M as it seeks to electrify steel production

Read the full story at Daily Camera.

A Boulder startup has raised $28.25 million in an attempt to clean up steel production, which globally accounts for three gigatons of carbon-dioxide emissions per year, or 10% of the worldwide total.

The inside story on green steel – time to put pedal to the metal

Read the full story at The Fifth Estate.

The built environment has developed a taste for sustainable, low emissions steel — but in Australia, the cupboards are relatively bare.

Argonne partners with Chilean company SQM to better understand lithium life cycle

Read the full story from Argonne National Laboratory.

A groundbreaking collaboration with one of the world’s largest producers of lithium will yield critical insights into the lithium production process and how it relates to environmental sustainability.

ISGS project will seek valuable elements, minerals from coal and coal waste

Read the full story from the Prairie Research Institute.

The Office of Fossil Energy within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected to award nearly $1.5 million to the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) for a project that will evaluate the availability of valuable rare earth elements and critical minerals in coal and coal waste streams in Illinois and nearby states. 

Recycling critical metals in e-waste: Make it the law, experts warn EU, citing raw material security

Read the full story from the CEWASTE Project.

End-of-life circuit boards, certain magnets in disc drives and electric vehicles, EV and other special battery types, and fluorescent lamps are among several electrical and electronic products containing critical raw materials (CRMs), the recycling of which should be made law, says a new UN-backed report funded by the EU.

Critical Raw Materials Resilience: Charting a Path Towards Greater Security and Sustainability

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Building on the EU’s Raw Materials Initiative, this Communication presents:
  • the EU 2020 list of critical raw materials
  • the challenges for a secure and sustainable supply of critical raw materials and actions
    to increase EU resilience and open strategic autonomy.

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