Monthly Archives: September 2016

Tesla Powerwall powers NewBrunswick home as part of pilot project

The company best known for building electric cars, has now started powering a New Brunswick home. Stephen McNeil’s home Fredericton Junction is the first to host a Tesla powerwall in the province. The powerwall came from the company’s designs for electric vehicle power storage. It is a wall-mounted battery unit designed to hold electricity from alternative power sources, as well as the grid. It will power a structure during times of outages. The unit … Continue reading

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Philippines to suspend 20 more mines, boosting Nickel price

The Philippines has ordered the suspension of 20 more mines for environmental violations, as the world’s top supplier of nickel ore vowed to pursue stricter standards than in global mining centers such as Canada and Australia. Most of the mines were nickel producers and the news sent global prices up more than 1 percent on Tuesday, helping the metal recover from earlier losses amid worries over disruption of supply to the important Chinese market. … Continue reading

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Canadian firm turns coal to graphite

Canadian-headquartered multinational organisation, CVMR, through research has been able to convert natural coal to graphite flakes, powders and graphite blocks at much lower cost than the current methods in use. In addition, the firm has been able to produce graphene from methane gas, they said in a company statement. According to Kamran M. Khozan, Chairman and CEO of CVMR Corporation and MPower Corporation, the graphite product has the ability to collect and store energy … Continue reading

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Nickel Deposit Can Generate $400bn For Nigeria

The federal government has revealed that Nigeria can generate $400 billion from nickel, a new mineral resource recently discovered in Kaduna State. Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Hon Abubakar Bawa Bwari, who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP, said the discovered nickel deposits run into over 1 million tonnes. Speaking on the value of the discovered mineral, he pointed out that despite the collapse of global mineral and oil … Continue reading

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Indonesia Nickel Smelter investors fret over possible rule changes

Indonesian nickel smelter investors fear the government of President Joko Widodo will change rules that have supported prices of the metal, and put up to $12 billion in its budding smelting and mineral processing industry at risk. Indonesia banned metal ore shipments in 2014 to push firms to build smelters and shift exports from raw materials to higher-value semi-finished and finished metals. The ban cost Southeast Asia’s largest economy – the world’s top nickel … Continue reading

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China Plays Ore Hopscotch as Southeast Asian Mining Slows

As one of the world’s leading metal producers, China is running into a new problem acquiring the mineral ores it needs to churn out stainless steel and aluminum: concern for the environment. Rising anti-mining sentiment rippling through Southeast Asia has led to a series of mine shutdowns that are helping push up prices for some crucial minerals. The latest threat to China’s ability to source minerals comes from the Philippines, the world’s top supplier … Continue reading

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Pune team in India produces Carbon from Sugarcane waste for use in Batteries

Researchers from Pune’s National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) have used a simple, cost-effective and quick process to convert sugarcane bagasse into anode-grade porous, conducting, activated carbon material for use in Li-ion batteries. While making anode-grade carbon is currently very expensive and time-consuming, the Pune researchers were able to produce high-quality carbon within minutes by using a low power microwave system. The results of the study were … Continue reading

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New Study Shows Nickel Graphene Can Be Tuned for Optimal Fracture Strength

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In a new computational study published in The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, University of Arkansas engineering researchers found that nanocomposites composed of layers of nickel and graphene — a promising new material for flexible electronics devices — can be tuned for optimal fracture strength by manipulating the structural arrangement of the graphene sheets. The study was conducted by Scott Muller, mechanical engineering graduate student, and Arun Nair, … Continue reading

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Barrick suspends operations at mine in Argentina after leak

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Barrick Gold Corp. said on Thursday that it is temporarily suspending operations at its Veladero mine in Argentina following a new leak. Argentine authorities fined Barrick $9.3 million earlier this year after a 2015 cyanide spill at the mine in the western province of San Juan. The world’s largest gold mining company said Thursday that the new leak took place on Sept. 8 when a pipe that carried process solution … Continue reading

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BMW And GE Invest $80 Million Into Carbon3D To Bring 3D Printing Into Mass Manufacturing

Carbon, a hot 3D printing startup promising production speeds of up to 100 times faster than traditional printers, is raising $81 million from a number of big name manufacturers hoping to adopt the technology. GE Ventures, BMW, Nikon and JSR are investing as the Redwood City, Calif.-based startup’s first strategic investors. The new investment is an extension of its $100 Series C round, which was led by Google GOOGL -0.52% Ventures. Its total funding … Continue reading

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