May 17, 2020

New Voltaic 'Spark' Solar iPad Case

voltaic
Spark
Solar
powered
Admin
2 min
Voltaic introduces the sleek and powerful new solar ‘Spark’ solar powered charging case for the iPad.  Charge up with green energy!
The iPad is all the rage these days, but as with any portable electronic device, keeping charged up is of the utmost importance. In the hustle and bust...

The iPad is all the rage these days, but as with any portable electronic device, keeping charged up is of the utmost importance.  In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s not always convenient to have to find an electrical outlet, plug in your iPad, and wait for it to charge.  Voltaic has the answer… A solar powered briefcase that charges your iPad with the naturally abundant energy of the sun. 

The Spark Solar Tablet Case is Voltaic’s innovative and powerful new solar charging case for iPads.  While other solar charger designs built into bags and backpacks are typically low power, providing roughly four watts of electricity on average, the Spark provides eight watts. 

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The Spark’s design features four solar panels mounted onto an elongated black (or silver) carrying case.  The case comes complete with Voltaic’s new V39 USB battery.  The 39 watt-hour battery comes with two USB ports: a high powered port for charging iPads and other tablets, and a lower powered port for charging phones and other mobile devices.  The battery is a flat design that fits perfectly into the Spark tablet case.

When placed in direct sunlight, the Spark solar case can provide about one hour of video playback on the iPad for every hour spent in the sun. 

The Spark is available for $299.  If you’re just interested in the V39 USB battery, that will also sell separately for $99.  If you’re not “a mac,” and currently use a different brand of tablet computer, not to fear, the Spark works for other tablets as well.  As the tablet revolution gets under way, we’re likely to see more green innovations like the Spark Solar Tablet Case hitting the market, so keep your eyes open!

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Oct 19, 2020

Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process

cleantech
manganese
USA
Scott Birch
3 min
Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States
Nevada firm aims to become the primary manganese producer in the United States...

Itronics - a Nevada-based emerging cleantech materials growth company that manufacturers fertilisers and produces silver - has successfully tested two proprietary processes that recover manganese, with one process recovering manganese, potassium and zinc from paste produced by processing non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. The second recovers manganese via the company’s Rock Kleen Technology.

Manganese, one of the four most important industrial metals and widely used by the steel industry, has been designated by the US Federal Government as a "critical mineral." It is a major component of non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, one of the largest battery categories sold globally.

The use of manganese in EV batteries is increasing as EV battery technology is shifting to use of more nickel and manganese in battery formulations. But according to the US Department of Interior, there is no mine production of manganese in the United States. As such, Itronics is using its Rock Kleen Technology to test metal recoverability from mine tailings obtained from a former silver mine in western Nevada that has a high manganese content. 

In a statement, Itronics says that its Rock Kleen process recovers silver, manganese, zinc, copper, lead and nickel. The company says that it has calculated – based on laboratory test results – that if a Rock Kleen tailings process is put into commercial production, the former mine site would become the only primary manganese producer in the United States.

Itronics adds that it has also tested non-rechargeable alkaline battery paste recovered by a large domestic battery recycling company to determine if it could use one of its hydrometallurgical processes to solubilize the manganese, potassium, and zinc contained in the paste. This testing was successful, and Itronics was able to produce material useable in two of its fertilisers, it says.

"We believe that the chemistry of the two recovery processes would lend itself to electrochemical recovery of the manganese, zinc, and other metals. At this time electrochemical recovery has been tested for zinc and copper,” says Dr John Whitney, Itronics president. 

“Itronics has been reviewing procedures for electrochemical recovery of manganese and plans to move this technology forward when it is appropriate to do so and has acquired electro-winning equipment needed to do that.

"Because of the two described proprietary technologies, Itronics is positioned to become a domestic manganese producer on a large scale to satisfy domestic demand. The actual manganese products have not yet been defined, except for use in the Company's GOLD'n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilisers. However, the Company believes that it will be able to produce chemical manganese products as well as electrochemical products," he adds.

Itronics’ research and development plant is located in Reno, about 40 miles west of the Tesla giga-factory. Its planned cleantech materials campus, which will be located approximately 40 miles south of the Tesla factory, would be the location where the manganese products would be produced.

Panasonic is operating one of the world's largest EV battery factories at the Tesla location. However, Tesla and other companies have announced that EV battery technology is shifting to use of nickel-manganese batteries. Itronics is positioned and located to become a Nevada-0based supplier of manganese products for battery manufacturing as its manganese recovery technologies are advanced, the company states.

A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company's breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. ‘Additionally, Itronics is strategically positioned with its portfolio of "Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies" to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites,’ the statement continues.

The Company's growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $113 million in 2025.

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