Nickel Magazine

Volume 29-2 : Game changers

July 18, 2014

Disruptive technologies in manufacturing, transportation, energy and sport


In Brief


Coping with extremes

Living in Alaska is living on the edge. Both geography and climate conspire to challenge service providers. One such provider is the Golden Valley Electrical Association (GVEA), a cooperative headquartered in Fairbanks, Alaska’s second largest city. It supplies electricity to some 90,000 customers spread over 5,700km2 in the interior of the state.



Drug delivery by means of micro robots, also called microbots, which are no bigger than a human cell may one day allow drugs to be delivered exactly where needed in the body. The nickel-coated cage-like device, 100 microns long and 40 wide, is small enough to be injected into the body and guided wirelessly with an electromagnetic field. To enable wireless control, parts of the microbot are coated with a thin layer of nickel which is ferro-magnetic.

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In Use


Kelpies in Scotland

Towering thirty meters above the Forth and Clyde canal in central Scotland, the Kelpies can claim to be among the world’s most exciting pieces of public art. Scottish sculptor Andy Scott’s massive pair of equine heads is inspired by the powerful heavy horses that worked the canal towpaths in times gone by.


Greening Power

Where and how the world finds its energy is changing. Yet how nickel-containing materials are enabling and supporting this dynamic process may not seem obvious until one looks closely


Really Green Ethanol

The use of food crops for the production of fuel is somewhat controversial. 2014 will see, however, the commissioning of the first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol production facilities that will increase the utilization of plant waste, reduce competition for food crops and provide a substitution for fossil fuels. And nickel-containing alloys are central to this game-changing revolution.

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Current Issue

Nickel and sustainability

Towards a circular economy

August 30, 2018


Feature Story:
A catalyst for sustainable operations
Nickel-containing catalysts are widely used in the refining and petrochemical industries worldwide. At end-of-life, catalysts are either sent to landfill or sent for recycling to recover the valuable metals they contain. Refineries in Kuwait are changing the way they handle spent catalysts.