Nickel Magazine

Volume 30-3: Evolution of Coinage

December 08, 2015

Continuing contributions from nickel

Features


In Brief

SS wire conducts 100 times more than copper wire

Amperium

Nickel plays a small but important role in fault circuit limiters that act as surge protectors for the power grid. Energy solutions company AMSC manufactures Type 8612 Amperium® stainless steel laminated electrical wire which is designed for use in current-limiting superconductor coils or rods where robustness and current-limiting capacity are vital to the stability of the grid.

Soldered stainless steel

Solder flux

A new family of solder fluxes allows soft soldering of nickel and steel.


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In Use

Mont St Michel Barrage

Mont St-Michel

A twenty year project to save the UNESCO world heritage site Mont St-Michel from becoming landlocked was inaugurated by France’s President Hollande in October 2015. Nickel-containing stainless steel plays an important role in this feat of engineering.

Artificial hand using NiTi wires

Helping hands

A research team, led by Professor Stefan Seelecke from Saarland University and the Center for Mechatronics and Automation Technology (ZeMA), both in Saarbrücken Germany, is using a new technology based on the shape-memory properties of a nickel-titanium alloy (UNS N01555). The engineers have equipped an artificial hand with ‘muscles’ that are composed of ultrafine nickel-titanium shape-memory alloy (SMA) wires with a diameter similar to that of a human hair. Like a muscle, the wires can contract and relax.


Ni reserves

Nickel resources

The Nickel Institute has compiled concrete, recent figures concerning the nickel reserve and resource situation. The resulting infographic clearly demonstrates that—just taking into account known reserves and resources and assuming an increase in nickel production—there is enough nickel available for 100 years. Yet this is not the full picture. There are still potential resources such as nickel deposits at the bottom of oceans yet to be explored, which will significantly increase the future availability of nickel.

Pic: National Museum of American History

NiFe batteries

Ni-Fe batteries are re-gaining popularity with owners of independent solar energy systems because their expected life—about 25 years—is at least triple that of a lead-acid battery.


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Current Issue

Nickel and sustainability

Towards a circular economy

August 30, 2018

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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.