Nickel Magazine

Energy transition

May 17, 2018

Nickel helping to combat climate change




Nickel catalysts

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.

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Nickel recycling

Recycling is a key pillar in global initiatives striving towards a more sustainable society. As outlined by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals: 17 goals to transform our world, “responsible consumption and production” is at the core of a circular economy and plays a critical role in mitigating climate change. When it comes to recycling, what sets metals like nickel apart from other raw materials?

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Nickel in concentrated solar power

Nickel-based alloys and nickel-containing stainless are playing key roles in an emerging source of renewable energy known as thermal solar plants or concentrated solar power. Their use has enabled the industry to overcome challenges in heat transfer and thermal storage technology. The use of these materials serves to prevent degradation or replacement costs for projects with design lives of up to 40 years or longer.


Recovery of nickel

The increasing use of nickel in many important technological applications has resulted in sustained growth in its demand over many decades. With a historic growth rate of around 4 % per year, the annual demand for nickel in recent years has doubled over the working life of a typical mine (20 years), meaning there would need to be two new mines opened for every one that closes.

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Li-ion battery recycling

With nickel-containing Li-ion battery usage forecast to grow exponentially around the world in the next 20 years, end-of-life collection and recycling is poised to grow as well.

In Use


Guitar strings

Pure-nickel or nickel-plated guitar strings, whatever the choice, nickel has been a longtime player in the music industry.


Sea of information

The Nickel Institute and the Copper Development Association have developed a new series of technical presentations to help users better understand the behaviour of copper-based alloys, stainless steels and nickel alloys in marine environments.

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