How to build a superconducting superconductive alloy from non-fibrous metal
By David McAllister / Associated PressBillionaire Elon Musk says he is building a superconductor made of nickel and copper from nonfibres that could be used in everything from the batteries of electric cars to superconductors for high-speed supercomputers.
Musk, who co-founded PayPal and Tesla Motors, said Tuesday at a news conference in New York that the metal is being produced by the same company that makes graphene, which is a graphite-like material made of carbon atoms.
Musk’s company, Neuralink, is developing a process for producing the material in a vacuum at a commercial scale.
It is the first commercial process for making graphene-based materials, according to Musk.
Musking also said he has been able to get his company to make its own silicon carbide, an additive used in silicon composites.
It uses a process similar to the way that nickel is used to make graphene, Musk said.
The process, however, is expensive and takes longer than the process that makes metal, Musk told reporters.
It is the second time in the last few months that Musk has touted the use of nonfiber materials in new technologies.
In January, Musk and the rest of Tesla’s executive team announced a new manufacturing process that will be used to produce lithium ion batteries.
In the announcement, Musk promised to sell his electric car company to investors in 2021.
Musk said that if all goes well, the new lithium-ion battery technology will be ready to go within five years.