Nickel is a part of our everyday lives and a metal that we will increasingly need for a sustainable future. It is all around us, from the utensils we use in our kitchens to the bridges that connect our cities and the batteries of electric vehicles that will help to enable a low-carbon future. Yet many people do not even notice its presence because it is a ‘hidden’ metal.
Nickel (Ni) is a naturally occurring element that makes up a large part of the Earth’s core. Tectonic movements allow magma to rise to the surface, depositing nickel in igneous rock formations within its crust. It is also commonly found in meteorites, with ancient impact craters often providing nickel deposits on Earth.
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But nickel’s journey is also symbolic; from a metal traditionally used to manufacture stainless steel, to one that is now regarded as critical for the transition to a low-carbon economy. And through its virtually endless recyclability, it is also driving the transformation to a truly circular economy.
- The most crucial use of this element is that it is used to make
- It is used in making
- It is used in gas turbines and rocket engines as it has the capability to resist corrosion even at high temperatures.
- It is used to make a variety of alloys which are further used to make armor plating, nails, or pipes.
- Monel (alloys of nickel and copper) is a hard compound and can resist corrosion by Hence, it is used in propeller shafts in boats and desalination plants.