Interview Ahead of SIEW: How Niobium Technology is Providing a Range of Solutions in the Evolving Energy Landscape

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Tadeu Carneiro, Chief Executive Officer of CBMM, explains the role of niobium technology in addressing the energy challenges of today and in building a sustainable, low carbon future.

Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) Gold Sponsor CBMM is the world’s leading supplier of niobium and niobium technology. The recently published “5Qs” interview with CBMM’s CEO provides an insight into the considerable benefits niobium technology can bring to developing a wide range of sustainable energy solutions.

The interview offers examples of how the use of niobium technology in steels enables the efficient design and build of gas pipelines and wind towers. Tadeu Carneiro also describes emerging applications, such as how the addition of niobium in batteries has the potential to increase their energy storage capacities. Indeed, niobium technology has considerable potential in a variety of products associated with generating, transporting and consuming energy. A key focus area for the future is the continued development of niobium technology for energy storage solutions.

Investment in research and development over many years and collaboration with academia, industry and end users have been instrumental in expanding an already wide range of solutions utilizing niobium technology. The Niobium Solar Mobile Project is one example of how this type of collaboration works in practice and is on display at the Marina Bay Sands Events Square throughout SIEW (24 to 28 October 2016).

During the interview, Tadeu Carneiro explained, “CBMM is focused on supporting technical development that will consolidate the most efficient uses of niobium,” and went on to say, “For decades, CBMM has been developing niobium technology, where the element’s properties make it the unbeatable choice due to improved efficiency, safety and performance.”

Through innovation and collaboration niobium technology will continue to support the advancement of current and future sustainable energy technologies.

The full interview has been published on the SIEW website


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About CBMM:

Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM) is the world's leading supplier of niobium products and niobium technology. Fully integrated from the mine to the final customized products, CBMM also provides expert technical support to customers in the most sophisticated steel and technology industries around the globe.

A hallmark of CBMM’s 60-year history is collaboration to develop innovative solutions where niobium’s properties make it the unbeatable choice for improved efficiency, safety and performance. The Niobium Solar Mobile Project – the first zero emission motorcycle, combined with a solar charging container – is just one example of a partnership that harnessed the tremendous impact of a small amount of niobium added to steels, making them lighter, stronger, tougher and more weldable. These properties enabled the design of a 31% lighter frame for a motorcycle that goes faster and farther on a single solar charge.

To learn more about niobium technologies that address global challenges, visit

About the Niobium Solar Mobile Project

This exciting project illustrates how companies can collaborate to develop the innovative technologies needed to address today’s global challenges. CBMM joined forces with motorcycle company Current Motor, the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and steel producer SSAB. Through the application of niobium technology, they produced the world’s first zero emission electric cargo motorcycle.

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