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 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A rendering of the nano-sized CrSBr crystals developed at Columbia University.

Tuned magnetism for quantum components

Columbia University chemists and physicists recently found a link between tunable electronic magnetic properties in a 2D semiconductor that could potentially be applied to quantum computing,... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Prototype silicon anode battery packs by Sila Nanotechnologies.

Sila Nano silicon anode for Mercedes EVs

In a significant step forward for the electric vehicle industry, Mercedes-Benz announced the next step in its partnership with Sila Nanotechnologies, to incorporate Sila's silicon anode chemistry... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Meltio's metal 3D printer head attached to a robotic arm.

Meltio 3D printing goes three dimensional

The ability to design and manufacture parts from metals or polymers into nearly any shape imaginable has been the dream of production companies for years, with one tech company taking it a step... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A picture of the open cabin of SPEE3D's WarpSPEE3D metal 3D printer.

SPEE3D metal printers for US Navy exercise

Australia-based SPEE3D, a leading supplier of some of the world's fastest and most rugged metal 3D printers, has been selected to take part in the U.S. Navy's Maintenance Technology Engagement... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A woman retrieving binoculars scanned using a Lumafield Neptune CT scanner.

CT scans make 3D printing parts easier

To address the supply chain challenges that have plagued manufacturers since the onset of the COVID pandemic, Desktop Metal and Lumafield have joined forces to offer an easy system to scan and 3D... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A precision laser to be used in potential nuclear fusion of hydrogen-boron.

Australia invests in laser fusion industry

As Australia's first laser fusion energy company, HB11 Energy has been awarded A$22 million (US$15.5) to develop next-generation high-power lasers needed to create a multi-billion-dollar nuclear... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Astrobotic's Peregrine lunar lander in upcoming space missions.

Preparations for foothold in final frontier

Aiming to kick off the Artemis era later this year, NASA is preparing for the first launch of its Space Launch System (SLS) mega-rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft, which will fly without any... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
A pile of black mass before being processed into battery-grade materials.

AMY NMC-811 cathode material gets tested

American Manganese reports that it has delivered NMC-811 (nickel-manganese-cobalt) cathode precursor material samples produced with its RecycLiCo technology to third-party collaborators in North... — Updated 7/1/2022 Full story

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Bags of black mass that will be sent to a Li-Cycle hub facility for processing.

Glencore invests $200M into Li-Cycle

Lithium-ion battery recycling company Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. has entered into a strategic partnership with Glencore plc, with an initial investment of $200 million toward improving the electric... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Aqua Metals Aqualyzer pushing out soggy Black Mass with its pilot machines.

Lead to lithium, Aqua Metals recycling

A leading innovator in metals recycling, Aqua Metals Inc. has achieved a new milestone in proving its recycling technology by plating high-purity nickel metal, one atom at a time, from black mass... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
An American Manganese recycled battery made from the RecycLiCo process.

RecycLiCo awaits final impact assessment

American Manganese Inc. reported that it has received the preliminary life cycle assessment results for its RecycLiCo lithium-ion battery recycling process and is awaiting the final external... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes 
SPEE3D's WarpSPEE3D metal 3D printer is the size of a small car.

SPEE3D printers introduce Phaser nozzle

SPEE3D's cold spray metal 3D printers can easily be considered one of the fastest printers in the world, deploying full-density, solid metal parts in minutes. Now, with the release of its Phaser... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes 
A simplified infograph showing the premise of a circular economy.

Rethinking green energy circular economy

Upon completion of an exhaustive review of the circular economy for solar and battery technologies, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
A digital photo of a haul truck driving through a cyber like space.

Hexagon total mine platform, Power of One

Keeping in alignment with overall mining safety and efficiency, Hexagon AB's mining division unveiled its Power of One platform, a holistic, life-of-mine smart solution connecting sensors,... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Metal 3D printed parts made from the Metal Expansion Kit by Ultimaker.

Metal expansion kit for plastic printers

With a small, intuitive leap, Netherlands-based 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker is providing a simple yet ingenious addition to its line of polymer printers, a metal expansion kit that enables... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Cambridge University's artificial leaf inside of a clear water pipe.

Solar fuel made from artificial leaves

Researchers at the University of Cambridge, with academics at Imperial College London, have developed a bismuth leaf that may one day be able to produce clean hydrogen from water and sunlight,... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
The Quantum Brilliance processor installed at Pawsey Centre in Australia.

Diamonds shimmer in quantum computers

It seems that cutting-edge computer technology, like truth, is stranger than fiction. In this strange new world of computational science, diamonds push past the reasonable and into the... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A zoomed in photo of a loudspeaker.

UK SCREAMs for recycled REE magnets

Researchers from the Birmingham Energy Institute, along with several partners, are supporting a new grant-funded project to recycle rare earth magnets from electronic waste, electric motors, and... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A floating metallic cube above a supercooled superconductor, quantum locking.

Strontium titanate, some secrets revealed

A team led by University of Minnesota Twin Cities researchers has discovered how subtle structural changes in strontium titanate, a metal oxide semiconductor, can alter the material's electrical... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A puddle of liquified gallium with two large beads of platinum in it.

Gallium is platinum's new best friend

Researchers at the University of New South Wales Sydney and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology recently made a groundbreaking discovery in the use of platinum. By adding just a pinch of... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A graphic showing the Future 50, a Corporate Knights ranking list.

Future 50 ranking, Li-Cycle earns top three

With lithium quadrupling in price over the past year, it's a great time to own this mineral, and the good times extend to Canada-based Li-Cycle Holdings Corp., which recycles metals from... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Two bloated, end-of-life lithium-ion cell phone batteries.

DOE funding toward X-BATT recycling tech

Semplastics, parent company of X-MAT and X-BATT, was awarded over $200,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop novel high-capacity composite anodes for the upcycling of spent graphite from... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
X-MAT CEO Bill Easter holding prototypes of X-BATT single layer pouch batteries.

X-BATT granted battery recycling patent

X-MAT, the advanced materials division of Semplastics, recently announced it has been granted a United States patent for its electrode fabrication technology, which dramatically increases the... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Vehicle frame manufacturing at Volvo’s Luqiao plant in China.

Volvo signs SteelZero for net-zero goals

Volvo Cars has become the first carmaker to sign up with the SteelZero initiative, a net-zero steel pledge, which commits the European automaker to stringent carbon dioxide-based steel sourcing... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals 
Refined powders from recycled lithium-batteries from Redwood Materials.

Toyota pairs with Redwood for EV batteries

As part of its commitment to reduce its environmental footprint and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Toyota Motor North America is collaborating with Redwood Materials Inc. to create a... — Updated 7/1/2022

 

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