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 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Diablo Canyon Power Plant in California helps power roughly 15% of the state.

CA plant first choice for nuclear program

Hoping to promote clean, renewable energy through nuclear power, the Biden administration Nov. 21 announced the conditional selection of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant near Avila Beach, California,... — Updated 11/30/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes 
Desktop Metal Production System class metal 3D printer for industrial scale.

Desktop Metal receives $9M printer order

One of several frontrunners in the race for additive manufacturing prevalence, Desktop Metal Inc. has garnered a $9 million order from a major German automaker for its binder jet 3D metal... — Updated 11/29/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
President Biden next to a Corvette Z06 showcased a the revived Detroit car show.

Biden's new surge of EV recycling funding

Furthering its climate goals and hoping to continue strengthening the nation's battery supply chain, the Biden administration has allotted $74 million to advance technologies and processes for... — Updated 11/29/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes 
VulcanForms co-founders John Hart (left) and Martin Feldmann (right).

From 3D printing to digital manufacturing

VulcanForms is elevating metal 3D printing to the next stage of AM industrialization. Spun out from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumnus and professor duo, VulcanForms is pushing the... — Updated 11/29/2022 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A close up angled shot of hydrogen fuel tanks.

DOE sees nuclear as key to green hydrogen

Nuclear-powered clean hydrogen production has the potential to be a gamechanger. As one of the most viable options to stabilize the energy demands of the future with clean renewable sources, the... — Updated 11/15/2022 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
The suite of equipment that operates Meltio's newest Horizon software.

Meltio's new tools ease metal 3D printing

From the minds behind the fully articulated robotic arm 3D printing delivery system, Meltio introduces two new innovations designed to increase the reliability of metal additive manufacturing ... — Updated 11/15/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
A 3D rendering of interconnected atoms that could function like graphene.

Twisted graphene smooths quantum tech

Researchers postulate graphene can be transistor, superconductor simultaneously. With the breakthroughs in quantum technologies that graphene has enabled, among countless other discoveries this... — Updated 11/15/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Rows of unblemished Panasonic double AA batteries.

Redwood materials for Panasonic US plant

Cathode supply deal follows seal of approval from Argonne National Laboratory. Helping to offset the imbalance of demand to resources, battery recycler Redwood Materials Inc. will supply... — Updated 11/15/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A phone app that shows a diamond being tracked by Everledger technology.

Everledger, Ford battery passport pilot

To encourage greater transparency in the inevitable battery-powered world, Ford Motor Company has partnered with Everledger to deliver the world's first passport pilot for the responsible... — Updated 11/14/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A Microvast engineer studying General Motors' Ultium battery pack.

GM doubles down on battery separator tech

Being supported by a $200 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Battey Materials Processing and Battery Manufacturing initiative, General Motors has partnered with battery... — Updated 11/8/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
The USS Bataan is the first aircraft carrier to install a metal 3D printer.

Navy adds first metal 3D printer to Bataan

Advancing efforts to become truly self-sufficient at sea, the United States Navy recently announced the installation of the first metal 3D printer aboard the USS Bataan. Installed under a joint... — Updated 11/8/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
The Wallula field site in Washington State is ideal for carbon capture research.

Rock solid technique for capturing CO2

Following the current trend of carbon emission mitigation, researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are endeavoring to subvert gaseous carbon dioxide by turning it into stone that... — Updated 11/3/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
A mineshaft being outlined with a digital rendering.

Ericsson and Becker partner on mining 5G

Seeking to unearth the future of smart mining, Swedish telecom giant Ericsson has partnered with Becker Mining Systems AG to distribute private 5G networks at global operations. According to a... — Updated 11/1/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A rendering of synapses in the brain with neurons firing through them.

Quantum computers power VW research

Branching into the edge field of quantum computing, Volkswagen Group has partnered with Canadian quantum technology company Xanadu to answer a single question: can quantum computers help design... — Updated 11/1/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Metal 3D printed dice made with Fused Filament Fabrication printers.

Microwaving metal with The Virtual Foundry

To help spur the introduction of metal 3D printing, metal filament manufacturer The Virtual Foundry introduced a new method of debinding and sintering printed components – with a microwave.... — Updated 11/1/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
An artist's rendering of the newest conductive plastic.

Conductive Play-Doh breaks convention

Going against all known rules of conductivity, researchers from the University of Chicago are astonished by a strange material that can be made like plastic but conducts electricity like metal, be... — Updated 11/1/2022 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Most communications use X-band waves to transmit signals.

Drexel 2D material absorbs wavelengths

Much like lead can protect even Superman from the effects of kryptonite, researchers at Drexel University's College of Engineering may have engineered a vanadium-based MXene shield that could... — Updated 10/25/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Fisheye view of tungsten sheets inside the WEST tokamak fusion reactor.

Boron "detergent" for nuclear fusion

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have found a way to add a dash of boron to a tungsten tokamak fusion reactor to keep its plasma clean during opera... — Updated 10/18/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Metals
Left shows the prototype Thermal Camouflage Jacket. Right shows it in use.

Prototype invisibility cloak by Vollebak

Techno-clothing company utilizes graphene to make jacket invisible to infrared cameras. Thanks to the "wonder material" graphene, the invisibility cloak often seen in fantasy and science fiction... — Updated 10/18/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Semplastics CEO Bill Easter and Director of R&D Kyle Marcus with Voltage Award.

Semplastics reveals new DioQuest venture

From its X-MAT subsidiary that turns coal into clean and efficient building materials to its X-BATT subsidiary that recycles spent lithium into new batteries, Semplastics has made a name for... — Updated 10/18/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
The National Ignition Facility nuclear fusion chamber being set in 1999.

Seurat area printing could make AM viable

Metal 3D printing tech developed for fusion energy gains popularity. Metal 3D printing company Seurat Technologies has received orders for 25 tons of metal printed parts. In addition to... — Updated 10/11/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Three white lithium-ion batteries beside a green recycling symbol.

RecycLiCo has closed the loop for lithium

RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc. announced it has successfully closed the lithium-ion battery supply chain loop with its patented recycling and upcycling process. Closed-loop battery recycling is... — Updated 10/11/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
A vintage photograph of the now ghost town Grand Forks in Yukon, Canada.

Minerva AI case study for Klondike Gold

Continuing a trend of supporting mineral exploration with its cutting-edge artificial intelligence and machine learning software, Minerva Intelligence Inc. has carried out a case study on the... — Updated 10/3/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Technician tests the chemicals inside Lithion Recycling's demonstration plant.

GM adds new link to domestic supply chain

Playing the long game, General Motors Co. announced a strategic investment with Quebec-based Lithion Recycling Inc. to support the automaker's pursuit of an eventual circular battery ecosystem... — Updated 9/27/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A laboratory-scale device using laminar co-flow to isolate pure magnesium salt.

Magnesium battle between EVs and cattle

Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of Washington have dicovered a simple way to extract what could be considered one of the most critical minerals to the... — Updated 9/27/2022


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