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Aerial view of Bornite exploration camp in Alaska’s Ambler Mining District.

Critical minerals war in the White House

The White House's bold clean energy ambitions, which are intricately linked to the availability of reliable supplies of the metals needed to build electric vehicles and renewable energy... — Updated 9/6/2022

An RMIT researcher with three columns of concrete produced with PPE.

Discarded PPE makes concrete stronger

Researchers at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology School of Engineering have found that disposable personal protective equipment can be used as reinforcement materials in making structural... — Updated 9/6/2022 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Gold bars displayed in an organized pile.

Philosopher's graphene: waste into gold

Researchers from the University of Manchester might have to adopt a new title: alchemists, as they may have discovered the 21st-century version of the philosopher's stone. But unlike the mystical... — Updated 8/30/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Various e-waste in the form of lithium-ion batteries.

DOE seeks lithium battery recycling input

As part of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed by President Biden earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy is seeking input to help guide the future implementation of... — Updated 8/30/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A series of lithium-ion-phosphate cells wired together.

RecycLiCo achieves 99% recovery from LFP

RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc., in partnership with Kemetco Research Inc., has announced over 99% lithium recovery from its lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery cathode materials process during... — Updated 8/30/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A high-resolution photo of the Sun.

Nuclear fusion breakthrough confirmed

A major breakthrough in nuclear fusion has been confirmed by the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, little over a year since the lab successfully... — Updated 8/26/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A 3D rending of neurons firing through the brain.

Computer synapses fire with graphene

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have discovered the potential of using the super material graphene to develop synaptic transistors for brain-like computers. For most... — Updated 8/23/2022

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover selfie over a rock nicknamed Rochette.

Transforming Mars dirt into metallic iron

Food, water, breathable air, shelter, and clothing – these fundamental elements of human survival here on Earth will be even more critical for early Mars colonists. With delivery fees measured... — Updated 8/23/2022 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Rendering of an astronaut working at a futuristic forge on the Moon.

Latest NASA challenge tackles Moon forging

NASA's eighth annual Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge invites university students to design a metal production pipeline – from extracting metal from minerals to... — Updated 8/16/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Various metal 3D printed objects using UMass high-entropy alloy.

Exciting new 3D printing alloy discovery

Strong and flexible, HEA offers the ideal additive manufacturing combination Scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Georgia Institute of Technology have 3D printed a... — Updated 8/16/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A factory smokestack puffing out billows of steam.

DOE seeks input for clean energy projects

The United States Department of Energy is seeking public input for a new $750 million Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Recycling Grant Program. Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the... — Updated 8/9/2022

A blue “Welcome to Idaho” sign along a desert highway at the Nevada border.

Electra drills new cobalt zone in Idaho

Toward its goal of building its inventory of the cobalt needed for the lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles, Electra Battery Materials Corp. has drilled a new zone of mineralization at... — Updated 8/4/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A fully printed engine by ExOne's X1 160PRO metal 3D printer.

Metal 3D printing the next Industrial Age

COVID-19 may have served as an inflection point for metal 3D printing. After suffering a short-term downturn in the wake of the pandemic, the global metal additive manufacturing market is expected... — Updated 8/2/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Considered a co-inventor of lithium-ion batteries, earning a Nobel Prize for it.

Father of lithium-ion batteries turns 100

Ask anyone, "who invented the lightbulb?" and most would be able to answer Thomas Edison. Ask anyone, "who invented the telephone?" and some would be able to answer Alexander Graham Bell. Ask... — Updated 8/2/2022 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A pile of bituminous coal, which powered the old world before oil.

DOE offers $6M for alt coal use research

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management announced $6 million in funding toward research and development projects that will repurpose domestic coal resources... — Updated 8/2/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
The USS Essex is a Landing Helicoptor Dock type ship.

Xerox ElemX sets sail aboard USS Essex

In a world's first, Xerox' ElemX liquid metal printer was installed aboard the USS Essex, becoming the first metal 3D printer deployed on a United States naval vessel. Installed earlier this... — Updated 7/26/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Taiga Motors newest all-electric jet ski, the Orca racing over waves.

Taiga splashes into summer with Orca EV

After meeting the challenge of developing an electrifying green alternative to winter sport engines, Taiga Motors Inc. is now making a splash into summer with its Orca line of electric watercraft... — Updated 7/26/2022 Full story

A row of First Solar cadmium-tellurium thin film PV panels.

DOE eyes mine sites for clean energy hubs

The White House has allotted $500 million for a program that aims to transform old and current mine sites into renewable energy hubs. Being administered by the U.S. Department of Energy, the... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A prototype lithium-sulfur battery inside a freezer at minus 40 degrees C and F.

Hot or cold, Li-S batteries can take it

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed something many of the most extreme temperate locations in the world have long been waiting for, batteries that perform well in fr... — Updated 7/12/2022 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
The inside of Graphenea's new graphene oxide pilot plant.

Graphene oxide on the way for EU markets

Through a recent breakthrough in battery recycling, Graphmatech, Graphenea, and Northvolt have succeeded in up-cycling end-of-life electric vehicle batteries into graphene oxide at industrial... — Updated 7/12/2022

 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 7/12/2022

 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 7/12/2022

 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 7/12/2022

Rendering of Energy Dome CO2 storage system at a large photovoltaic solar farm.

Ironic dome stores clean energy with CO2

What if the very carbon dioxide being blamed for global warming was the secret ingredient of massive batteries for the storage of renewable energy meant to prevent additional CO2 from entering... — Updated 7/12/2022 Full story


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