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Artist rendering of pumped thermal energy storage to be demonstrated in Alaska.

DOE backs Alaska thermal energy storage

Westinghouse to build demo plant that stores excess grid electricity as heat; providing secure, low-cost energy storage in cold climates. To help commercialize a renewable energy storage solution that... — Updated 10/5/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A lump of lithium-ion battery scrap to be processed by BASF and TODA.

ABTC joins BASF closed-loop battery team

With significant funding from the Department of Energy toward its Tonopah Flats lithium project, visits from representatives from the White House, and a partnership with TechMet-Mercuria, American Battery... — Updated 10/3/2023

An EV plugged into a battery charger on a sunny day.

DOE invests $16M in solid battery tech

To accelerate the commercialization of solid-state battery tech for EVs; redox flow batteries for grid-scale renewable energy storage. To speed the commercialization of emerging battery technologies, the... — Updated 9/22/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
The tan-colored MOXIE cube being placed into Perseverance.

Mars MOXIE makes oxygen out of thin air

First-ever space habitat tech, experiment gives more than researchers expected. Not too dissimilar from Man's first Moon landing with a computer that by today's standards TI-83 calculators could... — Updated 9/19/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Tech Bytes
African woman mine worker wearing a hard hat smiles as she takes a rest.

Solving the mining industry's PR problem

A mining company can never fully integrate a culture of sustainability motivated by compliance alone –satisfying laws, norms, and investors rather than taking risks and creating lasting, generational val... — Updated 9/19/2023

A technician with electronic equipment surveys a gold mine in Nevada.

Newmont CEO delivers powerful message

Urges the mining industry to build goodwill and trust to survive societal, geopolitical, and new technology megatrends in a changing world. Newmont President and CEO Tom Palmer did not waste his keynote... — Updated 9/8/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Artist rendering of future Missouri Protoplex.

Missouri S&T takes charge of supply chain

Show-Me State now shows US; developing hub for innovation, education to support holistic manufacturing. Due to ongoing difficulties in the supply chain, Kummer Institute's Center for Advanced... — Updated 9/6/2023

A laboratory flask labeled aesthetic acid half full of a clear liquid.

Researchers work to trap CO2 emissions

As researchers around the world race to develop more efficient ways to remove carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere, several recent breakthroughs hold promise for slowing the pace of global climate... — Updated 9/6/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A massive row of hundreds of CdTe thin-film solar panels by First Solar.

Upgrading First Solar with quantum dots

Joint development agreement for research into quantum dots for solar modules. Looking to evolve its already impressive proprietary cadmium-telluride thin-film solar technology, First Solar Inc. has... — Updated 8/31/2023

Workers install First Solar thin-film panels in a desert setting.

First Solar selects Louisiana for growth

Announces $1.1B solar plant in the Bayou State; adds more demand for critical tellurium. In a boost for American-made tellurium-based solar technology, First Solar Inc. has selected Louisiana as the locati... — Updated 8/29/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Graphene Manufacturing Group staff pose for successful 1,000-liter production.

Australia cools down with graphene paint

Beginning to see some of the innovative ways that graphene can be used in everyday consumer technologies, Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd. has brought its specially reduced-methane graphene to supplement... — Updated 8/29/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
ABTC employee inspecting recycled battery powders.

ABTC, TechMet-Mercuria forge partnership

To further leverage its lithium-ion battery recycling expertise, American Battery Technology Company has entered into a strategic partnership with technology metals managing platform TechMet-Mercuria,... — Updated 8/22/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Dozens of solar panels lined out in a snowy field.

Sunshine to power Diavik's sunset years

Rio Tinto to build largest solar plant in Canada's North at diamond mine. Signaling its commitment to clean renewable energy, mining powerhouse Rio Tinto announced its intention to construct the largest so... — Updated 8/22/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Rendering of molecules floating in outer space.

Graphene is abundant and useful in space

Long put forward as a wonder material, graphene undeniably has astounding properties – stronger than steel, a better electrical conductor than copper, and lighter than almost anything else with similar... — Updated 8/16/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A rendering of layered molecules absorbing a ray of light.

Near-perfect light absorption by UMN team

Utilizing the bizarre capabilities of two-dimensional materials, researchers from the University of Minnesota, for the first time, have engineered an atomically thin material made from layers of... — Updated 8/16/2023

An EV motor with casing partially cutaway to show the internal parts.

Rare earth supply for USA magnet plant

USA Rare Earth has entered a deal with Australian Strategic Materials to supply magnet rare earths for Oklahoma plant. With its sights set on producing rare earth magnets at its new Oklahoma plant next... — Updated 8/16/2023

Hands holding a scoop of ashes with potential critical minerals.

Coal ash to critical minerals funding

DOE is awarding $32M to support projects that will recover domestic critical minerals from coal waste. Seeking to leverage the ash and other byproducts from a fuel that powered America through the 20th... — Updated 8/15/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A rendering of electricity being transmitted through stone.

Ancient tech helps MIT make supercapacitor

Common cement and carbon black pave the way for a foundational tech for efficient future energy storage. Channeling the power of the ancients, a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced... — Updated 8/8/2023

2023 Jeep Wrangler 4xe plugged into a solar charger in a rural setting.

Stellantis to expand US battery factories

Second US battery gigafactory to be built under a JV with Samsung SDI powers Stellantis' electric ambitions in North America. Adding to the skyrocketing demand for lithium battery materials, global... — Updated 8/8/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A magnet levitates above a liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductor.

A superconductive LK-99 controversy erupts

Possible Nobel Prize-winning invention has the wider science community in a frenzy; initial claims shrouded with skepticism. If you follow any kind of cutting-edge, pioneering, and borderline science... — Updated 8/1/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A simple gray stone tile that holds roughly 30% sequestered CO2.

DOE supports DioQuest carbon capture

With a singular purpose of reimagining and revolutionizing sustainable technologies, Semplastics subsidiary DioQuest has been awarded $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue to focus its... — Updated 7/26/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A dark square object overlaying a ring of light.

Nanomaterial opens door to hydrogen fuel

Drexel scientists discover titanium nanomaterial that is an extremely efficient hydrogen fuel photocatalyst. Much like many of Mankind's discoveries, such as those that happened through some serendipitous... — Updated 7/26/2023

 By K. Warner    Tech Bytes
Photos of folded liquid metal-coated paper in various states of expansion.

Liquid metal for flexible smart materials

Flexible technologies are emerging, from foldable smartphones to freeform public information displays, and Chinese researchers have made a discovery that could elevate this technology to the next level.... — Updated 7/26/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Xuilin Ruan (left) and Joseph Peoples (right) measure their whitest paint.

Cool upgrade to Purdue's whitest paint

In an effort to curb global warming, Purdue University researchers developed a cool solution – paint. But not just any paint, with what they believe to be the closest opposite of the blackest black,... — Updated 7/25/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Gisele Azimi and Kevin Zhang pose for photo holding recovered REEs.

Liquid CO2 to work for clean REE recovery

A team of researchers out of the University of Toronto has pioneered a method of separating critical minerals and metals from electronic waste, such as electric vehicle batteries and wind turbine magnets,... — Updated 7/18/2023


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