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 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes

Redwood cinches US Battery Belt campus

As recycling becomes more prominent in the restructuring of basically everything toward decarbonization and electrification, Redwood Materials Inc. announced its biggest move yet, a new battery materials... — Updated 2/9/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A worker holds a handful of battery metal scrap for recycling.

RecycLiCo battery cathode material shines

Shortly after signing a memorandum of understanding with Korean electronics manufacturer Sonid Inc., RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc. announced that a Korean manufacturer used cathode material upcycled... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A white-gloved hand holding uranium fuel pellets.

The resurgence of nuclear energy in 2022

In possibly one of the most significant years for nuclear since its advent, several nuclear energy milestones were achieved in 2022. Kicking off the year with a corollary incentive program to attract... — Updated 1/13/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A metal sample portioned from a larger piece of 3D printed bronze-steel.

Skoltech prints alloy ideal for jet engines

Researchers from Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, or Skoltech, in Moscow, Russia, have leveraged 3D printing to forge an unlikely union between one of Man's oldest known alloys, bronze, and... — Updated 1/10/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Sonid CEO Choi Si-Myung and RecycLiCo CEO Zarko Meseldzija signing MOU.

RecycLiCo signs MOU with Korean Sonid

Battery recycling company RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc. signed a memorandum of understanding with Korean electronics manufacturer Sonid Inc. signifying the first steps toward a potential commercial join... — Updated 1/10/2023

Dashed line shows opal-filled fracture cutting across layered rocks on Mars.

Martian opals are a precious discovery

Gemstones could offer evidence of past life and be a water source for future Martians. Martian opals discovered in a lakebed traversed by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover may be much more precious than their... — Updated 1/9/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Swiss scientist holds artificial photosynthesis device for making hydrogen fuel.

Leaf creates hydrogen out of thin air

Swiss scientists create device that makes green fuel from water vapor and sunshine. Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne have created a device that can harvest water from... — Updated 1/6/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
An artistic rendering of a fusion target being bombarded with lasers.

A historic day for clean fusion energy

National Ignition Facility achieves landmark fusion energy breakeven. For the first time in history, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility have achieved one... — Updated 1/3/2023

Closeup of epitaxial graphene electronics chip balanced on woman’s fingertip.

Scientists report new use for graphene

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology may have identified the material that will replace silicon in the next generation of tinier and more efficient computer chips. With silicon nearly maxed out... — Updated 1/3/2023

Worker remote operates crane moving large graphite cylinders inside plant.

POSCO signs $733M Ultium graphite deal

In a deal that will further support General Motors' electric vehicle ambitions, POSCO Chemical has entered into a contract to supply Ultium Cells LLC with $733 million (939.9 billion Korean won) of... — Updated 1/3/2023

Flat Martian landscape with dunes, small rocks, and Perseverance’s shadow.

First extraterrestrial rock sample cache

Perseverance is dropping off a batch of samples for Mars Sample Return robotic team to retrieve. While the impressive toolkit aboard the Perseverance rover provides earthbound scientists with a trove of... — Updated 12/20/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
The outside of the sleek and sophisticated Bentely Mulliner Batur.

Bentley showcases 3D printed gold Batur

While additive manufacturing has thus far focused on the more industrial metals to produce components or parts, little attention has been paid to precious metal 3D printing, keeping to more traditional... — Updated 12/20/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Video intro to NASA's Break the Ice Lunar Challenge.

NASA's Break the Ice Challenge semi-finals

With 2022 coming to a close, NASA has announced the 15 teams moving forward to the semi-finals in the $3.5 million Break the Ice Lunar Challenge, an ongoing competition that puts research groups, robotics... — Updated 12/20/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Zinc-gallium snowflake structures created by University of Auckland scientists.

Let it snow zinc-gallium nanostructures!

Intricate, unique, and beautiful, snowflakes are a crystalline symbol of the wintery season that inspire wonder in children and inspiration for scientists in New Zealand that have managed to replicate... — Updated 12/20/2022 Full story

Closeup of person with mask and eyeglasses with one fogged and one clear lens.

A new gold standard for antifog eyewear

Swiss researchers have developed a transparent gold nanocoating that vanquishes the perennial nemesis of glasses wearers – fogging. Unlike traditional antifogging methods, which uses hydrophilic... — Updated 12/13/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A rendering of conventional li-ion battery chemistry and the new ORNL chemistry.

ORNL process for cleaner cathode material

Exploring new chemistries to reduce the necessity for critical metals needed for renewable energy, especially in the form of batteries, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a method for producing... — Updated 12/13/2022

 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 boundary... — Updated 12/6/2022

 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 12/6/2022

 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, to recei... — 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 printing systems... — Updated 11/29/2022

Aerial view of a small gold recovery plant and water storage pond at 3 Aces.

MICA funds EnviroMetal gold leach tech

Canada's Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator has awarded EnviroMetal Technologies Inc. up to C$1.74 million toward the commercialization of a much more environmentally sound alternative to... — Updated 11/22/2022

 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 – Meltio... — Updated 11/15/2022

Close-up of FastLion battery to be manufactured by EC Power.

Team develops fast-charging tech for EVs

A team of researchers at Pennsylvania State University has developed a technology that enables electric vehicle batteries to obtain a full charge in just 10 minutes. The breakthrough in EV battery design,... — 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 manufacturer... — 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 effort... — Updated 11/8/2022


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