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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 11/22/2022 Full story

 
 By Shane Lasley    Tech Bytes 
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... — Updated 11/22/2022

 
 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 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

 
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... — Updated 11/14/2022

 
 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    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 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 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

 
Close-up of a stovetop burner with red-tipped flames.

Toyota explores tastier hydrogen cooking

Looking beyond the carbon dioxide emitted from tailpipes, Toyota Motor Corp. is investigating hydrogen as a cleaner and tastier fuel for the stoves and ovens that cook the food for millions of hou... — Updated 10/4/2022

 
A row of square S-band antenna (RF) patches created on a metal 3D printer.

Metal 3D printing Fleet Space satellites

Australian tech company brings satellite printing in-house Fleet Space Technologies has taken another large step on its path to leveraging the unique abilities of metal 3D printers to manufacture... — Updated 9/27/2022

 
 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

 
Closeup of an aluminum bar stamped with ELYSIS.

A Rio Tinto-Volvo net-zero partnership

Rio Tino to supply low-carbon metals, Volvo offers low-emissions trucks Global mining giant Rio Tinto and European automaker Volvo Group have agreed to forge a partnership that will help both... — Updated 9/20/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A crew sprays a commercial airplane to coat it in a protective anti-ice layer.

Zentek icephobic coatings undergo testing

Zentek Ltd., the company that has been advancing its ZenGuard technology of antimicrobial graphene surface coatings, has placed its latest innovation – icephobic coatings – under rigorous... — Updated 9/20/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A creek colored bright orange from metals dissolved in the acidic water.

DOE seeks unconventional critical minerals

The U.S. Department of Energy announced $156 million in funding for a first-of-a-kind facility to extract and separate rare earth elements and critical minerals from unconventional sources like... — Updated 9/20/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes

Minerva Intelligence revamps AI software

Building on a full year of industry deployment and testing, Minerva Intelligence Inc. has revamped its previously released DRIVER software, to improve its functionality and user experience, and... — Updated 9/13/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
America's largest nuclear plant, the Palo Verde plant in Arizona.

Nuclear gets historical tax incentives

The Inflation Reduction Act aims to lower energy bills for U.S. consumers, among many other financial and climate benefits. Nuclear energy is among the benefactors of this landmark legislation.... — Updated 9/13/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A golden nib holding a large drop of black ink.

Graphene ink for safe wearable devices

As the development of smaller electronics continues, the ability to manufacture various gadgets and gizmos into portable and even wearable designs has become the norm. Yet, a bottleneck has... — Updated 9/6/2022

 

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