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 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A rendering of the nano-sized CrSBr crystals developed at Columbia University.

Tuned magnetism for quantum components

Columbia University chemists and physicists recently found a link between tunable electronic magnetic properties in a 2D semiconductor that could potentially be applied to quantum computing,... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A picture of the open cabin of SPEE3D's WarpSPEE3D metal 3D printer.

SPEE3D metal printers for US Navy exercise

Australia-based SPEE3D, a leading supplier of some of the world's fastest and most rugged metal 3D printers, has been selected to take part in the U.S. Navy's Maintenance Technology Engagement... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A woman retrieving binoculars scanned using a Lumafield Neptune CT scanner.

CT scans make 3D printing parts easier

To address the supply chain challenges that have plagued manufacturers since the onset of the COVID pandemic, Desktop Metal and Lumafield have joined forces to offer an easy system to scan and 3D... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A precision laser to be used in potential nuclear fusion of hydrogen-boron.

Australia invests in laser fusion industry

As Australia's first laser fusion energy company, HB11 Energy has been awarded A$22 million (US$15.5) to develop next-generation high-power lasers needed to create a multi-billion-dollar nuclear... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Astrobotic's Peregrine lunar lander in upcoming space missions.

Preparations for foothold in final frontier

Aiming to kick off the Artemis era later this year, NASA is preparing for the first launch of its Space Launch System (SLS) mega-rocket carrying the Orion spacecraft, which will fly without any... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Aqua Metals Aqualyzer pushing out soggy Black Mass with its pilot machines.

Lead to lithium, Aqua Metals recycling

A leading innovator in metals recycling, Aqua Metals Inc. has achieved a new milestone in proving its recycling technology by plating high-purity nickel metal, one atom at a time, from black mass... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
Underground development at former cobalt and copper mine in Idaho.

Electra grows Iron Creek cobalt deposit

With its lithium-ion battery materials park in Canada on pace to begin ramping up production in phases beginning at the end of this year, Electra Battery Materials Corp. continues to expand a... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
An American Manganese recycled battery made from the RecycLiCo process.

RecycLiCo awaits final impact assessment

American Manganese Inc. reported that it has received the preliminary life cycle assessment results for its RecycLiCo lithium-ion battery recycling process and is awaiting the final external... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
An image of the Mars rover that could potentially benefit from PhosEnergy GenX.

Innovator develops long-life power units

A small Australia-based energy technology company is hot on the trail of building a prototype of a long-lived power generation system that could open the path to extended space travel, as well as... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
The two-inch diamond wafer can store 25 billion gigabytes of quantum memory.

Diamonds are now a computers best friend

A company that specializes in jewelry has teamed up with researchers to create a mind-blowing storage breakthrough – the collaboration resulting in the manufacture of a two-inch diamond wafer... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 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 7/1/2022

 
 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 7/1/2022

 
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 7/1/2022

 
 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 7/1/2022

 
Side-by-side hydrogen fuel cell and battery-electric Volvo Trucks.

Volvo testing hydrogen fuel cell trucks

Electric-powered 18-wheelers that never need to charge and emit water vapor as exhaust – this is Volvo Trucks' vision for the future of heavy long-haul transport. Hydrogen fuel cells are the tec... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A zoomed in photo of a loudspeaker.

UK SCREAMs for recycled REE magnets

Researchers from the Birmingham Energy Institute, along with several partners, are supporting a new grant-funded project to recycle rare earth magnets from electronic waste, electric motors, and... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
Beer made from a yeast with the potential to remove heavy metals from water.

Drink beer to prevent lead poisoning

While drinking an ice-cold pint of beer may not flush lead from your system – there is not a libation strong enough for that task – the yeast used to brew your favorite ale may prevent the... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A floating metallic cube above a supercooled superconductor, quantum locking.

Strontium titanate, some secrets revealed

A team led by University of Minnesota Twin Cities researchers has discovered how subtle structural changes in strontium titanate, a metal oxide semiconductor, can alter the material's electrical... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
A graphic showing the Future 50, a Corporate Knights ranking list.

Future 50 ranking, Li-Cycle earns top three

With lithium quadrupling in price over the past year, it's a great time to own this mineral, and the good times extend to Canada-based Li-Cycle Holdings Corp., which recycles metals from... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
Solid Power’s initial silicon lithium cells to be tested for Ford and BMW EVs.

Critical step for Solid Power EV cells

With the ability to charge faster, store more energy, and be less likely to catch fire than their liquid lithium-ion battery counterparts, solid-state lithium batteries are considered by many in... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
A cutting-edge Samsung SDI PRiMX (prime battery for maximum experience) battery.

Stellantis, Samsung to build gigafactory

Global automaker Stellantis and battery manufacturer Samsung SDI have forged a partnership that will invest US$2.5 billion to establish an electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility in... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
A picture of the crystal structure of the carbon wonder material graphyne.

Scientists successfully synthesize graphyne

Though scientists have tried with limited success for more than a decade to synthesize a new form of carbon called "graphyne," a team of researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
X-MAT CEO Bill Easter holding prototypes of X-BATT single layer pouch batteries.

X-BATT granted battery recycling patent

X-MAT, the advanced materials division of Semplastics, recently announced it has been granted a United States patent for its electrode fabrication technology, which dramatically increases the... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
 By A.J. Roan    Tech Bytes
Vehicle frame manufacturing at Volvo’s Luqiao plant in China.

Volvo signs SteelZero for net-zero goals

Volvo Cars has become the first carmaker to sign up with the SteelZero initiative, a net-zero steel pledge, which commits the European automaker to stringent carbon dioxide-based steel sourcing... — Updated 7/1/2022

 
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 6/29/2022

 

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