Industry News

February 2022
New U.S. Patent for UPS that Supplies Power to Network Devices During Switch Reboots
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Antaira Technologies a patent for its innovative application of an uninterruptible power system (UPS) driven by Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology that is now featured in the company's new LMP Series of managed Ethernet PoE switches.    U.S. Patent No. 17/228,851 relate
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02/25/2022
Standard Lithium and Lanxess Finalize Plan for First Commercial Lithium Project in Arkansas
Standard Lithium Ltd. has reached an agreement with its strategic partner, LANXESS Corporation (“Lanxess”), that streamlines and expedites the plan for development of the first commercial lithium project in Arkansas, which is to be constructed at an operational Lanxess facility in El Dorado, Arkansas (t
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02/24/2022
More than half of Wauwatosa City Hall's Energy Consumption Offset by Rooftop Solar PV System

The SolarEdge system generated 388,300kWh of electricity in its first nine months of operation – equivalent to 55 percent of Wauwatosa City Hall’s total annual energy consumption

The city of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, has taken a giant step forward in its commitment to reduce municipal emissions by 50% by 2030 (compared to 2010 baseline figures) with the installation of a SolarEdge DC-optimized solar system on the roof of its City Hall, Civic Center and Public Library complex. In its first ni
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02/23/2022
Evidence for Exotic Magnetic Phase of Matter

Members of the research team include: Daniel Mazzone (formerly of Brookhaven Lab, now at the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland), Yao Shen (Brookhaven Lab), Gilberto Fabbris (Argonne National Laboratory), Hidemaro Suwa (University of Tokyo and University of Tennessee), Hu Miao (Oak Ridge National Laboratory—ORNL), Jennifer Sears* (Brookhaven Lab), Jian Liu (U Tennessee), Christian Batista (U Tennessee and ORNL), and Mark Dean (Brookhaven Lab).

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered a long-predicted magnetic state of matter called an “antiferromagnetic excitonic insulator.” “Broadly speaking, this is a novel type of magnet,” said Brookhaven Lab physicist Mark Dean, senior author on a pape
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02/22/2022
Fossil Fuel Energy's Cumulative Water Footprint Quantified in new Book

A new book by two Duke University researchers offers the first assessment of fossil fuel energy’s cumulative global impacts on water quality and quantity. (Cambridge University Press DOI: 10.1017/9781107448063)

The amount of water being used to produce energy from coal, oil, and other fossil fuels is much larger than previously estimated but, big as it is, it’s still only part of fossil-fuel energy’s total water footprint, a new book by two Duke University researchers shows. “To get the total footprint, you need
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02/22/2022
ARPES Gives First Observation of Dispersive Excitons in a Low-Dimensional Metallic System

(a,b) The band structure determined from ARPES measurements and it’s curvature intensity plot along the X-S direction of 1D TaSe3.

Excitons, a bound state of an electron and an electron hole, can form when a given material absorbs a photon above its bandgap energy. The photon excites an electron from the valence band into the conduction band, leaving behind a hole. This positively charged hole attracts the electron and the two can be
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02/22/2022
Perfecting the EV Battery Recycling Process

The lab setup for the leaching process with the final aqueous solutions containing recovered metals and solid residues containing graphite

Recycling of electric car batteries can be easier, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly, according to a new scientific article from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, which outlines an optimised recycling process. The research, published in the journal Waste Management, has been carried ou
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02/22/2022
United Lithium Corp Adds Second Drill to the Bergby Lithium Project
United Lithium Corp. is pleased to announce a second rig will begin drilling next week at the Bergby lithium project in Sweden. Doubling the drilling production rate will accelerate the project and enable new target areas to be tested sooner. The Company is seeking to add a third drill to the project, with th
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02/17/2022
Infineon's CoolSiC Power Module Reduces Energy Consumption of Streetcars by 10%
The global trend to gradually eliminate the use of fossil fuels has challenging consequences for numerous industries, including transportation. The transition toward green mobility, for example, entails a reduction in short-haul flights and travel by car, which in turn will encourage the growth of rail transportation. Go
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02/14/2022
NYPA Designated a Smart Energy Provider by American Public Power Association

NYPA Interim President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has earned a Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association for demonstrating a commitment and proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation and environmental initiatives that support the goal of providing safe, reliable, low-cost an
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02/14/2022
A Partnership with Solar, Battery, and Virtual Power Plant Offerings

Suleman Khan, CEO of Swell Energy

Enphase Energy, Inc. announced that it is launching a partnership with renewable energy and grid solutions provider Swell Energy Inc. The partnership enables Enphase Energy Systems, powered by IQ Microinverters and IQ Batteries, to participate in Swell’s distributed, virtual power plant (VPP) programs in
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02/14/2022
Home EV Charging Spend to Exceed $16 Billion Globally by 2026
A new study from Juniper Research has found that spend on EV charging at home will exceed $16 billion globally in 2026; up from $3.4 billion in 2021. This rapid growth in excess of 390% over the next 5 years is being driven by the lower cost and convenience of home charging for EVs, rather than using co
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02/14/2022
Snow Lake Lithium to Develop World's First All-Electric Lithium Mine
Snow Lake Lithium Ltd has outlined plans to develop the world’s first all-electric Lithium mine in Manitoba, Canada developing a domestic supply of this critical resource to the North America electric vehicle industry.  With demand for electric vehicles growing rapidly, the global automotiv
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02/11/2022
Cambridge GaN Devices Launches Project to cut Global Data Center Emissions

Dr Giorgia Longobardi, CEO and founder of Cambridge GaN Devices

Fabless semiconductor company Cambridge GaN Devices Ltd. (CGD) has launched ICeData, a project aiming to develop and commercialise a highly efficient Gallium Nitride (GaN)-based IC (integrated circuit) for use in data centre server power supplies. The primary goal of the ICeData project is to deliver state-o
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02/11/2022
Nanopores Feel the Heat

Schematic diagram showing the process of ionic heat dissipation in a nanopore (left). A nanoscale thermometer embedded on one side of the nanopore to detect local temperature changes caused by voltage-driven ionic transport (right).

Scientists from SANKEN (the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research) at Osaka University measured the thermal effects of ionic flow through a nanopore using a thermocouple. They found that, under most conditions, both the current and heating power varied with applied voltage as predicted by Ohm’s law. Th
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02/11/2022
Researchers Receive $1.5 Million for Methane Emissions-Reduction Project

Bret Windom and Dan Olsen in the Engines and Energy Conversation Lab at Colorado State University's Powerhouse Energy Campus. They will receive a test engine from industry partner Caterpillar later this year as part of their Department of Energy project.

Colorado State University leaders in natural gas engine design and optimization are among a handful of teams nationwide innovating new technologies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in oil, gas and coal industries. Researchers led by Daniel Olsen, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineeri
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02/11/2022
Scientist's Quantum Technology Work Garners International Attention

Thirumalai “Venky” Venkatesan is an internationally noted leader in advanced technology innovation.

There’s no doubt that the Sooner State’s investment in the next generation of innovative technology inspires University of Oklahoma scientist Thirumalai “Venky” Venkatesan. As OU’s director for the Center for Quantum Research and Technology, he praises Oklahoma for making a commitment to new technology th
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02/11/2022
Hyperlight Energy Signs Exclusive License with National Renewable Energy Laboratory

John King, CEO and cofounder of Hyperlight Energy

Hyperlight Energy, a developer of Hylux, announced that it has signed an exclusive license agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for its patented receiver design technology. The design improves the performance of linear Fresnel reflector (LFR) receivers us
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02/10/2022
Violet Defense Celebrates International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Seetha Raghavan, Ph.D., a professor, aerospace graduate, and aerospace engineering program director at UCF

It's been reported that women only make up 28% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). However, Violet Defense, an Orlando-based UV Disinfection technology company, is dedicated to creating ample opportunities for women to excel in the field, be treated as equals, and
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02/10/2022
TDK Ventures Invests in Green Hydrogen-Electrolysis Startup Verdagy

Verdagy CEO, Marty Neese

TDK Corporation announced that subsidiary TDK Ventures, Inc. has invested in green hydrogen company Verdagy to enhance the development and rapid commercialization of their scalable, low-cost approach to hydrogen electrolysis. Having recently completed their spin-off from green chemical company Chemetry, Verdagy is
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02/09/2022
Melexis Gives Robots a Sense of Touch
Melexis has made a major innovation to improve robots’ ability to interact with fragile or diverse objects. The company has unveiled Tactaxis, a fully integrated tactile sensor that is compact, soft and provides the 3D force vector acting on its surface. This improves robots’ hands and grippers, making delicate op
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02/08/2022
Port of Hamburg + Air Products Work to Expand Comprehensive Hydrogen Value Chain

From left to right: Kurt Lefevere, (Vice President of Air Products for Northern Continent), Michael Westhagemann (Hamburg's Minister for Economy and Innovation), Jens Meier (CEO Hamburg Port Authority), Stephan König (Air Products Director Operations and Supply Chain Performance Europe and Africa)

Air Products and the Hamburg Port Authority announced that they will work together, under a Memorandum of Understanding, to identify potential ways of establishing a comprehensive hydrogen value chain across the port of Hamburg. Both Air Products and the HPA are aligned in their intention to accelerate the produ
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02/04/2022
Curio Announces its Novel Recycling Process, NuCycle

Ed McGinnis, CEO of Curio

Leveraging decades of American research and development, Curio is proud to announce NuCycle - an innovative process for spent nuclear fuel recycling. With a compact, modular, and proliferation-resistant design, NuCycle offers a bold solution to the nuclear waste impasse that recycles the unused fuel and eliminates th
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02/04/2022
Brain's Secret to Life-Long Learning can now Come as Hardware for AI

Shriram Ramanathan, a professor in Purdue University’s School of Materials Engineering

When the human brain learns something new, it adapts. But when artificial intelligence learns something new, it tends to forget information it already learned. As companies use more and more data to improve how AI recognizes images, learns languages and carries out other complex tasks, a paper publishing in Science this week show
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02/03/2022
Chemists Find Path to Cheap Deployment of Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Héctor D. Abruña, professor in the Department of Chemistry at Cornell

Hydrogen fuel cells—which can efficiently power cars, generators, and even spacecraft with minimal greenhouse gas emissions—are promising, renewable alternatives to combustion engines and other polluting forms of power. But fuel cells remain prohibitively expensive, because they rely upon platinum and other pr
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02/03/2022
Eaton and LG Electronics to Enable Flexible Home Energy Management

Matt Alexander, vice president of marketing for Eaton’s Commercial and Residential Distribution Solutions division

As more homeowners look to lower their carbon footprints, power management company Eaton is partnering with home energy solutions innovator LG Electronics to deliver flexible load management for renewable distributed energy applications. Eaton will integrate its intelligent power management technology, including it
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02/02/2022
APR Energy Extends Calif. Back-up Energy Partnership

Henry Martinez, General Manager of Imperial Irrigation District

APR Energy Ltd. announced that it has extended a contract to provide approximately 75 MW of back-up energy for California's Imperial Irrigation District ("IID") through 2022.  The extension follows APR's successful execution of services with IID in 2021. APR's fast-track power solutions assis
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02/02/2022
Superpedestrian Raises $125 Million for AI Pedestrian Safety Software
Superpedestrian announced its largest-ever funding round, closing $125 million in debt and equity capital. The latest investment comes from Jefferies, Antara Capital, the Sony Innovation Fund by IGV and FM Capital alongside existing backers like Spark Capital, General Catalyst and Citi via the Citi Im
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02/01/2022
SunHydrogen Expands Partnerships for its Nanoparticle-Based Green Hydrogen Technology

Tim Young, President and CEO

SunHydrogen, Inc. provided an update on the progress and strategy of the scale-up process for its nanoparticle-based green hydrogen technology. In February of 2021, SunHydrogen announced its partnership with SCHMID Group of Freudenstadt, Germany to design and define a process platform that enables mass manu
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02/01/2022
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