Industry News

May 2022
Turning High-Rise Buildings into Batteries

Lift Energy Storage Technology (LEST) (a) system components, (b) not changed and (c) fully charged building, (d) operating on energy storage, (e) electricity generation, or (f) ancillary services mode.

­The world’s capacity to generate electricity from solar panels, wind turbines, and other renewable technologies has been steadily increasing over the last few years, and global renewable electricity capacity is expected to rise still further by more than 60% from 2020 levels by 2026. This is equivalent to th
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05/31/2022
Navitas: World's First CarbonNeutral-Certified Semiconductor Company

Gene Sheridan, Navitas CEO and co-founder

­Navitas Semiconductor announced that it is the world’s first semiconductor company to achieve CarbonNeutral-company certification from the leading experts on carbon-neutrality and climate finance, Natural Capital Partners. Achieving CarbonNeutral-company certification is another milestone towards Navitas’ mi
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05/27/2022
White River Community Solar Project Moves Forward

Located in the heart of the coal development region of Eastern Montana, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe has remained steadfast in their resistance to fossil fuels. In 2016, The Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council passed a resolution to pursue renewable energy. Today, the White River Community Solar Project represents the first step the Tribe is taking to generate all of its own energy from renewables while also creating jobs and driving economic development.

­Indigenized Energy Initiative (IEI), the Native-led non-profit that aims to empower Native American communities with the skills and resources to deploy the clean and regenerative power of solar, announced it has been selected by the Northern Cheyenne Tribe to develop the White River Community Solar Project. Th
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05/25/2022
Stora Enso and Modvion Partner to Expand the use of Wood for Wind Turbine Towers
­Modvion builds wind turbine towers with laminated veneer lumber (LVL), which proportionate to its weight is stronger than steel. Stora Enso is a leading supplier of mass timber products, including LVL. The towers are built in lightweight modules, enabling taller towers and easy transportation on public roads wi
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05/25/2022
Renesas Announces Reopening of 300mm Wafer Fab for Automotive ICs

Hidetoshi Shibata, President and CEO of Renesas

­Renesas Electronics Corporation announced that it will conduct a 90-billion-yen worth investment in its Kofu Factory, located in Kai City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. While the Factory was closed in October 2014, Renesas intends to reopen the fab in 2024 as a 300-mm wafer fab capable of manufacturing power se
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05/19/2022
Spin Keeps Electrons in Line in Iron-Based Superconductor

Resonant inelastic X-ray scattering reveals high-energy nematic spin correlations in the nematic state of the iron-based superconductor, FeSe. Image: Beijing Normal University/Qi Tang and Xingye Lu

­Researchers from PSI’s Spectroscopy of Quantum Materials group together with scientists from Beijing Normal University have solved a puzzle at the forefront of research into iron-based superconductors: the origin of FeSe’s electronic nematicity. Using Resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) at the Swiss Li
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05/19/2022
New Thermal Management Technology for Electronic Devices Reduces Bulk While Improving Cooling

Tarek Gebrael, The Grainger College of Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Ph.D. student

­Electronic devices generate heat, and that heat must be dissipated. If it isn’t, the high temperatures can compromise device function, or even damage the devices and their surroundings. Now, a team from UIUC and UC Berkeley have published a paper in Nature Electronics detailing a new cooling m
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05/19/2022
Low-Cost Battery-Like Device Absorbs CO2 Emissions While it Charges

A supercapacitor is similar to a rechargeable battery but the main difference is in how the two devices store charge. A battery uses chemical reactions to store and release charge, whereas a supercapacitor does not rely on chemical reactions. Instead, it relies on the movement of electrons between electrodes, so it takes longer to degrade and has a longer lifespan.

­Researchers have developed a low-cost device that can selectively capture carbon dioxide gas while it charges. Then, when it discharges, the CO2 can be released in a controlled way and collected to be reused or disposed of responsibly. The supercapacitor device, which is similar to a rechargeable battery,
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05/19/2022
Discovery of High-Speed Moving Plasma Turbulence for the First Time in the World

Fig.1 Left: Forming a barrier in the plasma to confirm heat inside. Right: By breaking the barrier, turbulence was discovered that moves faster than the heat, as the heat escapes from inside the plasma.

­Results shown in this article were published in a scientific journal of the Nature publishing group, Scientific Reports. In order to achieve a fusion power plant, it is necessary to stably confine a plasma of more than 100 million degrees Celsius in a magnetic field and maintain it for a long time. A r
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05/19/2022
New Program to Help SMBs Reduce Energy Consumption

Jeff Brown, consumer programs manager, of PSO

­GridPoint announced a new partnership with the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), an electric utility serving 562,000 customers in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma, and global consulting and digital services provider ICF to launch a strategic energy management program for PSO small- and medium-sized bu
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05/17/2022
RWE's U.S. El Algodon Alto Wind Farm operating in south Texas
­RWE Renewables' El Algodon Alto, a 200-megawatt (MW) onshore wind farm, located in San Patricio County, Texas, is in operation. "We're excited to announce another one of the projects in our development pipeline is operational," said Silvia Ortín, CEO Onshore Wind and Solar PV Americas, RWE Renewab
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05/13/2022
LS Energy Solutions Partners with Ameresco to Provide Energy Storage for U.S. Army Base Microgrid

Steve Fludder, CEO of LS Energy Solutions

­LS Energy Solutions announces its contract with cleantech integrator Ameresco to supply an AiON-ESS energy storage system for a 6MW/6MWh project in Fort Detrick, Maryland. The project will supplement an existing 18MW solar facility and is expected to be operational in early 2023. During the projec
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05/12/2022
DHL and Volvo Trucks Kick-Off New Zero Emission Cooperation with Order for up to 44 Electric Trucks
­The intended order includes 40 electric trucks of the model Volvo FE and Volvo FL, to be used for package deliveries in urban transports. Electric trucks for longer routes are also part of the scope and DHL has decided to begin using Volvo trucks for regional hauling, starting with four Volvo FM Electric trucks in
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05/12/2022
Blackline Safety and NevadaNano Reach Milestone in Deployment of Industry-First Sensors

Brendon Cook, Chief Partnership Officer, Blackline Safety

­Blackline Safety Corp. announced its partnership with NevadaNano, the world’s leading innovator in gas detection sensor technology, has resulted in the deployment of over 20,000 of Blackline Safety G7 wearables and EXO portable area gas monitors on customer worksites integrated with the Molecular Pr
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05/09/2022
Ascend Elements' New Hydro-to-Cathode EV Battery Recycling and Engineered Materials Technology
­Ascend Elements is sharing new details of its innovative Hydro-to-Cathode process technology, which helps explain how the company can transform critical elements from recycled lithium-ion batteries into new cathode materials that rival or exceed the performance of cathode materials made with virgin metals. The company i
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Date:
05/02/2022
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