Industry News

August 2022
Hermeus to Build World's Fastest Aircraft with Newly Acquired Velo3D Sapphire Printers

Hermeus Quarterhorse hypersonic aircraft

­Velo3D, Inc. announced Hermeus, a company developing hypersonic aircraft for defense and commercial applications, has acquired an original Sapphire and a large-format Sapphire XC that is designed for high-volume production. The printers, both of which will be calibrated for Inconel 718, will be used to
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08/31/2022
Lincoln Electric Launches a DC Fast Charge Electric Vehicle Charger Initiative

Christopher L. Mapes, Lincoln’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

­Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of an initiative to design and manufacture DC fast charge electric vehicle (EV) chargers for the U.S. EV market. The Company has developed a 50kW DC fast charger power module with a scalable architecture to deliver power levels over 300kW, as we
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08/29/2022
Developing an Automated, AI-based Programming Coach to Provide Instantaneous and Formative Feedback to Students

SMU Assistant Professor Don Ta is pioneering the development of an automated, AI-based programming coach to make AI-enabled education a reality.

­SMU Office of Research & Tech Transfer – “Correct. Good job.” “Wrong. Try again.” These are the typical outcome-based feedback provided by most computer programming grading tools including commercial ones like Gradescope. “Existing grading tools, including many research prototypes, are
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08/29/2022
Behind the Scenes of the $3.7 Million Hydrogen Energy 'Earthshot' at UVA

Charles Machan, an associate professor of chemistry, tells Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, the Energy Department’s director of the Office of Science, about the molecular portion of the research.

­The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday that the University of Virginia will receive $3.7 million to pioneer clean energy through a more efficient “green” way of producing hydrogen. Hydrogen? Yes, the world’s lightest element and the most abundant element in the universe could also be an
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08/29/2022
Researchers Developed a Universal Dual Metal Precursor Method to Grow Non-Layered 2D Materials

Figure 1 (a, d, g, j) Optical microscopy images of 2D Fe1–xSe, Co1–xS, Cr1–xS, and V1–xS. (b, e, h, k) HAADF-STEM images of 2D Fe1–xSe, Co1–xS, Cr1–xS, and V1–xS. (c, f, i, l) Atomic resolved EDS maps of Fe, Co, Cr, and V elements.

­Two-dimensional transition metal chalcogenides (2D TMCs) have drawn great interest due to their abundant material choices and possible use in many areas like electronics and optoelectronics. As a complement to the widely-studied layered TMCs (e.g., MoS2), non-layered TMCs are unique due to their unsaturated da
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08/29/2022
Quantum Heat Pump: A New Measuring Tool for Physicists

An illustration of the device, which consists of two superconducting circuits: a cold high frequency circuit (in blue) and a hot low frequency circuit (in red). Here, the current that flows in the red circuit generates an oscillating magnetic field which leads to the photon-pressure coupling.

­Physicists from TU Delft, ETH Zürich and the University of Tübingen have built a quantum scale heat pump made from particles of light. This device brings scientists closer to the quantum limit of measuring radio frequency signals, useful in for example the hunt for dark matter. Their work will be published as
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08/26/2022
U-M Analysis Challenges U.S. Postal Service Electric Vehicle Environmental Study

U-M Analysis Challenges U.S. Postal Service Electric Vehicle Environmental Study

­The Inflation Reduction Act signed into law by President Biden this month contains $3 billion to help the U.S. Postal Service decarbonize its mail-delivery fleet and shift to electric vehicles. On the heels of the Aug. 16 bill-signing ceremony at the White House, a new University of Michigan study finds tha
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08/26/2022
Silicon Image Sensor that Computes

SEAS researchers developed the first in-sensor processor that could be integrated into commercial silicon imaging sensor chips. The array (illustrated here) simplifies image processing for autonomous vehicles and other applications.

­As any driver knows, accidents can happen in the blink of an eye — so when it comes to the camera system in autonomous vehicles, processing time is critical. The time that it takes for the system to snap an image and deliver the data to the microprocessor for image processing could mean the difference between av
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08/26/2022
Tecogen CHP Equipment Enables Tax Credits Under Inflation Reduction Act

Benjamin Locke, Tecogen’s CEO

­Tecogen Inc. is pleased to confirm that the increased and expanded tax credits available under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 apply to systems incorporating certain low emission technologies, including Tecogen’s combined heat and power (CHP) equipment.  The Inflation Reduction Act increased tax credi
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08/24/2022
Aggreko Successfully Completes Remote Power Project for Labyrinth Resources Mining Exploration

Aggreko Successfully Completes Remote Power Project for Labyrinth Resources Mining Exploration

­Aggreko announces it has successfully deployed a remote power project using its virtual pipeline power approach. The solution enabled Labyrinth Resources Limited to complete a challenging mining exploration project while reducing CO2 emissions and fuel costs. Labyrinth Resources needed remote po
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08/24/2022
ABB and Hydrogen Optimized Expand Hydrogen Partnership, Including a Strategic Investment

Joachim Braun, Division President, ABB Process Industries

­ABB and Hydrogen Optimized Inc. (HOI), the Canadian technology innovator unlocking green hydrogen production at scale, have signed an agreement to expand the companies’ existing strategic relationship. This includes an investment by ABB into Key DH Technologies Inc. (KEY), the parent company of HOI, as they se
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08/24/2022
Israel's Electric Authority Sets Feed-in Tariff for Eco Wave Power’s EWP-EDF One Project

Israel's Electric Authority Sets Feed-in Tariff for Eco Wave Power’s EWP-EDF One Project

Eco Wave Power Global AB is pleased to announce that the Israeli Electric Authority (IEA) has set an official Feed-in Tariff (“FIT”) for the Company’s newly-installed wave energy pilot project (“EWP-EDF One Project”) at the Port of Jaffa in Tel Aviv, Israel.  With the FIT in place, the Isr
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08/23/2022
Infineon Expands Supplier Base for Silicon Carbide Wafers / Supply Agreement Signed with US-based II-VI Incorporated

Angelique van der Burg, Chief Procurement Officer at Infineon

­Infineon Technologies AG and II-VI Incorporated have signed a multi-year supply agreement for silicon carbide (SiC) wafers. The German-based semiconductor manufacturer is thus securing further access to this strategic semiconductor material to meet the strong increase in customer demand in this area. The agreement al
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08/23/2022
Offshore Wind Power in the USA will Supply more than 10 Million Homes with Renewable Energy by 2030

Offshore Wind Power in the USA will Supply more than 10 Million Homes with Renewable Energy by 2030

­The United States will redouble its efforts by 2030 to halve its greenhouse gas emissions and achieve the goal of a 100% carbon-free power generation system five years later. To this end, it will decisively increase its commitment to offshore wind energy so that, by 2030, it will be able to generate more than 30
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08/23/2022
Brushing Thin Films onto Electrodes Preserves Batteries

Brushing metal powders into the surface of lithium anodes shows promise to curtail the threat of dendrites that damage recyclable batteries, according to scientists at Rice University.

­A bit of brushing may be the secret to making better rechargeable lithium batteries.  The Rice University lab of chemist James Tour introduced a technique to tune the surface of anodes for batteries by simply brushing powders into them. The powder adheres to the anode and becomes a thin, l
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08/23/2022
Materials Open Platform for All Solid-State Battery to Begin Full-Scale Operation

(Diagram) Framework of the Materials Open Platform (MOP) for All Solid-State Battery

­The National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and 10 private companies have announced that their Materials Open Platform (MOP) for All Solid-State Battery will begin full-scale operation in FY2022. The participating companies are DENSO CORPORATION, JFE Steel Corporation, JX Nippon Mining & Metals Co
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08/23/2022
Rice, NASA extend Space Act Agreement

Vanessa Wyche, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and Rice University President Reginald DesRoches pass the pen as they sign an extension of the Space Act Agreement that promises continued cooperation between the institutions.

­NASA and Rice University officials met at the university’s campus today to formally extend their agreement to share research efforts and educational outreach.  The new umbrella Space Act Agreement (SAA) covers participation by Rice and NASA personnel in joint research opportunities, STEM enga
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08/22/2022
Compost to Computer: Bio-Based Materials used to Salvage Rare Earth Elements

Penn State researchers, including principal investigator Amir Sheikhi, assistant professor of chemical engineering, improved upon previous work and extracted larger sample sizes of neodymium from less concentrated solutions.

­What do corncobs and tomato peels have to do with electronics? They both can be used to salvage valuable rare earth elements, like neodymium, from electronic waste. Penn State researchers used micro- and nanoparticles created from the organic materials to capture rare earth elements from aqueous solutions. Their findings,
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08/22/2022
Compact QKD System Paves the Way to Cost-Effective Satellite-Based Quantum Networks

Researchers experimentally demonstrated a space-to-ground QKD network using a compact QKD terminal aboard the Chinese Space Lab Tiangong-2 and four ground stations.

­Researchers report an experimental demonstration of a space-to-ground quantum key distribution (QKD) network using a compact QKD terminal aboard the Chinese Space Lab Tiangong-2 and four ground stations. The new QKD system is less than half the weight of the system the researchers developed for the Micius sa
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08/18/2022
Exploring Quantum Electron Highways with Laser Light

The translucent crystal at the center of this illustration is a topological insulator, a quantum material where electrons (white dots) flow freely on its surface but not through its interior.

­Topological insulators, or TIs, have two faces: Electrons flow freely along their surface edges, like cars on a superhighway, but can’t flow through the interior of the material at all. It takes a special set of conditions to create this unique quantum state – part electrical conductor, part insulator -
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08/18/2022
Scientists Unravel 'Hall effect' Mystery in Search for Next Generation Memory Storage Devices

Doctor Clifford Hicks from the University of Birmingham

­An advance in the use of antiferromagnetic materials in memory storage devices has been made by an international team of physicists. Antiferromagnets are materials that have an internal magnetism caused by the spin of electrons, but almost no external magnetic field. They are of interest because of their
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08/18/2022
NREL Study: Refineries Increase Revenue and Reduce Carbon Footprint with Renewable Propane

NREL Study: Refineries Increase Revenue and Reduce Carbon Footprint with Renewable Propane

­A new study by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows biorefineries can increase their financial returns by selling renewable propane versus using it as a processing fuel or as a hydrogen feedstock. The financial findings complement the pro
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08/17/2022
UCLA Team Exceeds DOE-Set Targets for Fuel Cell Performance and Durability

Yu Huang, a professor of materials science and engineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering

­As important as the internal combustion engine has been for societal progress, it is also a major contributor to pollution that damages human health and carbon emissions that help drive the climate crisis. Close to 30% of U.S. carbon emissions come from transportation, and 95% of transportation uses fossil fu
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08/17/2022
Navitas Semiconductor Announces Acquisition of GeneSiC Semiconductor

Gene Sheridan, Navitas CEO and co-founder

­Navitas Semiconductor announced the acquisition of GeneSiC Semiconductor, a silicon carbide (SiC) pioneer with deep expertise in SiC power device design and process. The transaction is immediately accretive to Navitas as GeneSiC is highly profitable, with more than 25% EBITDA margins.  Calendar 2022 revenues ar
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08/17/2022
A New Neuromorphic Chip for AI on the Edge, at a Small Fraction of the Energy and Size of Today's Compute Platforms

A team of international researchers designed, manufactured and tested the NeuRRAM chip.

­An international team of researchers has designed and built a chip that runs computations directly in memory and can run a wide variety of AI applications–all at a fraction of the energy consumed by computing platforms for general-purpose AI computing. The NeuRRAM neuromorphic chip brings AI a step clos
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08/17/2022
Floating 'Artificial Leaves' Ride the Wave of Clean Fuel Production

A floating artificial leaf - which generates clean fuel from sunlight and water - on the River Cam near King's College Chapel in Cambridge, UK.

­Researchers have developed floating ‘artificial leaves’ that generate clean fuels from sunlight and water, and could eventually operate on a large scale at sea. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, designed ultra-thin, flexible devices, which take their inspiration from photosynthesis – the p
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08/17/2022
Solar Farm Market Size is Projected to Reach USD 458 Million by 2030

Solar Farm Market Size is Projected to Reach USD 458 Million by 2030

­The rapid growth of the solar farm market in recent years can be attributed to the low cost of photovoltaic panels and the large number of companies producing solar water farms. With the implementation of government regulations that aim to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and minimize pollution, co
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08/15/2022
Aviation Week 20 Twenties Inductee Sends Hope to Girls in STEM

­Grace Robertson, recent alumna of Embry-Riddle University

­Grace Robertson has always been one of the few women in the room throughout her training to become a space industry worker — and that makes sense, considering that women represent less than 12% of global aerospace engineers. But, she says, that’s “just a statistic.” “As children, we dream of becomi
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08/10/2022
Engineers Without Borders UK launches 12th Engineering for People Design Challenge

Engineers Without Borders UK launches 12th Engineering for People Design Challenge

­Engineers Without Borders UK, leading a movement to put global responsibility at the heart of engineering, has launched the 2022/23 cycle of the award-winning Engineering for People Design Challenge in partnership with Engineers Without Borders South Africa and the Govan Community project. Govan Community
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08/09/2022
Graphene Synapses Advance Brain-Like Computers

A transistor that operates like synapses in the brain.

­Computers that think more like human brains are inching closer to mainstream adoption. But many unanswered questions remain. Among the most pressing, what types of materials can serve as the best building blocks to unlock the potential of this new style of computing? For most traditional computing devices,
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08/09/2022
New Project to Explore the use of Conversational AI in Libraries

JooYoung Seo, assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences (iSchool) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

­Library makerspaces offer community members the opportunity to tinker, design, experiment, and create with a range of technology in an informal learning space. However, because current makerspaces and maker tools are highly vision oriented, blind and visually impaired (BVI) people have limited access to these le
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08/09/2022
Navitas GaN ICs Save First 100,000 Tons of CO2 Emissions

Navitas GaN ICs Save First 100,000 Tons of CO2 Emissions

­Navitas Semiconductor has announced the first saving of 100,000 tons of CO2 emissions as GaN replaces legacy silicon chips to “Electrify Our World”. GaN uses up to 10x-lower CO2 footprint to manufacture and ship compared to silicon, while reducing the end-application CO2 footprint up to 30%. Each
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08/05/2022
Eco Wave Power's Wave Energy Pilot is on Way to AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

Eco Wave Power's Wave Energy Pilot is on Way to AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

­Eco Wave Power Global AB announced that the energy conversion unit, formerly deployed in Gibraltar, is officially on its way to AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles, set to arrive in September 2022.  This will be the first U.S. location for Eco Wave Power’s technology, which is already deployed in Is
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Date:
08/02/2022
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