Industry News

September 2022
Power Companies on Track for Energy Transition but Must not Neglect Full ESG Responsibilities

Power companies on track for energy transition but must not neglect full ESG responsibilities, says GlobalData

­Power companies will face increasing pressure to respond to both social and governance issues while navigating their way through the energy transition process in the following decade, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.  A focus on ‘E’ in ‘ESG’: 40% global power to
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09/22/2022
NexTech Batteries Earns Milestone UN/DOT Safety Certification

Bill Burger, CEO of NexTech Batteries

­NexTech Batteries received UN/DOT 38.3.5 safety certification for its patented semi-solid-state lithium-sulfur 5.4 amp hour cell – exceeding test standards required for air transportation and other modes of transit.  “The UN/DOT safety certification is yet another confirmation that our patente
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09/22/2022
Upgrading Your Computer to Quantum

Researchers at The University of Tokyo grow a nanoscale layer of a superconducting material on top of a nitride-semiconductor substrate, which may help facilitate the integration of quantum qubits with existing microelectronics

­Computers that can make use of the “spooky” properties of quantum mechanics to solve problems faster than current technology may sound alluring, but first they must overcome a massive disadvantage. Scientists from Japan may have found the answer through their demonstration of how a superconducting material, ni
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09/22/2022
Study Suggests Watching TV with Your Child can Help Their Cognitive Development

Dr Eszter Somogyi from the Department of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth

­Over the past 30 years, the number of television programs targeting infants has been increasing. Between 1997 and 2014, screen time doubled among children aged 0 to 2 years. A new study, published in Frontiers in Psychology, has examined the impact passive screen use has on a young child’s cognitive
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09/22/2022
Smart Microrobots Walk Autonomously with Electronic ‘Brains’

Itai Cohen, professor of physics, Cornell

­Cornell University researchers have installed electronic “brains” on solar-powered robots that are 100 to 250 micrometers in size – smaller than an ant’s head – so that they can walk autonomously without being externally controlled. While Cornell researchers and others have previously developed
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09/22/2022
Rooftop Solar Cells can be a Boon for Water Conservation Too

Avner Vengosh, Duke University

­Electricity-generating rooftop solar cells not only save on planet-warming carbon emissions, they also save a significant amount of water, say a pair of Duke University researchers who have done the math. A given household may save an average 16,200 gallons of water per year by installing rooftop solar, th
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09/22/2022
UCI and National Lab Researchers Develop a Cobalt-Free Cathode for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Huolin Xin, UCI professor of physics & astronomy

­Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and four national laboratories have devised a way to make lithium-ion battery cathodes without using cobalt, a mineral plagued by price volatility and geopolitical complications. In a paper published today in Nature, the scientists describe how they
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09/22/2022
New Data Shows Nextracker Proprietary Software Improves Solar Plant Performance

New Data Shows Nextracker Proprietary Software Improves Solar Plant Performance

Nextracker LLC has published a first-of-its-kind white paper based on third-party analysis showing how Nextracker's machine-learning software improves utility-scale solar power plant performance. In a series of tests conducted at operational sites, TrueCapture increased annual energy production by
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09/19/2022
Volvo Trucks Starts Series Production of Heavy Electric Trucks

Volvo Trucks Starts Series Production of Heavy Electric Trucks

­As the first global truck manufacturer to do so, Volvo Trucks is now starting series production of heavy electric, 44 ton* trucks. Volvo Trucks is beginning series production of the electric versions of the company’s most important product range, its heavy-duty trucks: Volvo FH, Volvo FM, and Volvo
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09/14/2022
ETRI Leads International Standardization of the Medical 3D Printing and 3D Scanning

Research team of ETRI discussing about the process of medical 3D standard

­Korean researchers are taking the lead in developing international standards for medical 3D printing and 3D scanning, which are essential for creating customized medical devices for each patient. If this standard is developed, it is expected to be of great help in promoting public health, revitalizing the re
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09/14/2022
DOE Announces $178 Million to Advance Bioenergy Technology

U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm

­The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $178 million for bioenergy research to advance sustainable technology breakthroughs that can improve public health, help address climate change, improve food and agricultural production, and create more resilient supply chains. This funding will support cutting-edge bi
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09/14/2022
New Method for Comparing Neural Networks Exposes how Artificial Intelligence Works

Researchers at Los Alamos are looking at new ways to compare neural networks. This image was created with an artificial intelligence software called Stable Diffusion, using the prompt “Peeking into the black box of neural networks.”

­A team at Los Alamos National Laboratory has developed a novel approach for comparing neural networks that looks within the “black box” of artificial intelligence to help researchers understand neural network behavior. Neural networks recognize patterns in datasets; they are used everywhere in so
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09/14/2022
Reaching National Electric Vehicle Goal Unlikely by 2030 Without Lower Prices, Better Policy

John Graham

­The United States government has set an ambitious national goal of reaching 50 percent penetration of plug-in electric vehicles by 2030, but a new study from researchers at Indiana University’s Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs shows that the U.S. is unlikely to meet th
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09/14/2022
Tech Startup WaveLogix Receives Federal SBIR Grant to Develop its IoT Sensors for Concrete Strength Monitoring

The Rebel sensor from WaveLogix improves upon the industry standard to measure concrete strength. WaveLogix has received a six-month SBIR Phase I grant worth $255,996 from the NSF to develop it further.

­WaveLogix, a startup technology company that is commercializing an Internet of Things sensing system for infrastructure monitoring, has received a six-month SBIR Phase I grant worth $255,996 from the National Science Foundation to develop its technology. The company’s Rebel brand of concrete strength
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09/14/2022
Intriguing Material Property Found in Complex Nanostructures Could Dissipate Energy

Unique defects in a 3D material.

­Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and North Carolina State University have discovered for the first time a unique property in complex nanostructures that has thus far only been found in simple nanostructures. Additionally, they have unraveled the internal mechanics of the materials that makes th
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09/14/2022
Unlocking Human-Like Perception in Self-Driving Vehicles

Freiburg robotics researchers Prof. Dr. Abhinav Valada

­How can mobile robots perceive and understand the environment correctly, even if parts of the environment are occluded by other objects? This is a key question that must be solved for self-driving vehicles to safely navigate in large crowded cities. While humans can imagine complete physical structures of ob
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09/14/2022
Portland General Electric Partners with InnovationForce to Rapidly Accelerate Innovation Program in Support of Decarbonization Initiatives

InnovationForce CEO Kim Getgen

­InnovationForce recently completed the first 18 months of its Connected Utility Lab with Portland General Electric (PGE), identifying about $340 million in potential savings from the first set of use cases driven by leading technology ecosystem partners including Intel, Google the 5GOpen In
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09/13/2022
New Laser-Based Instrument Designed to Boost Hydrogen Research

Researchers developed an analytical instrument that uses an ultrafast laser for precise temperature and concentration measurements of hydrogen. They used it to study the hydrogen flame shown here.

­Researchers have developed an analytical instrument that uses an ultrafast laser for precise temperature and concentration measurements of hydrogen. Their new approach could help advance the study of greener hydrogen-based fuels for use in spacecraft and airplanes. “This instrument will provide powerful
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09/13/2022
Where do High-Energy Particles that Endanger Satellites, Astronauts, and Airplanes Come From?

Where do High-Energy Particles that Endanger Satellites, Astronauts, and Airplanes Come From?

­For decades, scientists have been trying to solve a vexing problem about the weather in outer space: At unpredictable times, high-energy particles bombard the earth and objects outside the earth’s atmosphere with radiation that can endanger the lives of astronauts and destroy satellites’ electronic equipment. Th
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09/13/2022
Decarbonizing the Energy System by 2050 Could Save Trillions, Says new Oxford Study

Dr Rupert Way, postdoctoral researcher at Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

­Transitioning to a decarbonised energy system by around 2050 is expected to save the world at least $12 trillion, compared to continuing our current levels of fossil fuel use, according to a peer-reviewed study by Oxford University researchers, published in the journal Joule today. The research
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09/13/2022
UTAC Holdings Factory-Rooftop Solar Generator Goes Live to Save 467 Tons of CO2 Every Year

UTAC’s rooftop installation will generate over one million kWh of green energy annually

­UTAC Holdings Ltd. (UTAC), a global semiconductor test and assembly services provider, has installed a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at its Singapore factory, helping UTAC to reduce their carbon footprint and extend sustainability initiatives that have already cut the Company’s CO2 emissions by 38% since 20
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09/13/2022
EDP Launches Energy Starter 2022, a Program to Promote Innovative Initiatives in the Energy Sector

EDP Launches Energy Starter 2022, a Program to Promote Innovative Initiatives in the Energy Sector

­EDP has just launched the second module of the Energy Starter 2022 program, the collaborative innovation program created with the mission of introducing startups and fast-growing technology companies (scaleups) to EDP specialists from around the world. This program, which already had the first module in
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09/08/2022
Unique Light-Sensing 3D-Printed Device Could Help People with Lupus

A unique 3D-printed light-sensing medical device could help millions of people worldwide with lupus and other light-sensitive diseases by providing access to real-time data for more personalized treatments.

­A team of engineers and doctors at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have designed a unique 3D-printed light-sensing medical device that is placed directly on the skin and gives real-time feedback to correlate light exposure with disease flare-ups. The device could help millions of people worldwide with lu
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09/08/2022
KIMS Accelerates the Era of Green Hydrogen Production

A schematic diagram of anion exchange membrane water electrolysis stack (left) and a graph of long-term durability performance evaluation (right)

­The joint research team led by Dr. Sung Mook Choi of the Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS), a government-funded research institute under the Ministry of Science and ICT, and Dr. Jang Yong Lee of the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) developed a highly active and highly durable no
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09/08/2022
Digi-Key Announces Distribution Agreement with Schneider Electric

Digi-Key now offers a wide selection of Schneider Electric’s power, automation and control, and sensor products.

­Digi-Key Electronics, which offers the world’s largest selection of electronic components and automation products in stock for immediate shipment, announced that it has secured a distribution agreement in North America with Schneider Electric, one of the largest suppliers of electrical and automation an
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09/03/2022
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