Industry News

October 2022
Constructing Charge Transfer Channels on Photoanode Surface by Electrochemical Treatment

Electrochemical cyclic voltammetry treatment initiates the formation of HyMoOx surface defects, which act as charge transfer channels for photogenerated holes. Via these charge transfer channels, the charge separation and photoelectrochemical performance of Mo-doped BiVO4 electrode are enhanced.

­Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting presents a promising way to convert solar energy into storable and transportable hydrogen energy. Among investigated semiconducting materials, BiVO4 is considered as an intriguing photoanode candidate, due to its low theoretical onset potential and relatively hi
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10/31/2022
Crowley, Humboldt Bay to Develop and Operate California Wind Terminal

Crowley, Humboldt Bay to Develop and Operate California Wind Terminal

­Crowley signed an agreement with the Port of Humboldt Bay to exclusively negotiate to be the developer and operator of a terminal to serve as California’s first hub for offshore wind energy installations.   Through Crowley’s Wind Services group, the company will enter into negotiations with the
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10/28/2022
New Form of Universal Quantum Computers

The team led by Wolfgang Lechner (right): Kilian Ender, Anette Messinger and Michael Fellner (from left).

­Quantum bits (qubits) in a quantum computer serve as a computing unit and memory at the same time. Because quantum information cannot be copied, it cannot be stored in a memory as in a classical computer. Due to this limitation, all qubits in a quantum computer must be able to interact with each other. This is
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10/28/2022
Real-Time Space Observations can now Keep Watch Over 'Super Emitter' Power Plants

Real-Time Space Observations can now Keep Watch Over 'Super Emitter' Power Plants

­Countries signed up to the 2015 Paris Agreement have committed themselves to keep the rise in average global temperature ‘well below’ 2 °C. Every five years, they are to issue so-called ‘nationally determined contributions’ (NDCs), describing their actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions an
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10/28/2022
dcbel and LG Energy Solution Partner for Future-Proof Home Energy Solution

dcbel and LG Energy Solution partner for future-proof home energy solution

­Smart home energy company dcbel has partnered with LG Energy Solution, a leading global manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries, to co-market an integrated solution for the residential energy needs of the future. The collaboration brings together experts in distributed energy resources to illustrate th
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10/27/2022
New Hybrid Structures Could Pave the way to More Stable Quantum Computers

Cui-Zu Chang, Henry W. Knerr Early Career Professor and Associate Professor of Physics at Penn State

­A new way to combine two materials with special electrical properties — a monolayer superconductor and a topological insulator — provides the best platform to date to explore an unusual form of superconductivity called topological superconductivity. The combination could provide the basis for topological qu
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10/27/2022
PearlX Announces New Community Solar & Storage Virtual Power Plants for Renters in California following $70M Series B Round

Participating tenants will gain access to solar, storage and electrification initiatives on-site, enabling them to significantly reduce their energy bills, as well as a cheaper way to charge their EVs and adopt smart thermostats.

­Flexible energy provider, PearlX Infrastructure LLC (PearlX), announces the launch of its unique multi-family Virtual Power Plant (VPP) model in California. Following the success of the company’s VPP multi-family initiative in Texas earlier this year, PearlX is now replicating the model at a much la
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10/25/2022
Superaerophobic Polyethyleneimine Hydrogels for Improving Electrochemical Hydrogen Production by Promoting Bubble Detachment

Professor Jungki Ryu and his research team in the Department of Energy Engineering at UNIST.

­A research team, affiliated with UNIST recently reported that the performance of electrodes for alkaline hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) can be significantly improve even without expensive electrocatalysts and complicated processes by modifying them with superaerophobic polymeric hydrogels. This br
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10/25/2022
KIMM Develops the World's First Elephant Trunk-Mimetic Robot Hand, Capable of Gripping Even Fine Needles

(Upper) Elephant and gripper gripping objects in various sizes and shapes. (Lower) Comparison of an elephant trunk and the gripper gripping potato chips.

­A gripper robot has been developed that can grasp all types of objects, from very fine or thin objects such as acupuncture needles and sewing needles to large objects such as boxes. The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (President Sang Jin Park, hereafter referred to as KIMM), an instit
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10/25/2022
10 Fundamental Scientific Questions on Intelligent Computing

10 Fundamental Scientific Questions on Intelligent Computing

­"Can machines think?" This epoch-making question was first raised by Alan Turing in 1950 in his groundbreaking paper "Computing Machinery and Intelligence." This opened up a new field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and people’s boundless curiosity about computing and intelligence wa
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10/25/2022
Astoria Students Receive Mentoring at Boys & Girls Club for Paths to STEM Careers

Astoria Students Receive Mentoring at Boys & Girls Club for Paths to STEM Careers

­Youth at the Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens yesterday joined a “speed mentoring” session focused on environmental careers as they learned about electrified transportation and green energy jobs from representatives of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), Con Edison and 174 Power Global, a renewable en
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10/24/2022
Robotic Insect Toys Build Undergraduate Research Skills in Physics

Hexbug Nanos used in online lab course to teach undergraduate research skills in physics.

­Although the sudden switch to remote and hybrid learning was seen as an enormous challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic, academic and commercial interest in creative online lab class development has since skyrocketed. In the American Journal of Physics, by AIP Publishing, researchers from Pomona College i
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10/21/2022
Advance Brings Quantum Computing One Step Closer to Implementation

Scientists from the University of Tokyo invented a way to cool down and measure the motion of a trapped electron in the quantum regime using hybrid quantum systems.

­Quantum computers are powerful computational devices that rely on quantum mechanics, or the science of how particles like electrons and atoms interact with the world around them. These devices could potentially be used to solve certain kinds of computational problems in a much shorter amount of time. Scientists ha
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10/21/2022
New Covalent Organic Framework Material Accelerates the Solar Fuel Generation

(a) Schematic synthetic procedure toward COF-BBT, the inset illustrates the powdery product from a single reaction batch; (b) experimental and simulated XRD patterns of COF-BBT together with its Rietveld refinement result; (c) schematic structure of COF-BBT viewed from the top and the side.

­Two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks (2D COFs) are a new class of organic semiconductors, and have recently demonstrated great potential for solar fuel production. They are generally formed from the ordered π-π stacking of molecular layers, and usually possess periodic columnar π-arrays that can fa
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10/21/2022
U.S. Army Chooses Resilient Lead Batteries

Dr. Matt Raiford, CBI project manager

­The U.S. Army has chosen advanced lead battery energy storage systems to enhance its operational effectiveness in disaster zones and in combat. A project led by Paragon Solutions, Inc., and the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) is providing a new set of systems that can provide power for critical military operations anywhere in the world. Paragon, a woman-owned engineering firm, and a member of the Consortium for Energy, Environment, and Demilitarization (CEED), partnered with CBI, a global lead battery research hub, to develop the winning proposal in response to a request issued to CEED members by the Consortium Management Group (CMG). The
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10/21/2022
CA-Based Battery Company One of First Recipients of Biden Infrastructure Law Funding

Dr. Kang Sun, Chief Executive Officer of Amprius

­Amprius Technologies, Inc. announced that the company was awarded a $50 million cost sharing grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”)’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (“MESC”). Amprius is among the first set of companies to receive funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan In
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10/20/2022
Renault Trucks now Assembles and Distributes E-Cargo Bikes with Kleuster

Renault Trucks now Assembles and Distributes E-Cargo Bikes with Kleuster

­Driven by the same mission to decarbonise professional mobility, Renault Trucks has joined forces with Kleuster, a Lyon-based electric cargo bike manufacturer, to accelerate the production and distribution of the Freegônes e-cargo bikes. These cargo bikes will be assembled at the heart of Renault Trucks' Vé
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10/17/2022
Smart Materials: Metal Cations-Recognizable Thermoresponsive Polymers

The novel thermoresponsive polymer was created by adding ions to polymers and aqueous solutions. Its thermoresponsiveness can easily be controlled by changing the type and mixing ratio of ionic species.

­Often referred to as smart materials, temperature-responsive or thermoresponsive polymers are gaining attention for their ability to respond to external temperature changes, allowing for an extensive range of applications. Making this smart material even smarter by improving the flexibility of its response to
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10/14/2022
New Walking Robot Design Could Revolutionize how we Build Things in Space

Manu Nair, PhD candidate at the University of Lincoln

­Researchers have designed a state-of-the-art walking robot that could revolutionize large construction projects in space. They tested the feasibility of the robot for the in-space assembly of a 25m Large Aperture Space Telescope. They present their findings in Frontiers in Robotics and AI. A scaled-down pr
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10/14/2022
Improving Battery Safety and Efficiency for Electric Vehicles

Interfacial reaction driving force together with capillary force facilitate the transient infiltration of molten Li into a 3D host for stable 3D composite lithium anode.

­As electric vehicles and personal portable electronics become more ubiquitous, researchers are trying to solve some of the major limitations of current lithium-ion battery technology, which uses a graphite anode and a lithium-based transition metal oxide cathode. In contrast, lithium metal batteries, which us
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10/13/2022
CityU Chemists Boost Eco-Friendly Battery Performance Using Catalysts with Unconventional Phase Nanostructures

Figure 1. Schematic illustration of the aprotic Li-CO2 battery.

­The metal-carbon dioxide battery is a promising and environmentally friendly technology, but its energy efficiency is limited. Recently, a research team co-led by chemists from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) discovered an innovative way to overcome this problem by introducing an unconventional ph
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10/13/2022
5.3 Billion Mobile Phones will Become Waste in 2022; A Small Fraction will be Properly Disposed of

Hoarding of the many types of small, unused, dead or broken plug-in and battery-operated products is the focus of this year’s 5th annual International E-Waste Day

­Experts expect roughly 5.3 billion mobile / smartphones will drop out of use this year. Stacked flat atop one another at an average depth of 9 mm that many disused phones would rise roughly 50,000 km – 120 times higher than the International Space Station; one-eighth of the way to the moon.   And, despite their val
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10/13/2022
International Collaboration Investigates the use of Soft Materials as Semiconductors in Solar Power

Professor Furis and Yamagata University graduate student Sun He are aligning the HORIBA spectrofluorometer for low temperature photoluminescence excitation experiments on small molecule semiconductors in the Yoshida lab.

­The race is on to find more economical, clean and efficient forms of energy, and an international research collaboration is working to find a solution by optimizing solar power using organic, soft electronic materials as semiconductors. Madalina Furis, Ph.D., and researchers with the Center for Quantum R
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10/13/2022
Energy Crisis Hits the US, with 124% Price Rises Seen in New York

Energy Crisis Hits the US, with 124% Price Rises Seen in New York

­The energy crisis that has been building for a year has mostly affected the UK and European countries so far, but its impacts are starting to be felt in the US new GridBeyond paper says. In the UK, wholesale energy prices increased rapidly from the second half of 2021. As a net importer of energy, the UK is
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10/12/2022
New Initiative Builds First Solar Mini-Grid Powered Large-Scale Irrigation Systems in Africa

The DREAM Initiative announces the building of the first solar mini-grid powered large-scale irrigation systems in Africa during a launch event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

­The Distributed Renewable Energy – Agriculture Modalities (DREAM) initiative will build the first solar mini-grid powered large scale irrigation systems in Africa, providing famers with reliable, affordable, and sustainable irrigation. Today, the initiative begins with the launch of nine renewable energy mi
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10/11/2022
Scientists Design Electrolyte for Lithium Metal Anodes for use in Lithium Metal Batteries

Schematic of the ion distribution of interfacial high-concentration electrolyte (upper left) and the discharge/charge voltage profiles of the conventional concentration electrolyte and the interfacial high-concentration electrolyte (upper right).

­With the growing demand for electric vehicles, the need for high-safety, long-life batteries also rises. Yet the electric vehicles’ demand for high energy density batteries outpaces the capabilities of the current lithium-ion batteries. Scientists are looking to develop lithium metal batteries with lithium me
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10/10/2022
Chiplet Integration Technology with Simplest Scheme

Comparison between conventional semiconductor integrated circuits and chiplet integrated structures

­Since their invention in the middle of the 20th century, semiconductor integrated circuits have become the driving force behind the world's digital transformation thanks to Moore's Law, which improves performance, reduces power consumption, and lowers costs through device miniaturization and improved integration. Howe
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10/10/2022
Mobile Network Data, an Efficient Method for Assessing the Spread of Epidemics

Figure 1. Risk pa (up) versus Census map (down)

­The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 forced governments around the world to take measures to prevent its spread among the population and, thus, reduce the number of fatalities as a result of the virus. A few months later, as mobility restrictions and confinements were gradually lifted, states decided to
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10/10/2022
Solving Weight and Supply Chain Issues with Military Batteries

Solving Weight and Supply Chain Issues with Military Batteries

­50 years ago, military personnel had few electronic devices at their disposal, so did not need to acquire or carry many batteries. In the years since, as the number of devices grew, so did the number of batteries needed to power them, which started to impact the supply chain and the weight a soldier must carry. He
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10/06/2022
Volvo will Supply 20 Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks to Amazon

Volvo will Supply 20 Heavy-Duty Electric Trucks to Amazon

­Volvo Trucks will deliver fully electric heavy-duty trucks to Amazon in Germany by year end. The 20 Volvo FH Electric are expected to drive more than one million road kilometres annually, fuelled with electricity instead of diesel. Heavy goods vehicles and other commercial vehicles make up around 36%
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10/06/2022
GMS Launches Rugged Wearable Computer for Solders on the Ground

The S1502-MP wearable “cloud computer” is the first product to provide high levels of battery compute resources to soldiers and Marines in a manpack (MP) form factor.

­General Micro Systems launched its battery-powered “X9 Spider Wearable” S1502-MP mobile computer intended for dismounted soldiers and Marines who need on-the-move high-performance processing, communications, video, database access and artificial intelligence (AI). Designed from the ground up to offer th
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10/05/2022
SiTime Delivers Precision Timing Solution for Tesla Dojo AI Supercomputer

Nara Bharath, executive vice president of systems engineering at SiTime

SiTime Corporation announced that they are delivering precision timing solutions for the Tesla Dojo System, featured in Tesla’s AI Day 2022.  As mentioned in the AI day 2 presentation on Dojo Supercomputer, Dojo has been built with a no limits philosophy and Dojo’s system design lead, Bill Chan
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Date:
10/04/2022
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