Industry News

March 2024
New All-Liquid Iron Flow Battery for Grid Energy Storage

Lead author and battery researcher Gabriel Nambafu assembles a test flow battery apparatus.

­A commonplace chemical used in water treatment facilities has been repurposed for large-scale energy storage in a new battery design by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The design provides a pathway to a safe, economical, water-based, flow battery made wi
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03/27/2024
Why Scientists are Making Space Data into Sounds

Why Scientists are Making Space Data into Sounds

­When you travel somewhere where they speak a language you can’t understand, it’s usually important to find a way to translate what’s being communicated to you. In some ways, the same can be said about scientific data collected from cosmic objects.  A telescope like NASA's Chandra X-ray Observator
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03/27/2024
The World is One Step Closer to Secure Quantum Communication on a Global Scale

The entangled photon source, an indium-based quantum dot embedded in a semiconductor nanowire (left), and a visualization of how the entangled photons are efficiently extracted from the nanowire.

­Researchers at the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) have brought together two Nobel prize-winning research concepts to advance the field of quantum communication. Scientists can now efficiently produce nearly perfect entangled photon pairs from quantum dot sources. Entangled photons are parti
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03/27/2024
IDTechEx Finds EVs Will Make Mining Cleaner and Cheaper

Key benefits of electric mining vehicles. Source: IDTechEx

­The mining industry has always been perceived as a high-emitting and resource-heavy industry - one that contributes 2-3% of all global CO2 emissions. However, within the last few years, the industry has followed the path of other vehicle sectors and embraced electrification. The use of EVs in global mining is
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03/26/2024
AIChE Selected by DOE to Lead New Hydrogen Electrolyzer and Fuel Cell Recycling Consortium

Location of Selections

­On March 13, 2024, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $750 million in funding for 52 projects across 24 states to dramatically reduce the cost of clean hydrogen and reinforce American leadership in the growing hydrogen industry. Among the recipients, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (A
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03/26/2024
Novel Quantum Algorithm for High-Quality Solutions to Combinatorial Optimization Problems

The proposed algorithm combines variational scheduling with post-processing to achieve near-optimal solutions to combinatorial optimization problems with constraints within the operation time of quantum computers.

­Combinatorial optimization problems (COPs) have applications in many different fields such as logistics, supply chain management, machine learning, material design and drug discovery, among others, for finding the optimal solution to complex problems. These problems are usually very computationally intensive us
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03/25/2024
ANGI Energy Systems Breaks New Ground By Starting Construction Of The Midwest’s First Hydrogen Refueling Test Facility

ANGI Energy Systems Breaks New Ground By Starting Construction Of The Midwest’s First Hydrogen Refueling Test Facility

­ANGI Energy Systems broke ground on its new, $4 million Hydrogen Refueling Test Facility: the first of its kind in the Midwest. Attending today were senior executives from ANGI and FASTECH, together with members of the Janesville and wider Wisconsin administration and community.  ANGI, which has
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03/22/2024
Revolutionizing Hydrogen Production: Economical and Efficient Solutions Unveiled

The team created a porous nickel catalyst material featuring a nanorod protrusion structure, incorporating efficient three-dimensional pore channels and superaerophobic surface wettability. This design aims to facilitate the rapid separation of hydrogen bubbles from the catalyst surface.

­Water eletrolysis process is a system that produces hydrogen by electrolyzing water. It is an eco-friendly technology that can produce hydrogen fuel, a future energy source, without emitting environmental pollutants, but its limitations have been pointed out as low hydrogen production efficiency and high production co
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03/22/2024
Researchers Take Major Step Toward Developing Next-Generation Solar Cells

Researchers Take Major Step Toward Developing Next-Generation Solar Cells

­The solar energy world is ready for a revolution. Scientists are racing to develop a new type of solar cell using materials that can convert electricity more efficiently than today’s panels.  In a new paper published February 26 in the journal Nature Energy, a University of Colorado Boulder r
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03/22/2024
Mount Sinai is First in New York to Study a Brain-Computer Interface Designed to Record and Map the Brain's Activity in Unprecedented Detail

The Mount Sinai Hospital campus

­A multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons and neuroscientists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai are the first in New York to study a new brain-computer interface that’s engineered to map a large area of the brain’s surface, in real time, at resolutions hundreds of times more detailed than ty
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03/22/2024
Mercury Systems and Lockheed Martin to Advance Defense Manufacturing Capabilities in Switzerland

Mercury Systems and Lockheed Martin to Advance Defense Manufacturing Capabilities in Switzerland

­Mercury Mission Systems International SA announced that it will advance the manufacturing of defense technologies in Switzerland in collaboration with Lockheed Martin. This project is a direct result of the offset program between Lockheed Martin and the Swiss government as part of Switzerland’s purchase of
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03/21/2024
STI-CO Industries, LLC Announces Strategic Merger and Technological Investment to Enhance RF Antenna Solutions

Kyle Swiat, President of STI-CO

­STI-CO Industries, LLC (“STI-CO”), a leading provider of RF antenna solutions, is thrilled to announce a strategic merger with Communication Power Companies (“CPC”), an Addison Capital Partners (“ACP”) portfolio company. CPC designs custom broadband power amplifiers for the defe
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03/20/2024
TT Electronics Receives UK Government Funding for Sustainable Aviation Technology Development

Julian Thomas, Engineering Director at TT Electronics

­TT Electronics, a leading provider of custom power solutions and engineered technologies, is delighted to announce it has received a substantial funding award as part of a £200 million joint government and industry investment plan to boost British manufacturing and R&D. The funding, which will be delive
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03/19/2024
Graphite Electrode Market Size is projected to reach USD 13.58 billion by 2031

Graphite Electrode Market Size is projected to reach USD 13.58 billion by 2031

­Large, cylindrical graphite electrodes are typically manufactured with coal tar pitch, premium petroleum needle coke, and a few additives. They convert the power source's electrical energy into heat for melting scrap metal. Due to graphite's high thermal conductivity and low electrical resistance, these electrodes can
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03/19/2024
Embry-Riddle Researchers to Launch Rockets into Solar Eclipse as Part of NASA Mission

NASA and Embry-Riddle researchers recently posed with three sounding rockets that are part of the APEP (Atmospheric Perturbations around Eclipse Path) mission. Lead researcher Dr. Aroh Barjatya is at the top left. Photo courtesy of NASA/Berit Bland.

­On Earth, an otherworldly twilight at midday, a sudden temperature drop, dead-calm winds and a chorus of birdsong can be expected when the moon blocks the sun during a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.  Understanding how this rare cosmic event impacts Earth’s upper atmosphere is the focus of resear
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03/19/2024
Charging Robotics Successfully Installs its Wireless Charging System for Automatic Car Parks

Hovav Gilan, the CEO of Charging Robotics

­Fuel Doctor Inc., a Delaware corporation, announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Charging Robotics Ltd. ("Charging Robotics"), an innovator of wireless charging solutions has successfully completed the installation of its wireless charging system for an automated parking system (APS). To the be
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03/19/2024
ABB Signs Agreement to Support Major Power-to-X Green Hydrogen Project in the US

Brandon Spencer, President of ABB Energy Industries

­ABB is collaborating with Green Hydrogen International (GHI) on a project to develop a major green hydrogen facility in south Texas, United States. As part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ABB’s automation, electrification and digital technology will be assessed for deployment at GHI’s Hydrogen Ci
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03/19/2024
Speaking Without Vocal Cords, Thanks to a new AI-Assisted Wearable Device

Photo of person’s neck with the device — a black adhesive square — attached outside the throat.

­People with voice disorders, including those with pathological vocal cord conditions or who are recovering from laryngeal cancer surgeries, can often find it difficult or impossible to speak. That may soon change. A team of UCLA engineers has invented a soft, thin, stretchy device measuring just over 1 sq
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03/18/2024
Plasma Oscillations Propel Breakthroughs in Fusion Energy

John Palastro, a senior scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester

­Most people know about solids, liquids, and gases as the main three states of matter, but a fourth state of matter exists as well. Plasma—also known as ionized gas—is the most abundant, observable form of matter in our universe, found in the sun and other celestial bodies. Creating the hot mix of freely
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03/18/2024
Sun's Secrets Unveiled: AI Unlocks new Solar Energy Horizons in China

Spatial distribution of CMA stations. A total of 2,453 blue circles represent routine weather stations, which have sunshine duration measurements. Seventeen red rhombuses represent radiation stations that have Rdir and Rdif observations.

­Researchers have developed an innovative machine learning method to estimate solar radiation components in China without the need for local ground truth data. This breakthrough addresses the scarcity of radiation component data and opens new avenues for the solar energy industry. In a new study published in the&nb
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03/18/2024
Revolutionary Method Developed for Mass-Producing Polymer Solid Electrolytes

From left are Professor Seok Ju Kang and Hyunwoo Kim in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST.

­A research team, led by Professor Seok Ju Kang in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST, has unveiled a groundbreaking technique for mass-producing polymer solid electrolytes, crucial components in batteries. Departing from the traditional melt casting method, the team intr
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03/18/2024
Neutron Experiment at BER II Reveals New Spin Phase in Quantum Materials

Schematic illustration of a 2D spin-lattice with orthogonal orientation of spin pairs. Bound pair of magnons are represented by the red/blue and green pinwheels.

­New states of order can arise in quantum magnetic materials under magnetic fields. An international team has now gained new insights into these special states of matter through experiments at the Berlin neutron source BER II and its High-Field Magnet. BER II served science until the end of 2019 and has since be
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03/18/2024
A Method has Been Developed to Protect and Manage Personal Data on the Internet

From left to right, Alexandre Viejo, Jordi Castellà and Cristòfol Dauden, researchers involved in the study.

­Entering a website and accepting cookies is a very common and oft-repeated gesture when navigating the Internet. But this small action, which is often done automatically and without thought, entails security risks: by consenting to cookies, you lose control over your sensitive information, as you cannot review th
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03/18/2024
Nuvera Fuel Cells Selected for Funding by the U.S. Department of Energy for Manufacturing Next-Gen Fuel Cell Stacks

Neil Gillen, chief operations officer at Nuvera

­Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, a leading provider of fuel cell power solutions, has been included in this week’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) of $750 million in funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) for 52 projects that directly support the national clean hydrogen strategy. DO
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03/18/2024
UH's Energy Transition Institute Leader Appointed to Department of Energy Committee

Joe Powell, the founding executive director of the Energy Transition Institute at the University of Houston

­U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm appointed Joe Powell, the founding executive director of the Energy Transition Institute at the University of Houston, to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Technology Innovation Advisory Committee (ITIAC). The 18-member committee, a diverse group of stakeh
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03/18/2024
IDTechEx Examines the Impact of Road Safety Initiatives on Heads-Up Display Adoption in Automotive Industry

IDTechEx forecast for HUDs market value in the next decade. Source: IDTechEx

­With distracted driving accounting for 25% of all road accidents and young drivers accounting for the largest demographic using technology while driving, it is imperative to look for solutions to this problem. It is believed that Heads-Up Displays (HUDs) could be a viable option to prevent driver distracti
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03/15/2024
Oceantic Network Celebrates Completion of Nation's First Operational Commercial-Scale Project

Oceantic Network Celebrates Completion of Nation's First Operational Commercial-Scale Project

­The Oceantic Network, the leading organization working to advance offshore wind and other ocean renewable industries and their supply chains, celebrates today’s announcement by member companies Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) and Ørsted of South Fork Wind’s completion. After final tests ar
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03/15/2024
Finland Elevates High-Tech Profile with NATO Partnership, Establishing 6G Test Centre in Oulu

Hannu Nikurautio, Research Director at the Wireless Communications Research Centre (CWC) of the University of Oulu and Jukka Riekki, Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Oulu.

­NATO's DIANA Board has approved Finland's proposal to establish two test centres and a business accelerator in Finland. A new test centre for 6G technology will be established in Oulu, Finland. The Ministry of Defence is the national responsible authority for the project, and the Technical Research Centre of F
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03/14/2024
Murata to Invest in Apple's Restore Fund

Murata to Invest in Apple's Restore Fund

­Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (“Murata”) will invest up to 30 million USD in Apple’s Restore Fund which is aimed at generating high quality carbon credits. The fund will be managed by Climate Asset Management (Location: London, UK; CEO: Martin Berg), a joint venture between HSBC Asset Management and Po
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03/14/2024
Novel Technologies for Transforming Wind Turbine and Power Grid Stability Control

Professor Xiao-Ping Zhang, Chair in Electrical Power Systems at Birmingham’s Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

­Researchers from the University of Birmingham, U.K., are working on novel ways of preventing threats to grid stability that can result in the loss of power to millions of people, equipment damage and limit power transfer capability.  With increasing reliance on renewables global installations of wind f
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03/13/2024
Standard Lithium Installs Commercial DLE Column at Demonstration Plant

Figure 1 – Commercial-scale DLE column installed at Standard Lithium’s Demonstration Plant near El Dorado, Arkansas.

­Standard Lithium Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has successfully installed a commercial-scale Direct Lithium Extraction (“DLE”) column at its Demonstration Plant near El Dorado, Arkansas. The column is a LiPRO™ Lithium Selective Sorption (“LSS”) unit, supplied by Koch Technology Solutions, LL
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03/13/2024
Angle-Dependent Holograms Made Possible by Metasurfaces

Versatile meta-holographic display featuring different images based on viewing angle

­The expression "flawless from every angle" is commonly used to characterize a celebrity's appearance. This doesn't simply imply that they appear attractive from a specific viewpoint, but rather that their appeal remains consistent and appealing from various angles and perspectives. Recently, a research team
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03/11/2024
SFU Researchers Develop AI that can Understand Light in Photographs

Dr. Yağız Aksoy, who leads the Computational Photography Lab at SFU

­Despite significant progress in developing AI systems that can understand the physical world like humans do, researchers have struggled with modelling a certain aspect of our visual system: the perception of light.  “Determining the influence of light in a given photograph is a bit like trying to separa
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03/11/2024
These Tiny Power Converters Run on Vibrational Energy

Die photograph of the proposed piezoelectric converter

­University of California San Diego and CEA-Leti scientists have developed a ground-breaking piezoelectric-based DC-DC converter that unifies all power switches onto a single chip to increase power density. This new power topology, which extends beyond existing topologies, blends the advantages of piezoelectric co
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03/11/2024
Plasma Scientists Develop Computer Programs That Could Reduce the Cost of Microchips and Stimulate American Manufacturing

Igor Kaganovich, a principal research physicist who leads the low-temperature modeling group at PPPL

­Fashioned from the same element found in sand and covered by intricate patterns, microchips power smartphones, augment appliances and aid the operation of cars and airplanes. Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) are developing computer simulation co
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03/11/2024
Cobalt-Free Electrodes Achieved with Nickel Ions

Repulsive electrostatic interaction leads to Ni ion migration suppression and improved reversibility without cobalt (Co) ions.

­Many electric vehicles are powered by lithium-ion batteries that rely on cobalt — a scarce, expensive metal with high environmental and social costs. A team of researchers from Japanese and French universities have now developed a practical nickel-based electrode material that opens new avenues to cobalt-free ba
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03/11/2024
Automotive Wire and Cable Materials Market Size and Share to Surpass USD 3.2 billion, Projected to Grow CAGR 5.3% by 2031

Automotive Wire and Cable Materials Market Size & Share to Surpass USD 3.2 billion, Projected to Grow CAGR 5.3% by 2031

­From the analysis performed in 2021, it was identified that the market valuation of the global automotive wire and cable materials market was US $ 1.9 billion. It has been estimated that the overall market shall progress through a moderate CAGR of 5.3%. Moreover, this growth shall direct th
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03/08/2024
HP Launches World's First Business PCs to Protect Firmware Against Quantum Computer Hacks

HP Launches World's First Business PCs to Protect Firmware Against Quantum Computer Hacks

­The potential introduction of quantum computers capable of breaking asymmetric cryptography will put the entire digital world at risk and is becoming increasingly plausible every day. This is why HP has announced the world’s first business PCs to protect firmware against quantum co
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03/08/2024
Consumer Electronics Market Size to Hit USD 1 trillion by 2031, Projected at 8.5% CAGR

Consumer Electronics Market Size to Hit USD 1 trillion by 2031, Projected at 8.5% CAGR

­Transparency Market Research Inc. - The global consumer electronics market is estimated to flourish at a CAGR of 8.5% from 2021 to 2031. Transparency Market Research projects that the overall sales revenue for consumer electronics is estimated to reach US$ 1 trillion by the en
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Date:
03/07/2024
Global Capacitive Sensors Market Size is Estimated to Reach USD 42.50 billion by 2030

Global Capacitive Sensors Market Size is Estimated to Reach USD 42.50 billion by 2030

­Using non-contact capacitive proximity sensors, practically any item, regardless of material, may be identified as present or absent. They take advantage of the capacitance electrical property, which can change in response to a change in the electrical field around the active face of the sensor. By detecting an
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Date:
03/07/2024
Linking Car Electrification, Battery Chemistries, and Copper Demand

Linking Car Electrification, Battery Chemistries, and Copper Demand

­Copper is a critical material in the manufacturing of all vehicles, regardless of whether they are powered by gas, diesel, electricity, hydrogen, or even liquid natural gas (LNG). The demand for copper from the automotive industry was just over 3MT (1MT = 1 billion kilograms) in 2023 but is set to increase to
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03/07/2024
ADI and the BMW Group Join Forces to Provide Industry-Leading 10Mb Ethernet for Automotive, Enabling Software-Defined Vehicles

Yasmine King, Vice President, Automotive Cabin Experience at ADI

­Analog Devices, Inc. and the BMW Group announced an early adoption of E²B™, ADI's 10BASE-T1S Ethernet to the Edge bus technology within the automotive industry. Automotive Ethernet connectivity is a key enabler of new, zonal architectures in automotive design and supports automotive megatrends such as
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Date:
03/07/2024
StoreDot's Battery Tech offers EV Owners Winter-proof Charging

Dr Doron Myersdorf, CEO of StoreDot

­StoreDot has confirmed that its battery cells offer consistent and reliable winter performance. This means that EV drivers can recharge their vehicles even in freezing weather, while still maintaining an excellent driving range. With this technology, winter range anxiety is eliminated, providing EV drivers wi
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03/04/2024
CG Power and Industrial Solutions Limited, Renesas, and Stars Microelectronics, to Jointly Build Outsourced Semiconductor Assembly and Test Facility in India

Hidetoshi Shibata, CEO of Renesas

­CG Power and Industrial Solutions Limited (“CG”), a part of Tube Investments of India Limited and the Murugappa Group; Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723, “Renesas”), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions; and Stars Microelectronics (Thailand) Public Co. Ltd (“Stars Microelectronics”), a
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03/04/2024
New York Advances Offshore Wind With Fourth Round Procurement Awards

New York Governor Hochul

­Oceantic Network, the leading organization working to advance offshore wind and other ocean renewable industries and their supply chains,celebrates today’s announcement by New York Governor Hochul that the state has selected two projects to deliver 1700 MW of offshore wind generation in its fourth offshore wi
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03/04/2024
Aitech Provides Space-Rated Systems to Intuitive Machines for Successful IM-1 Mission to the Moon

Aitech Provides Space-Rated Systems to Intuitive Machines for Successful IM-1 Mission to the Moon

­Aitech, a leading provider of rugged boards and system-level solutions for military, aerospace, and space applications, has provided a complete avionics computer system to Intuitive Machines for the IM-1 Mission, that successfully landed on the Moon February 22, 2024. The space-rated system developed by
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Date:
03/04/2024
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