So here is our no 11 with a bench of sustainability initiatives (zero waste projects, reuse of 1st generation EV batteries, ban of some mining dams). As well as a review of emerging solutions to produce and refine rare earths at an acceptable cost and with higher environmental standards. Also an interesting survey that correlates the Criticality of Lithium to a change in global warming objectives. And some good surprises when Stanford and Grenoble LETI announce the “computer on chip” or when Russia, Singapore and US researchers collaborate on AI for improving the efficiency of silicon solar cells. Finally it is certainly worth reading why a Quantum Computer is useful to develop lighter and more powerful EV batteries or why Materials Science may become the most important technology of the next decade.
As always, we wish you a great reading and we will welcome any feedback.
Victoire de Margerie & Philippe Varin
BIV, January 29th: A review of possible solutions to produce and refine rare earths at an acceptable cost and with higher environmental standards
The Register, January 2nd: MIT shows that a superconducting qubit made from graphene is temporally quantum coherent, a key requisite for squeezing more cubits onto a single chip and building sophisticated quantum circuits
Tech Xplore, February 11th: Russia, Singapore and US researchers used AI to study how different amounts and orientations of strain would affect the bandgap and improve the efficiency of a silicon solar cell, by getting it to match more precisely the kind of energy source that it is designed to harness - and therefore reducing its thickness to the exact minimum needed