During March we had preparatory calls and meetings with more than 80% of WMF 2019 speakers and we now expect our 5th edition to be just great - again one notch better than the previous one.
Also the jury of our WMF Start Up Challenge will meet at the end of this week and the variety and quality of applications received from the entire world will make it a tough job to decide on the 2019 nominees.
So here is our no 12 with a new bench of sustainability initiatives (global industry standards for construction and inspection of tailing dams, use of 3D to build quick and affordable housing for homeless, EU tightening of CO2 limits for cars). As well as a review of emerging solutions to identify new and reliable sources of rare earth or to use EV batteries as a source of Lithium and Cobalt. Also AI is seen as a great tool to predict the useful life of batteries... but still slowly used by the automotive industry altogether. Finally it is certainly worth reading how Aluminium Graphite Dual Ion Batteries could be highly efficient at low cost and also how dual personality electronics materials have been discovered at Ohio State University.
As always, we wish you a great reading and we will welcome any feedback.
Victoire de Margerie & Philippe Varin
Science Daily, March 4th: Rutgers researchers have found a possible new source of rare earth elements - phosphate rock waste - and an environmentally friendly way to get them out