This month we would like to feedback on our 1st WMF Australia Chapter that happened in Melbourne on November 19th and was a great opportunity to witness the positive vibes of the Australian eco system, be industrial companies of all sizes (BHP, CleanTeq, Imagine Intelligent Materials), universities & research centers (Swinburne, Monach, Wollongong, CSIRO) and support actors (Victorian Government, Sydney Mining Club) towards using Materials Smarter, Less and Longer.
So we now look forward to welcoming a great Australian delegation in Nancy next June!
The general news of November are a very interesting panorama of the critical materials constraints on China renewable energy transition as well as a quite direct opinion expressed by MIT Tech Review as to the timeline of the electric car revolution.
Unconventional ideas can also bring interesting results as we can read from the works on increasing solar efficiency at Cambridge University, faster battery charging at Argonne National Lab or 3D printing Ti/Ni alloys at University of Maryland.
And design of final products can definitely bring its contribution to minimizing criticality of raw materials - see survey done at University of Padova.
Not to forget a variety of sustainability initiatives with Qantas to reach net zero emissions by 2050, EasyJet announcing full offsetting of their carbon emissions or Nissan coordinating an EEC supported project with a carbon neutrality objective in 2050.
Finally some good news coming from our WMF start ups with some great papers (3 French start ups: Ajelis, Carbios and Woodoo), a flurry of nominations and awards (B Comp - Switzerland, Imagine - Australia, Kebotix - USA, Mosaic Materials - USA, Polystyvert - Canada and Safi Organics - Kenya), and our Grand Prix 2017 (Citrine Informatics, USA) highlighted by Lanxess for AI assisted development of Urethane systems .
As always, we wish you a great reading and we will welcome any feedback.
Victoire de Margerie & Philippe Varin
Applied Energy, November 1st: A panorama of critical mineral constraints (availability and scalability) on China's renewable energy transition