First we were really happy to welcome the 7th edition of WMF in Nancy one month ago and we can now restart the usual flow of our monthly newsletters.
To start with, we witness an acceleration of news in the field of critical materials (Glencore & Umicore allying on blockchain technology to trace battery cobalt, a green hydrogen to ammonia project in AbuDhabi, major fundraising and future listing of a Singapore start up promoting new Lithium Metal chemistry for EV batteries, Tesla involved in new acid free technology for lithium extraction, strong trend of the car industry to avoid rare earth in electric motors, new JV to build a factory for lithium silicon battery materials in South Korea and of course the LT nickel contract between Tesla and BHP).
Further on the scientific front with many projects (really difficult to choose the 10 that you will find below: Sodium battery without anode at Washington University of Saint Louis, New metal alloy for aerospace design thanks to volume stability at extreme temperature range at University of New South Wales, Some more info about indefinitely recyclable plastic at Berkeley Lab, One step further on the road towards lower cost green hydrogen at University of Texas Austin, Interesting insight about oxygen release effect on high energy density batteries at Took University, Further progress on lower energy electronics at Helmholtz Berlin, Optimum solar energy to electricity conversion of perovskite solar cells without lead leaching at EPFL, A new economical method for producing biobased acrylics resins at Institut de Recherche de Paris, New anode material and design for better battery safety, performance and cost at National Korea Maritime & Ocean University and A thorough update on the quantum computing race to be read on Semi Engineering).
On the sustainability front, we picked 4 examples: Two country approaches towards electrification (Finland and Australia), Some ideas to reduce the energy consumed by internet and A model developed by US Department of Energy and University of Portsmouth that demonstrates sizable energy and CO2 savings for enzymatic recycling of PET.
We are also happy to highlight 26 of our great Start Up Alumni who were in the news with fund raising, hiring, launch of new product line, cooperation with industry partner or media coverage (we let you discover which ones below).
Finally we suggest that you already note the dates for WMF 2022 in Nancy on June 16th-18th.
Victoire de Margerie & Philippe Varin
Reuters, May 20th: Glencore and Umicore to trace battery cobalt with blockchain technology
PR Newswire, July 13th: Singapore based company to list on NY Stock Exchange with a new Lithium Metal chemistry that could make better performing batteries manufactured on existing Lithium Ion industrial units