As always lots of news in the field of critical materials: 3 high level reviews on green hydrogen opportunities and limits (Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy), on deep sea mining potential and risks (IRRE Spectrum) and on global population rise scenarios (Nature) as well as news on the full critical materials supply chain: mining wastes that can be used as catalyst for cheaper hydrogen fuel production (Queensland University of Technology), mines in Canada with a growing potential (Mining.com) new batteries recycling partnership in the USA (Incus Media) and the acquisition of Spanish copper mines by an Australian mining company (Nasdaq).
Now, on the scientific front with a review of engineered living Biomaterials by University of Glasgow, the influence of light on degradation of Nano materials at George Washington University, gold films to enhance quantum sensing at Perdue University, a chemical process to turn a toxic gas into clean hydrogen fuel at Ohio State University, a more sustainable and cost effective process for battery electrodes at Frauenhofer, Plasma to support reduction of CO2 emissions for fertilizers at Polytechnique Montréal, performance improvement of sulfur batteries at Monash University, next generation electronics at Technical University of Denmark, stabilizing interfaces of solid state batteries at Mc Gill University and a breakthrough made by Argonne National Laboratory physicists to make battery recycling more cost effective.
On the sustainability front, we picked 4 initiatives : 2 on CO2-free steel (a global review of projects in progress in the New Yorker and the specific initiative by Mercedes and SSAB in Green Car Congress), a study by the Department of Energy showing the importance of solar energy in the decarbonation process and a roadmap towards low cost low energy water management by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
And finally some good news from 14 of our WMF Start Up Alumni: media coverage (BlackLeaf - France, Carbios - France, C12 Quantum - France, Demeta - France, Lixo - France, Mallinda - USA), commercial or institutional partnerships (CompPair - Switzerland, GrapheneMG - Australia, Twelve - USA, UBQ Materials - Israel), and new positions opening (Anthro Energy - USA, BComp - Switzerland, C12 Quantum - France, Citrine Informatics - USA, Nitricity - USA).
As always, we hope you will enjoy the reading.
The WMF Editorial Team, Victoire de Margerie, Valentin Desbuis & Sélène Ciancioni
Columbia Center on Global Energy Policy, August 26th: A full review on green hydrogen opportunities and limits