Lots of news as usual in the field of critical materials: two articles addressing their recycling (Nature and Mining.com), a piece of opinion concerning rare earths mining in the US (The Denver Post), a report on data centers electric consumption in Ireland (Irish Times) and an analysis of US strengths for securing a critical materials supply chain (EPS News). Last but not least, a paper raising concerns on the impact of Climate change on water resources (Nature).
Further on the scientific front with a wide variety of innovations such as two processes for water purification at University of Tokyo and Rice University. A renewable biocement at NTU Singapore, new silicon nanowires for energy saving at Berkeley National Laboratory, a technology for metal recovery at KIST and finally a new and efficient approach for making electrodes in battery manufacturing at Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
In the field of sustainability, we have chosen 5 initiatives: a team from Bar-Ilan University trying to reform coral reefs using 3D-printing, the Better Buildings Initiative trying to decarbonize America's built environment, a video from Deutsche Welle explaining how we can re-use rare minerals, an article from TechXplore on how to use flash heating to recycle automotive components into high-value graphene and finally a presentation of McGill's Sustainable Growth Hub.
Also 17 of our Start Up alumni were in the news this month : quite a few partnerships announced or progressing (Citrine Informatics - USA with Ubiquitous Energy, CompPair - Switzerland with Decathlon, ArianeGroup and Salomon, Graphene MG - Australia with Rio Tinto, Kebotix - USA with Valqua, Spin Ion Technologies - France with Quantum Design International, UBQ Materials - Israel with Polymertal and Mercedes-Benz), some funding rounds or grants (Radical Plastics - USA, Rein4ced - Netherlands), scale up announcements (Quantum Ventura - USA, Zeta Energy - USA), interesting press coverage (Bcomp - Switzerland, Demeta - France, Lixo - France, Nitricity - USA, polySpectra - USA, UbiQD - USA) and an award at JEC World 2022 (Blackleaf - France).
As always, we hope that you enjoy the reading. And for the (lucky) ones of you attending this year's WMF edition, we are very much looking forward to welcoming you once again, or maybe for the first time, in Nancy.
The WMF Editorial Team. Victoire de Margerie, Valentin Desbuis & Sélène Ciancioni
Irish Times, May 3rd: Data centers now consume 14% of national electricity vs 5% in 2015