Reducing their dependence on China’s critical minerals pushes the USA and Europe to find new sources both at home (US manganese mining - Mining.com, Canada rare earth processing - Argus media - and new Imerys lithium mine in France - Reuters) and while developing so called "friend shoring" (German and Mongolia - Mining Weekly or EU and Namibia - Times LIVE). A breakthrough new magnetic alloy that could become a substitute for rare earths elements (Cambridge University) and feedback from the 121 Conference in Sidney to make the energy transition happen (Mining.com) are also highlighted this month.
Great news from the scientific front as well: new process for magnet wastes recycling (Idaho National Laboratory), less expensive catalyst by platinum alloying (Chinese Academy of Science on EurekAlert!), innovative lithium-sulfur battery technology at Monash University (Wiley Online), two quantum computer breakthroughs, one in Australia (UNSW Sydney) and one at QuTech in the Netherlands (Physics World), on-site reactor for CO2 conversion (University of Waterloo) and finally, lowered charging time solution at Penn State University (IEEE Spectrum).
Regarding sustainability initiatives, we have selected a project to replace a coal power plant in Chile with salt-based energy storage, a PNNL analysis of potential synergy of geothermal energy & lithium extraction, a Norwegian survey on the importance of solar energy in reducing Europe's dependency on Russia, an article by the New York Times on how to recycle a 14 stores office tower, a review of progress made on recycling mixed plastics at NREL and a proposal to combine open science and better data to avoid a water crisis in Bangladesh.
Also 17 of our Start Up alumni were in the news this month with some significant funding rounds (Anthro Energy - USA, Nitricity - USA), key partnerships announced or ongoing (Aerosint - Belgium with Exponential Technologies, Bcomp - Switzerland with Polestar, Cyclopure - USA with the city of Newburyport, Nitricity - USA with the IFDC, Sylvatex - USA with Forge Nano, UbiQD - USA with SICPA), some awards (FREDsense Technologies - USA, Intropic Materials -USA), and many interesting press articles as usual (BeFC - France, Brimstone Energy - USA, Carbios - France, Electrified Thermal Solutions - USA, Graphene MG - Australia, Nawa Technologies - France, Sakowin - France, UBQ Materials - Israel).