Newsletter #9

Dear all,

Here is the November edition with a flurry of scientific news in the field of accessing drinking water, discovering new materials for improved computer memory or energy harvesting capabilities, increasing solar cells performance, converting PET bottles into insulation aerogels or CO2 into plastic monomers. As well as design projects to optimize the size to power density of motors or the weight to safety of vehicles. Not to forget the sustainability initiatives for using bridges longer with improved freight efficiency or for reducing our water footprint altogether at sustainable levels. And of course some more information on critical resources and how we should reduce our dependency on them (BMW developing engines with no rare earth… and all of us working on reducing our use of data).

Finally a special focus on the future of EVs seen from Asia: 

Nikkei Asian Review, November 14th
Japan and South Korea battle China for the future of EVs

A combination of steel slag recovery with valorization of vanadium for stationary energy storage in China

As always, we wish you a great reading and we will welcome any feedback.

Victoire de Margerie & Philippe Varin


Automotive World, November 5th
No more rare earth in the 5th generation of BMW electric drivetrain as from 2020

UNSW Sydney, November 29th:
Energy required to power the data centres that computers rely on already consumes 5% of global electricity. And that energy load is doubling every decade.


Scientific American, November 5th
Access to drinking water thanks to MOF at Berkeley

Design News, November 9th
Using optics rather than electronics at Georgia State University and discover materials that enable unprecedented computer speeds and memory capabilities 

Phys. Org, November 21st
Thermoelectric materials that can harvest energy and turn it into electricity with no need for battery 

SciTech Europa, November 28th
Boosting the efficiency of perovskite solar cells 

Inverse, November 28th
New organic photovoltaics record at University of Erlangen and South China University of Technology  

Reuters, November 29th
Converting PET bottles into aerogels for building insulation and fire safety at the National University of Singapore

New Atlas, November 30th
Turn CO2 into plastics on the cheap at Rutgers


3D, November 16th
Some news about Additive Manufacturing following Formnext

Automotive World, November 22nd
Henkel and RLE International ally to promote new designs that decrease vehicles’ weight and increase their safety, November 28th
Shrink the size of the motor at a given power density or make a higher power motor at the same size thanks to Metal Amorphous Nano Composites at Carnegie Mellon 


UN Chronicle, March 2018
How to reduce our water footprint to a sustainable level 

Logistics Materials Handling, November 13th
Bridge upgrade in Australia in order to boost the freight efficiency and use the bridge longer