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Apr 12, 2024

North America just got a new recycled Li-ion battery materials plant

Posted by in categories: materials, sustainability

Green Li-ion has launched a commercial-scale plant to process unsorted battery waste, or “black mass,” from used lithium-ion batteries.

Within an existing recycling facility in Atoka, Oklahoma, the plant will produce sustainable, battery-grade cathode precursor, lithium, and anode materials – closing the EV recycling loop with the production done all in one plant.

The current recycling process for spent lithium-ion batteries in North America includes sorting batteries before shredding, which are then processed into black mass and further into sulfates. The material is then exported overseas, most often to China and South Korea, for further processing.

Apr 12, 2024

Tesla releases more details on Powerwall 3, confirms cheaper stack coming

Posted by in category: sustainability

Tesla has released more details about Powerwall 3, its new generation home energy storage system, and there’s some more good news.

Electrek first reported that Tesla started Powerwall 3 installations in the US despite having yet to launch the product on its website officially back in September.

As we previously reported, the biggest difference with the Powerwall 3 is a higher power output of 11.5 KW continuous and an integrated solar inverter.

Apr 10, 2024

The proton engine Einstein predicted, created for the first time: challenges the laws of the universe and makes cars sustainable

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, physics, space, sustainability

Do you know what they’ve discovered? This is the proton engine that Einstein predicted decades ago and that, for the first time, they’ve managed to materialize. The best part? It challenges even the laws of physics and the universe, and it’s going to decarbonize transportation.

Nuclear fusion has long been a sought-after but elusive goal for science. It involves joining atomic nuclei to release energy, the same process that occurs in the Sun and other stars. In fact, it’s a process similar to what we saw two weeks ago with the plasma engine.

Unlike nuclear fission used in current nuclear power plants—which, remember, we are highly critical of due to its lack of being an eco-friendly or renewable option—fusion offers the promise of a virtually inexhaustible and clean energy source.

Apr 10, 2024

NASA, Japan Advance Space Cooperation, Sign Agreement for Lunar Rover

Posted by in categories: education, space travel, sustainability

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson and Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Masahito Moriyama have signed an agreement to advance sustainable human exploration of the Moon.

Japan will design, develop, and operate a pressurized rover for crewed and uncrewed exploration on the Moon. NASA will provide the launch and delivery of the rover to the Moon as well as two opportunities for Japanese astronauts to travel to the lunar surface.

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Apr 10, 2024

Research Lights up Process for Turning CO₂ into Sustainable Fuel

Posted by in categories: particle physics, sustainability

Researchers have successfully transformed CO2 into methanol by shining sunlight on single atoms of copper deposited on a light-activated material, a discovery that paves the way for creating new green fuels.

An international team of researchers from the University of Nottingham’s School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham, University of Queensland, and University of Ulm have designed a material made up of copper anchored on nanocrystalline carbon nitride.

The copper atoms are nested within the nanocrystalline structure, which allows electrons to move from carbon nitride to CO2, an essential step in the production of methanol from CO2 under the influence of solar irradiation. The research has been published in the Sustainable Energy & Fuels journal.

Apr 10, 2024

Israel’s Watergen helping Arizona Native Americans make water from air

Posted by in category: sustainability

Israeli startup Watergen, which has developed a technology to produce water from air, has installed a generator for a Navajo Nation Native American community in Arizona to help them deal with a crippling water shortage.

The first generator was set up at the Rocky Ridge Gas & Market in northeast Arizona and aims to address the lack of access to clean drinking water within the Hard Rock community there, according to a joint press statement issued Thursday.

Nearly 10,000 families across Navajo Nation lack access to running water, per recent estimates. Local groundwaters have been contaminated over the years by mining and the situation has been exacerbated by the devastating drought affecting the Western United States.

Apr 10, 2024

Watergen ON Board

Posted by in categories: innovation, sustainability

Is the most advanced water-from-air generator on the market. It’s an innovative and simple solution to supply fresh, safe drinking water.

Apr 9, 2024

Sinking Stars: Climate-Induced Loss of Antarctic Meteorites

Posted by in categories: climatology, robotics/AI, space, sustainability

“We need to accelerate and intensify efforts to recover Antarctic meteorites,” said Dr. Harry Zekollari. “The loss of Antarctic meteorites is much like the loss of data that scientists glean from ice cores collected from vanishing glaciers – once they disappear, so do some of the secrets of the universe.”


How can climate change effect the search for meteorites in Antarctica? This is what a recent study published in Nature Climate Change hopes to address as an international team of researchers investigated how melting snow and ice could prevent successful identification of meteorites, of which approximately 60 percent of all meteorites retrieved on Earth have been found in Antarctica. This study holds the potential to help scientists, climate change activists, and legislators better understand the impacts of climate change on science, as meteorites are crucial for gaining greater insight into the formation and evolution of the solar system and beyond.

With a combination of climate models, satellite observations, and artificial intelligence, the researchers estimate that at current rates, they will lose the ability to identify approximately 5,000 meteorites annually, with approximately 24 percent being lost by 2050 and potentially 76 percent by 2100.

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Apr 7, 2024

Worrying research show the Earth’s rotation is beginning to change

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

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Experts are concerned about the way our planet is rotating due to climate change. For years, scientists have been concerned about the impacts of global warming.

Now, new research has revealed a change in the Earth’s spin due to the melting of the ice poles.

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Apr 7, 2024

These Electric Cars Offer Plug & Charge In 2024

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

If you want an electric car that begins charging the moment you plug it into a public fast charger, then you want one with Plug & Charge. Here are the EVs with this feature.

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