PLANTS, CENTERS, AND FACILITIES
DuPont Mobility & Materials announced it is investing $5 million in capital and operating resources at its manufacturing facilities in Germany and Switzerland to increase capacity for its high-performance automotive adhesives. The investment will expand capacity to support growing demand for advanced mobility solutions for vehicle electrification.
Rolls-Royce of North America is planning a $30-million expansion of its R&D capabilities in Southern California, and will build a new research center in Cyprus, Calif., to research ceramic-matrix composite materials and production processes. The goal is to develop new products and technologies for manufacturing jet-engine components.
Interlink Electronics, Inc., a technology company that specializes in manufacturing sensors used in electronic portable devices, announced the official opening of its new materials science and research & development lab in Camarillo, Calif. Previously based in Singapore, Interlink’s new U.S. center aims to facilitate greater communication and collaboration.
RWE AG secured planning permission to build an airborne wind energy test facility in County Mayo, Ireland. The facility will demonstrate a 150-kW system consisting of a ground-based winch generator, a launch and land platform, and an aircraft-shaped device.
American Rare Earths Ltd. secured 100% of the Searchlight Rare Earth Elements Project, which is made up of 80 contiguous unpatented lode mining claims and covers 1,620 acres in Nevada. This new high-grade rare earth elements exploration project is near Mountain Pass, the only operating rare earth mine in the U.S.
ACQUISITIONS AND COLLABORATIONS
SkySpecs, a global leader in wind energy technology, acquired two of Europe’s premier wind energy companies: Fincovi, a leader in financial asset management, and Vertikal AI, a pioneer in predictive maintenance for wind energy.
SparkCognition, an artificial intelligence company, acquired Ensemble Energy, a leading provider of software products and services for the renewable energy industry. Through this acquisition, SparkCognition is offering the world’s first AI-enabled asset management platform for clean energy.
The National Company Law Tribunal approved the merging of RHI Magnesita’s two Indian subsidiaries, RHI Clasil and RHI India, into the public listed entity Orient Refractories Ltd.
Allied Mineral Products teamed up with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on the ENDURING project, which focuses on long-duration energy storage using heated particles. Allied is providing insight and knowledge of refractories for efficient heat containment.
A United Kingdom team launched the Decarbonising Precast Concrete project to research and develop processes to decarbonize precast concrete in construction. The project consists of three stages: design solution optimization, material development and testing, and production and logistics review.
Toyota Research Institute announced that it is committing another $36 million to its Accelerated Materials Design and Discovery collaborative university research program over the next four years.
Glass Technology Services agreed to a collaborative partnership with Rockfield developed to give brand owners and manufacturers greater confidence in container glass design. The partnership will offer an extensive service package including design assessments, finite element analysis modeling and simulations, and physical testing following pilot trials.
Physics World is hosting a live webinar exploring nitride quantum light sources at 9 a.m. Eastern on June 16. The speaker is Rachel Oliver, director of the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride.
ACS Publications, in partnership with the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry, will host a virtual symposium on innovation in measurement science from June 22–25. The four-day event will be free to attend and will cover work on in vivo sensors, virus diagnostics, proteomics, advances in mass spectrometry technologies, and more.
Registration is now open for next month’s Hydrogen in Glass conference. The two-day digital conference, which takes place on June 15 and 16, will include 16 speakers such as Heineken, Shell, Linde, Steklarna Hrastnik, Sorg, and Glass Service.
The United Nations General Assembly approved the formal resolution to have 2022 declared the International Year of Glass on May 18. Nineteen countries acted as co-sponsors, with a special thanks to the Spanish Mission for leading the process.
South African container glass manufacturer Consol Glass launched a multifaceted campaign to raise awareness around the pollution of the world’s oceans and encourage a switch from single-use to reusable packaging.
The Global Cement and Concrete Association launched an open competition that calls on start-ups to pitch solutions and ideas for decarbonizing the concrete and cement industry. Challenge areas include carbon capture technologies, calcination technologies, carbon use in the construction supply chain, and improved recycling of concrete.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 office in Paducah started a project that is expected to save taxpayers $1 million over the next six to eight years by recycling concrete waste material to produce three of the most common types of rock used by highway crews to repair and maintain roadways.
The U.S. Department of Energy launched a new Lighting Prize (L-Prize), designed to spur ground-breaking innovation, domestic manufacturing, and the benefits of an inclusive clean energy economy for next-generation lighting solutions in commercial buildings.
A LaserFocusWorld article details the techniques used before, during, and after optical fabrication to ensure consistently high laser-induced damage thresholds for custom reflective, transmissive, and absorbing laser optics.
Last year, Cape Town announced plans to purchase its own power from independent renewable-power producers. The falling cost and exponential growth of renewable-energy technology have made this possible. Learn the difficulties that cities face to win the right to purchase their own electricity.
In an interview with pv magazine, Indra Overland, the head of the Center for Energy Research at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs, explains how long-distance electricity and hydrogen transport differs from that of fossil fuels.
The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium unveiled a comprehensive U.S. offshore wind supply chain project. The purpose of the Supply Chain Roadmap is to present the collective benefits of a domestic supply chain and facilitate the acceleration of the offshore wind industry in the U.S.
Gas taxes are the largest source of funding for highway construction and maintenance. As the Ford F-150 Lightning and other vehicles increasingly plug in, that revenue is shrinking. This Wired article takes a look at the situation.
In an updated assessment, an expert panel of the European Food Safety Authority concludes the whitening agent titanium dioxide is not safe for use as a food additive. The new evaluation replaces a 2016 assessment and paves the way for a ban on titanium dioxide in food in the European Union.
A new Flexicon bulk bag unloader with dual flexible screw conveyors feeds two downstream processes dust-free. The flexible screws are the only moving parts contacting material. The system is available in carbon steel with durable industrial coating, or stainless steel finished to industrial, food, dairy, or pharmaceutical standards.
Germany-based PV module manufacturer Solarwatt launched two bifacial glass-glass panels with half-cell architecture and M6 format: Solarwatt Vision Pure panel, with aluminum frame; and Solarwatt Vision Style panel, with transparent backsheet.
German car parts company Mahle is in the process of developing a magnet-free electric motor that does not require rare earth elements. Company officials note the design allows for tuning and changing rotor parameters, which in turn allows for improving efficiency.