The Department of Energy announced its 2019 fiscal year award funds for what it calls “advanced vehicle technologies research” and both General Motors and Ford received healthy sums of cash. The government awarded GM a total of $9.1 million, of which $2 million is explicitly related to research and development for solid-state batteries.
A £9 million project led by Glass Technology Services and British Glass aims to completely recycle all types of waste from the construction industry. The project is being undertaken by scientists based in South Yorkshire, along with 27 of its European partners. They aim to recycle glass, wood, ceramics, plastic, and rubber.
Container manufacturer Owens-Illinois could soon produce bottles from glass collected from curbside recycling. O-I signed an agreement in principle with Canadian recycler Groupe Bellemare, based in Quebec. Beyond guarantees of feedstock, it will foremost require a change in Quebec regulation to ban any use of glass in landfill sites.
U.S. Department of Energy announced $59 million for 43 projects for new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies research. These projects address priorities in advanced batteries and electric drive systems, co-optimized engine and fuel technologies, materials for efficient powertrains, and alternative fuels and new energy efficient mobility systems.
AMable, an EU Horizon 2020 program accelerating the adoption of additive manufacturing, announced the third open call grant of €450,000 for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) using 3D printing. Training for additive manufacturing, especially where design is concerned, is a core area of interest for the grant.
An Indian-origin researcher at University of New South Wales, Sydney, received a $3.3 million grant to transform waste and resource recovery industry by developing advanced manufacturing capabilities that focus on small-scale processing of materials produced from battery and consumer wastes.
A pilot plant to be built at the U.K.’s University of Birmingham will be the first to use a patented process called hydrogen processing of magnet scrap (HPMS) to recover rare earth alloys from scrap magnets. HPMS uses hydrogen to decrepitate magnets containing the rare earth element neodymium.
Diversified Australian exploration company Broken Hill Prospecting formed a wholly-owned U.S.-based subsidiary to acquire and develop the large-tonnage La Paz rare earth project in Arizona. Location notices for the lode mining claims have been filed with Arizona’s Bureau of Land Management while a prospecting permit application is in progress.
Scientists in Sweden and China analyzed net costs and profits associated with building and operating industrial and commercial solar energy projects in 344 prefecture-level cities in China. They found in all 344 cities, solar photovoltaic systems were capable of generating and selling electricity at lower prices than the grid without subsidies.