Argonne finds promise in new material to increase lithium-ion battery capacity

ūüĒč BATTERIES: Argonne National Laboratory has made progress on better performing lithium-ion batteries with a new anode material. The material had been developed for sodium-ion batteries, but it is showing promise with increasing the energy capacity in lithium-ion batteries.

ūüĆĹ BIOFUELS:¬†Researchers at a¬†University of Missouri¬†innovation lab are transitioning away from their usual work of designing better roads and stronger bridges and instead producing¬†ethanol-based hand sanitizer¬†during the pandemic.

A ‚Äėcorny‚Äô solution to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus from Mizzou News on Vimeo.

ūüĒĆUTILITIES:

  • A new report (PDF) offers recommendations for speeding up Wisconsin‚Äôs transition to clean energy,¬†reports Wisconsin Public Radio. The paper compiles a year‚Äôs worth of input from electricity sector stakeholders and highlights new technologies with potential to simultaneously reduce utilities‚Äô carbon footprints and boost economic development.
  • Utility smart solution supplier¬†Aclara, based in St. Louis, won a contract to implement an¬†advanced metering infrastructure network¬†for¬†Pedernales Electric Cooperative¬†in Texas.

ūüéČ PRODUCT LAUNCH: Doosan Bobcat North America, based in West Fargo, North Dakota, is partnering with Green Machine Equipment to produce an¬†electric/hydraulic compact excavator. Battery technology will replace the standard diesel power source.


***SPONSORED LINK:¬†The Cleanie Awards ‚ÄĒ the #1 awards program in clean technology ‚ÄĒ is now accepting applications!¬†Submit to win, or¬†contact us¬†with any questions. Applications close July 30.***

DIVERSITY: Missouri is among the top 10 states with the highest rate of women inventor-patentees, according to a report from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Still, the state’s rate is less than 15%, in line with the national average of 14.2%.

ūüíį FUNDING:¬†The¬†Illinois Innovation Network¬†awarded¬†seed funding grants¬†Monday to four research projects aimed to improve sustainability and resilience, including technologies related to vertical farming and waste conversion.

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