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♻️ RECYCLING: Case Western Reserve University researchers are developing a technology to break down a type of non-recyclable plastics called thermoset polymers into recyclable resins that can be made into new products. Thermoset polymers are commonly used in the aerospace, automotive, and wind industries.
🧲 EFFICIENCY: University of Minnesota researchers electrically transformed “fool’s gold” (also known as iron sulfide) into a magnetic material. It’s reportedly the first time scientists have used electricity to make a non-magnetic material into a magnetic one. This could be a way to create new magnetic materials for more energy-efficient computer memory devices.
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🔋 BATTERIES: Regional economic development organization Radius Indiana announced the three winners of its pitch competition. One winner, ValgoTech, is working on a battery charger and power reduction system for drones.
🚜 AGRICULTURE: Progressive Farmer details the wave of ag tech tools that emerged in the Midwest over the last month to help farmers improve their efficiency and lessen their environmental footprints.
📈 INVESTMENT: Aberdeen Advisors, headquartered in Chicago, launched Aberdeen Labs, a technology investment platform that aims to bring startups’ innovations to market.
🚰 WATER: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory launched two online STEM education portals for water power technologies. The open-source resources are intended to spur student exploration of water power careers, which is considered a growing segment of the renewable energy industry.
🏆 AWARDS: DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office announced the eight winners of its Individuals Taking Energy Action in Manufacturing (ITEAM) Prize, which recognizes employees at U.S. manufacturers who promote energy-saving. Innovators in Minnesota and Wisconsin were recognized for their ideas, and each will receive a $5,000 prize.
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