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Hello Jacqueline,


We had several great stories to use this month on energy harvesting and one that I think is worth mentioning here is the “Harvesting energy from air” (June 16, 2023, The WEEK). The U of Massachusetts at Amherst has produced “Air-Gen” which uses ambient humidity to produce energy with a nanopore film. The humid air passing through the holes in the film produce a tiny charge that Prof. Jun Yao can amplify. Now he is working on stacking the small film Air-Gens to multiply the voltage and power output.


Also worth mentioning, since many of you know our interest in gigaton carbon capture for CO2 removal from the air, is the recent June 6th Climeworks Summit in Zurich that focused on ‘Advancing high-quality carbon removal solutions’. Their speaker list with links to each affiliated organization/company is very impressive: and may be better than their short talks crammed into one day. The company is also a world leader in direct air carbon capture (DACC) which someday soon should start cancelling the 40 gigatons of CO2 that we globally exhale into the atmosphere each year and stays there doing heat-trapping for approximately “hundreds to thousands of years.” (This statistic is a quote from Prof. Richard Wolfson at Middlebury College who has a remarkable on “Earth’s Changing Climate” that I’m listening to while working in the IRI Lab.)


Story #1 offers a new insight into aviation electrification. MIT offers a megawatt level of Airbus motoring that may still end up being a hybrid with an ecofriendly fuel but it seems to be a welcome step in the right direction by a professor of Aeronautics.


Story #2 gives us a further step in the direction of hybrid electric vehicles or simply renewable fuels for internal combustion engines by converting CO2 into ethanol, ethylene, and other useful fuels. LBNL uses copper nanoparticles as electrocatalysts, which “excel in CO2 reduction.”


Story #3 is an exciting, similar invention to Story #2 but uses sunlight and an “artificial leaf” to convert CO2 to useful fuel. The U of Cambridge finds that it can manufacture “multicarbon fuels” in this manner.


Story #4 could have been the lead article since to me, it is the most earth-shattering article. When a new battery like this Lithium-Sulfur battery offers FIVE (5) times the capacity of Lithium-ion batteries, engineers will stand up and take note. Here in the US, at the U of Michigan, a network of recycled aramid nanofibers (ANFs) can enable lithium-sulfur batteries to prolong their cycle life. While the 19-second linked video is nice, most readers will want to see more about this amazing discovery: In their Nature article, the authors state, “The simplicity of synthesis and recyclability of ANFs open the door for engineering high-performance materials for numerous energy technologies.” More information on this energy breakthrough technology is in the Nature Communications publication:


Story #5 was my pick for Star Trek fans who want to hear all about the space ventures which are currently ongoing. Well here is the ten (10) best Space Startups raising billions of dollars for all kinds of space related commercial ventures. This information is from NASA’s Tech Briefs which for years has been a wonderful resource in a color magazine mailed to you for FREE. Sign up at which also gives you access to an emailed version of the Tech Briefs as well if you choose that option. Did I mention it is a FREE service and also includes product development section from NASA and contact information for each invention?




Tom Valone



1) Megawatt Electrical Motor Designed by MIT Could Help Electrify Aviation


MIT News June 2023


Due to its massive carbon footprint, electrification has long been viewed as the most viable path toward helping to make the aviation industry more environmentally friendly. Zoltan Spakovszky, leader of the MIT project and university’s T. Wilson Professor in Aeronautics and the Director of its Gas Turbine Laboratory (GTL), calls the megawatt-class motors his team envisions “a key enabler for greening aviation,” regardless of whether the resulting system relies partially on batteries, hydrogen, ammonia, or a variety of eco-friendly aviation fuel.


2) Copper Catalyst Converts CO2 into Fuels June 2023


A research team led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has gained new insight by capturing real-time movies of copper nanoparticles (copper particles engineered at the scale of a billionth of a meter) as they convert CO2 and water into renewable fuels and chemicals: ethylene, ethanol, and propanol, among others. “This is very exciting. After decades of work, we’re finally able to show — with undeniable proof — how copper electrocatalysts excel in CO2 reduction,” said Peidong Yang, a Senior Faculty Scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences and Chemical Sciences Divisions who led the study. Yang is also a Professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering at UC Berkeley. “Knowing how copper is such an excellent electrocatalyst brings us steps closer to turning CO2 into new, renewable solar fuels through artificial photosynthesis.”


3) "Artificial Leaf" Produces Clean Fuel from Sunlight



SciTech Daily June 2023


The University of Cambridge scientists have developed an ‘artificial leaf’ that, powered by sunlight, converts CO2 and water into ethanol and propanol. This innovation eliminates the intermediary step of producing syngas, making the technology more practical and paving the way for a sustainable, zero-carbon emission future. The researchers from the University of Cambridge, harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert CO2, water, and sunlight into multicarbon fuels – ethanol and propanol – in a single step. These fuels have a high energy density and can be easily stored or transported.



4) Lithium-Sulfur Battery Could Enhance EV Ranges


TechBriefs. com June 2023


A new biologically inspired battery membrane from the University of Michigan has enabled a battery with five times the capacity of the industry-standard Li-ion design to run for the 1,000-plus cycles needed to power an EV. Watch this video to see how a network of recycled aramid nanofibers can enable lithium-sulfur batteries to prolong their cycle life. “Inspired by biological ion channels, we engineered highways for lithium ions where lithium polysulfides cannot pass the tolls,” said Ahmet Emre , a postdoctoral researcher in chemical engineering and co-first author of the paper in Nature Communications.




1,000-cycle lithium-sulfur battery could quintuple electric vehicle ranges



5) Ten Surging Space Startups


TechBriefs. com June 2023


From launch to in-space services, this innovation is happening rapidly in space. The commercialization of low-Earth orbit (LEO) in the past decade has fueled the emergence of many space startups. We have entered an interesting time where new technologies developed by these startups are paving the way for future space exploration. The “2022 Startup Space: Update on Investment in Commercial Space Ventures” report by Bryce Tech shows that startup space ventures attracted over $15 billion in total financing during 2021, breaking the $7.7 billion record set in 2020. In addition, 2021 was a record-setting year for the number of startup space deals. In 2021, 10 space startups went public via special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), raising nearly $4 billion.








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