UK scientists have made a major breakthrough in developing practical quantum computers – connecting quantum microchips for the first time. For the first time, researchers from the University of Sussex and Universal Quantum have proved that quantum bits (qubits) can directly transfer between quantum computer microchips. The breakthrough is set to resolve a major challenge in building quantum computers large and powerful enough to tackle complex problems that are important to society. As such, we knew a modular approach was key to make quantum computers powerful enough to solve step-changing industry problems. Quantum computers will be pivotal in helping to solve some of the most pressing global issues.
Dr Corina Hebestreit, Secretary General of the European Carbon and Graphite Association, discusses the role of graphite in hydrogen fuel cell technologies. As fuel cell technology improves, the importance of using high-purity graphite in fuel cells’ bipolar plates, gas diffusion layers, and catalysts is becoming increasingly evident. Daimler and Honda are already leasing fuel cell vehicles and are being followed by other car makers like Toyota and Hyundai. Graphite in fuel cells is used as a conductive material for the bipolar plates, which are an essential component of the fuel cell structure. The next European Fuel Cell Forum13 will be held on 4-7 July 2023 in Lucerne, Switzerland.5 months ago Innovation News Network
Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, have made significant progress in making ammonia production more environmentally friendly, using green ammonia as a greener fertiliser. Alternative methods for ammonia separation could open the door to different processes, helping to produce green ammonia and operate under less extreme conditions. Many researchers are working on ways to make the Haber-Bosch ammonia process – which dates from the early 20th century – more sustainable. To the team’s surprise, ammonia did not destroy this MOF and instead converted it into strands of copper and ammonia-containing polymer that has an extremely high density of green ammonia. “When you expose this framework to green ammonia, it completely changes its structure,” Snyder commented.2 months ago Innovation News Network
Mariano Votta of Cittadinanzattiva/Active Citizenship Network and Filippos Anagnostopoulos from the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) discuss how the Citizens Energy Forum is aiming to mitigate consumer energy consumption among EU citizens. Understanding behaviour is a starting point to structure consumer engagement that can motivate practical ways to reduce energy consumption. This key message is highlighted on the occasion of the 14th Citizens Energy Forum and titled “Energy consumers at the heart of the energy crisis.”About the Citizens Energy ForumThe Citizens Energy Forum, organised by the EU Commission Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, takes place in Dublin, Ireland, on 24 November 2022 and will engage citizens’ interest groups, a wide range of stakeholders, including NGOs, businesses, as well as policymakers (ministries and regulators) on energy consumer issues in the context of the current energy crisis. More information on this work can be found in the report: Profiling of energy consumers: psychological and contextual factors of energy behaviourDespite the difficulties encountered when seeking to divide consumers into groups according to their behaviour, the survey revealed six profiles of energy consumers:Environmentally conscious and well-informed energy consumers; Concerned but comfort-oriented energy consumers; Concerned but lacking awareness energy consumers; Materialistic energy consumers escaping their personal responsibility; Prone to social influence energy consumers; and Indifferent energy consumers. Whereas 42.5% feel that monthly energy data is not shareable data, this proportion increases to 44% for daily and real-time data.4 months ago Innovation News Network
Anyone who uses helium in their business will be well aware that the global helium market has been experiencing ‘Helium Shortage 4.0’ since the beginning of 2022. This article will explore the causes of Helium Shortage 4.0, the developments that could bring it to an end, and the potential impact of the war in Ukraine and sanctions on helium market developments. User impacts of Helium Shortage 4.0How did Helium Shortage 4.0 impact helium users? While there is no publicly available information on the price of helium, helium price levels have increased by 50-100% for most helium users since the start of Helium Shortage 4.0. Future projections for the helium marketAs of March 2023, the key questions on the minds of helium users include:How long is Helium Shortage 4.0 going to last?2 months ago Innovation News Network
As Argentina’s leading vanadium explorer, NewEra’s strategic vanadium portfolio, including former mine sites, offers investors excellent growth and blue-sky potential in a virgin vanadium district. Located in the pro-mining department of Malargüe, southern Mendoza Province, NewEra’s vanadium projects are fully compliant with Mendoza’s mining code. Despite the ubiquitous presence of vanadium in the Neuquén Basin, there has been no exploration since the 1940s. UNSW licenced its technology to Mitsubishi, and in 1995 it installed the first industrial-scale vanadium battery at its power stations in Japan. A leading vanadium explorer in Argentina with ten vanadium projects (plus potential nickelcredits), and additional exposure through three uranium projects with associated vanadium (andcopper).1 month ago Innovation News Network
This next-generation patient simulator enables them to train in an even more realistic way, which benefits the quality of care. The Flevo Hospital is the first in the Netherlands to have the latest generation of this medical dummy: the SimMan 3G Plus. The lifelike patient simulator is highly dependable and could signify a major advance in the quality of care, the hospital writes in a press release. The new patient simulator is capable of sweating, shedding tears, blinking eyes and breathing. As examples, they can train critical skills such as decision-making, team communication and patient care.5 months ago Innovation Origins
Board chairman Jochen Hanebeck makes it contingent on “appropriate government support,” which will probably only become possible once the European Chips Act passes in Brussels. Intel is also hoping for government support for its chip factory in Magdeburg – not so far from Dresden. ‘State intervention is needed to grow European technology sector’ The lesson learned from European politics in recent years is that our continent is vulnerable. Still, like the other European chip makers such as NXP, STMicroelectronics and ARM Holdings, the company excels in specialization. As of 2018, he was responsible for the Dresden plant.4 months ago Innovation Origins