Exploring Clean Technology

Welcome to “Exploring Clean Technology” - a place to explore advanced material science and applications, among other subjects. Click below to read about recent technology developments, all made possible with advanced materials such as lithium, indium, gallium, tin and the rare earths.

Aug 8, 2019
We have discussed “wearable tech” previously here, but the technology keeps getting better and better –like technology that will be indistinguishable from clothing fabric. This is way beyond smartwatches, folks! Image from Mob... Read More
May 14, 2019
It wasn’t too long ago that glass products were manufactured by glass-blowing – a technique that can be traced back to the 1 st century BC and the basis of an artisanal industry still alive and well today. The early 19 th century... Read More
Nov 13, 2018
  A NASA spacecraft was launched this summer on an unprecedented quest… to get closer to the sun than anything ever sent before. The Parker Solar Probe is flying straight through the wispy edges of the sun’s corona, or outer ... Read More
Oct 3, 2018
A new way of enhancing the interactions between light and matter, developed by researchers at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Technion (the Israel Institute of Technology) could someday lead to more efficient solar cells that collec... Read More
Jul 16, 2018
A bit of ‘advanced material history’ caught my interest while watching a black & white flick on TCM earlier this week, in which there was a specific reference to a “germanium transistor” as the dad was fixing his son&rsq... Read More
May 8, 2018
The world's first all-electric racing series has taken yet another step into the future. A next generation Formula E car has been unveiled for its competitive debut in the 2018-19 Formula E Championship. The new design has caused quit... Read More
Apr 6, 2018
  Hybrid vehicles aren’t going to be restricted by gravity for much longer! At the end of November 2017, three major European companies - Siemens, Airbus and Rolls-Royce -announced that they are working toward testing a hybrid-electric pr... Read More
Mar 16, 2018
Advances in material science and new technology applications gallop forward at accelerating speeds! Fields include electrifying cars, buses and trucks; more efficient and reliable renewable energy sources; communications and computing capacities we... Read More
Feb 7, 2018
  We all generally aware that yttrium (element 39) and everything from lanthanum (element 57) to lutetium (element 71) on the Periodic Table - otherwise referred to as the rare earths elements or REEs - are vital for the advanced technologi... Read More
Jan 9, 2018
Tesla has installed the world's largest lithium ion battery in South Australia in late November. Tesla teamed up with French renewable energy firm Neoen and the local government to install the battery, which is approximately three times more po... Read More