Of all consumer products, which are most likely to get recycled? Most people name soft drink bottles, but their recycle rate is only 45 percent. With paper, it’s only 34 percent. Only 67 percent of major appliances get recycled. With cars however, the recycle rate is a hearty 95 percent.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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