Eddy's Good News: Chinese battery trumps Elon's Tesla and biochar reports from the USA

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28 Jun 2023, 10:43

Credit: The Times/News UK & Wastewater plant

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Wednesdsay 28th June 2023

Credit: The Times/News UK

Fantastic tech news from China and the dawn of the 1000km battery! Elon Musk will be perspiring a bit at the news that he no longer makes the best battery.

Say Ni Hao to CATL, a Chinese battery company who’ve had a tech breakthrough with their condensed battery which they say hold twice the charge of even Elon’s latest flagship 4680 cell which can run a car for 450km.

This is a huge deal not just for those of us who are driving electric cars and hybrids but when this super battery goes into commercial production later this year, will open up new possibilities for the hardest thing to decarbonise, air travel, whose long range electrical progress is hampered by the weight of the batteries. Twice the charge means half the batteries and that will hopefully give aircraft manufacturers like Boeing some serious food for thought and send them back to the drawing board for battery powered long haul. That’s the holy grail!

Via: positive.news

Credit: Wastewater plant (left) by Montgomery County Planning Commission, CC license; New biochar from phosphorous (right) by Canadian Light Source

Interesting news from the USA where soil scientists have turned a problem into a solution by finding a way to turn troublesome phosphorus away from rivers and ocean and into the soil where it belongs.

Phosphorus is a key macronutrient in the plant world and makes fertiliser much more nutritious, but the runoff into rivers and eventually the sea causes blooms of algae that block the light from reaching the kelp and seagrasses that are so vital for holding onto CO2.

Now we say hello to the University Of Idaho, where soil chemists have found a way to extract the phosphorus in water treatment facilities then use it to enrich biochar, which holds onto it in the most effective way. It’s a multi layered win because this process has the combined effect of cleaner water, better soil health and a carbon sink effect. This is my third biochar related story in as many years. We’re going to hear more and more about this magical stuff.

Via: goodnewsnetwork.org