GM’s Ultium partners with Li-Cycle to expand U.S. EV battery recycling

Good News Notes: “General Motors announced Tuesday that its Ultium battery joint venture with LG Chem is partnering with Li-Cycle to expand America’s battery recycling capabilities, promising to return up to 100% of the valuable materials used in battery construction to the market for re-use.  “Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting…

How John Deere is Fighting Hunger in Nigeria

Good News Notes: “John Deere is being recognized for the success of its farming education program in Nigeria. Last year, Deere partnered with a non-profit and local farmers on the Rayuwa project, which aims to teach Nigerian farmers better agricultural techniques. Now, Fast Company business magazine has named Deere a winner of its 2021 award…

Barbie, Matchbox to be recycled, reused with Mattel PlayBack program

Good News Notes: “The old Barbie dolls haven’t been dressed up in years, and the Matchbox cars haven’t crossed any finish lines. The Mega Bloks have sat idle while a layer of dust gets thicker. Mattel has a way for families to extend the life of these unused and outgrown toys – and keep them out…

Australian researchers show next gen solar cells can beat the heat

Good News Notes: “Australian researchers have demonstrated that new solar panel designs and manufacturing techniques have the potential to solve some of the key challenges of operating in high temperatures, showing that they not only produce more useful electricity but have longer operational lives thanks to their ability to beat the heat. In new research…

Citrus Derivative Makes Transparent Wood 100% Renewable

Good News Notes: “Since it was first introduced in 2016, transparent wood has been developed by researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology as an innovative structural material for building construction. It lets natural light through and can even store thermal energy. The key to making wood into a transparent composite material is to strip…

Australia’s first solar panel recycling plant swings into action

Good News Notes: “One of Australia’s first solar PV recycling facilities is up and running in Melbourne’s north, with video footage posted on LinkedIn on Wednesday showing the panel-crushing plant in action. The plant, which was completed last September in Thomastown by Melbourne based co-operative Lotus Energy, claims to recycle 100% of end-of-life solar PV…

Bees in the Netherlands trained to detect COVID-19 infections

Good News Notes: “Dutch researchers have trained bees, which have an unusually keen sense of smell, to identify samples infected with COVID-19, a finding they said could cut waiting times for test results to just seconds. To train the bees, scientists in the bio-veterinary research laboratory at Wageningen University gave them sugary water as a…