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Electrochemistry News Items & Facts - November 2022

Every day, we all use battery powered devices at home, drive vehicles, eat packaged foods, and drink clean water. These are a few examples of the countless aspects of our modern lifestyles which are reliant on electrochemistry - broadly defined as the study of how electricity interact with materials.

As an electrochemistry instrumentation company, Admiral Instruments proudly serves our customers who are among the millions of scientists, engineers, & technicians around the world using potentiostats to uncover new ways electrochemistry may benefit us all.

To celebrate how electrochemistry has shaped the past, touches our present-day lives, and influences the future, every month Admiral Instruments posts five notable news articles, publications, & trivia somehow related to electrochemistry. Click on each entry to read more from the source article!

Electrochemistry News Items & Facts for November 2022:

  1. Embodied Energy is the term used to describe all of the energy used to make a given material. The Embodied Energy of Aluminum is 211 GigaJoules per ton. By comparison, the Embodied Energy of steel is only 22.7 GigaJoules per ton, almost 10x less than Aluminum.

  2. Pacific Gas & Electric, a large California-based utility company, announced plans to bury 10,000 miles of overhead power lines (out of 25,000 miles of lines placed in high fire threat areas) to help prevent wildfires caused by sparks from lines coming into contact with debris during high wind events.

  3. Electrospinning is a voltage-driven process to extrude very small fibers and particles from a polymer solution. This fabrication method is used in tissue engineering, drug delivery, and other medical fields.

  4. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley Lab (LBL) made the first "2D magnet" stable at room temperatures. This magnet is comprised of a single layer of Cobalt-doped Zinc oxide. Typical magnetic films in memory devices are 100s to 1000s of atoms thick, so a single-layer magnet has the potential to drastically increase the density of data storage devices.

  5. Salt River Project, a large energy & water utility provider, has activated a 100 MWh battery storage system in Peoria, Arizona which consists of Tesla Megapacks. This energy storage system is currently the largest stand-alone installation in Arizona, the home state of Admiral Instruments!

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