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Products of
Tomorrow
► System Identifies Battery Materials for Recycling
The growing demand for Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries is also generating a huge number
of spent Li-ion batteries, requiring cost-effective and environmentally sustainable recycling
technologies to manage end-of-life batteries. Oak Ridge National Laboratory devised
the Battery Identity Global Passport to identify the unique chemical makeup of every
Li-ion battery around the world - information that could accelerate recycling, recover
critical materials, and resolve a growing waste stream. The Passport could be accessible as
a scannable QR code or a computer chip and could help recyclers more efficiently locate
in-demand materials and accommodate the wide variety of designs used to manufacture Li-ion batteries.
Contact: Stephanie G. Seay
Phone: 865-576-9894
E-mail: seaysg@ornl.gov
This column presents technologies that have
applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the
products of tomorrow. To learn more about each
technology, see the contact information provided for
that innovation.
► PreTreatment
Water
Recovery
Solution
The
Pre-Treatment Solution for Water Recovery
technology was developed by NASA Johnson Space
Center to increase the amount of potable water
recovered from the International Space Station's
urine processor assembly system. The solution contains
a biocide to prevent the growth of bacteria,
thereby increasing storage time and the amount of
water recovered. Although developed for the ISS,
the solution can be used on Earth to pre-treat contaminated
water, improving water recovery in applications
such as desalination plants, brackish water
treatment, mining water treatment, and in the
transport or storage of waste or other water
sources.
Contact: NASA's Licensing Concierge
Phone: 202-358-7432
E-mail: Agency-Patent-Licensing@mail.nasa.gov
https://technology.nasa.gov/patent/MSC-TOPS-68
► Wireless
Wearable
Transmitter
Wearable wireless
sen sors can collect a
wide variety of medical
data. But without a similar flexible transmitting
device, these sensors would require wired connections
to transmit health data. Penn State has developed
a flexible, wearable transmitter that can send
wireless data at a range of nearly 300 feet and can
easily integrate a number of computer chips or sensors.
The wearable antenna bends, stretches, and
compresses without compromising function. With
further research, it could have applications in
health monitoring and clinical treatments as well as
energy generation and storage. It could also lead to
networks of sensors and transmitters worn on the
body, all communicating with each other and external
devices.
Contact: Megan Lakatos
Phone: 814-865-5544
E-mail: mkl5024@psu.edu
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