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US handed green battery tech discovery worth millions of taxpayer dollars to China, report reveals

  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gave China the rights to a green battery that cost millions of taxpayer dollars to develop, according to NPR.
  • The vanadium redox flow battery, which can power an entire house for decades, was designed at the government-run Pacific Northwest National Laboratory before being licensed to its lead scientist for manufacturing and sale.
  • Washington state-based UniEnergy Technologies saw the manufacturing and assembling of the battery slowly shift to its Chinese investor, Dalian Rongke Power Co. Ltd., in the following years.
  • UniEnergy, which had been struggling to meet licensing requirements, contacted the Pacific Northwest lab in 2021 to apply for a license transfer to the Netherlands-based Vanadis Power.
  • In less than two hours, the license was transferred to Vanadis, raising concerns about whether the lab or the DOE checked into the company’s background and its apparent plans to keep manufacturing in China.
  • While the licensing woes unfolded, Rongke Power cemented itself as the world’s top manufacturer of vanadium redox flow batteries over the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) gave China the rights to a green battery capable of powering an entire house for decades which cost millions of tax dollars to develop, according to a new report.

Designed at a U.S. government lab near Seattle, the vanadium redox flow battery was manufactured by a company in Washington state called UniEnergy Technologies until last year, when a DOE license transfer effectively sealed its fate to a Chinese company.

India Plans to Start Mining the Moon by 2030

India’s ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) has something very ambitious in mind — they plan to start mining on the Moon to meet the country’s energy needs by the year 2030.

According to a report by Live Mint, the country’s leading space agency is working on a plan to mine Helium-3 rich lunar dust and bring it back to the Earth. This plan on mining dust of the moon was first revealed in February by Dr. Sivathanu Pillai.