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Escalating complexity thwarts industrialization of non-nuclear radioisotope production

Ballooning cooling requirements killed ASML’s concept to manufacture radioisotopes outside nuclear reactors. Not because the system doesn’t work, but because it was getting too expensive.


Dutch export limits announced, ASM affected as well

The Dutch government has finalized export restrictions for semiconductor manufacturing equipment used in the production of advanced ICs.


China restricts exports of gallium and germanium

Starting 1 August, Chinese suppliers of gallium and germanium, as well as compounds containing these elements, will be subject to licensing requirements.


EU’s scaling of battery manufacturing capacity in trouble, says auditor

Lack of access to raw materials and fierce global competition threaten to sink European efforts to become self-sufficient in battery technology, the European Court of Auditors fears.


Circular solar panels and batteries find Growth Fund investment

In a third funding round of the National Growth Fund, the Dutch government has approved proposals from four high-tech consortia.


EU mandates recycled content for batteries

The new rules include a mandate for battery makers to meet certain levels of recycled content for critical minerals found in batteries, such as cobalt, lithium and nickel.

In other news

‘ASML may release China-specific versions of lithography tools’ (Tom’s Hardware)
NXP considers impact of Chinese export curbs (Reuters)
Boffins shrink atomic beam clock to size of a postage stamp (The Register)
4 tips for programmers to stay ahead of generative AI (IEEE Spectrum)

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