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Published on April 28th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

With all due respect to Flo Rida, Steven Chu and the DOE are second to none when it comes to making it snow (the green stuff) this year, and he is doing it where they know a lot about snow: Golden Colorado and the National Renewable Energy Lab. Expect something big, not only because the …

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Published on April 22nd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Hey – it’s Video of the Week Day (Wednesday) and Earth Day. What a great excuse for a video festival. The easy thing would have been to go for videos that show the role in ceramics and glass in solar power, solar thermal, fuel cells, piezoelectrics, fusion, ultracapacitors and so on, but I’ve decided to …

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Published on April 21st, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Apropos to the announcement about DOE moving forward with funding for Smart Grid projects, NIST has unveiled a three-step approach for developing standards for such a grid. Although the DOE is the main organizer and funding source for grid-related projects, NIST has been charged with shepherding the standards that will underpin the next-generation national power …

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Published on April 21st, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The Obama administration seems to have decided to let others share some of the Department of Energy’s glory and let Vice President Joe Biden and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke make the official announcement that DOE is preparing to release funds to develop the “Smart Grid.” Biden and Locke said the DOE is moving to quickly …

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Published on April 15th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

According to a paper published in a recent issue of Nature Nanotechnology, two researchers at Northwestern University are using atom probe tomography to do precise atom-by-atom measurements of dopants in nanowires and, likewise, use the information to build new nanowire models and better predict their electronic properties. Lincoln Lauhon, assistant professor of materials science and …

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Published on April 15th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

DOE Secretary Steven Chu announced today that it would target $41.9 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for fuel cell development. The money will be doled out to 12 companies for 14 projects in 10 states (see below). Some of the funding is to subsidize the purchase of fuel cell vehicles (by companies …

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Published on April 15th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/ed_herderick_interview2.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/ed_herderick_interview.jpg}]   We present an interview with Ed Herderick, the 2009-2010 Materials Societies Congressional Fellow and occasional contributor to this blog. ACerS, along with The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society and the Materials Research Society announced in March that Herderick has been selected to be the groups’ fellow. The Materials Societies Congressional …

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Published on April 12th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Ener-G-Rotors recently has been touted as one of the next big companies. Although I have tried to follow discussion of its “Trochoidal Gear Engine” system since last year, little has been revealed about the company’s “nearly frictionless” bearing system. Understanding that this is probably Ener-G-Rotors’ ace-in-the-hole, any readers out there have any insights or knowledge …

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Published on April 10th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

German researchers soon will be demonstrating a new method to test the integrity of laminates such as those used in wind turbine blades. The group, from Fraunhofer’s Wilhelm Klauditz Institute, says their infrared method is a cost-effective way of using thermography to check for defects such as trapped air. The concern, of course, is identifying …

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