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Published on September 1st, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The New York Times reported last week that the price of solar panels has dropped 40 percent in a little more than a year. That’s good news for consumers who have been scared off by the initial upfront costs for installing a solar array. The federal 30 percent subsidy for renewable energy projects has helped …

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Published on September 1st, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

ACerS is sponsoring a two-day course on Ceramic Injection Molding Sept. 16-17. The course is being held in San Diego, Calif. The course is a good opportunity for engineers, QC specialists, designers and technical sales professionals to get a good immersion in injection molding. The course will cover IM’s history Competing technologies, related technologies Powders, …

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Published on September 1st, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Traditional light bulbs are being phased out in the 27 countries of the European Union, reports the New York Times. Europe will replace the bulbs as part of its plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by the year 2020. Stores will be able to sell off their remaining stocks. However, starting Tuesday, the …

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Published on September 1st, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Without a way to store their power, no number of solar panels will free a home from the electrical grid. The Daily Herald reports that researchers at Utah-based Ceramatec have developed a new battery that can be scaled up to store 20 kilowatt-hours — enough to power an average home for most of a day. …

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Published on August 31st, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The latest effort to store clean power from wind and solar energy resources comes from California, where a leading utility is hoping to put emerging technology to work. A report in the San Francisco Chronicle describes how Pacific Gas and Electric is working on a facility that would transform the energy from clean power resources …

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Published on August 31st, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The National Geographic News has an interesting story about a project in Cairo, Egypt, that is successfully introducing solar power (albeit on a small scale) in several poor areas of the city. The nonprofit Solar CITIES project has installed 34 solar-powered hot water systems and five biogas reactors since 2003. “Our program is unique, in …

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Published on August 29th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The administration was a little slow in posting their updates yesterday, so that’s why there wasn’t a post about this on Friday. We still below $.5 billion in payouts from DOE and NSF. Remember: Vote in our poll on when DOE will cross the $1 billion mark. Also, the DOE upped its promised spending over …

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

For a while now, some scientists have thought that conditions necessary for superconductivity at higher temperatures exist. Now, a paper published in Science adds some fuel to their argument. It concerns the work of a group of U.S. and Japanese researchers – sponsored by a set of U.S. and Japanese government agencies – doing observations …

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Published on August 27th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The Houston Chronicle reports that the insides of some bridges and other concrete structures in the state, and elsewhere in the region, are turning to gel, and the culprit is alkali-silica reaction. Depending on the amount of moisture that seeps into the concrete, the gel can grow and cause the concrete to expand, crack and …

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