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Published on September 16th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Buffalo, New York’s NanoDynamics Energy is at the receiving end of a nice DOE grant to continue development a 400-watt solid oxide fuel cell fuel by hydrogen, methane gas and related biogases. The $2.4 million contract allows NanoDynamics to scale-up their technologies from previous 20-watt+ prototypes SOFCs running on biogas, and develop efficient manufacturing techniques

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 15th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Investigators at the Oak Ridge National Lab have confirmed startling characteristics in a solid electrolyte material we reported on several weeks ago, one that should allow solid oxide fuel cells to operate at temperatures hundreds of degrees lower than what is currently possible and boost the practicality of solid-oxide fuel cells. To recap, a research …

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Biomaterials




Published on September 13th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Iran isn’t necessarily known for being a leader in ceramic and related material science, but some recent announcements suggest they shouldn’t be ignored either. For example, one group has successfully produced a sulfonic acid nano-catalyst with the ability to be recycled more than 20 times. They envision this material to be a replacement in industrial …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 12th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Ohio State University researchers say they have invented a new material that “will make cars even more efficient by converting heat wasted through engine exhaust into electricity” and with “twice the energy efficiency” of any thermoelectric material currently on the market. Lead researcher Joseph Heremans, an OSU professor of mechanical engineering and physics, reports on the new …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 10th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Work at Japan’s National Institute of Materials Science may allow solar cells to be built into you house and car windows, windshield and even your sunglasses. The NIMS group, led by Dr. Shojiro Komatsu, has been interested in BN cell because it would be transparent to the visible light spectrum. Researchers claims to have already …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 10th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/Ceramic_BallBrngs.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/ceramic_ballbrngs.jpg}] Ceramic ball bearings are saving energy and reducing the use of petroleum-based lubricants. Narrated by Richard Kay, CEO of the Palm Springs-based Ceramic Ball Bearings company, this video explains how bearings work and, more importantly, why ceramic bearings are proving to be superior to their metallic counterparts because of their ability …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 10th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Shanghai-based Sancon Resources Recovery Inc. is a fast growing environmental services firm with operations in Australia and China. In 2007, the firm reportedly sold more than 25,000 tons of industrial waste – largely derived from plastic, cardboard and paper – to China’s ever-growing manufacturing market. Now Sancon has announced that it will develop glass-powder raw materials made from the recycled …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 10th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Researchers at the University of the West of England say they have developed an automatic system for detecting surface defects invisible to the naked eye in ceramic tiles. Their system can detect pinholes, crazing, rough or dull glazes and other imperfections – even on tiles that are textured or feature relief patterns – the researchers say. …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 10th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Can asphalt roads and parking lots be used as a ubiquitous and inexpensive means for collecting and utilizing solar energy? Researchers at Massachusetts’ Worcester Polytechnic Institute say: Yes. Led by Rajib Mallick, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, a WPI research team says it has found a way to use asphalt’s heat-absorbing properties as …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 5th, 2008 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

We came across two very different stories about passive methods that can produce cleaner air – methods developed centuries apart. First, in a test that may lead to a breakthrough in the reduction of air pollution, the town of Hengelo in the Dutch province of Overijssel is paving one of its roads with concrete brick …

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