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Published on January 13th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

  This video, produced by the Science Channel with the assistance of Argonne National Lab, discusses some of the work being done to perfect closed-cycle “fast” nuclear reactors. Nearly all reactors used for energy production are based on a light-water reactor model that are inefficient (fuel rods must be replaced after only 5% of the …

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Published on January 12th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Via press release, Maryland-based New Energy Technologies has developed a process of spraying solar cells onto glass, resulting in the production of its emerging solar window product. This development comes a week after New Energy’s announcement that the company was able to eliminate the metal material from the solar cells used in the manufacturing of …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on January 12th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Via press release, Maryland-based New Energy Technologies has developed a process of spraying solar cells onto glass, resulting in the production of its emerging solar window product.   This development comes a week after New Energy’s announcement that the company was able to eliminate the metal material from the solar cells used in the manufacturing …

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Business




Published on January 11th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Reuters reported that concentrating solar thermal (CST) company eSolar has reached a deal to license its technology to a Chinese power equipment maker that plans to build a 2,000 megawatt (MW) CST project in China over the next 10 years. CST uses the sun to heat water, producing steam to power a turbine and create …

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Published on January 8th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Detroit’s WWMT.com reported that GM has manufactured an advanced lithium-ion battery for its electric vehicle, the Chevy Volt. The Volt is designed to drive up to 40 miles on electricity without using gasoline or producing emissions. When Volt’s lithium-ion battery is depleted of energy, a flex-fuel engine-generator operates to extend total driving range to about …

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Business




Published on January 7th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

According to a press release, the Berkeley-based startup Nordic Windpower expects to change the landscape of wind farms. Within a few years, CEO Tom Carbone says, Californians may expect to see vistas altered by the erection of 300-foot-tall turbines equipped with two enormous blades that rotate more slowly than their three-bladed counterparts. Just one of …

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Business




Published on January 7th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The Member State Committee of the European Chemicals Agency have identified 15 new chemical substances for the list of substances of very high concern as carcinogens. This list can be viewed here (PDF). There are two listed substances are of particular interest to the ceramic industry: Aluminosilicate Refractory Ceramic Fibers (fibers covered by index number …

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Published on January 6th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The San Francisco Chronicle published an interesting viewpoint held by Bill Powers, California engineer and energy consultant. Powers argues that instead of focusing on large-scale solar and wind farms, the U.S. needs to turn to small-scale, local renewable harvesting, i.e., cover every available surface with solar panels, put turbines on rooftops and ditch the sprawling …

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Published on January 5th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The Iranian researchers at the Materials and Energy Research Center managed to produce nanofibers from cadmium oxide which look promising for application in gas sensors and photovoltaic cells. The findings were published in the Chemical Engineering Journal. “Given the wide applications of cadmium oxide in gas sensors, photovoltaic cells, and transparent electrodes as well as …

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