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Published on December 7th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

My first introduction to flexagons, Richard Feynman, Martin Gardner, Scientific American magazine and topology happened when I was quite young and bedridden for a long time because of a sledding accident (“hey, is that a fence post I am heading for?”). My dad, a plastics engineer, had read about these interesting “toys” and made several …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 4th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Expect to see the DOE, the EPA and other federal agencies make some major announcements next week to coincide with the big Copenhagen conference. The DOE, for example, just issued a news advisory that it will be holding a news conference that will include a fascinating group that includes Secretary Chu, Under Secretary of Commerce …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 4th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A Swiss adventurer said his first flight using a prototype of a solar-powered plane he will try to fly around the world in was successful, reports the Times Online. The short, low altitude flight at a Swiss airfield Thursday proved the prototype can fly, said adventurer Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the first hot-air balloon to …

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Business




Published on December 3rd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Via Greentech Media, a recent report indicates that there has been a dramatic fall off in the spot market price of polysilicon, a development that may help continue to lower the price of solar panels. First, it can’t be emphasized enough that spot market pricing is much different than typical production-volume pricing. The spot market …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 2nd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh reported that inorganic chemistry professor Charles Gibson received a nearly $150K grant from the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Technology Transfer program. $83,400 went to the university research project, while $66,600 went to Gibson’s startup company, Oshkosh Nanotechnology. Gibson is developing high-performance electrical energy storage devices with nanophase (i.e., grain sizes …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on December 2nd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The New York Times today has a story about a major tax-policy initiative underway in Denmark that government officials are hoping will provide a big boost to the use of electric cars. The story also reports on how Better Place, a company we’ve written on in the past, and Dong Energy, Denmark’s largest utility company, …

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Business




Published on December 2nd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The title of this post may sound like it’s a statement of the obvious. Sure, compact fluorescent bulb and LED’s use far less energy to generate an equivalent amount of light in comparison to standard bulbs. But whether one is looking at electric buses, batteries or bulbs, a much broader – and ultimately more important …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

The Hydrogen Journal reported that Wallenius Lines of Sweden plans to test the first solid oxide fuel cell in a marine environment. The company will begin with a test that will use a 20kW fuel cell. The plan is to follow up the test with a 250 kW fuel cell, which is large enough to …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 30th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Last month, the National Renewable Energy Lab released their State of the State report – a 231 page document (PDF) that tracks the progress of renewable energy development, as well as the policies and support mechanisms being implemented to encourage this development. The exhaustive report provides a detailed picture of the status of renewable energy …

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