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Published on March 30th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

According to a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory press release, researchers have discovered a new path to convert sunlight to electricity. Researchers have found a new mechanism by which the photovoltaic effect can take place in semiconductor thin films. This new route to energy production overcomes the bandgap voltage limitation that continues to be detrimental to …

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Business




Published on March 30th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Ann Arbor-based Adaptive Materials Inc, a specialist in making microtubular solid oxide fuel cells, announced yesterday that it has won $3 million in new funding through Michigan’s Centers of Energy Excellence Program. AMI, until now, has focused most of its efforts on military uses for its SOFCs, such as soldier-worn units, power sources for unmanned …

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Business




Published on March 26th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Katie at Earth2Tech has the scoop on TerraPower and Toshiba starting to talk about an initiative to develop the former’s traveling wave design of small reactor. After Bill Gates, Toshiba would be the second well-heeled enterprise to jump on the TerraPower bandwagon. Traveling wave reactors are attractive because they can, at least in theory, milk …

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Characterization




Published on March 26th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

According to a press release, using a special Z-contrast scanning transmission electron microscope, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory took the first picture detailed enough to differentiate different atoms within a chemical compound. This super-high resolution scanning may play an important role in the future of materials chemistry, where tiny atomic differences can have profound …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 25th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Scientists at MIT, Intel and other facilities are researching microstructures in hopes of replacing lithium-ion batteries with nanoscale ultrapowerful capacitors. If successful, the new materials could be mass produced in volumes to power systems ranging from mobile devices to electric vehicles to smart grid storage units. According to EE Times, Intel researchers have been working …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 24th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYeynLy6pj8 preview=force] Here at CTT we write a lot about solar panel production and implementation, but have you ever wondered how solar panels are actually manufactured? Yet another great episode of Science Channel’s How It’s Made shows exactly what goes into the manufacturing of photovoltaic panels. (FYI, tomorrow’s episode is about hot dogs. Tune …

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Business




Published on March 22nd, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working on a chemical process to separate highly radioactive spent fuel to recover unused energy. The process is referred to as nuclear waste recycling, and although recycling nuclear fuel might seem like a no-brainer, virtually all commercial nuclear power plants in the U.S. …

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Business




Published on March 18th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Last week I had a post about Sage Electrochromics and the company’s line of smart windows. But, there is another company, RavenBrick, that says it has a less expensive, film-based approach to smart glass: smart windows (and smart walls) that offer many of the same features without needing any of the wiring required by windows …

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Business




Published on March 18th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

These are a drop in the bucket, but it is still nice to see business reports like these for a change. Carbo Ceramics Inc. approves  construction of a fourth production line at Toomsboro, Georgia proppant manufacturing facility President and CEO Gary Kolstad commented, “Carbo is the world leader in providing high conductivity ceramic proppant to …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 17th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

I wrote about The Ledge in the Chicago’s Willis Tower when it first opened, and some of the science and technology that makes it possible. Now, I’ve been advised by my youngest daughter and her fianceé that while I am visiting this weekend they want an engagement photo to be taken of them in one …

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