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Published on August 2nd, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The DOE announced today that it would provide AES Energy Storage a $17.1 million loan guarantee for a 20 megawatt energy storage–energy conditioning system built around an a A123 lithium-ion battery technology for use in the electrical grid in the region of New York state. The system will be located in Johnson City, N.Y. AES …

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Published on August 2nd, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

  Screenshot from video of Gorilla Glass 2M ‘ball drop’ test: 1.18 lb ball,dropped from 1.8 meters at 13.6 mph. Credit: Corning Inc. We’ve written before about the inroads Corning Inc.’s Gorilla Glass is making in consumer electronics. Gorilla Glass has also caught the attention of AP business writer Ben Dobbin as well as ACerS’ …

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ACerS’ CTAA award recognizes a single outstanding technical achievement made by an ACerS corporate member in the field of ceramics or glass. To win, the achievement must show significant technical merit,  represent a gain to society as a whole and be a viable commercial product. Besides recognizing Corning’s Gorilla Glass, ACerS is also presenting a CTAA to GE Healthcare for development of its Gemstone Scintillator.

The awards will be presented at the ACerS Annual Meeting banquet on Oct. 18, 2010, which will be held in conjunction with the MS&T’10 conference in Houston, Texas. Representatives of the companies will also present details of Corning’s and GE’s technology and product commercialization at a special technical session at MS&T.

For more stories about Gorilla Glass and other Corning-related news, see:

Ceramic, glass content of Apple next-gen iPhone may be settled today

Flexible glass to challenge LCDs in electronic devices

Video: Glass as a design material in electronics

Alfred opens glass, ceramic nanotechnology center

ARPA-E announces $106M in new awards for electrofuels, batteries and clean-coal projects

Video: Linda Pinckney on Corning’s glass–ceramic applications

U.S. glassmaking down, some pockets remain strong

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

At the end of each week, I end up with a list of a bunch of stories I started to write about, or started to investigate or didn’t even get that far even though the topic looked intriguing, but, I had a meeting to go to . . . Anyway, it’s Friday, and rather than …

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

Sandia National Lab and SunPower Corp. say they have reached a new agreement on research into integrating utility-scale solar energy systems into the national electrical grid. Although a news release about this new cooperative research and development agreement only mentions photovoltaic systems, I have to imagine that might have been a mistake since it would …

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Ceramic Tech Today




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

Apparently more folks are jumping on the titanium dioxide’s anti-smog bandwagon. A few days ago I wrote about studies underway in Netherlands where they are testing TiO2-coated concrete roadway pavers for their ability to remove NOx emissions in the air. Two days ago I learned that concrete roof tiles treated with titanium dioxide are now …

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Published on July 27th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Artist’s conception of solar sail. (Credit: JAXA.) Japan has successfully deployed a solar sail on a spacecraft, demonstrating for the first time that such technology can be used to convert the sun’s energy to the power needed to move a vessel in the cosmos. As an added feature, the IKAROS spacecraft uses LCD technology to …

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

This falls into the “must read” category. A few weeks back, I posted on major cuts in China rare earth exports. Science magazine’s  Robert F. Service provides more context: “. . . Obama declared that the plant “is a symbol of where Michigan is going, … of where Holland is going, … of where America …

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

Credit: TU/e Earlier this month, Jos Brouwers, a professor of building materials at Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), reported that tests on a new stretch of roadway in the municipality of Hengelo indicate that concrete coated with titanium dioxide can significantly cut residual NOx automobile emissions, a major source acid rain and smog. In a …

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Published on July 23rd, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Late yesterday, the DOE announced that it is investing another $106 million in six projects to demonstrate the feasibility of employing CO2 in a useful, productive way. This announcement comes on the heels of a somewhat similar announcement of CO2 utilization funding made July 7. There are two major differences, however, between these announcements. The …

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