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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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Biomaterials




Published on November 27th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/jack_mecholsky.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/jack_mecholsky.jpg}] John (Jack) Mecholsky is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida. Mecholsky is also past member of the ACerS Board of Directors. Mecholsky is associated with the Dental Biomaterials Program, Biomedical Engineering, and the Veterinary College. His research focuses on biomaterials, fractal …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 25th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Porsche announced in a press release that they are offering a lithium-ion replacement starter (main) battery that weighs in at just 13 pounds vs. 35 pounds for the traditional lead acid battery. “Less weight naturally means greater agility and driving dynamics,” Porsche notes. This four-cell battery runs 1,904 euros which, Porschephiles will be quick to …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 25th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

I’ve posted before about Victor Li’s work at the University of Michigan using engineered cementitious composites. A new paper by Li recently became available regarding a demonstration project in which ECC is being tested on a bridge deck within Michigan to replace a conventional joint within the deck. ECC is in the family of materials …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 23rd, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Back in June we reported on a futuristic design of wind power generators: vertical axis turbines. Now researchers at the University of Virgina are developing a smaller, more efficient wind turbine uniquely designed to generate power in low-wind-speed areas. And they are building these turbines with a vertical axis, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The group …

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Career




Published on November 19th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash http://ceramics.org/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/vest_rustumroy09.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/vest_rustumroy09.jpg}] Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering and president emeritus of MIT, was the 2009 Frontiers of Science & Technology–Rustum Roy Lecturer at the recent ACerS Annual Meeting and MS&T’09 conference. “This is the most exciting time for engineering and science in human history. A new generation of engineers …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on November 19th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Technology Review reported that solar cells made from nanocrystal-based inks have the potential to be as efficient as the conventional inorganic cells currently used in solar panels, but can be printed less expensively. Solexant, a company in San Jose currently, is hoping that simpler, cheaper printing processes and materials, as well as lower initial capital …

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