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Published on September 10th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

I remember losing my fifth grade science competition to John Immel, a young boy who designed a coffee mug with a battery to keep his mom’s coffee warm in the mornings. I don’t know if it actually worked (I’m pretty sure it was just a battery duct-taped to a coffee mug), but the British Telegraph …

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Business




Published on September 10th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Lithium, bauxite, rare earths? As ACerS corporate member Don Bubar, of Avalan Rare Metals, told CNBC yesterday (in something of an understated way), “There is a global scramble to secure supplies of raw materials . . . and we need to think a little bit longer term than we have in the past.” Don’s point …

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Business




Published on September 10th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

First Solar announced yesterday that it and the Chinese government had agreed upon a memorandum of understanding that, if a few more bridges are crossed, will result in a 2 gigawatt solar power plant in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, China. That’s a huge plant. A story in today’s Wall Street Journal reports that it will …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 9th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

I’m not sure if this Solar Roadways concept is insane or brilliant, but I think my gut reaction is that this is generally far fetched – at least on the scale these visionaries are thinking about. Having noted that, I also think it might be useful for some specific roadway signage applications in the short …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 9th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

[flash http://www.youtube.com/v/oQtsPXLKB4E mode=1] The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Lab has produced this new video that provides an excellent overview of the labs past and present work, including multijunction PV cells, thin-film PVs, deposition process development, PV calibration and real-world outdoor testing

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Business




Published on September 8th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Reportlinker.com announced that a new market research report is available in its catalog. The report, China refractory material product manufacturing industry, 2008-2009, is summarized below. In the past three years, China’s annual output of refractory materials has grown steadily, accounting for nearly a half of the world total. The causes for this can be attributed …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 8th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

One the heels of our story on Western Troy Capital Resources’ little nuke announcement, we get word that a Sandia National Lab team has a new small-reactor design. The reactor’s output is projected to be in the range of 100 to 300 megawatts of thermal power, and structurally it would be “about the size of …

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Business




Published on September 5th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Shimadzu Showcases New Autograph AGS-X Series Universal Testers The AGS-X delivers efficient, precise tensile and compression tests for the rubber, plastic and film industries. With the AGS-X, users can perform a three- or four-point bending test, peeling test, and tear tests on various materials, including thermostatic resins. The tester’s crosshead achieves 1,500 mm/minute return speed, …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on September 4th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

The DOE hasn’t update their funding reports for several days, but, the big news is that compared to last week, the amount of funding available has surpassed $10 billion, growing by roughly $340 million. The combined DOE and NSF payouts have also crossed something of a threshold: Finally, more than $.5 billion in has been …

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