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Published on April 14th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Four-point conductivity measurement of the new transparent conducting film developed by Cor Koning (left) and Paul van der Schoot (right). Credit: Bart van Overbeeke, TU/e. According to a news release, a research team at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) believes it might have found a surrogate for indium tin oxide in some applications, based on exploiting the …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on April 13th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: NREL Last week the DOE announced $110 million in photovoltaic grants. Most recently, the agency announced it wants to invest another $170 million in specific advanced solar technologies and balance-of-systems projects, and is looking for proposals. DOE wants to fund projects in these four areas: Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency ($39 million): DOE …

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Business




Published on April 6th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Earlier I did a post about how the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the State University of New York at Albany would be a big partner in the new U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium. CNSE, according to the DOE, is supposed to work with the PVMC to “establish manufacturing development facilities that PV companies and researchers …

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Business




Published on April 6th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: CNSE. DOE Secretary Steven Chu made two major announcements today that indicate the agencies strong and continued support for renewable energy such as advanced hydro and photovoltaic power systems. In the first announcement, Chu and Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar indicate that they are soliciting proposals for over $26 million which will …

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Business




Published on April 5th, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Schematic of MecoCoat’s high energy density fusion cladding process for a pipe. Credit: MesoCoat. If Andrew Sherman, CEO of MesoCoat Inc. were channeling Mark Twain, he might offer his own interpretation of the humorist’s famous quip with “Reports of the death of U.S. manufacturing are greatly exaggerated.” However, Sherman hasn’t got time to riff on Twain. On …

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Business




Published on April 1st, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Here’s what we are hearing (from press releases): Upgraded universal borescope from Schoelly Imaging offers modular advantage Schoelly Imaging Inc. announces an upgrade to its 4.0mm universal borescope, a modular borescope system whose interchangeable optic objectives allow inspectors to cost effectively change angles with a single borescope. Optics for the 4mm diameter borescope have been improved, …

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Business




Published on April 1st, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

PVC watermain installation. Source: Wikipedia. At ACerS’ 2010 Ceramic Leadership Summit, one Lux Research analyst implored the materials research and business community to pay attention to the opportunities emerging in the United States (and to some extent in Europe) in the areas of municipal water and sewage treatment. She advised that we needed to spend …

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Business




Published on March 31st, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Credit: Allentown Shotcrete Technology. The Freedonia Group, a market research firm, says that the market for refractory products generally will enjoy strong, steady growth over the next three years, especially in the Asia region and particularly in regard to China. A new study available from Freedonia says demand will grow on average 5.3 percent each …

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Career




Published on March 31st, 2011 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Alfred University High Temp Lab. Credit: Rick McLay; Alfred Univ. Using $570,000 in NSF seed money, Alfred University’s Inamori School of Engineering and the school’s Division of Student Affairs are launching an innovative leadership program for engineering students. The program, called Engineering Leadership Education and Development, will begin as a five-year program to identify and work with …

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