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Published on July 6th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

A company based in Berkeley, Calif., is developing lightweight, high-energy, single-use batteries that can use the surrounding air as a cathode. PolyPlus is currently developing these lithium metal-air batteries for the government, and it expects these batteries to be on the market within a few years. Interest in lithium metal-air batteries has been growing in …

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Characterization




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

According to the ICT Results website, researchers at a European Union-sponsored project say their method to use carbon nanotubes to measure masses at the atomic level is improving. European researchers claim their device, one that uses carbon nanotubes and already shown to be adept at measuring the mass of some larger atoms, is getting better …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on July 3rd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Elsevier, publisher of scientific, technical and medical information, announced the results of its SciVal Spotlight Alternative Energy Research Leadership study. Analyzing the work of 3,000 research institutions world-wide, the study identifies the top 25 based on the number of alternative energy research papers produced in distinctive competencies (DCs). Highlights of the findings were shared in …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on July 2nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Back in April, Ceramic Tech Weekly reported that the Obama administration had plans to invest a little under $4 billion for Smart Grid projects, but was still trying to work out the details. Now, it appears the DOE is one step closer to getting the funding moving. The big news is that DOE Secretary Steven …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on July 2nd, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

According to a press release, several Fraunhofer institutes have signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company – representing the Masdar City Project – that aims to embark on a collaborative deal to establish renewable energy projects for the region. The ecocity planned for the United Arab Emirates will be located …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on July 1st, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

According to a newly released report from Innovative Research and Products Fuel Cells, Hydrogen Energy and Related Nanotechnology – A Global Industry and Market Analysis, the fuel cell and hydrogen energy industry is highly fragmented. According to IRAP, nearly 4,000 organizations worldwide are involved in fuel cells, hydrogen energy and related nanotechnology and spent an …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on July 1st, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/miller_corning_pacrim.flv mode=1 f={image=http://ceramictechweekly.org/wp-content/video/miller_corning_pacrim.jpg}] This was the lead lecture at the PACRIM8 conference in Vancouver in June 2009. How often does a major company publicly explain and acknowledge its past mistakes, and reveal – in depth – how it is turning itself around? In this excellent video, Miller describes how Corning fought its way back …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on July 1st, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

The cement wardrobe is finally growing, and this development is waaay better than shoes. Work is under way in the U.K. at University of Leeds’ School of Civil Engineering to use cement to make bullet-proof vests. They will be made from ultra-strong cement with recycled carbon filters and will be aimed at protecting nonmilitary personnel …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on June 30th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

The dangers of Poneman-style closed-door meetings on nuclear energy policy are clear: People are still nervous about this stuff. The latest evidence is a new poll from Sacred Heart University that shows the public is very divided on nukes, are yet to be convinced on nuclear waste dangers and link the growth of nuclear energy …

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Materials & Innovations




Published on June 30th, 2009 | By: Peter Wray

Global Industry Analysts has a new report on the high-performance ceramic coatings market. Revenues in North America are projected to reach $1.8 billion by the year 2012, driven by advantages such as high resistance against corrosion and chemicals, high reflectivity, preventing diffusion of hydrogen and electrical resistance. The report – High Performance Ceramic Coatings – …

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