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Published on March 9th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Like shootin’ fish in a barrel. Me, six days ago: Prediction: Tom will state that Bloom Energy changes everything! Today from Friedman: Several months ago, though, Sridhar took me into the parking lot behind Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters and showed me the inside of one of his Bloom Boxes, the size of a small shipping …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 8th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Renewable Energy News reports that a Scandinavian energy company Sway is developing the world’s largest wind turbine, a 533-feet tall giant with a rotor diameter of 475 feet. It is designed for offshore operation (thanks to a floating design), although it will be tested on land first. For size comparison purposes, this is twice the …

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Published on March 7th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Until recently, Sage Electrochromics made electrically tintable windows on a relatively small scale. All that’s about to change. On Friday, the DOE announced that it would provide Sage with a $72 million loan guarantee to build a 250,000 sq. ft. plant in Faribault, Minn. The company’s SageGlass windows can turn from clear to opaque and …

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Aeronautics & Space




Published on March 5th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A group out of Missouri University of Science and Technology says it has a new method for mixing metals with ceramic that will allow stronger, heat-resistant, functionally graded materials for the creation of hypersonic and other ultrahigh-temperature aerospace components. The group, led by Ming Lue, a mechanical and aerospace engineering professor at S&T, uses a …

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Business




Published on March 5th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Nuclear energy expansion is a hot topic these days as the commitment grows stronger to stop burning coal to generate the baseload of electricity. Technology aside, for the business world expanding nuclear power means finding ways to reduce investor risks and bring down capital investment expense for reactors that today can cost $10 billion. As …

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Business




Published on March 4th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

ACerS recently conducted a wonderful “Materials Challenges in Alternative & Renewable Energy 2010″ conference Feb. 21-24  in Cocoa Beach, Fla. Co-organizers Jack G. Simon and George G. Wicks, along with their advisory and technical planning committee, put together an outstanding technical program that included 160 presentations and posters, and 227 people from around the globe …

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Business




Published on March 3rd, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Admittedly, I have a burr up my behind about Tom Friedman’s ability to get paid gazillions for either stating the obvious, stating totally contradictory points, or stating something dangerously provocative – and not being held accountable for it. And, I admit that Friedman seems to be popular among alternative energy villagers despite evidence that his …

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Business




Published on March 3rd, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Michigan Economic Development Corp. reports that Dow Chemical plans expansions in wind, solar, advanced battery manufacturing and other projects in Midland, Mich. The projects are expected to total more than $1 billion and create more than 6,900 new jobs, according to Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The company plans to invest $952 million in future projects and …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on March 3rd, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Also in conjunction with it’s Energy Innovation Summit, ARPA-E is promoting a new, brief video about the photosynthesis/photocatalysis energy storage ideas of MIT’s Daniel Nocera and his company, Sun Catalytix. Nocera has received $4 million form ARPA-E to continue the development of his prototypes. Nocera’s catalyst consists of cobalt metal, phosphate and an anode, placed …

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Business




Published on March 3rd, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Today is the last day of ARPA-E’s first big public event – the Energy Innovation Summit. Yesterday, DOE Secretary Steven Chu used the conference to announce that ARPA-E is allocating an additional $100 million in stimulus funds, “to accelerate innovation in green technology, increase America’s competitiveness and create new jobs.” This is the third round …

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