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Published on May 18th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

With the big Smart-Grid summit underway, the DOE and DOC have has announced three developments related to its big Smart Grid push. First, DOE announced that it was increasing the maximum size of large-scale grid technology grants, given out under its Smart Grid Investment Program, to $200 million. Previously, the agency had said that the …

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Ceramic Tech Today




Published on May 18th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The “Smart Grid Standards Interoperability Interim Roadmap Workshop” is taking place Tuesday and Wednesday (May 19-20). For anyone interested, a Powerpoint file of the two-day program is available here. DOE and NIST say the general purpose of the meeting is to allow NIST Domain Expert Working Groups and other industry stakeholders to meet face to …

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Published on May 15th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The DOE says a meeting of “40 business leaders from the electric utility, manufacturing, telecommunications and information technology industries” is set for Monday (May 18) morning in Washington. DOE Secretary Steven Chu and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will chair the meeting. As I reported last month, the purpose of the meeting is to try to …

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Published on May 14th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The DOE says it is going to be shipping off $44 million over the next three years to 31 schools for 71 nuclear energy R&D projects. The funding is coming under the auspices of DOE’s Nuclear Energy University Program. The goal, of course, is to figure out a way to improve the use of nuclear …

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Published on May 14th, 2009 | By: RussJordan

If you do a Google search of “top ten,” you get more than 90 million hits – from David Letterman, to New Year’s resolutions, to urinals (which is another ceramics story). The list I want to share with you here deals with the patent strength and research prowess of U.S. universities. I suppose there are …

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Published on May 13th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/concentrated_solar.flv mode=1 f={image=http://ceramictechweekly.org/wp-content/video/concentrated_solar.jpg}] Just in time for the opening of Schott Solar’s new Albuquerque plant, where it plans on producing utility-scale concentrating solar power systems, here is a video that demonstrates the scale and operations of one such utility-sized system. This features Nevada Solar One, a 64 MW CSP project that went online in …

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Published on May 13th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Schott Solar this week cut the ribbon on new $100 million facility in Albuquerque to produce large-scale concentrated solar power receivers and PV units. Schott, which also has production facilities in Germany, the Czech Republic and Spain, says the 200,000 square-foot plant will provide at least 350 jobs, and is being described as only the …

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Published on May 11th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

A UCLA team has reported in Nano Letters that it has “printed” a supercapacitor for the first time. The group, led by George Grüner, accomplished their feat by spraying carbon nanotubes onto paired sheets of film separated by a gel electrolyte. Each sheet acts a charge collector. News about Grüner’s work started appearing in 2007, …

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Published on May 8th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The state of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and the Argonne National Lab have announced that they have entered into a partnership to forge a national battery manufacturing R&D center on advanced batteries. The center’s would work with  with labs, manufacturers, suppliers and consumers to bring down advanced-battery production costs and …

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Published on May 6th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Yes, Cap-and-Trade issues are a great concern to lots of individuals engaged in manufacturing ceramic and glass products. And, yes, the issues are also of great concern to lots of materials scientists, researchers and lab managers. The issue is getting hashed out in lots of meetings, particularly ones in Washington, DC, and it is increasingly …

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