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MemPro’s ceramic catalytic converters get NSF boost

By / November 17, 2009

According to a press release, MemPro was recently awarded another Small Business Technology Transfer grant from the National Science Foundation for $147,000 — bringing the total the company has received from NSF to $847,000. Typical catalytic converters rely on expensive metals such as platinum, palladium and rhodium, so industry has long looked for a way…

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Siemens to supply Mexico’s first wind farm

By / November 10, 2009

Via press release, Siemens has secured a contract to supply 70 wind turbines to one of Mexico’s largest wind farms, the Los Vergeles project, in a deal that marks its first major turbine order in Latin America. Grupo Soluciones en Energias Renovables, a Mexican wind-energy developer, will pay Siemens $270 M for the SWT-101 turbines,…

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Nissan Leaf breaks from Big Three mold

By / October 28, 2009

On the heels of last week’s post about Nissan’s new plug-in hybrid, The Wall Street Journal reported that Nissan is the only car manufacturer out of Japan’s Big Three (Toyota, Honda, Nissan) that appears to be staking its future on full electric cars. Unlike hybrids, full on electric cars will only travel as far as…

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Maine’s manicotti bridge

By / October 13, 2009

The New York Times has a report on a candidate for the ‘bridge of the future” title: the Neal Bridge in Pittsfield, Maine, that has a foundation of 23 hollow carbon- and glass-fiber fabric arches, filled with concrete. These are 12-inch-diameter tubes that have been inflated, bent to the proper shape and stiffened with a…

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Rio Tinto sells, China expands African bauxite holdings

By / October 13, 2009

According to TradingMarkets.com, Rio Tinto is selling its 80 percent stake in Ghana’s only bauxite mine to Chinese minerals group Bosai, the company said on Monday. CTT has been reporting on alleged price gouging and monopolization of bauxite by Bosai. Price constraints on certain grades of bauxite have created difficult conditions, particularly for U.S. refractory…

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Video of the week – LANL’s high-temperature superconducting tape

By / October 7, 2009

Los Alamos National Lab has been working to develop high-volume production processes for making a thin, flexible tape that operates as a superconductor at liquid hydrogen nitrogen temperatures and can carry 3 million amps per cm2. This video crams a lot of information into one brief video, with quick shots of each stage of the…

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Materials Industry headlines

By / October 4, 2009

Ipsen Ceramics is totally focused on customer service Over 50 years has made Ipsen Ceramics an expert in the field of high temperature refractories and production of kiln furniture. Ipsen Ceramics has become a leader in the toll firing business where we process a wide variety of materials. Ipsen Ceramics gives you the flexibility to…

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Obama nominates new “green czar” from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

By / September 25, 2009

Arun Majumdar, who currently heads a Lawrence Berkeley National Lab project that aims to help India reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, has been nominated by President Obama to head the newly-created Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy at the DOE. The White House announced Majumdar’s nomination — which requires Senate confirmation — on Sept. 18. The IIT-Bombay…

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Good day on Wall Street for A123 shareholders

By / September 24, 2009

The gamblers were running amok today. Reuters: Shares of A123 Systems, a maker of lithium-ion car batteries, had the second-best debut of any 2009 U.S. initial public offering, rising 50.3 percent in their first trading session, far outpacing the four other stocks that came to market on a particularly busy day for IPOs. [. .…

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Cutting PV costs, Part 2: Process improvements vs. science breakthroughs

By / September 24, 2009

Yesterday we posted a Technology Review video interview with Emanuel Sachs (1366 Technologies’ chief technology officer and professor of mechanical engineering at MIT) in which he and Craig Lund (1366’s director of business development) discuss some of the new technologies the company is incorporating into PV panels. Sachs did what I think is a very…

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