MIT Tech Review’s top 10 emerging technologies

By Eileen De Guire / May 8, 2012

Semprius (Durham, N.C.) was named one the MIT Tech Review‘s top ten emerging technologies. The company uses glass lenses to concentrate light over gallium arsenide photovoltaic cells to gain energy…

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An update on PowerPots and crowdfunding money pots

By / May 4, 2012

About two weeks ago, I wrote about a startup company founded by two ex-materials science students that goes by the name of Power Practical. The company has developed some nifty…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / April 24, 2012

Process flow of preparing the vertically aligned single-walled CNTs-DSCs. Pre-etched VASWCNTs on silicon substrate (Process 1) were flipped on top of the FTO-glass, and then a force was loaded onside…

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Germany stops energy subsidies, forcing First Solar to scale back

By Eileen De Guire / April 19, 2012

First Solar employees at the Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, plant will be losing their jobs when the it closes. Credit: First Solar. Turns out, Bill Gates was right. A few weeks…

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Flood of ‘big data’ announcements, awards coincide with unique federal webcast

By / March 30, 2012

Example of data visualization efforts. This shows concurrent visualization of 20 simulation runs performed by the International Panel on Climate Change using the HIPerWall (Highly Interactive Parallelized Display Wall) system.…

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DOE to hold Critical Materials Energy Innovation Hub workshop

By Eileen De Guire / March 26, 2012

A “criticality matrix” shows how the impact of supply risk for certain critical minerals. This matrix was developed by the National Research Council panel for a 2008 report, “Minerals, Critical…

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ARPA-E announces $120M in new funding opportunities

By / March 8, 2012

Late last week, APRA-E issued a new Open Funding Opportunity Announcement for $120 million in early-stage research projects leading to “breakthrough energy technologies.” ARPA-E says it anticipates making approximately 60-80…

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Federal budget 2013 — What the proposed budget is offering for science R&D

By Eileen De Guire / February 20, 2012

Trends in federal research and development budgets. Credit: OSTP. Last Monday, President Obama delivered his FY’13 budget proposal to Congress, and today, OSTP chief John Holdren is appearing before the…

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A123 looking for lifelines as Fisker Automotive falters [Updated]

By Eileen De Guire / February 16, 2012

The future of Fisker Automotive’s luxury hybrid vehicle is unclear after DOE suspended its loan guarantee. That affects the fortunes of its vendors, including A123, supplier of the battery packs.…

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Towards MGI, DOE allocates $12M for software groups, ‘glue’ funding

By / February 11, 2012

Credit: DOE Basic Energy Sciences. Friday afternoon, Cyrus Wadia posted a notice on the blog of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy that the DOE is planning…

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