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3-D printing, clean energy, and next-gen electronics: Three materials scale-up trends to watch on National Manufacturing Day

By Stephanie Liverani / October 7, 2016

Every first Friday of October, manufacturing companies and organizations join the movement to raise awareness about U.S. manufacturing. From 3-D printing to solar to next-gen electronics, check out some of the materials manufacturing buzz we’ve been following this year.

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Video: Hybrid photovoltaic–concentrated solar power systems poised to make most out of solar energy harvesting

By April Gocha / August 31, 2016

An ARPA-E program called Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) is supporting efforts to combine photovoltaic and concentrated solar power into one uber-efficient solar system.

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Video: Argonne National Lab warms up new incubator to grow energy technologies

By April Gocha / July 20, 2016

Argonne National Lab (Argonne, Ill.) is now accepting applications from intrepid entrepreneurs for its brand new and fully supportive energy incubator program, Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI).

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Centering on excellence—Morgan Advanced Materials and Penn State team up to establish new carbon science center

By April Gocha / July 19, 2016

Continuing the trend towards novel industry–academia partnerships, Morgan Advanced Materials and Pennsylvania State University recently announced they’re pairing up to form a new R&D center focused solely on advancing carbon materials.

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Testing shows that Sandia’s falling ceramic particle receiver can still take the heat

By April Gocha / June 2, 2016

Sandia National Lab has completed testing of a novel solar energy storage technique that uses ceramic particles to collect and store the intense heat generated from concentrated sunlight—and the results look promising.

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Video: Such great heights—Stratobus drone–satellite hybrid project is getting off the ground

By April Gocha / May 25, 2016

Thales Alenia Space—a French–Italian venture specializing in space communications, navigation, Earth observation, exploration, and orbital infrastructures—is developing a unique solar powered autonomous stratospheric airship.

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Video: CoorsTek investing $120M in new advanced materials R&D facility

By April Gocha / March 23, 2016

CoorsTek just announced this week that it is investing $120 million to build an advanced materials R&D facility in its headquarters city of Golden, Colo.

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New year, new materials: NSF funds program to accelerate discovery of new materials and tech

By Stephanie Liverani / March 8, 2016

A new Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP) program funded by the National Science Foundation made its first awards to Penn State University and Cornell University to significantly accelerate materials research and development.

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Supersonic revival: NASA developing quieter, more fuel-efficient supersonic commercial jet

By April Gocha / March 8, 2016

NASA recently announced that it is spending $20 million to push supersonic jet travel back into commercial reality. The funding is going to a team led by Lockheed Martin for preliminary design work on a reimagined supersonic jet that could take to the skies by 2020.

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More ‘green’ for clean energy: DOE launches $40M effort to advance materials research for renewable energy

By Stephanie Liverani / February 26, 2016

This week, the U.S. Department of Energy launched a $40 million effort to improve materials for clean energy solutions that will “give American entrepreneurs and manufacturers a leg up in the global race for clean energy,” says a DOE news release.

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