Glass

Chicago’s Willis Tower: Postcards from The Ledge

By / March 17, 2010

I wrote about The Ledge in the Chicago’s Willis Tower when it first opened, and some of the science and technology that makes it possible. Now, I’ve been advised by my youngest daughter and her fianceé that while I am visiting this weekend they want an engagement photo to be taken of them in one…

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New glass applications and science journal debuts

By / March 16, 2010

The premier issue of ACerS’ new quarterly glass journal has just been put online and – good news – all of the content of this first issue is available for free! The International Journal of Applied Glass Science has been in development for over a year, and the demand for such a publication is the…

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Freedonia: Short-term hydrogen demand to grow 3.4%

By / March 10, 2010

The research company Freedonia Group predicts that worldwide hydrogen demand will continue to climb, growing at a 3.4 percent annual pace through 2013. Oftentimes the term “hydrogen economy” is associated with emerging energy and transportation technologies, but a new report from Freedonia, World Hydrogen, indicates the growth primarily is being driven by petroleum refining enterprises…

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Loan guarantee to Sage boosts commercial tintable glass

By / March 7, 2010

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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US glassmaking down, some pockets remain strong

By / March 3, 2010

According to recent press reports, large glass companies, such as Corning and Guardian Industries, claim that even as the economy improves, they are unlikely to bring domestic employment and production back of commodity-type glass products such as float glass to pre-recession levels. “Those who are looking through the rear-view mirror, waiting for the glass industry…

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Pantano to discuss the art-science interface of glass March 26

By / February 3, 2010

I received some additional information about Carlo Pantano’s presentation on “The Art of Science of Glass” that will be held at 12 noon, March 26, 2010 at Penn State University. Don’t expect a formal and technical lecture. Instead, Pantano’s presentation/conversation is part of Penn State’s ongoing “Unplugged” luncheon series that is modeled on the Café…

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Energy innovation meeting coming up

By / January 23, 2010

It’s worth noting the ARPA-E has a big shindig coming March 1-3 in Washington, DC. Billed as the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, the event sounds like it’s something of a coming out party for ARPA-E in the sense that it is clearly being designed to leave an imprint on not only the R&D community but…

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Video of the week: Pantano links the art and science of glass

By / January 20, 2010

  ACerS member Carlo Pantano, director of the Materials Research Institute, and Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State University, is a nationally known expert on the science and engineering of glass. But Pantano also knows about the artistic side of the material, too, and uses this as a way to link…

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Glass windows to be coated with solar cells

By / January 12, 2010

Via press release, Maryland-based New Energy Technologies has developed a process of spraying solar cells onto glass, resulting in the production of its emerging solar window product. This development comes a week after New Energy’s announcement that the company was able to eliminate the metal material from the solar cells used in the manufacturing of…

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New E6 enhanced glass fiber introduced

By / November 6, 2009

Gibson Enterprises, a U.S. fiberglass company based in Irwindale, Calif., plans to release a new product E6 Enhanced Glass Fiber (PDF) in full stream by the first quarter of 2010. Gibson is working with Chinese manufacturer Jushi Group to roll out this new product, and according to the them, E6 has a much lower carbon…

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