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Major spark plug maker plans to shift focus towards solid-state batteries

By April Gocha / January 5, 2018

NGK Spark Plugs, the Japanese company that leads the global spark plug market, is turning its focus away from its namesake product and instead concentrating its efforts to develop solid-state batteries for electric vehicles.

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Video: 7 of Tesla’s unknown inventions that put him ahead of his time

By Faye Oney / December 6, 2017

You know Tesla the car. But do you know Tesla the inventor? Nikola Tesla was a brilliant inventor who developed dozens of ideas and innovations, many of which are used today. Watch the video to learn about some of his little-known inventions, some of which never saw the light of day.

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Air Products donates $15,000 to ensure future opportunities for ceramic and glass students

By Faye Oney / December 5, 2017

Air Products recently presented a check for $15,000 to the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation and the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council. The money will go toward supporting student travel grants and the CGIF’s mission to attract talent in the ceramic and glass industry.

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Fisker is setting sights on solid-state battery tech to boost electric vehicle range, reduce charging time

By April Gocha / November 28, 2017

Electric car maker Fisker has plans to use a new solid-state battery technology to drive its electric vehicles to offer vast improvements over driving range, charging time, energy density, and battery cost.

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Can hydrogen fuel our future? With this ceramic membrane, maybe

By April Gocha / November 21, 2017

A team of scientists from CoorsTek Membrane Sciences, the University of Oslo, and the Institute of Chemical Technology has developed a promising new ceramic membrane that could reduce the cost and enhance the feasibility of hydrogen generation far enough to bring the technology to the forefront of clean energy solutions.

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The role of ceramics and glass in the $4 trillion auto industry, plus more inside December ACerS Bulletin

By April Gocha / November 16, 2017

The December 2017 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring an in-depth analysis of the role of ceramics and glass in the global automotive industry, in addition to the annual ceramicSOURCE 2018 reference and buyer’s resource directory—is now available online.

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Air Products Foundation to donate up to $15,000 to support ceramic and glass students

By Faye Oney / November 3, 2017

Going to the Glass Problems Conference next week? For every visitor who stops by its booth, the Air Products Foundation is donating $100—up to $15,000—to the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation, which will support student travel grants and the CGIF’s mission to attract talent in the ceramic and glass industry.

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It’s electric: Shifts in the auto industry are driving new challenges and new opportunities for materials markets

By April Gocha / October 12, 2017

The automotive industry is speeding toward an electric car future. Beyond the drivers influencing these changes, there are some important factors that are actually enabling this shift to take place—and at their heart is materials science and engineering.

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Electric vehicles are using the sun to speed across Australia in the World Solar Challenge

By April Gocha / October 10, 2017

Forty-two solar-powered vehicles are currently competing with one another in the World Solar Challenge, a long-distance solar vehicle race across the Australian continent.

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NREL study illustrates need for expanding EV charging infrastructure

By Faye Oney / October 10, 2017

A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory claims the U.S. will need 8,000 fast-charging electric vehicle charging stations to accommodate the increasing number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the coming decades.

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