PLANTS, CENTERS, AND FACILITIES
On September 8, the last panel of a floating solar farm in Flanders (northern Belgium) was installed. The installation consists of 17,250 solar panels and will produce 7GWh/year. Sibelco will use the bulk of the electricity in the production of high-quality silica sand at their local operation in Dessel.
Saint-Gobain Glass invested more than €30 million in a new magnetron (coater) to manufacture coated glass in Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland. The plant mainly produces SGG Planitherm XN, a low-emissivity glass that maximises the energy efficiency of double and triple-glazed windows.
3D concrete printing specialist Vertico opened a new concrete printing facility in Eindhoven in the Netherlands to accelerate its architectural and commercial building applications. The facility will see the application of industrial robots, a technology Vertico has pioneered for some time.
Thermo Fisher Scientific announced the opening of its new Bioprocessing Collaboration Center in St. Louis, Mo. The facility is adjacent to the company’s biologics manufacturing facility, which recently doubled production capacity with a $50 million expansion.
Over the summer, the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy announced funding for dozens of new research centers, with awards ranging from around $10 million to more than $100 million spanning over four to six years. A recent FYI article details the goals of these new centers and provides updates on longstanding programs.
Toshiba is building two photovoltaic plants with a combined generation capacity of 58 MW with U.S. module manufacturer First Solar. Toshiba is also extending its hydrogen research project in Fukushima for another two years.
ACQUISITIONS AND COLLABORATIONS
Omco, a manufacturer of glass moulds, will acquire the glass moulding business and its production plants in Hungary and South Africa from Ross International. The contracts have been signed and closing is targeted for September 30.
Sandvik announced that 3D printing service provider BEAMIT acquired 100% of fellow additive manufacturing bureau ZARE. The agreement will see BEAMIT and ZARE continue to operate under their respective brand names, though activities will be consolidated under the BEAMIT Group.
A new partnership between the Solar Trade Association, Renewable UK, and techUK will promote British commitment to a net zero carbon economy. As part of this partnership, techUK will communicate to its members the advantages of setting up long-term power purchase agreements with generators of renewable energies.
The Ljubljana Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Guangdong University of Petrochemical Technology agreed to build an institute to research intelligent manufacturing methods of advanced materials in Guangdong Province, China. The institute is to be set up by 2023 in a joint effort.
The University of Tennessee and Carbon Rivers LLC will work with GE Renewable Energy, MidAmerican Energy Company, and PacifiCorp utilities to develop a pilot-scale glass fiber composite recycling system leading to the development of a game-changing commercial wind blade waste processing plant.
The American Concrete Institute will host a virtual student competition on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, from 1–5:30 p.m. EDT during the ACI Virtual Convention. The purpose of the event is for students to demonstrate and/or explain how their use of concrete could positively impact the world at large.
Amazon and Microsoft have invested in CarbonCure, a company that reduces the emissions of the concrete industry by injecting CO2 into the mix. CarbonCure hopes to remove 500 megatonnes of carbon dioxide annually from the concrete industry by 2030. It already has at least one customer in the data center industry: Compass Datacenters.
In an aim to make youths employable as per industry needs, the state government of Odisha, India, has decided to transform industrial training institutes and polytechnic institutions in mineral bearing areas into Centers of Excellence.
The National Energy Technical Laboratory selected a Texas Mineral Resources-led consortium to receive an award targeting production of rare earths from Pennsylvania coal byproducts. The ultimate objective is to install a self-contained, modular, and portable pilot plant at a Jeddo Coal Company site that can produce 1–3 metric tons of rare earth oxides.
An article on The Narwhal looks at several projects underway in Canada’s western provinces that could herald a new era for the geothermal industry and offer job opportunities for former oil and gas workers.
L&L Special Furnace Co., Inc., shipped a medium-sized, high-temperature box furnace to a government military defense organization for use in military ceramic composite development. The furnace has a working zone of 24” wide by 18” high by 36” deep and is rated for continuous operating temperatures up to 2,500°F / 1,371°C.