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Pacific Northwest Facility to study grid security, resilience

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was tapped by the U.S. Department of Energy as the new site for a national research effort around grid stability, energy storage, and system security. PNNL already has done extensive work in grid energy storage and battery reliability testing.

Plibrico accelerates growth with opening of new mechanical services location in Nebraska

To accommodate rapid growth and increase its ability to service current and future customers in the region, the Plibrico Company announced the opening of a new mechanical services location in Kearney, Nebraska.

GTS expertise secures £100 million funding for Middle East Glass

Expertise provided by U.K. research and development organization Glass Technology Services helped secure a US$100 million finance package for Egypt’s Middle East Glass Manufacturing Company (MEG).  The funding will allow MEG, one of the largest glass manufacturers in Middle East and North Africa regions, to ramp up production of containers.

ExxonMobil and Mosaic Materials to explore new carbon capture technology

ExxonMobil and Mosaic Materials are exploring the advancement of technology that removes carbon dioxide from emissions sources. Mosaic Materials has progressed research on using metal-organic frameworks for this purpose, and the agreement with ExxonMobil will evaluate opportunities for industrial uses of the technology at scale.

US looks to Australia to set up rare earths plant

The United States Department of Defense is in talks with Australia to host a facility that would process rare earth minerals. Australia contains only 2.8% of the world’s rare earth reserves, but accounts for more than half of the new projects in the global pipeline.

Aegg to open its first major UK warehouse facilities due to surge in demand for glass

Global recyclable glass and plastics food packaging company Aegg are preparing to open its first major U.K. warehouse facilities later this year. The facilities will house four glass ranges including glass jars and bottles for food; glass bottles for soft drinks, juices and soups; glass bottles for water; and a table-presentable range of pressed table glass.

HVCC opens $14.5 million center for advanced manufacturing skills

Hudson Valley Community College opened its new Center for Advanced Manufacturing Skills. The 37,000-square-foot center will train students on the latest machine tools, equipment, tooling and software needed for employment with manufacturers throughout the Northeast.

Sprint hits an important milestone for 5G

With its recent launch in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Phoenix, Sprint now brings 5G coverage to nine cities in the United States. The network covers around 2,100 square miles and 11 million people.

Canada’s Geomega to recycle rare earth magnets

Canadian firm Geomega has raised $1.2 mn this year in a private share placement to build a demonstration plant in Quebec for recycling rare earth elements from permanent magnets using a new processing technology that creates no acid waste. The project will take six months to complete and commission.

Task force to mull Indiana’s future energy sources

Indiana’s 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force, which held its first meeting August 26, is a 15-person group including people from the coal industry, electricity co-ops, consumer advocates, and environmental groups who will look at challenges to how Indiana generates electricity and difficulties that could arise transitioning to noncoal sources.

Corning Astra Glass chosen for CCPD’s oxide-LCD line

Chengdu CEC Panda Display Technology Co., Ltd., selected Corning Astra Glass as its backplane substrate for its line of oxide-TFT liquid crystal display panels. Corning introduced Astra Glass globally in May 2019.

Particle Testing Authority extends its pore analysis capabilities

Particle Testing Authority, a division of Micromeritics Instrument Corporation, has stepped up its pore analysis capabilities by including capillary flow porometery (CFP) and liquid-liquid displacement porometry (LLDP). These methods can analyze materials such as polymers, metals, and ceramics to understand how to achieve a high throughput.

Saint-Gobain launches CeraGlide boron nitride coatings

Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials announced the launch of its newest line of boron nitride products, CeraGlide boron nitride coatings. Supplied in a liquid form suitable for brushing, CeraGlide can be diluted with water to spraying and dipping consistency.

Increasing demand for superabrasives in high-performance applications

The global abrasives market size is anticipated to reach US$59.34 billion by 2025. It is expected to expand at a CAGR of 5.9% during the forecast period. Rising automotive production and demand for superabrasives in high performance applications are anticipated to fuel growth.

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