Here’s what we are hearing (some information from news releases):

Superior safety for next gen high-temperature reactor: China receives first glass-to-metal sealed hermetic penetration assembly from Schott for testing

China’s first commercial high-emperature reactor in the province of Shandong will be one of the most modern nuclear power plants in the world. Employing only the safest and most reliable technology available today, Schott has been selected to supply its hermetic glass-to-metal sealed Electrical Penetration Assemblies. The first feedthrough has now been delivered to the Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology at Tsinghua University for testing and training purposes.

DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions announces price increase

In a release, officials from DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions announced a price increase of 6 percent for all DuPont Butacite, Butacite G, Spallshield, The Wedge polyvinyl butyral and SentryGlas ionoplast products globally. The price increases, which go into effect Jan. 1, 2012, are in response to sustained high raw material and transportation costs, according to the release.

CPSC postpones making changes to mandatory ‘reasonable testing programs’ applicable to safety glass

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has abandoned, at least for the immediate future, its plan to specify and regulate the required content of “reasonable testing programs” of manufacturers of non-children’s consumer products, including architectural glass, that are subject to CPSC safety standards, such as 16 CFR 1201, and that must containcertifications of compliance with those standards. This will bode well for safety glazing manufacturers, says Kim Mann, general counsel of Glass Association of North America.

American fuel cell bus program delivers “Buy America”- compliant fuel cell bus to SunLine Transit Agency

Ballard Power Systems announced that it has, together with consortium partners BAE Systems and ElDorado National Inc., successfully deployed a “Buy America”-compliant, zero-emission fuel cell bus for SunLine Transit Agency in Palm Springs, Calif. The “Buy America” regulation requires the manufacturing of the bus and key components in the United States, in alignment with objectives set out by the Federal Government. This bus was developed under the Federal Transit Administration’s) National Fuel Cell Bus Program, which facilitates the development of commercially viable fuel cell bus technologies and related infrastructure for deployment in revenue service.

Appleton brings LED efficiency and long-life performance to hazardous location ATEX/IECEx emergency lighting

Appleton, a leading manufacturer of electrical products for hazardous and non-hazardous applications, has brought the superior efficiency, long life and reliability of Light Emitting Diodes technology to industrial emergency lighting with the introduction of its new FDBAES Series of flameproof, self-contained emergency luminaries, the latest addition to Appleton’s growing LED product line.

Andersen cutting 250 jobs mostly in Bayport

A continued slump in the housing market translates to another round of layoffs at Andersen Corp. The Bayport-based door and window giant said Tuesday it will 250 jobs by the end of December.

US and Japanese companies begin $37 million Smart Grid project in Hawaii

Hitachi, Cyber Defence Institute, and Mizuho Corporate Bank recently announced that the companies have been selected as contractors for a smart grid demonstration project on Maui Island in Hawaii, spearheaded by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization as the result of feasibility study which was conducted from May to September this year by Hitachi and other companies. Serving as the project leader, Hitachi will take a leading role and coordinate the entire project.

Siemens increases stake in Marine Current Turbines

British tidal energy company, Marine Current Turbines Ltd, today announces that Siemens is increasing its share in the company to 45%. MCT has evolved from a pioneer to a technology leader in horizontal axis marine current turbines and now has 25 employees. In February 2010 Siemens acquired a minor stake in the Bristol-based company and thus entered the marine tidal current market. Financial details of the announcement are not disclosed.