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Rubicon Technology Malaysian polishing facility earns key endorsements, begins volume production of large-diameter sapphire wafers

The company’s new Malaysia facility recently completed qualification of its six-inch wafers by a key customer, and also successfully completed an ISO certification audit. Both of these milestones enable the Malaysia facility to move into volume production of six-inch polished wafers, which are in high demand as LED chip manufacturers continue to migrate to larger diameter substrates to realize greater efficiencies. The facility also is capable of processing and polishing eight-inch wafers that Rubicon provides to customers in R&D volumes.

Aspen Aerogels Inc. files registration statement for proposed initial public offering

Aspen Aerogels Inc., an energy efficiency company that designs, develops and manufactures innovative, high-performance aerogel insulation, announced today that it has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. Goldman, Sachs Co. and Morgan Stanley Co. LLC will act as joint book-running managers for the offering. The number of shares to be sold in the proposed offering and the price range of the proposed offering have not yet been determined.

MyGen US-made solar energy kits by Kyocera offer expanded domestically produced content

Kyocera Solar Inc. announced that MyGen US-made kits — domestically produced, all-inclusive kits for residential and light commercial solar energy installations — are available now. The MyGen solar energy kits are ideal for new entrants into the solar market and professionals in the electrical contractor industry interested in expanding into solar energy installations.

Schott to supply EPAs for world’s first commercial modular high-temperature gas-cooled nuclear reactor

Schott North America announced it will be the first company to supply all the required Electrical Penetration Assemblies, sealed with glass and metal, for a prototype nuclear reactor being built in China. The reactor is scheduled to go into operation in China in about four years time. These are currently the only EPAs in the world to be used in such advanced nuclear reactors.