Ceramic Tech Today

Concrete’s role as CO2 absorber may be underestimated

By / May 19, 2009

The new (June) issue of the Journal of Environmental Engineering is all about “Recent Developments in CO2 Emission Control Technology including lots of ceramic-related information. For example, there is an article that suggests that concrete/Portland cement is not quite the villain some have thought when it comes to CO2 emissions. CO2 production in making cement…

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DOE ups Smart Grid grants by a factor of 10, releases initial standards [updated]

By / May 18, 2009

With the big Smart-Grid summit underway, the DOE and DOC have has announced three developments related to its big Smart Grid push. First, DOE announced that it was increasing the maximum size of large-scale grid technology grants, given out under its Smart Grid Investment Program, to $200 million. Previously, the agency had said that the…

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Smart Grid workshop outline available

By / May 18, 2009

The “Smart Grid Standards Interoperability Interim Roadmap Workshop” is taking place Tuesday and Wednesday (May 19-20). For anyone interested, a Powerpoint file of the two-day program is available here. DOE and NIST say the general purpose of the meeting is to allow NIST Domain Expert Working Groups and other industry stakeholders to meet face to…

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Smart Grid summit is a go next week

By / May 15, 2009

The DOE says a meeting of “40 business leaders from the electric utility, manufacturing, telecommunications and information technology industries” is set for Monday (May 18) morning in Washington. DOE Secretary Steven Chu and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will chair the meeting. As I reported last month, the purpose of the meeting is to try to…

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Top “Pipeline Power” schools

By RussJordan / May 14, 2009

If you do a Google search of “top ten,” you get more than 90 million hits – from David Letterman, to New Year’s resolutions, to urinals (which is another ceramics story). The list I want to share with you here deals with the patent strength and research prowess of U.S. universities. I suppose there are…

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Video of the week – Concentrated solar power

By / May 13, 2009

Just in time for the opening of Schott Solar’s new Albuquerque plant, where it plans on producing utility-scale concentrating solar power systems, here is a video that demonstrates the scale and operations of one such utility-sized system. This features Nevada Solar One, a 64 MW CSP project that went online in 2007. I don’t know…

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Schott combines CSP and PV production in new New Mexico solar plant

By / May 13, 2009

Schott Solar this week cut the ribbon on new $100 million facility in Albuquerque to produce large-scale concentrated solar power receivers and PV units. Schott, which also has production facilities in Germany, the Czech Republic and Spain, says the 200,000 square-foot plant will provide at least 350 jobs, and is being described as only the…

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Printable supercapacitors

By / May 11, 2009

A UCLA team has reported in Nano Letters that it has “printed” a supercapacitor for the first time. The group, led by George Grüner, accomplished their feat by spraying carbon nanotubes onto paired sheets of film separated by a gel electrolyte. Each sheet acts a charge collector. News about Grüner’s work started appearing in 2007,…

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Bluegrass battery consortium

By / May 8, 2009

The state of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and the Argonne National Lab have announced that they have entered into a partnership to forge a national battery manufacturing R&D center on advanced batteries. The center’s would work with  with labs, manufacturers, suppliers and consumers to bring down advanced-battery production costs and…

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Assessment of U.S. Cap-and-Trade proposals (circa 2007)

By / May 6, 2009

Yes, Cap-and-Trade issues are a great concern to lots of individuals engaged in manufacturing ceramic and glass products. And, yes, the issues are also of great concern to lots of materials scientists, researchers and lab managers. The issue is getting hashed out in lots of meetings, particularly ones in Washington, DC, and it is increasingly…

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