Ceramic Tech Today

AFS Trinity’s extreme hybrid: marriage of Li-ion battery and ultracapacitors

By / March 9, 2009

AFS Trinity is set to demonstrate 150 mpg SUVs today using a system that is optimized for 40-mile-range usage, tolerant of heavy-duty power cycling and, they claim, ready for mass production. Says company CEO Edward W. Furia: “Each of the XH150S SUVs being driven in San Francisco today is a prototype of a mass-producible family-sized…

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CFC says it holds fuel cell efficiency record

By / March 7, 2009

Since we are on the subject on new efficiency records [see post here], I wanted to note that Australia’s Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd. claims to have achieved 60% electrical efficiency from a natural gas powered fuel-cell “home appliance” while pushing 1.5 kilowatts to an external grid. Managing Director Brendan Dow claims solid oxide fuel cells…

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Quant: One large, rolling solar panel?

By / March 6, 2009

Swedish car maker Koenigsegg just unveiled its Quant electric car at the Geneva Motor Show. The company says the car can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds, has room for four adults and can be charged from either an electrical outlet or by the sun. The solar power reported comes from a thin…

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Railway looking to fuel cells to keep them rolling

By / March 6, 2009

The sound of choo-chooing left the commercial railway business years ago, and now the smell of burnt diesel fuel may be going away, too. Via the Railway Gazette, news comes of a project in Kansas by a team to develop a fuel-cell powered switcher (a.k.a., “shunter” for those of you outside the U.S.) locomotive. The…

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Group tackles tougher turbine coatings

By / March 5, 2009

The Argonne National Lab website has a nice article discussing the work of a research team from Northwestern University, Rolls-Royce and ANL to improve the performance of materials used in power-generating turbines, improvements that can decrease weight, increase temperature tolerance, extend component life and, thus, increase the overall efficiency of these units that are expected…

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Video of the week: Piezo precision motion devices

By / March 4, 2009

This week’s video is a demonstration-“tutorial” about one type of application of piezoelectric technology: a piezo-driven motion system developed by NanoMotion, a Israel-based division of Johnson Electric. This video is produced by “Minarik University,” the educational wing of Minarik, a distributor of electronic and electrical equipment. It demonstrates how piezo ultrasonic ceramic motors can provide…

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Need research funding? Apply to NIST!

By / March 4, 2009

Does your research project need funding? Money may be available through the 2009 Technology Innovation Program, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. NIST invites you to submit a “white paper” pitching your project.  Here’s how: Who is eligible? Small- or medium-sized businesses or joint ventures involving a private-sector firm coupled with an…

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Yale ‘shapes’ up nanomanufacturing with bulk metallic glass

By / March 3, 2009

  Yale engineers are “shaping” the future of nanodevice manufacturing by developing nanoscale molds made from amorphous metals – a.k.a. bulk metallic glasses. Opening the door to mass nanofabrication processes, their work may also enable higher-density computer chips, faster microprocessors, better biosensors and more. Research is led by Jan Schroers, a professor of mechanical engineering…

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Science being held hostage?

By / March 3, 2009

Washington Post reports that Sen. Robert Menendez is blocking the nominations of the Obama administration’s two top science advisers, John Holdren and Jane Lubchenco. Holdren has been nominated to head up the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Lubchenco is to lead NOAA. The nominations of two of President Obama’s top science…

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Making cheaper fuel cells with carbon nanotubes

By / March 2, 2009

A University of Dayton research team – led by Liming Dai, UD’s Wright Brothers Institute endowed chair in nanomaterials – says it has developed a technique that makes carbon nanotubes a cheaper and better fuel cell catalyst than platinum. The Feb. 6th online edition of Science magazine reports on the team’s findings. Since that announcement, interviews with Dai – a…

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