Ceramic Tech Today

Catalyst discovery unlocks low-cost solar storage

By / August 18, 2008

MIT researchers have discovered a fairly cheap and easy way to store solar power so it can be utilized when the sun is not shining – a development they claim will make solar power a mainstream energy source within the next decade.

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Cool fuel cells open application possibilities

By / August 18, 2008

Science also contains a report from researchers in Spain who have developed a new electrolyte that allows a solid oxide fuel cell to operate at temperatures hundreds of degrees lower than those of conventional electrolytes – a development they say could boost the practicality of SOFCs. Led by Jacobo Santamaria, of the applied-physics department at…

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Aluminum Prices to Soar

By / August 18, 2008

Aluminum supplies cannot keep pace with demand, because producers are not able get the sufficient electricity to produce the lightweight metal, according to a July 1, 2008, Timesonline article. The Internet news service says a crunch on global power is likely to send aluminum prices – already at historic highs – skyrocketing an additional 33 percent…

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Ceramic sensor for spacecraft finding wider uses

By / August 18, 2008

The European Space Agency reports that small oxygen sensors developed for spacecraft re-entry vehicles are finding applications in a variety of other fields, including healthcare, pollution control and fuel cell operations. According to ESA, the birth of these special sensors began at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute of Space Systems, where researchers were trying to…

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Nanotech market to reach $3.1 trillion by 2015

By / August 18, 2008

A new report from Lux Research claims that nanotechnology, while perhaps overhyped in the past, has now become pervasive in a broad range of sectors. “Nanomaterials State of the Market Q3 2008: Stealth Success, Broad Impact,” predicts that $147 billion worth of nano-enabled products produced in 2007 will grow to $3.1 trillion by 2015.To estimate nanotech’s commercial impact, Lux looked at the technology’s effect in three major industry sectors – manufacturing and materials, electronics and IT, and healthcare. The firm bases its predictions on more than 1,000 interviews conducted with technology developers and a new survey of 31 leading corporations in the nanotechnology field.

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