Ceramic Tech Today

Adaptive Materials scores Michigan $3M microtubular solid oxide fuel cell award

By / March 30, 2010

Ann Arbor-based Adaptive Materials Inc, a specialist in making microtubular solid oxide fuel cells, announced yesterday that it has won $3 million in new funding through Michigan’s Centers of Energy…

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Toshiba getting active in mini-reactor discussions

By / March 26, 2010

Katie at Earth2Tech has the scoop on TerraPower and Toshiba starting to talk about an initiative to develop the former’s traveling wave design of small reactor. After Bill Gates, Toshiba…

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Ultracapacitors challenge Li-ion batteries

By / March 25, 2010

Scientists at MIT, Intel and other facilities are researching microstructures in hopes of replacing lithium-ion batteries with nanoscale ultrapowerful capacitors. If successful, the new materials could be mass produced in…

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Video of the week: Solar panel production

By / March 24, 2010

Here at CTT we write a lot about solar panel production and implementation, but have you ever wondered how solar panels are actually manufactured? Yet another great episode of Science…

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ORNL’s nuclear reprocessing research gets closer to reality

By / March 22, 2010

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working on a chemical process to separate highly radioactive spent fuel to recover unused energy. The process is…

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RavenBrick: Nifty, thrifty, nonelectric smart windows and smart walls

By / March 18, 2010

Last week I had a post about Sage Electrochromics and the company’s line of smart windows. But, there is another company, RavenBrick, that says it has a less expensive, film-based…

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Good economic signs in ceramics and glass?

By / March 18, 2010

These are a drop in the bucket, but it is still nice to see business reports like these for a change. Carbo Ceramics Inc. approves  construction of a fourth production…

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Chicago’s Willis Tower: Postcards from The Ledge

By / March 17, 2010

I wrote about The Ledge in the Chicago’s Willis Tower when it first opened, and some of the science and technology that makes it possible. Now, I’ve been advised by…

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Nanotube thermocells to harvest wasted thermal energy

By / March 17, 2010

According to a press release from University of Texas at Dallas, carbon nanotube electrodes could be used for generating thermoelectrical energy from heat discarded by chemical plants, automobiles and solar…

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Plug pulled on Firefly Energy, carbon foam battery design

By / March 17, 2010

There was a time when some people thought foam carbon composites technology would give lead-acid chemistry a new lease on life in a world of hybrid and hybrid-electric vehicles. The…

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