Ceramic Tech Today

LED’s & CFL’s total energy cost trump traditional filament bulbs

By / December 2, 2009

The title of this post may sound like it’s a statement of the obvious. Sure, compact fluorescent bulb and LED’s use far less energy to generate an equivalent amount of…

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First marine SOFC test

By / December 1, 2009

The Hydrogen Journal reported that Wallenius Lines of Sweden plans to test the first solid oxide fuel cell in a marine environment. The company will begin with a test that…

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NREL’s State of the State report: How green is your state?

By / November 30, 2009

Last month, the National Renewable Energy Lab released their State of the State report – a 231 page document (PDF) that tracks the progress of renewable energy development, as well…

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Video of the week: Jack Mecholsky on using fractal geometry to study ceramic materials

By / November 27, 2009

John (Jack) Mecholsky is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Florida. Mecholsky is also past member of the ACerS Board of…

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Porsche to offer Li-ion battery

By / November 25, 2009

Porsche announced in a press release that they are offering a lithium-ion replacement starter (main) battery that weighs in at just 13 pounds vs. 35 pounds for the traditional lead…

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Composite cement successful so far in bridge joint repair

By / November 25, 2009

I’ve posted before about Victor Li’s work at the University of Michigan using engineered cementitious composites. A new paper by Li recently became available regarding a demonstration project in which…

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Vertical axis turbines for low-wind-speed areas

By / November 23, 2009

Back in June we reported on a futuristic design of wind power generators: vertical axis turbines. Now researchers at the University of Virgina are developing a smaller, more efficient wind…

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Video of the week – 2009 Rustum Roy Lecture: ‘Engineering Challenges of the 21st Century’ by Charles Vest

By / November 19, 2009

Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering and president emeritus of MIT, was the 2009 Frontiers of Science & Technology–Rustum Roy Lecturer at the recent ACerS Annual Meeting…

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Nanocrystal film to make solar cheaper

By / November 19, 2009

Technology Review reported that solar cells made from nanocrystal-based inks have the potential to be as efficient as the conventional inorganic cells currently used in solar panels, but can be…

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More on Ceramatec’s home power storage technology

By / November 18, 2009

Back in September, Ann reported on Ceramatec’s efforts to develop a low-cost home battery/power storage system. Ceramatec said back then that it had developed a new battery that can be…

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