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Latest sintering technology makes ceramic-based materials faster with less heat

By Stephanie Liverani / September 29, 2016

Penn State University (State College, Pa.) researchers announced they’ve developed a new technology called cold sintering process that can make a ceramic material faster than it takes to bake a pizza and at lower temperatures.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By Jim Destefani / November 1, 2013

Ceramics and glass business news of the week.

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Lux Research: Concentrating Solar Power deserves gigawatt focus in 2011

By / February 1, 2011

Tech research group Lux Research is warming to concentrating solar power technologies and says the CSP business should be good for 2011 as plants scale up to gigawatt proportions. A new report from Lux compares four contending large-scale solar-powered generation systems: three CSP approaches and photovoltaic generation. The three CSP technologies covered in the report, “Solar…

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Glass optics enhance concentrating solar performance

By / November 29, 2010

An all-glass optical lens may be the key component to achieving higher efficiency and higher energy production concentrating solar power systems. Silicon Valley-based Solergy, who recently announced plans  to install a 100kW all-glass optical lens CSP system in Sicily, Italy, believes glass is the only way to guarantee the durability, reliability and performance of concentrating…

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Lux predicts winners, losers among CIGS and concentrated solar photovoltaics, and peak-energy demand solutions

By / September 7, 2010

SMA solar energy inverter Lux Research has a couple of interesting reports out regarding who the winners and losers are likely to be in several key energy-related categories. Lux, it should be pointed out, is in the business of providing governments, businesses and investors with proprietary information on emerging technologies. The company uses a combination…

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Giant solar farms in the works in China, India and U.S.

By / September 10, 2009

First Solar announced yesterday that it and the Chinese government had agreed upon a memorandum of understanding that, if a few more bridges are crossed, will result in a 2 gigawatt solar power plant in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, China. That’s a huge plant. A story in today’s Wall Street Journal reports that it will…

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Getting to concentrating solar thermal power’s potential

By / July 23, 2009

A new report released by the World Resources Institute claims that an enormous solar energy resource remains largely untapped in the Southwest U.S. That’s hardly news. But interestingly enough, the WRI offers Congress ways to tap into this abundant resource. It should be noted that WRI’s report focuses, without explanation, solely on one form of…

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Concentrated Solar Power

By / May 21, 2009

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. NSO is supposed to be producing more than 130,000 million KWh each year.

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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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U.S. installed solar capacity up 16%

By / April 6, 2009

A new solar industry organization publication reports that total solar capacity (electric power plus water, pool and space heating) in the United States grew by 1,265 megawatts in 2008, an increase of 16 percent to a total capacity 9,183 MW. The Solar Energy Industry Association’s Year in Review also notes that even though no new…

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