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Testing shows that Sandia’s falling ceramic particle receiver can still take the heat

By April Gocha / June 2, 2016

Sandia National Lab has completed testing of a novel solar energy storage technique that uses ceramic particles to collect and store the intense heat generated from concentrated sunlight—and the results look promising.

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Sandia’s falling particle receiver drops ceramics like they’re hot, because they are

By April Gocha / July 10, 2015

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratory have mounted a new falling ceramic particle receiver at the lab’s thermal test facility to measure the utility of ceramic particles to efficiently collect and store solar energy.

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Spending at nation’s federal R&D centers down—again

By Jessica McMathis / May 7, 2015

The majority of the nation’s federally-funded R&D centers slashed spending in fiscal year 2013 by more than $1 billion over the previous year.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By April Gocha / December 26, 2014

Linde and Sandia team up for hydrogen fueling network, US manufacturing gets funding and initiatives, and other ceramics and glass business news of the week for December 26, 2014.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / October 8, 2014

Fuel cells provide mobile power, making perfect solar absorbers, oxide-based magnetism for the future of computing, material defects make better batteries—and other materials stories that may be of interest for October 8, 2014.

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DOE pledges $9M to advance hydrogen storage technologies for fuel cells

By April Gocha / May 30, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that it will be dishing out $9 million to help fund projects aimed at advancing hydrogen storage systems and developing a supply chain for hydrogen storage systems for fuel cells.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / May 13, 2014

Other materials stories that may be of interest for May 13, 2013.

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Harnessing solar with ceramic particles

By Jim Destefani / September 20, 2013

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories are working to improve falling-particle receiver technology, a solar energy approach that dates to the 1980s.

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Data drives engineering of ceramics; workshop asks ‘how well?’

By Eileen De Guire / June 8, 2012

Steve Freiman opens a two-day workshop for about 30 participants to discuss the data needs and challenges facing the engineered ceramics and glass community. Credit: ACerS. Data. It is the lifeblood of science and engineering. Researchers and engineers use it to model, design, benchmark, evaluate, monitor and compare. But, how easy is it to find,…

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