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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / June 5, 2012

This “trigonal bipyramidal” crystalline structure that forms the basis of Oregon State University‘s “cool blue” pigment (see below). Credit: OSU. Check ’em out: “I like to break things”: Janine Schneider breaks things in the name of science As Janine Schneider walks through the materials testing facility, her eyes light up; it is clear that she…

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ABB’s Kreusel says ‘Energy storage as an important part of Smart Grids’

By / March 8, 2012

When people test-drive hybrid-electric or extended-range electric vehicles, such as the Toyota Prius or the Chevy Volt or the Nissan Leaf, the question came up, “What happens to electric vehicle batteries when they wear out?”

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Video of the week: ABB’s Kreusel says ‘Energy storage as an important part of Smart Grids’

By / March 5, 2012

Several times last week when participants in the MCARE meeting were looking at and test-driving the Chevy Volt, the question came up, “What happens to electric vehicle batteries when they wear out?” The answer is that when they are fully worn out, the materials will be recycled in special facilities. However, used battery packs won’t…

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Materials stories that may also be of interest

By / August 5, 2011

Check ’em out: Low-cost system spots failing bridges; new sensor technology helps make bridges safer Rice University researchers ‘armchair’ nanotubes could improve power grid’s efficiency Russia offers Germany help on rare earths supply Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies invents heat-regulating building material GE Lighting acquires Lightech, a technology leader in LED drivers and $10 million and GE…

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GE expands on thin-film solar, becomes near-term grid parity believer

By / June 1, 2011

CdTe array. Credit: NREL. For the first time that I am aware of, it General Electric seems to have jumped on the Sach’s Law bandwagon and decided that solar power very soon will be competitive with fossil fuel and nuclear energy sources. In a recent interview with Bloomberg News, GE’s global research director, Mark M.…

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$44B in opportunities for energy storage

By / March 31, 2010

According to a new report from Lux Research, the market for batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells targeting transportation and smart grid applications will more than double from $21.4 billion in 2010 to $44.4 billion in 2015. ACerS’ upcoming Ceramic Leadership Summit will introduce key figures in the energy storage technology sector that will expound on…

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ARPA-E looking for $100M in new energy proposals

By / March 3, 2010

Today is the last day of ARPA-E’s first big public event – the Energy Innovation Summit. Yesterday, DOE Secretary Steven Chu used the conference to announce that ARPA-E is allocating an additional $100 million in stimulus funds, “to accelerate innovation in green technology, increase America’s competitiveness and create new jobs.” This is the third round…

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Friday funding facts – II: Smart Grid demo projects

By / December 4, 2009

Expect to see the DOE, the EPA and other federal agencies make some major announcements next week to coincide with the big Copenhagen conference. The DOE, for example, just issued a news advisory that it will be holding a news conference that will include a fascinating group that includes Secretary Chu, Under Secretary of Commerce…

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Friday federal funding facts… [Updated]

By / September 25, 2009

UPDATE: Okay, the problem was that the Obama administration was installing a new version of its main Recovery website. The new site does look better and those who have poked around it more than I have say it offers more transparency. The DOE made announcements this week about several new grants and loans. These include…

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NYC Smart Grid solar pilot program

By / August 7, 2009

According to a company press release, Consolidated Edison Co. plans to launch a $6 million, 18-month Smart Grid pilot program in northwest Queens that will test how various technologies support efforts to modernize the electric grid. The initiative includes a distributed-generation project with the City University of New York to study how solar energy can…

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