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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / August 16, 2012

Here’s what we are hearing: Ceradyne acquires interest in Graphite Machining Services and Innovations Ceradyne Inc. nnounced that it has acquired a minority interest with an option to acquire all of Tempe, Arizona-based Graphite Machining Services and Innovations. GMSI has developed a proprietary method of applying a chemical vapor deposited silicon carbide ceramic coating on…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / August 10, 2012

Here’s what we are hearing: Trek Inc. strategic partnership with M4 Sciences enables ultraprecision machining Trek Inc., a designer and manufacturer of high-voltage amplifiers and electrostatic voltmeters has established a strategic partnership with M4 Sciences LLC which leverages technical strengths from both companies to provide high-productivity ultraprecision machining technology for use in aerospace, automotive, commercial,…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / June 29, 2012

Here is what we are hearing: Korean conglomerate LG buys 51% of Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Inc. (Crain’s Cleveland Business) Northeast Ohio’s most prominent fuel cell company has a new majority owner. Korean conglomerate LG has paid $45 million to acquire a 51% stake in Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems (US) Inc. of North Canton. The…

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Good design of SOFC fuel reforming system yields record efficiency

By Eileen De Guire / June 5, 2012

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed this highly efficient, small-scale solid oxide fuel cell system that features PNNL-developed microchannel technology for external steam reforming and fuel recycling. Credit: PNNL. A new paper out of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory reminds us that alternative energy technologies are systems composed of many elements, and that the supporting elements of…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / May 18, 2012

Here’s what we are hearing: Welcome to The Cement Grinding Office, a new concept to support engineers and technicians working every day with a ball mill In the cement industry, the ball mill is probably the nemesis of all staffs. Why? Everybody knows that a cement mill is a technological heresy on an energetic point…

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NexTech’s SOFC interconnect coating surpasses one-year mark

By Eileen De Guire / April 28, 2012

Schematic of a planar solid oxide fuel cell. The ferritic stainless steel interconnects are coated to prevent poisoning of the cathode by volatile chromium compounds. NexTech Materials has just completed a one-year demonstration of a successfull manganese cobalt oxide coating. Credit: Olivera Kesler, University of Toronto. When our neighbors down the street at NexTech Materials…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / April 27, 2012

Here is what we are hearing: Coca-Cola’s American Canyon facility to introduce five natural gas hydrogen fuel cells on Earth Day Coca-Cola celebrates Earth Day with a ceremonial “green ribbon-cutting” to unveil the installation of five natural gas hydrogen fuel-cell servers at its beverage production facility in American Canyon, Calif. The Coca-Cola Company is a…

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Alfred U. researchers participating in solid oxide fuel cell interconnects, GaN-on-diamond substrate projects

By / April 2, 2012

Left, prototype of SOFC stack. Right, samples of interconnects being developed in a public–private partnership with Alfred University, Solid Cell, RocCera and the the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Credit: Solid Cell. Alfred University recently announced two interesting projects where their ceramics and glass experts are working with private-sector partners that could have significant…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / March 29, 2012

Structure of “ENE-FARM home energy SOFC cogeneration unit jointly developed by Kyocera and consortium of other Japanese companies. Credit: Kyocera. Here’s what we are hearing: Kyocera presents comprehensive home energy management system (FuelCellToday) Technology group and solar energy pioneer Kyocera has developed a new energy solution for the generation and storage of solar energy and…

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With low-temp SOFC gains like this . . . why stop now?

By / November 18, 2011

Low-temperature SOFCs: (A) Functionally graded bismuth oxide (Electrolyte 1) / ceria (Electrolyte 2) can allow use of hydrocarbon fuels at the anode at reduced temperatures. (B) Estimation of power output with LT-SOFCs from a single cell to a module (upper) and schematic diagram of power requirements according to various applications (lower). Credit: E.D. Wachsman, K.T.…

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