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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / September 30, 2011

NexTech’s 10 µm MCO coating on SS441 substrate 900°C, 200 hours, air. Credit: NexTech. Here’s what we are hearing: PPG to increase global production capacity for precipitated silica PPG Industries announced that it is increasing its global precipitated silica production capacity by more than 18,000 tons per year in response to growing global demand. The capacity…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / September 9, 2011

Investigators at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have created strange optical effects, including corkscrew-like vortex beams, by reflecting light off a flat, nanostructured surface. Credit: Nanfang Yu, SEAS. Check ’em out: How Apple could revolutionize solar Flight time of Stalker small UAS quadrupled to 8 hours with ruggedized propane SOFC From a flat…

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Imaging the electrochemical reaction in solid oxide fuel cells

By Eileen De Guire / August 25, 2011

Electrochemical strain microscopy images ion mobility. The overlay shows electrochemical activity of platinum nanoparticles on a yttria-stabilized zirconia surface, showing ionic activity along the triple phase boundaries. Credit: ORNL My favorite part of the TV hospital drama, House, is the beginning when the failure occurs. The show opens with the patient-of-the-week doing normal stuff and…

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DOE funds four projects to analyze fuel cell, hydrogen cost variables

By / August 18, 2011

Fuel cell powered bus in London. Credit: Tom Page, Creative Commons. Fuel cell supporters have generally been disappointed that the DOE hasn’t done more for the technology or hydrogen-based technologies, but the agency hasn’t totally lost interest. A few days ago, DOE announced grants of nearly $7 million (over five years) for four cost analyses…

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New barium oxide/nickel interface demonstrated for self-cleaning, lower temp SOFC anode

By / June 23, 2011

Regents professor Meilin Liu (right) and postdoctoral researcher Mingfei Liu examine a button fuel cell used to evaluate a new self-cleaning anode material based on barium oxide. The self-cleaning technique could allow fuel cells to be powered by coal gas. Credit: Georgia Tech Photo, Gary Meek. The nation’s energy spotlight has drifted away from solid…

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DOE webinar: How top 5 hydrogen economy states did it

By Eileen De Guire / June 21, 2011

I DOE webinar, June 21 For two consecutive years, Fuel Cells 2000 has named California, Connecticut, New York, Ohio and South Carolina to its list of top five fuel cell states (see last week’s post about the just-released 2010 “State of the states” report (pdf)). DOE is sponsoring a lunch-time webinar tomorrow on how local…

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The Energy Race and the search for commodity catalyst materials

By Eileen De Guire / June 14, 2011

Illustration of the way the electronic configuration of metal ions can control the activity of metal oxides for oxygen reduction, varying it by a factor of at least 10,000 times. This can serve as a design principle (symbolized as a “volcano plot”) to screen metal oxide candidates and accelerate the development of efficient fuel cells,…

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DOE co-sponsors webinar on fuel cell technologies June 9

By Eileen De Guire / June 6, 2011

Those interested in the fuel cell segment of the nation’s renewable energy portfolio may be interested in this announcement from the DOE. The webinar is co-sponsored by Clean Energy States Alliance, the Department of Energy, and the Technology Transition Corporation. According to the announcement, DOE’s “Fuel Cell Technologies Program will co-host a webinar on Thursday,…

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[Endorsed Meeting] 10th International Symposium on Ceramic Materials and Components for Energy and Environmental Applications

By / March 7, 2011

10th International Symposium on Ceramic Materials and Components for Energy and Environmental ApplicationsDresden, Germany May 20-23, 2012 Description The conference will cover: SOFC materials and technology Energy harvesting systems High-temperature ceramic filters and membranes Advanced structural ceramics for energy and environmental technology Ceramic materials and systems for energy conversion and storage Bioceramics and medical applications…

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DOE seeking $74M in stationary and transportation-related fuel cell proposals

By / December 22, 2010

DOE’s technical targets for micro-CHP fuel cell power systems (1-10 kW) operating on natural gas. I know many of this blog’s readers directly and indirectly are involved in work on fuel cells, so presumably everyone will be glad to see that the DOE just posted a solicitation for applications for up to $74 million in…

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