Materials and engineering postdoc and researcher opportunities in Copenhagen

By / June 10, 2010

Weary of looking for materials jobs or grad school/postdoc opportunities in the U.S.? Maybe its time to check out the Technical University of Denmark, located in beautiful Copenhagen. Here are some of the school’s current openings: Postdoc position in “Grain boundary engineering of functional thin films” Ph.D. scholarship(s) in solid oxide electrolysis and solid oxide…

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‘Artificial diamonds’ to make fuel cells more affordable

By / May 14, 2010

The DOE Pulse reported that, using specialized cubic zirconia, scientists from Nanjing Normal University in China and Pacific Northwest National Lab created a membrane that could drop the temperature inside solid oxide fuel cells. Lowering the temperature means these cells could be built from less expensive materials. Currently, the temperature inside SOFCs is about 1,000°C.…

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Earth Day Review: Fuel Cells

By / April 21, 2010

Fuel cells will be playing a role in cleaner energy production and energy storage, and produce only a fraction of the CO2 that other fossil fuel energy production technologies currently use. Here are some of the stories we have covered about fuel cells: Adaptive Materials scores Michigan $3M microtubular solid oxide fuel cell award Video:…

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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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Adaptive Materials scores Michigan $3M microtubular solid oxide fuel cell award

By / March 30, 2010

Ann Arbor-based Adaptive Materials Inc, a specialist in making microtubular solid oxide fuel cells, announced yesterday that it has won $3 million in new funding through Michigan’s Centers of Energy Excellence Program. AMI, until now, has focused most of its efforts on military uses for its SOFCs, such as soldier-worn units, power sources for unmanned…

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Video of the week: Jeff Stevenson on solid oxide fuel cells

By / March 17, 2010

Jeff Stevenson is a Laboratory Fellow in the Energy Materials Group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and has been working on SOFCs for more than a decade. This video, shot at the recent ICACC’10 conference in Daytona Beach, Fla., provides some history on the development of these fuel cells, and discusses some of the…

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Friedman: ‘Dammit, you’re not dreaming enough!’

By / March 9, 2010

Like shootin’ fish in a barrel. Me, six days ago: Prediction: Tom will state that Bloom Energy changes everything! Today from Friedman: Several months ago, though, Sridhar took me into the parking lot behind Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters and showed me the inside of one of his Bloom Boxes, the size of a small shipping…

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Bloom Box boom leaves lots of questions

By / February 24, 2010

Today was Bloom Energy‘s big media extravaganza and it seems like they were aiming for something on the order of what Apple or Microsoft would try to pull off. The stage was shared by big name politicians (Schwarzenegger and Powell) the online gods (Google and eBay), the movers and shakers in the investor class (Kleiner…

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Links to 60 Minutes Bloom Energy SOFC story

By / February 21, 2010

CBS now has posted links to the original Bloom Energy solid oxide fuel cell story, plus several other “web extras” that expand a little on what was covered in the SOFC broadcast: Full Segment: The Bloom Box Web Extra: The Magic Box Web Extra: Plug-In Power Plant Web Extra: Naming The Bloom Box Web Extra:…

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K.R. Sridhar’s ideas on oxygen production for Mars mission

By / February 21, 2010

In case you missed it, in his 60 Minutes interview on Bloom Energy’s solid oxide fuel cells, company founder K.R. Sridhar recounts how he first got into the field by devising a method for NASA to use solid oxide carbon dioxide electrolysis to produce O2 for future Mars explorers. He says he basically reversed the…

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