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Reports suggest wrinkles are good, at least for thin film ceramic membranes

By April Gocha / June 23, 2015

Scientists at ETH Zurich have found that doping is not the only way to influence ion conductivity in ceramic membranes.

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Dislocations create traffic jams—not express lanes—for ionic transport in metal oxides

By April Gocha / April 3, 2015

New research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology adds another to the list of things that aren’t as they seem—the effect of dislocations on ionic transport within metal oxides.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By April Gocha / September 26, 2014

Ceramics and glass business news of the week for September 26, 2014.

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Renewable energy technologies move toward commercialization, still compete for government $$

By Jim Destefani / September 3, 2013

Renewable energy technologies such as solar and fuel cells are moving toward commercialization but still compete for government R&D funding.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / June 21, 2013

Corning’s Willow Glass will be available by the end of 2013 or early 2014; possibly heading to Apple’s iWatch At Bloomberg’s June 17 Next Big Thing Summit, Corning’s Waguih Ishak, a vice president for Corning West Technology Center, discussed Willow Glass. Willow Glass is an ultra-slim flexible glass, which could revolutionize the shape and form…

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Can the US afford to pull the plug on SOFC and SECA funding?

By / November 8, 2011

Credit: Wachsman et al.; Energy & Environmental Science. No. Will it anyway? Unfortunately, it looks that way, based on the DOE’s 2012 budget request (pdf), which hacks off 41 percent of total SOFC funding from the current year budget, and would leave support at 65 percent of what it had in 2010. Moreover, it would cut off funding…

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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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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

[flash mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/stevenson_pnnlsofc.jpg}] 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…

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