Welcome to the August 2019 edition of CeramicsNews, a round-up of ceramics news that has caught our eye this month.
Musashi Partners With KeraCel
Japan’s Musashi Seimitsu Industry has entered a partnership by investing in KeraCel Inc, a Silicon Valley based venture developing multi-material ceramic-based solid state batteries with its unique and state-of-the-art 3D printing technologies. The all-solid-state battery is expected as a next generation power storage device, and it’s claimed that many companies are accelerating their development to put it to practical use. Read more.
Lasers Weld Ceramics Without Furnace
A new ceramic welding technology has been developed by a team of engineers led by UC Riverside and UC San Diego. The process uses an ultrafast pulsed laser to melt ceramic materials along the interface and fuse them together. It works in ambient conditions and uses less than 50W of laser power, making it more practical than current ceramic welding methods that require heating the parts in a furnace. Find out more.
Brickworks North America Acquires Sioux City Brick
Brickworks North America (parent of Glen-Gery and owned by Australia’s largest brickmaker Brickworks) has acquired Sioux City Brick, an Iowa-based brick manufacturer. Sioux City Brick – a respected maker and family owned and operated since 1913 – will become a premium brand of Glen-Gery. It currently operates through two manufacturing plants and five retail showrooms. Read more.
Jacobs Completes State-Of-The-Art Ceramic Membrane Filtration Plant
Jacobs has completed the testing and commissioning of a new, state-of-the-art Ceramic Membrane – Ozone – Biological Activated Carbon plant at the Choa Chu Kang Waterworks (CCKWW) for PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency. The project upgrades the existing 360 million litres per day waterworks through the addition of new ceramic membrane filters, an ozone system and biological activated carbon contactors. These improvements enhance both the lifespan and robustness of the treatment process. Learn more.
Hexoloy® SE – Material of Choice for Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturing
Saint-Gobain has published a short blog addressing the suitability of Hexoloy SE rollers for roller hearth kilns involved in cathode powder calcination. Hexoloy SE is a self-bonded fine-grained (less than 10µm) silicon carbide material that combines exceptional strength at high-temperature operation with high chemical corrosion resistance. Rollers made from this material are said to offer a number of important benefits in li-ion battery material production. Read more.
Capstone Will Deliver Energy Efficiency Project for Cerámica Guadalquivir
Capstone Turbine Corp has secured its first significant CHP energy efficiency project in Bolivia with ceramic product manufacturer Cerámica Guadalquivir. The project will use a C600S in a five-bay enclosure to accommodate future expansion up to 1MW. The exhaust energy from the clean and green microturbine will be used in the ceramic tile and brick drying process. Find out more.
HarbisonWalker International to Increase Refractory Production Capacity and Efficiency
HarbisonWalker International (HWI), the largest supplier of refractory products and services in North America, has celebrated completion of the first phase of expansion of manufacturing operations in White Cloud, Michigan. The project is part of a $9 million investment being made this year to significantly increase warehousing space along with the addition of new, advanced manufacturing and hydraulic press technologies. HWI’s White Cloud operation primarily produces refractory products that are used by the steel industry. Read more.
Alumina Nanoparticles with Innovative Electronic Properties
Researchers at the Chair of Organic Chemistry II at FAU in Erlangen, Germany, have discovered that it is possible to control the optical and electronic properties of alumina nanoparticles, despite the fact that they are typically electronically inert and optically inactive. They have now designed a concept for managing these doubly functionalised nanoparticles. Find out more.
Ossia and NGK to Implement Cota Real Wireless Power with EnerCera Batteries
Ossia and NGK Insulators have announced a strategic partnership to provide customers with a first-of-its-kind, wirelessly powered rechargeable battery solution ideally suited for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. NGK’s EnerCera® series Li-ion secondary batteries are ultra-small, ultra-thin, and ultra-high performance. In addition, EnerCera batteries are uniquely capable of high-temperature installation, a meaningful advantage. Ossia’s FCC certified Cota® Real Wireless Power™ technology efficiently delivers remote, targeted energy to devices and can wirelessly charge EnerCera batteries while they are in-device and in-use. Read more.
Lucideon to run 'Refractories for the Glass Industry' Training Course
Part of Lucideon's suite of refractories training, the 'Refractories for the Glass Industry' two-day course will run on 9 & 10 October at the company's headquarters in Stoke-on-Trent, UK. The module will cover glass furnaces on day one and regenerators on day two, looking at the parts, conditions, requirements and refractory types required. Find out more and book here.
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