5. September 2010

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GE Global Research Receives $2.2 Million Grant For Permanent Magnet Research

Late last week the US Department of Energy [DoE] awarded $9.6 million in grants for six Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy [ARPA-E] projects as a means to “accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies, increase America’s competitiveness and create jobs”. Notable among the grants was a $2.25 million grant to GE Global Research, of Niskayuna, NY, for [...]

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24. August 2010

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Europe Beckons: The Rare Earth Permanent Magnet Workshop in Slovenia

Later this week I’ll be flying out to Europe, ahead of the 21st International Workshop on Rare Earth Permanent Magnets and their Applications – also known as REPM’10 or simply “The Workshop” within the magnet industry. This Workshop will be held on the shores of the picturesque Lake Bled in Slovenia, and is the latest in [...]

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4. August 2010

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40th Correlated Magnetics Patent Allowed By United States Patent Office

Huntsville, AL – August 4, 2010 – Correlated Magnetics Research (CMR) is pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has continued to allow CMR patent claims at a remarkable pace. Since late January, CMR has had 40 patents allowed of which 13 have already issued, with an average time to [...]

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25. April 2010

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Siemens Launches Permanent Magnet-Based Gearless Wind Turbine

Siemens Launches Permanent Magnet-Based Gearless Wind Turbine

Progress in the development of commercially-viable direct drive wind turbines took a significant step forward last week, with the official launch by Siemens Energy of its SWT-3.0-101 wind turbine. This turbine has a faceplate rating of 3 MW, has no gearbox and uses a permanent magnet generator to produce electricity. What’s really interesting about this system [...]

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13. February 2010

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Recent Developments in Permanent Magnet Gear Systems & Machines

Recent Developments in Permanent Magnet Gear Systems & Machines

Last month I attended the Magnetics 2010 Conference in Florida, where a variety of speakers gave updates on the business and technical side of the magnetics industry. One of these days I’ll actually write up my thoughts on the conference itself, probably in conjunction with my RareMetalBlog parter in crime, Ian London. In the meantime, [...]

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10. February 2010

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The Concerted European Action On Magnets: A Model For Facing The Rare Earths Challenge?

In 1984, the magnetic materials research community in Europe was at a formidable crossroads. The latter part of 1983 had seen industrial research groups in the USA and Japan simultaneously announce the discovery of a promising new permanent magnet material, based on the neodymium-iron-boron [Nd-Fe-B] alloy system. This long-sought successor to the ever more expensive [...]

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25. January 2010

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Magnetic Tape Gets A Boost

Magnetic Tape Gets A Boost

Earlier this week, MIT’s Technology Review published a story on a new magnetic tape material which, combined with a novel tape-reading technology, can produce data storage capacities of 35 Tb per cartridge – over 40 times higher than current tape storage systems. The research was conducted at IBM’S Zurich Research Labs in Switzerland, in conjunction [...]

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14. January 2010

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More News On Correlated Magnetics

You may recall an article I wrote late last year on Correlated Magnetics Research, a company from Alabama who has created and produced what they were calling “programmable” magnets. Since then, I’ve had the chance to play with a number of their prototypes.  I had initially been a little confused as to what the technology [...]

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9. January 2010

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Upcoming Magnetics Training Events In The USA

There are a couple of training events coming up in the next month or so, which anyone interested in learning more about the technical aspects of permanent magnets, magnetizing and testing might be interested in attending. The first takes places on the day before the Magnetics Conference in Orlando, Florida, and is being run by [...]

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8. January 2010

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USA Reclaims World Record For Highest Field Resistive Electromagnet

USA Reclaims World Record For Highest Field Resistive Electromagnet

The engineers and scientists at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory [NHMFL] in Florida, announced this week that they had successfully tested a new resistive electromagnet that produces a magnetic field strength of 36 tesla (360 kilo-oersted), breaking the old record of 35 tesla (350 kilo-oersted) previously held jointly between the NHMFL and the Grenoble [...]

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