A production process, based on high velocity metal forming, can manufacture fuel cell bipolar plates in a fraction of the time normally required, according to a technology firm in the USA. This could also make fuel cell production cheaper.
The Masterclass for the IOM3 Materials Literature Review Prize, run by the Editorial Board of the Institute journal Material Science and Technology , was held on 23 February at the Institute’s London headquarters.
On 28th January 2009 the Prime Minister and Lord Drayson announced Retrofit for the Future, £10 million of funding from the Technology Strategy Board to address the challenge of housing refurbishment, as detailed in the Government's Heat and Energy Saving Strategy. A series of free brokerage events are being held in the coming months with the aim of putting consortia together to bid for these funds.
An online comparison tool to help designers in the USA and Europe choose the most environmentally-friendly material and processing technique for their packaging is being launched by GreenBlue, a not-for-profit institute in the USA.
The UK’s packaging recycling targets for 2009 will not change, says the Government. The announcement follows its review of the volatile global recycling market caused by the economic crisis and China’s decision to ban imports of mixed plastics waste.