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December 2012
CTS Corporation acquires D&R Technology
CTS Corp has acquired D&R Technology (D&R), a privately-held company with annual sales of approximately $50 million. D&R is a leading manufacturer of custom designed sensors, switches and electromechanical
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12/27/2012
Doosan Power Systems puts down roots in Serbia

Nikola Tesla Unit 5

Doosan Power Systems, a lead supplier of products and services to the global power generation industry, has officially marked its commitment to the development of Serbia's power infrastructure with
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12/23/2012
Alstom acquires Canadian ASAT Solutions Inc

Smart grid sub-station

Alstom Grid has acquired ASAT Solutions Inc, the Calgary, Alberta, Canada based substation automation provider. ASAT is a Smart Grid technology company that specializes in managing, securing, and
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12/23/2012

Digi-Key announces global distribution agreement with Cicoil

Cicoil cables can be custom configured

Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, has announced the signing of a global distribution agreement with Cicoil, an industry leader in manufacture of flexible flat cable used
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12/23/2012
Aisin demonstrates Human Error Monitoring System

Demonstration car equipped with Aisin's futuristic Intelligent Transport System technology.

Aisin Seiki Co, Ltd will exhibit its latest ITS (intelligent transport system) technology at the mid January 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Among the highlights of the
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12/22/2012
Visteon shows off e-Bee concept at CES

Driver controls designed for quick, non-distracting information access.

Visteon's e-Bee concept car, dubbed 'flexible, frugal and simple' features custom-built cabin showcasing Visteon's broad array of electronics and materials technologies. The electric e-Bee does not
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12/21/2012
TDK subsidiary EPCOS wins Siemens Diamond prize

EPCOS screw terminal aluminum electrolytic capacitor

TDK Corporation announces that its subsidiary, EPCOS Brazil, was presented with Siemens' Diamond Prize in the category "Industry Sector," the company's highest supplier award. The prize honors EPCOS'
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12/21/2012
Johnson Controls grows in China. In Europe shifts manufacture West to East

Johnson Controls Powerframe battery

Johnson Controls which makes car interiors and batteries, is to add 10 auto seating plants in China, and shift about half of its supply base for metals and other raw materials like foam and small
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12/20/2012
Trustonic: trust & security standard for connected devices

Trustonics CEO Ben Cade

Trustonic, a new company formed by ARM, Gemalto and G&D (Giesecke & Devrient), has launched as a new standard security provider to address the increasing need for trust built into smart connected
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12/19/2012
UK MOD to auctions radio frequency

Phillip Dunne, Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology

The UK Ministry of Defence is to auction some of the radio frequency it owns in a move that will increase the capacity for 4G mobile services. The spectrum being sold is below the 15GHz frequency,
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12/18/2012
Energy Department's new investments pioneering U.S. offshore wind projects

Proposed U.S. offshore wind energy projects in advanced development stages by jurisdiction and size of project

Underscoring the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above strategy to develop more secure, domestic energy sources and strengthen American competitiveness in the global market, U.S. Energy Secretary
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12/18/2012
Hitachi selected by Bonneville Power Administration research on grid stabilization systems

Wind renewable energy in Oregon

Hitachi, Ltd and Hitachi America, Ltd have announced their proposal to conduct research into grid stabilization systems to promote widespread adoption of renewable energy has been selected by the
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12/18/2012
Energy efficiency has no borders in Ireland

TEMPO researchers

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD, have announced a new €1.69m energy efficiency research
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12/17/2012
Bosch expands development and production of efficient storage technology
Bosch is reorganizing its lithium-ion traction-battery operations. Effective immediately, the former operating units SB LiMotive Germany in Stuttgart and Cobasys based in Orion, Michigan, will be
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12/17/2012
Strategy Analytics: Silicon Valley and emerging markets seeing growth in automotive design
The Strategy Analytics AES (Automotive Electronics Service) has released its report, Automotive Tier 1 Regional Strategies: Technical Capabilities Raised In Emerging Markets and Silicon Valley,
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12/17/2012
EPR design cleared for UK construction

Design of EPR (European Pressure Reactor)

The UK EPR (European Pressurised Reactor) nuclear reactor is suitable for construction in the UK, regulators confirmed today afteran in-depth assessment of its generic design. The Office for Nuclear
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12/17/2012
Bosch Group focus on battery performance and efficiency

2013 Fiat 500e battery information display

With the relevant authorities approval secured, Bosch is reorganising its lithium-ion traction battery operations. The former operating units SB LiMotive Germany GmbH in Stuttgart and Cobasys LLC
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12/17/2012
Self-rolled inductor in electronic high performance shrink

Xiuling Li, Professor of electrical and computer engineering, Illinois University

Three-dimensional rolled-up inductors with a footprint more than 100 times smaller without sacrificing performance are the subject of a new design study from Illinois University.?? "It's a new concept
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12/17/2012
Ericsson wins Green Electronics award at Elektra 2012
Ericsson has had its efforts in environmental sustainability recognized at the Elektra 2012 European Electronics Industry Awards with the company winning the Green-Electronics Award. The
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12/17/2012
Intersil selects Future Electronics as global distributor
Intersil has announced that it has selected a strategic global distribution partner to help expand and focus its existing distribution network. Intersil selected Future Electronics for its sales expertise
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12/17/2012
Plessey's HBLEDs win in Elektra awards 2012 solid-state lighting-application category
Plessey has announced that its new HBLEDs (high-brightness light-emitting diodes) have won the solid-state lighting-application category of the Elektra Awards 2012. The winners were revealed at the
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12/17/2012
Barco appoints Acal BFi as first european distributor for its rugged displays in the UK and Benelux
Visualization pioneer Barco today announced it has signed an agreement with pan-European technical distributor Acal BFi. Acal BFi is appointed specialist distributor of Barco's rugged displays for
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12/17/2012
Unipower announces CEO appointment

Click image to enlarge: Unipower CEO William T. Yeates

Unipower has announced the appointment of William T. (Bill) Yeates as Chief Executive Officer. Yeates will have responsibility for all of Unipower's day-to-day operations. Mr. Yeates' experience
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12/17/2012
Fujitsu selects Wind River portfolio for RAID next-generation disk storage system
Wind River has announced that Fujitsu relies on the real-time operating system, VxWorks, Wind River Linux, and Wind River Hypervisor for the development of their next generation of ETERNUS RAID disk
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12/17/2012
Analog Devices highest among analog-semiconductor manufacturers in climate-change report
Analog Devices has announced that it received the highest score among analog semiconductor manufacturers in the CDP's (Carbon Disclosure Project's) Global 500 Climate Change Report 2012.
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12/17/2012
Europe: bigger and better windfarms

Fantanele-Cogealac wind park of 240 2.5MW wind turbines, surpasses its Whitelee Windfarm rival in Scotland.

Located in the Romanian province of Dobruja, the €1.1 billion (£0.8bn) Fantanele-Cogealac wind park includes 240 2.5MW wind turbines, surpassing its rival the Whitelee Windfarm on Eaglesham Moor 20
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12/16/2012
Research into larger efforts to manage climate change-related risks

Insurance in a climate of change

Research finds the insurance industry its increasing attention to climate change. The insurance industry, the world's largest business with $4.6 trillion in revenues, is making larger efforts to manage
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12/16/2012
ZMDI says energy efficiency begins at chip level

Smart power

ZMD AG, a Dresden-based semiconductor company that specializes in enabling energy-efficiency has featured in The Environmental Report in a television program by airing in the United States
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12/16/2012
Auto electronics and logistics

Kalyan Banga is manager - product development (Technology/ICT) at Netscribes based out of Kolkata, India.

Indian economic growth is creating demand for Third Party Logistics (3PL) services in the country, according to the latest report from Netscribes Inc, a global market intelligence firm. The report
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12/15/2012
Maxwell Technologies among Deloitte's 2012 Technology Fast 500
Maxwell Technologies is listed among Deloitte's 2012 Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life-sciences, and clean-technology companies
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12/15/2012
Imec and Holst Centre demonstrate innovative power amplifier for a MEMS-based energy harvester

Click image to enlarge: The power output for a piezoelectric harvester with fh of 1011Hz (external input = 0.08 g). An amplification factor of 51.3 times is obtained (? = ? = 212).

Imec and Holst Centre have used a secondary mass-spring system to increase the power (or bandwidth) of a MEMS-based energy harvester. They demonstrated power amplification up to a factor of 51 by
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12/15/2012
Automotive design growth seen by Silicon Valley and emerging markets

Kevin Mak is an Analyst of the AES specialising in the strategic analysis of automotive electronic systems, semiconductors and sensors.

The Strategy Analytics AES (Automotive Electronics Service) has released its report Automotive Tier 1 Regional Strategies: technical capabilities raised In emerging markets and Silicon Valley,
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12/14/2012
AVX Corp signs with Nichicon Corp to $86 million purchase of its tantalum component division

John Gilbertson, AVX's CEO and President

AVX Corporation reports that it has signed an agreement with Nichicon Corporation to purchase its Tantalum component division for approximately $86 million. The all-cash purchase comprises Nichicon's
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12/14/2012
Sofradir wins first contract from Indian Space Agency

Line of IRimaging engines based on cryogenically cooled MCT infrared detectors

Sofradir, a lead developer and manufacturer of advanced IR (infrared) detectors for military, space and industrial applications, announces that ISRO/SAC, (Indian Space Research Organization's Space
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12/12/2012
Tablets push E-book readers towards extinction

IHS iSuppli ebook reader shipments

After spectacular growth in the last few years, the ebook reader market is on an alarmingly precipitous decline, reeling from more nimble tablet devices gain the ardent patronage of consumers, according
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12/12/2012
ANSI energy-efficiency standardization coordination collaborative seeks help to develop roadmap
With its potential to fuel job creation, bolster energy independence, and fuel the U.S. economy, energy efficiency has been attracting a lot of well-deserved attention in recent years. However, realizing
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12/11/2012
Digi-Key inks global distribution agreement with Enpirion

Click image to enlarge: Digi-Key Vice President, Global Semiconductor Products, Mark Zack

Digi-Key has announced the signing of a global distribution agreement with Enpirion. "Enpirion has made a name for themselves in the integrated power IC market," said Mark Zack, vice president, global
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12/11/2012
Atmel achieves UL certification for QTouch capacitive-touch controllers for household appliances
Atmel Corporation and UL (Underwriters Laboratories) have announced that Atmel has achieved certification for the UL 60730-1, a standard for automatic electrical controls for household and similar
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12/11/2012
ABB commissions control system upgrade on Pratt & Whitney FT8 TWINPAC turbines
ABB has announced that it has successfully commissioned a Symphony control system upgrade for the Pratt & Whitney FT8 TWINPAC turbines located at Iberdrola's Klamath Cogeneration Facility. ABB was
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12/11/2012
TI expands development of wireless-power technologies
Texas Instruments has announced it has joined the A4WP (Alliance for Wireless Power). TI will continue to develop new bqTESLA wireless-power receiver and transmitter ICs that comply with existing
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12/11/2012
Mouser Electronics delivers NXP LPC800 LPCXpresso board
Mouser Electronics is stocking and shipping the NXP Semiconductors' LPC800 LPCXpresso Board, based on the new 32-bit LPC800 microcontroller family designed for the 8-bit microcontroller market. NXP
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12/11/2012
Groundbreaking solar project completed at Haitian hospital
Engineering design and consulting firm Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch has announced the completion of the first renewable-energy installation for a developing world hospital in Milot, Haiti. The project
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12/11/2012
Suntron's Mexico facility expands its capabilities to include large-structure integration
Suntron has announces that it has expanded its capabilities at its Tijuana, Mexico facility. Previously focusing on cable, PCBA, and small box build operations, the facility now offers large complex
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12/11/2012
Yole Développement releases <i>Power electronics for rail applications</i> report
Yole Développement announces its Power electronics for rail applications report. In the report, the company's power-electronics team analyzes how this industry is structured and its market
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12/11/2012
DNV Group names new group vice president of communications and external relations

Click image to enlarge: DNV Group Vice President of communications and external relations Stefan Nerpin

DNV has appointed Stefan Nerpin as its new group vice president of communications and external relations for the DNV Group. Mr Nerpin brings with him extensive international leadership experience
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12/11/2012
Deltalis Radix Cloud data centre shortlisted in EMA 2012 awards

Mountain site for cloud computing data centre

Deltalis RadixCloud data center located deep within the Swiss Alps has just been shortlisted for the finals of DatacenterDynamics EMEA 2012 Awards in December, in the category Most Extreme Data
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12/09/2012
Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act
The American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act, HR6582 may not meet what conservationists would like to have seen, but it is reported as rare for an energy efficiency bill to be considered,
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12/09/2012
ARPA-E provides $130 million for 66 potentially transformational grants
The Department of Energy's ARPA-E agency has announced $130 million for 66 grants that have the potential for "transformational" change in energy. The list starts with $4.49 million for Energy-Dense
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12/09/2012
Battered by soft consumer spending, power-management-chip market set to decline in 2012

Click image to enlarge: worldwide power-management-semiconductor revenue forecast (billions of US dollars)

IHS iSuppli now predicts that the market for power-management semiconductors crucial to energy savings in a wide range of devices will decline by 6% by year-end, due mostly to pronounced softness
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12/07/2012
RFMD wins DARPA GaN contract to enhance RF amplifier performance

Thermal profile GaN transistors on SiC substrates (left)

RF Micro Devices Inc, designer and manufacturer of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies, has been awarded a $2.1 million contract from the DARPA (Defense
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12/05/2012
IDT selected to develop integrated receiver chip for Qualcomm's wireless power technology

Wi-Power technology

Integrated Device Technology Inc and Qualcomm Inc have announced the two companies have collaborated together to enable IDT's development of an IC (integrated circuit) for consumer electronics devices,
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12/05/2012
Rune Torhaug new head of DNV Research and Innovation

Click image to enlarge: DNV Research and Innovation Managing Director Rune Torhaug.

DNV (Det Norske Veritas) has appointed Rune Torhaug as the new Managing Director for DNV Research and Innovation. He has worked internationally with leadership roles in DNV Energy, DNV Maritime, and
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12/04/2012
IHS downgrades semiconductor-industry market forecast to 2.3% decline
Amid increasingly weak economic conditions that are depressing consumer and business spending on electronics, IHS is downgrading its forecast for the global semiconductor market in 2012, with revenue
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12/04/2012
Maxwell Technologies supplies ultracapacitors to power multimedia and passenger comfort systems in London cable cars

Click image to enlarge: Maxwell Technologies' ultracapacitors power multimedia entertainment, lighting, and air ventilation systems in CWA-Constructions-built Emirates Air Line urban cable cars carrying passengers across London's River Thames.

Maxwell Technologies has announced that it is supplying ultracapacitors for a high-efficiency energy-management system that powers multimedia entertainment, lighting, and air ventilation systems in
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12/04/2012
ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe and Solliance researching applications for the new generation of solar cells
ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe and Solliance (ECN, imec, TNO, Holst Centre, TU/e, Forschungszentrum Jülich) are counting on a highly promising form of power generation: OPVs (organic photovoltaics). OPVs
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12/04/2012
Limiting warming to 2 degrees C is becoming more difficult and more expensive

Permafrost distribution in the arctic

International Energy Agency executive director Maria van der Hoeven has commented on the 18th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 18) noting "As international
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12/03/2012
Xidian Dragon Dance team win STMicroelectonics' 2012 iNEMO

Xidian University team wins iNEMO design contest

STMicroelectronics the top manufacturer of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) announced Dragon Dance Team from Xidian University as winner of the 2012 iNEMO Design Contest in China. The open
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12/03/2012
Energy Micro doubles Krakow team to accelerate development of ARM Cortex-M-based microcontrollers and radios

Click image to enlarge: Energy Micro's Design Centre in Krakow currently supports an engineering team of embedded-software developers specializing in the development of radio protocols.

Energy Micro is expanding its design centre in Krakow, Poland. The company is also establishing a collaboration with the local AGH University of Science and Technology to help develop the skills needed
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12/03/2012
Chomerics Europe appoints Tiberius Recean to manage thermal and shielding projects with automotive customers

Click image to enlarge: Chromerics Automotive Specialist Tiberius Recean

Chomerics Europe has appointed Tiberius Recean to the position of Automotive Specialist. Recean has worked for Chomerics Europe for six years as a Territory Sales Manager in Germany. The creation
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12/03/2012
Murata Power Solutions establishes design centre for sub-5-W DC-DC converters; prompts UK office move

Click image to enlarge: Left to right, Mark Lancaster MP, Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty's Treasury George Neophitou, Managing Director, Murata Power Solutions (Milton Keynes) Limited Tatsuo Bizen, President and Chief Executive, Murata Power Solutions Inc.

Murata today announced that Murata Power Solutions' UK operations have moved to a new facility within Milton Keynes. With an increasing focus on building a centre of design excellence for low power
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12/03/2012
European tech firms to target more than €72 million at Invest in Photonics
Invest in Photonics 2012, a two-day international business partnering convention focused exclusively on photonics VC investment, today confirms the selection of 18 emerging technology companies from
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12/03/2012
CI solar module prices drop

Pricing for c-Si PV modules in major worldwide regions

Average pricing in October for c-Si (crystalline silicon) PV (photovoltaics) declined in nearly all worldwide regions because of weak demand in Germany, according to IHS PV module price tracker. The
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12/03/2012
Plug Power fuel cells now powering lift trucks at four P&G manufacturing facilities
Plug Power has announced that Procter & Gamble has selected its GenDrive fuel-cell products to power its electric lift-truck fleet in its manufacturing facility located in Mehoopany, PA. This additional
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12/03/2012
LightManufacturing selects Power-Save Energy as supplier of photovoltaic solar panels for solar manufacturing systems

Click image to enlarge: A LightManufacturing H1 heliostat

LightManufacturing's heliostats—sun tracking mirrors—keep reflected sunlight on a target, providing heat and light for buildings and industry without the use of fossil fuels. The firm markets its
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12/03/2012
Team led by Argonne National Lab selected as DOE's Batteries and Energy-Storage Hub

Click image to enlarge: U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Argonne National Laboratory's new Argonne's new Energy Sciences building in suburban Chicago.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu was joined by Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to announce that a multi-partner team led by Argonne National Laboratory
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12/03/2012
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