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Bright Future for Flat Glass in Solar Energy

Worldwide demand for flat glass in all markets is forecast to grow 4% per year to 11 billion sq m in 2021, slowing from the 2011-2016 performance as growth moderates in China.

Global demand for fabricated flat glass in solar energy is forecast to grow at a 20% annual rate to $8.5 billion in 2021, according to a recent study from The Freedonia Group. The pace of gains will be similar to that of the 2011-2016 period, as solar energy continues to penetrate global markets and the rapidly expanding base of installed solar systems will support replacement sales for rooftop solar panels and related products.

High-Volume Valor Glass Manufacturing Facility

  Corning to Construct

 Adding capacity for Valor Glass in Durham is part of Corning’s plan announced in July 2017 to invest $500 million and create 1,000 new U.S. jobs.


   Corning Inc. recently announced an investment in Corning Valor® Glass to build a high-volume manufacturing facility that will create over 300 new jobs in Durham County, N.C. Adding capacity for Valor Glass in Durham is part of Corning’s plan announced in July 2017 to invest $500 million and create 1,000 new U.S. jobs. The announcement follows similar Corning investments in the development and manufacturing of Valor Glass in Big Flats and Erwin, N.Y.

Youngy Group and Corning Form Joint Venture

   Corning Incorporated today announced a joint venture agreement with Youngy Investment Holding Group to focus on glass laminates for interior architecture applications.

  Corning will supply glass laminate technologies and Corning® Willow® Glass to the joint venture. The joint venture will manufacture the panels, which will be used in residential and commercial applications, in Wuhu, China. 

“This relationship enables us to integrate our advanced glass into high-end commercial buildings and homes in China and other parts of the world,” said Martin J. Curran, executive vice president and innovation officer at Corning. “This relationship also opens the door for us to explore additional applications for our thin, innovative glass.”

   Youngy Investment Holding Group Chairman Xiangyang Lv said: “Youngy has a tradition of focusing on commercial application of new technologies, while Corning has strong capabilities in materials science. Willow Glass Laminates could be applied to modern and luxury commercial and residential architecture. We are highly confident in our collaboration between Youngy and Corning.”

Glass is made from sand, so can it be used in place of sand?

  A bin full of recycled glass is dumped at the Warner Transfer Station in Warner on Thursday,

April 5, 2018. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ)· 


As municipalities wrestle with marketplace changes that are making it almost impossible to recycle glass, the second “R” in the environmental slogan Reduce-Reuse-Recycle is becoming more attractive.

In the town of Warner, the attraction of reusing rather than recycling glass has been obvious for decades.

“Since we started the transfer station, in 1989 … we have been diverting glass out of the waste stream,” said Varick Proper, foreman of the Warner transfer station.

The town grinds up the bottles and jars that residents drop off and uses the resulting material as a substitute for gravel or sand. After the glass is crushed, it looks surprisingly drab and is sometimes given the punning name “glassphalt,” in various construction projects.

“We have just an old grinder that has been converted to beat up the glass,” said Tim Allen, the town’s director of public works. He said the town generates around 80 to 90 tons of material a year, which is used along with gravel and sand, or even in place of it, for such things as roadbeds or doing remediation work at the town gravel pit.

5G Wireless: Building the Next Generation

Corning will supply Verizon with up to 20 million kilometers of optical fiber annually.

     Imagine data zooming to and from your device 100 times faster than it can today, making the dreaded spinning buffering wheel a woe of the past. The ever-developing telecom industry is trending in an exciting new direction – 5G. 5G will deliver fiber-like speeds over a wireless connection. “Wireless is not that wireless,” said Clark Kinlin, executive vice president, Corning Incorporated. He added, an advanced fiber framework must be in place before progress in 5G can be made.

   Corning plays a leading role in this transformation. From large datacenters to the connections to your home, Corning enables the fiber network infrastructure. This means Corning’s fiber dictates the coverage and capacity of the networks that you’re probably utilizing right now.

Clever coating opens door to smart windows

Mohammad Taha shows off the ultrathin coating developer at  RMIT University

New ultra-thin coating responds to heat and cold

Researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne Australia have developed a new ultra-thin coating that responds to heat and cold, opening the door to "smart windows". The self-modifying coating, which is a thousand times thinner than a human hair, works by automatically letting in more heat when it's cold and blocking the sun's rays when it's hot.

  Smart windows have the ability to naturally regulate temperatures inside a building, leading to major environmental benefits and significant financial savings.Lead investigator Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran said the breakthrough will help meet future energy needs and create temperature-responsive buildings.

  "We are making it possible to manufacture smart windows that block heat during summer and retain heat inside when the weather cools," Bhaskaran said. "We lose most of our energy in buildings through windows. This makes maintaining buildings at a certain temperature a very wasteful and unavoidable process.

Scientists Print Nanoscale Imaging Probe onto Tip of Optical Fiber

A new process called fiber nanoimprinting is accelerating the fabrication of nano-optical devices,
such as this pyramid-shaped Campanile probe imprinted on an optical
fiber (captured in a scanning electron microscope image).
The gold layer is added after imprinting. The gap at the top is 70 nanometers wide.
(Credit: Berkeley Lab)

  Combining speed with incredible precision, a team of researchers has developed a way to print a nanoscale imaging probe onto the tip of a glass fiber as thin as a human hair, accelerating the production of the promising new device from several per month to several per day.

  The high-throughput fabrication technique opens the door for the widespread adoption of this and other nano-optical structures, which squeeze and manipulate light in ways that are unachievable by conventional optics.     

  Nano-optics have the potential to be used for imaging, sensing, and spectroscopy, and could help scientists improve solar cells, design better drugs, and make faster semiconductors. A big obstacle to the technology’s commercial use, however, is its time-consuming production process.

New Optic Cable Manufacturing Facility


 Corning formally opened a new cable manufacturing facility in Newton, North Carolina, in the latest expansion  to meet growing worldwide demand for its optical fiber and cable.

   The facility, which will employ more than 200 people, is part of Corning’s previously announced plan to invest more than $250 million in its optical fiber, cable, and solutions manufacturing facilities. In North Carolina, Corning is expanding its fiber manufacturing facility near Concord and its cable facilities in Winston-Salem and Hickory, in addition to opening the Newton plant.

SCHOTT launches new high-powered laser glass

APG-760, a phosphate glass, features impressive thermomechanical strength and superior optical capabilities. It is ideal for laser shot peening and other material processing applications.


The new APG-760 phosphate laser glass  developer  by SCHOTT  for laser peening

                                                                                                                  . Photo: SCHOTT


Laser shot peening is a method of strengthening metal materials through the use of high-powered lasers. It improves fatigue, corrosion and cracking resistance, and is commonly used in jet engines, airplane wings, manufacturing equipment, and medical implants. 
Typically, laser glass for high-powered applications involves tradeoffs between the strength of glass and laser output. Improved glass strength results in reduced laser output, but improved laser strength requires stronger glass.

Heinz-Glas benefits from Iris inspection solutions in Poland

The Polish subsidiary of Heinz-Glas has taken delivery of its first non-contact inspection equipment from Iris Inspection machines in recent weeks. Designed specifically for the inspection of perfume and cosmetics ware that requires the highest level of perfection, two Evolution Ultimate 4 machines have been installed on the flint cosmetics line in Dzialdowo.

  This follows the glassmaker’s acquisition of the first Evolution Ultimate 4 design for its Klein Tettau glassworks in Bavaria, southern Germany. Evolution Ultimate 4 is a compact version of the Evolution Ultimate non-contact inspection solution from Iris Inspection machines, requiring an area of one metre on the cold end conveyor, thanks to its innovative features.

  Both machine designs run the same software and inspection tools, in addition to which their hardware has been specially developed to limit maintenance downtime.

The machine has been designed for the inspection of sidewall defects such as stones, blisters and inclusions, as well as deformations and verticality defects, plus the detection of uneven glass distribution in the base.

In addition, the Evolution Ultimate 4 machine can detect such transparent cosmetic defects as oil and lap marks, surface blisters, orange skin, tears and wash boards.

Solar glass blocks generate electricity while insulating buildings

This sturdy glass structure has been around since the late 1800s, when Gustave Falconnier,an early inventor of glass bricks, used a process to blow glass into a mold. Falconnier’s glass block has since been improved upon and used in architecture and construction. In the 1930s, they appeared in thirteen futuristic houses displayed at the Chicago World Fair.

  Although very trendy in the 1980s,glass block’s popularity continues to ebb and flow. While there appears to be an ongoing debate as to the value and aesthetic of glass block, it looks like current designers are getting more creative with glass block for contemporary applications.


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