Yes, TEOS, TEPO is highly flammable and would need point of use (POU) gas abatement.  Usually, these are higher flow processes, and need a scrubber to burn these off.   What I have seen in the field and typically recommend are Guardians that use a constant flame and burn any combustible gases coming through.   Plus, these POU scrubbers are rated for higher flow....

Compared to most states, Texas’s has an unlimited supply of solar energy. In fact, the state ranks number one in the United States for it high levels of direct solar radiation—200 days of sunshine a year. The amount of the available solar energy provides suitable condition for photovoltaic (PV) systems and utility-scale solar concentrated solar power installations, according to the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO). In addition to the sunshine, Texas has the research institution and manufacturing base necessary to become a forerunner in the development of solar energy and to compete in the global market.  The problem has to do...

One of the biggest challenges of solar power is that the sun doesn’t shine 24 hours a day. On cloudy days or at night, solar panels cannot access the sun’s energy. A solution may be at hand. >Material science researchers at Vanderbilt University may have solved the problem with the creation of an innovative supercapacitor design fabricated from silicon. The device can be built into a silicon microchip side by side along with the electronic components that it powers. According to the material scientists, the power cells  can be made out of “excess silicon” already  present in the  existing solar cells,...

Since the Great Recession ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy continues to grow at a pace that is below the rate needed to create good-paying jobs and sustain economic growth. Analysts estimate that the economy will grow at about a 2 percent annual pace in 2013. Most economists agree that a 3 percent annual rate of expansion is necessary for healthy economic expansion. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has a proposal to address the need to create more jobs while making homes and businesses more energy efficient. Since heating and cooling account for 44 percent of energy usage in the...

Since the birth of computers in the 1960s, the industry has relied on integrated circuit computer chips manufactured from silicon –hence the name Silicon Valley.  Calling that area of Northern California "Silicon Valley", however, may soon be a misnomer. For years, the industry has known that it would be just a matter of time before carbon nanotube transistors succeeded silicon as the preferred semiconductor material.  Nanotubes are much smaller, faster and power-efficient than their silicon counterpart.   The problem with nanotubes has been the inability of researchers to control nanotube structures in predictable ways, especially the properties that control its mechanical and...

Critical Systems & Arc Machines, Inc. (AMI) have announced that Critical Systems  is now AMI’s Sales Representative for the Mid-Atlantic & Southeast regions, including NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, TN, VA, MD, DE and DC. The agreement strengthens the partnership between the 2 companies.  CSI is already an Authorized Service Center for AMI in the Northwest, providing warranty and repair work on behalf of AMI.   This agreement extends that warranty service and repair work to the aforementioned eastern states. CSI’s eastern operations will be based out of Charlotte, NC, alongside AMI’s Integrated Solutions Division. As they have for many years, CSI will continue offering...

The latest computing chips contain billions of nano-scale transistors that power fast, high-performance computers, tablets and smartphones. These devices far out-perform early desktop computers, but they still do not come close to the computing capabilities of the human brain. For decades, researchers have worked to reverse-engineer the human brain’s computational capabilities.   Over time they have made some progress. Today, scientists are now poised to take the next step-- to build the electrical connections and processing capabilities found in the human brain -- into a computer chip. New computer architecture The National Science Foundation grant has awarded a grant to a Boise State University...

The efficiency of semiconductor technologies--solar cells, lasers, imaging devices and optoelectronic sensors, all depend on their ability to absorb light. Light absorption is also a critical element necessary for nano-sized structures at the junction between energy barriers called quantum wells. Quantum wells, commonly used in transistors and semiconductor lasers, are extremely thin semiconductor layers that limit the movement of charge carriers to two-dimensions. In a paper titled "Quantum of optical absorption in two-dimensional semiconductors," researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) report that they have found a quantum unit of photon absorption. Researchers used ultrathin membranes...

There is an envelope area around the tool where you do not need to put items in an exhausted enclosure.  See photo below for what the back of the tool looks like – you’ll note the exposed mechanical connections within the tool's envelope.   As you can see, you couldn't put all this in an exhausted enclosure without enclosing the entire back end of the tool.   Filters make more sense at the tool.    In fact, there may already be filters on the gas boxes at the tool.  It is very common for the OEMs to put filters here as it...