Energy Efficiency
Figure 1: Pump actual operating point, flow limited to 58% of design point. Courtesy: Sulzer
Energy Efficiency June 13, 2019

Extending pump life expectancy

Field pump performance testing provides the expert with developed head, capacity and efficiency data under normal (or abnormal) operating conditions.

By Chris Muscavage
A new photonic chip design drastically reduces energy needed to compute with light, with simulations suggesting it could run optical neural networks 10 million times more efficiently than its electrical counterparts. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Energy Efficiency June 12, 2019

Neural network chip developed to use light instead of electricity

MIT researchers have developed a photonic chip that uses light instead of electricity and is process massive neural networks more efficiently.

By Rob Matheson
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Energy Efficiency June 11, 2019

Researchers improve power storage capabilities

Battery update: Several universities have been working on advances to improve battery technologies and make them safer and more reliable for industrial and manufacturing applications. Click on links for more information.

By Chris Vavra
Rice University postdoctoral researcher Michael Stanford holds a flip-flop with a triboelectric nanogenerator, based on laser-induced graphene, attached to the heel. Walking with the flip-flop generates electricity with repeated contact between the generator and the wearer’s skin. Stanford wired the device to store energy on a capacitor. Courtesy: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University
Energy Efficiency June 8, 2019

Flexible generators turn movement into energy

Rice University researchers have produced flexible devices that use laser-induced graphene, which are designed turn movement into electrical energy and could enable wearable, self-powered sensors and devices.

By Mike Williams
Industrial power supplies and UPSs can now connect to common industrial protocols like EtherNet/IP, Profinet, and EtherCAT, so users easily can access data about the state of the battery backup. Courtesy: Phoenix Contact
Energy Efficiency June 7, 2019

Improving power supply intelligence

Control cabinet power supplies and uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs), thanks to higher-level intelligence, are evolving to provide operational information to users to make operations safer and more efficient.

By Ken Allwine
An illustration shows the structure of epsilon-iron(III) oxide, an atomically thin material that is stable, stackable and unlike other iron oxides retains its unique magnetic properties at room temperature. Rice University engineers made the material with a simple method that allows it to be easily transferred and combined with other 2-D materials. Courtesy: Jiangtan Yuan/Rice University
Energy Efficiency June 2, 2019

Researchers grow stable 2-D magnets for electronic, storage applications

Rice University researchers have simplified the synthesis of an iron oxide that could be combined with 2-D materials for electronic and spintronic applications that take advantage of their spin states.

By Mike Williams
A Hall-bar device structure (see inset) is wire-bonded to a 16-pin chip-carrier. The chip-carrier allows for extensive electrical characterization of the device at both low temperatures and high magnetic fields. Courtesy: Min Sup Choi/Columbia Engineering
Energy Efficiency May 25, 2019

Fabrication platform produces pristine 2-D transistors

Columbia University engineers have developed a clean, damage-free fabrication process that creates pristine transistors made from 2-D material stacks.

By Holly Evarts
The standard way to test new battery designs is time-consuming and expensive. A new research method from Stanford University, MIT, and the Toyota Research Institute aims to change that. Image courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Energy Efficiency May 21, 2019

Battery solutions company acquires high-voltage battery systems from manufacturer

American Battery Solutions, Inc. (ABS) has signed an agreement to acquire manufacturing and testing assets for high-voltage battery systems from Robert Bosch Battery Systems.

By American Battery Solutions, Inc. (ABS)
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Energy Efficiency May 5, 2019

Researchers working to improve battery density, safety

Penn State University researchers have developed a solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) designed to increase energy density, performance, and safety for lithium batteries.

By Gregory Hale
A gel-like yield stress fluid, top, moves as a plug without shearing in a tube with the new surface coating. At bottom, the same fluid is seen shearing while it flows in an uncoated tube, where part of the fluid gets stuck to the tube while part of it continues to flow. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Energy Efficiency April 28, 2019

Engineered surface developed to reduce waste, improve efficiency

MIT researchers have developed a coating to get much thicker materials to slide without sticking or deforming, which may improve the quality of products ranging from bread to pharmaceuticals, and the efficiency of flow batteries.

By David L. Chandler