Energy Efficiency

Courtesy: Siemens
Electrical March 16, 2021

Circuit breaker promotes automotive-plant energy efficiency

Communications and power metering capabilities built in

By Jim Sirois
Courtesy: Emerson
Compressed Air March 15, 2021

Two ways smart pneumatics maximize energy savings

Flow, pressure and temperature data included

By Dieter Michalkowski and Chris Noble
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Energy, Power January 14, 2021

Safer, fast-charging aqueous battery developed

A 3D zinc-manganese nano-alloy anode has been developed, resulting in a stable, high-performance aqueous battery that uses seawater as an electrolyte.

By Jeannie Kever
Tadiran lithium batteries survive extreme cold temperatures to continuously monitor the transport of the
Energy Efficiency December 22, 2020

Lithium batteries developed to survive extreme cold temperatures

Tadiran has developed bobbin-type lithium thionyl chloride (LiSOCl2) batteries that have been specially modified for use in the cold chain, which is required for transporting the COVID-19 vaccine.

By Tadiran Batteries
Michael Wang, materials science and engineering Ph.D. candidate, uses a glove box to inspect a lithium metal battery cell in a lab in the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project building. Courtesy: University of Michigan
Energy, Power November 18, 2020

Lithium-metal batteries offer alternative for users

Lithium metal solid-state batteries can provide a safer, more powerful alternative to the current standard.

By James Lynch
Courtesy: Schneider Electric
Energy Management October 19, 2020

Your questions answered: Improve industrial facility energy management: a process-based approach

Presenters from the Oct. 13, 2020 webcast “Improve industrial facility energy management: a process-based approach” addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Ram Kaushik
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Energy, Power October 12, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles Oct. 5-11

Articles about using robots to reduce risk for COVID-19 in the workplace, programming variable frequency drives (VFDs), 2021 engineers choice finalists, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Oct. 5-11, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Energy, Power October 8, 2020

Using diamond as a metallic conductor

Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain in a theoretical model, which could improve solar cells, quantum sensors, optical devices and more.

By David L. Chandler
Cold neutrons uncover atomic dynamics that give thermoelectric materials low-heat conductivity. Shown is the evolution of atomic lattice oscillation waves upon heating the tin sulfide crystal, as measured with neutron scattering. Courtesy: Duke University
Energy, Power September 23, 2020

Atomic dynamics help turn heat into electricity

An atomic mechanism that makes some thermoelectric materials efficient near high-temperature phase transition could help unlock better options for technologies reliant on transforming heat into electricity.

By Ken Kingery
The electron microscope image shows the air (darkest gray) sandwiched between the gold backing at the bottom and the semiconductor at the top, supported on gold beams. Credit: Dejiu Fan, Optoelectronic Components and Materials Group, University of Michigan
Energy, Power September 23, 2020

Mirror-like photovoltaics get more electricity out of heat

Heat-harnessing solar cells that reflect 99% of the energy they can’t convert to electricity could help bring down the price of storing renewable energy as heat and improve overall energy efficiency.

By Kate McAlpine