Energy Efficiency

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Power Systems June 8, 2021

5 things to consider before implementing a UPS

Critical control systems feed the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and require uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to prevent momentary power interruptions that could cause an industrial PC or other industrial controller to crash. Here’s how to choose an industrial UPS.

By Ken Allwine
Courtesy: Fred Zwicky, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Power Quality June 6, 2021

Solid-state batteries designed for better performance

University of Illinois researchers have learned how control over the atomic alignment of solid materials can improve the cathode-solid electrolyte interface and stability in solid-state batteries, which can improve their performance and quality.

By Lois Yoksoulian
Courtesy: Rachel Anthony Barton, Texas A&M Engineering
Other Networks May 16, 2021

How nature’s characteristics can help build sustainable industrial networks

Researchers at Texas A&M University have delineated guidelines for setting up successful industrial networks by using patterns found in nature's food chains, which can facilitate economic growth, lower emissions and reduce waste.

By Vandana Suresh
Courtesy: Yaskawa America Inc.
Energy, Power May 12, 2021

Mitigation, technologies for power system harmonics

Webcast teaches power system harmonics and best practices for harmonics mitigation and their relationship to IEEE 519, which guides the design of power systems with non-linear loads. The 2014 revision of IEEE 519 clarified language subject to interpretation and misinterpretation.

By Larry Gardner and Christopher Jaszczolt
Courtesy: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Energy Efficiency May 12, 2021

Turning toxic sewage sludge into renewable energy

Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) received a nearly $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to create renewable fuel from sewage sludge, a byproduct of wastewater treatment that creates greenhouse gases and water pollution when dumped into landfills.

By Sharon Gaudin
Courtesy: Texas A&M Engineering
Energy, Power May 11, 2021

Metal-free, recyclable peptide battery developed

A multidisciplinary team of researchers from Texas A&M University has made a breakthrough that could lead to battery production moving away from cobalt with lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.

By Drew Thompson
Courtesy: Mesoscale Materials Science Group, Rice University
AI and Machine Learning May 5, 2021

Neural nets used to rethink material design for batteries, more

Rice University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, researchers introduced are using machine learning predict the evolution of microstructures in materials, which could change how items like batteries and other structures are made.

By Mike Williams
Courtesy: Christopher Moore, Georgia Tech
Energy, Power April 20, 2021

Leveraging the 5G network to wirelessly power IoT devices

Turning 5G networks into a wireless power grid for Internet of Things (IoT) devices that need batteries to operate could eliminate them altogether down the road.

By Anne Wainscott-Sargent
Energy Management April 20, 2021

Energy management for industrial networks

Automation components consume a large amount of energy during production and can strain industrial networks' ability to run properly.

By Nelly Ayllon
This magnified image shows aluminum deposited on carbon fibers in a battery electrode. The chemical bond makes the electrode thicker and its kinetics faster, resulting in a rechargeable battery that is safer, less expensive and more sustainable than lithium-ion batteries. Courtesy: Cornell University
Energy, Power April 11, 2021

Aluminum-anode batteries offer sustainable alternative

Aluminum-anode batteries are safer, less expensive and more sustainable than lithium-ion batteries.

By David Nutt