Energy Efficiency
MIT researchers propose a concept for a renewable storage system, pictured here, that would store solar and wind energy in the form of white-hot liquid silicon, stored in heavily insulated tanks. Courtesy: Duncan MacGruer, MIT
Energy Efficiency December 7, 2018

Renewable energy device developed for the grid using pump with record heat tolerance

MIT researchers have designed a system that provides solar- or wind-generated power on demand using a pump that can withstand extreme heat.

By Jennifer Chu
Two versions of the device designed by MIT researchers, using a strip of metal to block direct sunlight, were built and tested on the roof of an MIT building to confirm that they could provide cooling well below ambient air temperature. Courtesy: Bikram Bhatia, MIT
Energy Efficiency December 2, 2018

Researchers develop device to provide cooling in harsh locations

MIT researchers have devised a way of providing cooling on a hot sunny day, using inexpensive materials and requiring no fossil fuel-generated power by allowing heat emission at a mid-infrared range of light.

By David L. Chandler
Rittal's IoT interface is designed to provide optimal integration of cooling units and chillers in Industrie 4.0 applications, which makes continuous communication from the sensor to the cloud possible as well as connection to superordinate monitoring or energy management systems. Courtesy: Rittal
Energy Efficiency November 6, 2018

IoT interface for cooling unit integration

Rittal's IoT interface is designed to provide optimal integration of cooling units and chillers in Industrie 4.0 applications, which makes continuous communication from the sensor to the cloud possible as well as connection to superordinate monitoring or energy management systems.

By Rittal
Energy Efficiency September 26, 2018

Battery developed to capture carbon dioxide from power plants

Researchers at MIT could be made partly from carbon dioxide captured from power plant by continuously converting carbon dioxide into a solid mineral carbonate as it discharges.

By David L. Chandler, MIT News Office
Energy Efficiency August 16, 2018

Flow batteries designed to offer cost-effective storage for renewable power

Researchers at Stanford have developed a rechargeable battery designed to store large amounts of renewable power created through wind or solar sources.

By Mark Golden, Stanford University
Energy Efficiency August 8, 2018

Crude oil prices expected to decrease from recent highs

The EIA reports that oil prices are expected to drop from recent highs by the end of 2018 due to higher production from OPEC and Russia.

By EIA
Energy Efficiency July 7, 2018

Smarter energy monitoring with predictive maintenance, IoT solutions

Advanced power measurement is in widespread use in controls engineering to save energy and classify machine behaviors by using predictive maintenance and Internet of Things (IoT) tools to reduce costs and boost operating efficiency of equipment.

By Sree Potluri, Beckhoff Automation
Energy Efficiency July 6, 2018

Cooling high-power VFD cabinets in harsh environments

Variable frequency drives (VFDs) have many benefits and it’s critical to explore strategies to achieve maximum efficiency.

By Scott Garner, Devin Pellicone, and Richard Bonner, Advanced Cooling Technologies
Energy Efficiency June 22, 2018

Local data center can serve a local cloud

Technology Update: Smart data management may include keeping a data center on location as part of a cybersecurity strategy, for manufacturers, aviation, defense, and other applications. An example shows how.

By Keith Petoske, Future Tech Enterprise Inc.
Energy Efficiency June 8, 2018

Case study: IIoT effectiveness on the plant floor

Create and collect machine and sensor data to augment overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and determine machine efficiency.

By Lindsey Kielmeyer, MartinCSI