Energy Efficiency

The Acuity Brands rCMSB Wireless Occupancy and Daylight Sensor: The rCMSB is a wireless battery-powered ceiling mount sensor. To install, simply mount it to the ceiling and program with the mobile app. Combine the Acuity Brands rCMSB with nLight AIR switches and fixture-based controls for easier installation to drive the lowest installed cost of lighting controls. Courtesy: Acuity Brands, New Products for Engineers
Energy Efficiency July 2, 2022

Digital tools help with sustainable, greener designs

Digital twins can provides actionable data that can capture the effects of micro- and macro-scale changes on a real environment, allowing users to make more informed decisions on creating greener built spaces.

By Carl Coken
Courtesy: Maverick Technologies
Energy Efficiency June 1, 2022

IoT’s impact on sustainability in industrial facilities

The Internet of Things (IoT) can help industrial facilities gather more information and use it to make their operations more sustainable and efficient. See four industrial IoT OEE benefits.

By Mark Adair
Rice University engineers have designed a catalyst of ruthenium atoms in a copper mesh to extract ammonia and fertilizer from wastewater. The process would also reduce carbon dioxide emissions from traditional industrial production of ammonia. Photo by Jeff Fitlow. Courtesy: Rice University.
Energy Efficiency May 22, 2022

Process strips ammonia from wastewater

Researchers have developed a catalyst that can pull ammonia from low levels of nitrates that are widespread in industrial wastewater and polluted groundwater.

By Mike Williams
John Lee is the strategic manager of manufacturing intelligence at Matrix Technologies. Courtesy: Matrix Technologies
Energy Efficiency May 13, 2022

Creating automation interoperability, sustainability at a resin plant, flour mill

It is crucial to understand business goals and requirements up front and to have ways to test requirements and measure automation project success. Control system integration projects reduced waste to zero in the first year; the other reduced delays and backlogs.

By John Lee
Courtesy: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Energy Efficiency May 7, 2022

Partnership for science, engineering research announced

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy are continuing their partnership for collaboration on scientific and engineering research to bolster national energy policy.

By National Science Foundation (NSF)
Energy Efficiency May 1, 2022

Wood-derived super materials benefits for an eco-circular economy

Sulfate esterified cellulose nanofiber can be a biodegradable replacement for many materials, but its full potential is yet to be realized.

By Dr. Mitsuhiro Iga
Courtesy: Yokogawa
Energy Efficiency February 1, 2022

Survey shows significant impact of industrial autonomy on environmental sustainability

Yokogawa's survey on environmental sustainability revealed the number of manufacturers moving forward with industrial autonomy is increasing.

By Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Illinois chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Xiao Su and colleagues found an economical and sustainable method for separating cobalt and nickel from each other for battery recycling purposes – making spent battery electrodes a secondary source of these valuable metals.
Energy Efficiency December 3, 2021

Sustainable electrochemical process could improve lithium-ion battery recycling

Spent lithium-ion batteries have metals that are hard to separate for recycling, but new tech by University of Illinois researchers uses electrochemistry to separate and recover the metals.

By Lois Yoksoulian
NREL scientists Eric Karp (left), Davinia Salvachua, Jeffery Linger, and Patrick Saboe have developed an energy-efficient and cost-effective process to produce butyric acid from biomass, which can be used as a precursor for renewable diesel and jet fuel. Courtesy: Dennis Schroeder, NREL
Energy Efficiency November 15, 2021

Biomass process developed for renewable butyric acid

Scientists have developed an energy-efficient and cost-effective process to produce butyric acid from biomass.

By National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Courtesy: Sulzer
Energy Efficiency November 1, 2021

Delivering cost savings for wastewater treatment

Aeration technology choices define performance, energy efficiency and reliability.

By Edward Paro