Energy Efficiency

Large anions with long tails (blue) in ionic liquids can make them self-assemble into sandwich-like bilayer structures on electrode surfaces. Ionic liquids with such structures have much improved energy storage capabilities. Courtesy: Xianwen Mao, MIT
Energy Efficiency August 17, 2019

Electrolyte developed to enhance supercapacitor performance

Researchers at MIT and several other institutions have developed an electrolyte for improving the efficiency and stability of supercapacitors while reducing their flammability.

By David L. Chandler
Figure 1: Long-life lithium batteries serve to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) by enabling some low-power devices to operate maintenance-free for up to 40 years. Courtesy: Tadiran Batteries
Energy Efficiency August 9, 2019

Achieving long battery life with remote wireless devices

A lower self-discharge rate leads to longer operating life for batteries and a lower cost of ownership for remote wireless devices.

By Sol Jacobs
Figure 6: A smart battery switch has high current-carrying capability, low resistance, excellent thermal resistance and heat spreading, and high mechanical stability. Courtesy: element14
Energy Efficiency August 5, 2019

Smart power distribution architecture benefits

To improve power management applications, smart power distribution uses a de-centralized power architecture based on multiple electronic and electrical modules.

By Randall Scasny
Courtesy: Emerson North America
Energy Efficiency August 2, 2019

For better burner management, focus on the flame

Five-step guidance for safer and more efficient combustion equipment performance.

By Jacob Swafford
The reliability of the repair and new coils is guaranteed by extensive testing techniques. Courtesy: Sulzer
Energy Efficiency July 24, 2019

Extending wind turbine reliability

Wind turbines are making a major impact on the power generation market, but they need constant maintenance in order to remain reliable and continue delivering clean energy, even after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired.

By Ron Bridges
Energy Efficiency July 23, 2019

Europe expected to be fastest-growing market for lithium-ion batteries

Interact Analysis reports Europe will be the fastest growing market for lithium-ion batteries with energy storage being the fastest growing sector.

By Interact Analysis
Researchers at North Carolina State University have demonstrated a technique called in situ scanning electron microscopy (SEM) heating and loading for extreme environments such as nuclear reactors. Courtesy: North Carolina State University
Energy Efficiency July 16, 2019

Technique developed to allow real-time microscopy at high heat and loading

Researchers at North Carolina State University have demonstrated a technique called in situ scanning electron microscopy (SEM) heating and loading, which allows them to track microscopic changes in metals or other materials in real time in extreme environments such as nuclear reactors.

By Matt Shipman
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