Energy Efficiency
A gel-like yield stress fluid, top, moves as a plug without shearing in a tube with the new surface coating. At bottom, the same fluid is seen shearing while it flows in an uncoated tube, where part of the fluid gets stuck to the tube while part of it continues to flow. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Energy Efficiency April 28, 2019

Engineered surface developed to reduce waste, improve efficiency

MIT researchers have developed a coating to get much thicker materials to slide without sticking or deforming, which may improve the quality of products ranging from bread to pharmaceuticals, and the efficiency of flow batteries.

By David L. Chandler
The standard way to test new battery designs is time-consuming and expensive. A new research method from Stanford University, MIT, and the Toyota Research Institute aims to change that. Image courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Energy Efficiency April 11, 2019

Artificial intelligence used to accurately predict battery life

Researchers have developed a battery testing technique that could help bring new designs to the market more quickly and enable more efficient batteries for electric vehicles and other applications.

By Mark Golden
Image shows the rate of heat transfer from a metal surface, with red the highest and blue the lowest. The large blue areas show the beginning of a boiling crisis. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Energy Efficiency April 5, 2019

Efficient boiling research for power plants to improve energy efficiency

MIT research is looking to develop understanding of heat transfer in boiling water, which could lead to efficiency improvements in power plants and improved analytics.

By David L. Chandler
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Energy Efficiency March 19, 2019

Companies striving for energy efficiency with different methods

A report from IHS Markit indicates that the goal of reducing energy use and costs remains the same regardless of industry though the methods do differ.

By IHS Markit
Courtesy: Katie Spain, CFE Media
Energy Efficiency March 15, 2019

Four high-performance computing projects selected for steel, aluminum manufacturers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $1.2 million for four projects to support American steel and aluminum manufacturers in improving energy efficiency, increasing productivity, and accelerating manufacturing innovation.

By Department of Energy
Introducing a small amount of strain into crystalline materials, such as diamond or silicon, can produce significant changes in their properties, researchers have found. The mechanical strain is represented here as a deformation in the diamond's shape. Courtesy: Chelsea Turner, MIT
Energy Efficiency February 12, 2019

Using artificial intelligence to engineer materials’ properties

MIT researchers, along with scientists in Russia and Singapore, have developed a system of “strain engineering," which can change a material’s optical, electrical, and thermal properties using artificial intelligence (AI).

By David L. Chandler
Power Partners’ PDAM120 Series of 120W ac/dc power supplies are designed for use in either medical or information technology equipment (ITE) applications. Courtesy: Power Partners
Energy Efficiency January 3, 2019

Medical and ITE power supply

Power Partners’ PDAM120 Series of 120W ac/dc power supplies are designed for use in either medical or information technology equipment (ITE) applications.

By Power Partners, Inc.
Figure 2: Fundamental front end (FFE). Courtesy: Yaskawa
Energy Efficiency January 2, 2019

Regenerative solutions

Make the right choice to drive electrical efficiency.

By Christopher Jaszczolt
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