Energy Efficiency

Tadiran lithium batteries survive extreme cold temperatures to continuously monitor the transport of the
Energy Efficiency December 22, 2020

Lithium batteries developed to survive extreme cold temperatures

Tadiran has developed bobbin-type lithium thionyl chloride (LiSOCl2) batteries that have been specially modified for use in the cold chain, which is required for transporting the COVID-19 vaccine.

By Tadiran Batteries
In addition to the ethanol-alcohol base, the hand sanitizer contains small amounts of a denaturant and hydrogen peroxide to make it safe and effective, along with glycerin and distilled water to avoid drying of people’s hands. Courtesy: University of Missouri
Energy Efficiency August 26, 2020

Ethanol-based hand sanitizer developed to prevent COVID-19

An ethanol-based hand sanitizer for use during the COVID-19 pandemic has been developed by University of Missouri researchers.

By Eric Stann
Courtesy: North Carolina State University
Energy Efficiency July 11, 2020

Computational model developed to build better capacitors

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a computational model that shows how changes in the nanostructure of materials affect their conductivity, which could help improve energy storage devices for many electronic devices.

By Matt Shipman
Selenium atoms, represented by orange, implant in a monolayer of blue tungsten and yellow sulfur to form a Janus layer. In the background, electron microscopy confirms atomic positions. Courtesy: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Energy Efficiency June 27, 2020

Nanomaterial process may aid energy, information technology development

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers used a nanomaterial process to develop Janus structures, which may be useful in developing energy and information technologies.

By Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Hot electrons travel along the molecule into the probe tip. The molecule only allows electrons within a narrow range of energies to pass. Credit: Enrique Shagun, Scixel
Energy Efficiency June 25, 2020

Electron energy distribution measured for improved storage, conversion

Researchers at the University of Michigan, Purdue University, and the University of Liverpool in the UK have figured out a way to measure how many hot charge carrier are present in a metal nanostructure for improved energy storage and conversion.

By Kate McAlpine
Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Energy Efficiency June 2, 2020

Uninterruptible power supplies reduce machine downtime

While UPS technologies are no longer optional in critical machine designs, engineers should still have options to select the best device for brownfield or greenfield applications.

By Eric Reiner
Courtesy: CFE Media
Energy Efficiency May 22, 2020

Energy department smart manufacturing institute announces new project calls

The U. S. Department of Energy is providing up to $7 million in funding to improve energy-intensive manufacturing processes and strengthen America's manufacturing sector.

By Department of Energy
Reaction pathways for oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane facilitated by the molten carbonate shell modified perovskite redox catalyst. Courtesy: North Carolina State University
Energy Efficiency April 28, 2020

Ethylene catalyst for manufacturing, shale gas developed

North Carolina State University researchers engineered a catalyst that can more efficiently convert ethane into ethylene, which is used in a variety of manufacturing processes including plastics and shale gas.

By Matt Shipman
Courtesy: Phoenix Contact 
Energy Efficiency April 1, 2020

EMpro by Phoenix Contact

Phoenix Contact’s EMpro is designed to give plant operators and facility managers now have real-time, remote access to their machines’ energy consumption data.

By Phoenix Contact
An illustration shows a battery’s cathode undergoing phase transition from iron phosphate (FP) to lithium iron phosphate (LFP) during charging. Simulations by Rice University scientists showed that adding defects — distortions in their crystal lattices — could help batteries charge faster. Courtesy; Kaiqi Yang, Rice University
Energy Efficiency December 12, 2019

Detours can improve batteries for electronics, solar energy storage

Scientists at Rice University’s Brown School of Engineering have discovered that placing specific defects could improve how lithium ions travel in batteries.

By Mike Williams