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Energy, Power May 5, 2019

Researchers working to improve battery density, safety

Penn State University researchers have developed a solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) designed to increase energy density, performance, and safety for lithium batteries.

By Gregory Hale
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, Power 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, Power 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, Power 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
MIT researchers’ modified flash storage drives hold promise to cut in half the energy and physical space required to store and manage user data in power-hungry data centers. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Energy, Power April 3, 2019

Researchers develop architecture to reduce data center energy and space constraints

MIT researchers have developer a flash-storage system designed to cut the energy and physical space required to store and manage data in data centers by half.

By Rob Matheson
The new method for designing solid-state batteries starts with liquid electrolytes inside the electrochemical cell. Special molecules then initiate polymerization, improving contact between the electrolyte and electrodes. Courtesy: Qing Zhao/Cornell University
Energy, Power April 3, 2019

Researchers improve solid-state battery design

Cornell University researchers have advanced the design of solid-state batteries by transforming liquid electrolytes into solid polymers inside the electrochemical cell.

By Chris Vavra
In-flow QD anion exchange. Three UV-illuminated snapshots of the continuous room-temperature anion exchange reactions of the pristine CsPbBr3 QDs (middle spiral) with 7.5 × 10−3 m ZnCl2 (left spiral) and 10 × 10−3 m ZnI2 (right spiral) with corresponding perovskite nanostructure illustrations. Courtesy: Milad Abolhasani/North Carolina State University
Energy, Power March 27, 2019

Nanocrystals improve quantum dot manufacturing for process monitoring applications

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a system for synthesizing perovskite quantum dots to reduce manufacturing costs for real-time process monitoring to help ensure quality control.

By Matt Shipman
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Energy, Power March 26, 2019

Medical and industrial manufacturer acquired

TT Electronics has acquired Power Partners, a provider of medical and industrial specialist power products for the North American market.

By TT Electronics
A look at the changes in the IEEE 1584-2018 standard. Courtesy: SSOE Group
Energy, Power March 7, 2019

IEEE 1584 -2018 changes offer a robust upgrade

Comprehensive standard review impacts arc flash analysis.

By Ed McConnell, PE
IMO Precision Controls Push Fit Connection DIN Rail Terminal Blocks from FactoryMation offer faster wire connections with no tools required and are designed to reduce both wiring time and difficulty. Courtesy: FactoryMation
Energy, Power March 4, 2019

DIN-rail terminal blocks

IMO Precision Controls Push Fit Connection DIN Rail Terminal Blocks from FactoryMation offer faster wire connections with no tools required and are designed to reduce both wiring time and difficulty.

By FactoryMation