Energy, Power

Bernard Lesieutre, professor of electrical and computer engineering, at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Courtesy: Chelsea Mamott, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Electrical, Power October 16, 2019

Electric grid monitoring tool aims to keep power flowing smoothly

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are studying patterns of activity across the electric grid by creating a tool to monitor grid stability and notify control operators of potential problems.

By Jill Sakai
Workforce Development October 9, 2019

Workforce development, batteries

The October issue of AppliedAutomation focuses on workforce development through universities and colleges and battery safety.

By Jack Smith
Electrical October 5, 2019

Transmission line and connector selection guide released

ECIA's EIA-979 RF Transmission Line and Connector Selection Guide contains over 100 figures and tables to provide guidance in the selection, use and replacement of connectors and components in the radio frequency (RF) signal path.

By Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA)
Ph.D. student Reet Chaudhuri takes measurements on the 2-D hole gas. Courtesy: Cornell University
Electrical, Power October 4, 2019

Semiconductor discovery could improve electronics, wireless communication

Cornell University researchers have found that gallium nitride (GaN) could transform create new possibilities with energy-efficient electronics and wireless communication technology.

By David Nutt
Energy, Power September 28, 2019

Low battery self-discharge: the hidden secret to long operating life

While much media attention has been focused on extending battery operating life through the use of low-power chipsets and communication protocols, the potential energy savings gained from all of these schemes fails to compare with the energy lost to annual self-discharge.

By Sol Jacobs
Each component in an industrial control panel must be properly applied for safe and reliable operation. The requirements for each component are unique and often misunderstood. Courtesy: Eaton’s Bussmann Division
Electrical Systems September 27, 2019

Safety tips on SCCR for industrial control panels, industrial machinery

How to determine short-circuit current rating (SCCR) and avoid misapplications. When the industrial control panel or industrial machinery does not have an adequate SCCR for the available short-circuit (fault) current, an electrical hazard exists.

By John Kovacik, Dan Neeser, Christy Rosati and Joe Pavia
Honeywell announced an agreement with NRStor C&I L.P. (NRStor) to launch an energy storage system to commercial and industrial customers. Courtesy: Honeywell
Energy, Power September 23, 2019

Battery storage system launched

Honeywell announced an agreement with NRStor C&I L.P. (NRStor) to launch an energy storage system to commercial and industrial customers.

By Honeywell
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Mobility September 19, 2019

Material developed to improve insulation for mobile devices, computers

Stanford researchers have found that a few layers of atomically thin materials can provide the same insulation as a sheet of glass, which is 100 times thicker and will improve the compactness of cell phones and computers.

By Tom Abate
Bacteria laying on a thin layer of quantum dots are probed with a laser. Courtesy: Cornell University
Energy, Power September 6, 2019

Interdisciplinary team awarded grant to research bioenergy conversion

Cornell researchers received a $2 million grant to study the combination of inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles and bacterial cells for more efficient bioenergy conversion.

By David Nutt
An electrocatalysis reactor built at Rice University recycles carbon dioxide to produce pure liquid fuel solutions using electricity. The scientists behind the invention hope it will become an efficient and profitable way to reuse the greenhouse gas and keep it out of the atmosphere. Courtesy: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University
Energy, Power September 5, 2019

Greenhouse gases transformed into liquid fuel

Rice University researchers have found a common greenhouse gas could be repurposed in an efficient and environmentally friendly way with an electrolyzer that uses renewable electricity to produce pure liquid fuels.

By Mike Williams