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Courtesy: Breen Machine Automation Services
System Integration July 5, 2020

Five tips for effectively drawing electrical schematics

Industrial automation schematics drawings communicate design intent from the engineer to the assembler, troubleshooter and maintainer. See five tips on making electrical schematic drawings better.

By Jon Breen
Research involving Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source demonstrates crystal-like heat conduction in a solid-liquid hybrid, AgCrSe2. Courtesy: Jill Hemman/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
Energy, Power June 30, 2020

Spectrometry research advances could lead to safer rechargeable batteries

Researchers have found a way to advance safer rechargeable batteries with spectrometry. Their findings could improve batteries used for consumer electronics such as laptops and cellphones.

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
Small batteries were used to study the spontaneous formation of nanoscale hollow structures in the laboratory of Matthew McDowell at Georgia Tech. Courtesy: Matthew McDowell, Georgia Tech
Energy, Power June 15, 2020

Nanoscale hollow structure formation could boost battery storage

Researchers at Georgia Tech, ETH Zurich and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered particles can change a nanoscale hollow structure formation, which could be beneficial for lithium-ion battery storage.

By John Toon
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Energy, Power June 8, 2020

Transparent graphene electrodes could lead to improved solar cells

MIT researchers have developed a roll-to-roll production method could enable lightweight, flexible solar devices and a new generation of display screens.

By David L. Chandler
Courtesy: EPRI
Power Quality June 5, 2020

Improving power quality

Industrial controls that provide built-in robustness to voltage sags already have capabilities installed and don’t require after-the-fact voltage sag mitigation for defense against the effects of voltage sags.

By Mark Stephens, Alden Wright
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
The experimental flow loop that will be used to emulate the cooling loop in a molten salt reactor. Courtesy: Xiaodong Sun, High-temperature Fluoride Salt Test Facility, University of Michigan
AI and Machine Learning May 22, 2020

Digital twins could reduce nuclear energy costs

University of Michigan researchers are leading a project to develop virtual copies of nuclear reactors with digital twins, which could enable smarter maintenance for current reactors and more automation for advanced reactors.

By Kate McAlpine
Courtesy: Ajayan Research Group/Rice University
Electrical Systems May 16, 2020

2D oxide flakes pick up electrical properties

Rice University lab detects piezoelectric effects in nanosheets due to defects, which could improve energy harvesting applications.

By Mike Williams
Courtesy: EPRI
Power Quality May 6, 2020

Power conditioning needs to match the power quality environment

Voltage sags depend on the facility. An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) might be needed, but for large-scale issues, a UPS might not be the best option. See five UPS alternatives.

By Mark Stephens and Alden Wright