• Addressing the Stranded Light Hydrocarbon Problem

    Exploitation of shale formations has produced an abundance of natural gas and natural gas liquids that are significantly lowering the economic value of ethane.

  • Can Thermoelectric Generators Compete Against Solar Photovoltaics?

    Long before James Watt perfected his steam engine in 1776, people had been trying to convert heat into usable power. In today’s electricity-powered world, that generally is achieved by using steam or gas-fired turbines and attached generators.

  • Energy Department’s APRA-E Launches Two New Programs

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced two new programs.

  • Three Trends Shaping the Human-Machine Interface

    As manufacturing and extraction industries worldwide become more complex and increasingly automated, the efficacy of human machine interfaces (HMI), the portals through which operators exchange data with networks, becomes more significant.

  • Volvo Debuts 450-hp Four-cylinder Engine

    Swedish automaker Volvo introduced its High Performance Drive-E concept powertrain on September 7. The small two-liter, four-cylinder engine produces 450 horsepower (hp) with the help of three turbochargers. The engine represents an improvement on the original Drive-E engine revealed last year,

  • Imaging Innovation Could Detect Acoustically Invisible Cracks

    The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.

  • ISA Instrumentation Symposium Issues Call for Abstracts

    The Program Committee of the 61st International Instrumentation Symposium has issued a Call for Papers inviting authors, innovators, thought leaders and other professionals in the instrumentation field to submit abstracts for presentation at the conference.

  • Energy Storage for Flexible Electronic Devices

    Researchers have found that crumpling a piece of graphene "paper" — a material formed by bonding together layers of the two-dimensional form of carbon — can yield new properties that could be useful for creating stretchable supercapacitors to store energy for flexible electronic devices.

  • Utility Plans to Add More Renewable Energy, Retire Coal Units

    U.S. electric utility Ameren Missouri filed a 20-year plan that would retire 1,800 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired power plants and add 400 MW of wind power, 45 MW of solar, 28 MW of hydroelectric and 5 MW of landfill gas.

  • Driving Toward Low-carbon, High-speed Vehicles

    Over the next few months initial production is set to get under way as part of an unusual manufacturing venture in the UK that promises to benefit the automotive industry in its pursuit of low carbon-emission vehicles.

  • Flying Turbines Seek Their Own Wind

    Before the average onshore wind turbine produces a single watt, more than 100 tons of structure, several million dollars in capital investment and a suitable site all have to come together perfectly.

  • Manufacturers Lauded for Energy Efficiency Gains

    The U.S. Department of Energy recognized 11 companies that have met energy-efficiency goals through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program. The Energy Department says that manufacturers nationwide spend more than $200 billion a year to power their plants.

  • Micro-robots Poised for Big Growth

    A relatively new type of robot is making its way into the industrial automation and electronics manufacturing sectors. Often referred to as micro-robots, these devices are as small as 1 millimeter across and can build structures and form shapes by working together without human intervention.

  • Energy Department Proposes $12.6 billion for Advanced Nuclear Projects

    The U.S. Department of Energy issued a draft solicitation September 30 that would provide up to $12.6 billion in loan guarantees for advanced nuclear energy projects. Once finalized, these loan guarantees are expected to provide financing to help commercialize advanced nuclear energy technologies.

  • NERC Says Grid Resiliency Was Shown During Polar Vortex

    The bulk electric power system showed its resiliency during the Jan. 6-8, 2014 polar vortex weather event, according to a report by the North American Electric Reliability Corp.

  • FERC Approves Cove Point LNG Export Project

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) authorized Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP to build the $3.4 billion Cove Point Liquefaction Project in Calvert County, Maryland, and related facilities at an existing compressor station and at metering and regulating sites in Virginia.

  • Nuclear Power Plant to Contain New Stainless Steel Product

    Korea-based steelmaker POSCO says it has developed an advanced corrosion-resistant stainless steel for use in nuclear reactors. The product, branded SR-50A, will be used to build a nuclear reactor in the United Arab Emirates by Hyundai Heavy Industries, POSCO was reported as saying on September 29.

  • PC-based Controls Take on the Reigning Champ

    The programmable logic controller (PLC) and its direct descendant, the programmable automation controller (PAC), have ruled the roost for decades in industrial control applications.

  • Power Supply Options for Multiple Output Voltage Applications

    A variety of power supply configurations and designs are available from industrial suppliers. The tried-and-true design of the linear power supply typically has better transient response to load changes, less electrical noise and less ripple than other power supply designs.

  • Technical Advances Help to Boost Robotics

    Although industrial robots have been around since the 1970s, the machines were mainly stationary and used primarily for painting and welding in the automotive sector.


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