Power Systems

The automated stacker is a tool for picking loads off the ground or at heights up to 72”. Courtesy: Raymond Corp.
Energy, Power December 13, 2019

Energy solutions will define our futures

What you have seen in automotive, you will see in lift trucks.

By Damon Hosmer
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
By automating absence of voltage verification and completing the entire verification process in 10 seconds, Panduit’s VeriSafe absence-of-voltage-tester (AVT) enables plants to work faster, safer, and more efficiently. Courtesy: Panduit
Safety November 30, 2019

Employing PtD as the first line of defense against control panel electrical hazards

Prevention through design (PtD) can help manufacturers keep workers safe from electrical hazards, which remains one of the most common dangers they face daily. Do you use the five-point hierarchy of risk?

By Martin Kronz
Energy, Power November 18, 2019

Synthetic compounds could help produce more energy from biogas

Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that synthetic compounds, called siloxanes, could be harnessed to produce more energy for industries such as wastewater treatment plants and other energy-dependent industries.

By James Lynch
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
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
Courtesy: Atmos Energy
Energy, Power September 28, 2019

LDC Focus: Spotlight on Atmos Energy

Atmos Energy Corp. has experienced growth as an energy provider for the distillery market in Kentucky and Tennessee.

By Gas Technology
This graphic shows two ways to achieve 85 units of energy for cannabis production. On the left, electricity is provided by the electric utility. The electric utility or natural gas supplier, or both, supply energy needed for heating, cooling and dehumidification. Depending on whether the facility needs heating, between 266 and 300 units of energy are needed to supply 85 units of available energy. On the right, CHP generates needed electricity. Resulting thermal waste energy is used for heating, hot water, cooling and dehumidification. Only 100 units are needed to achieve 85 units of available energy. Courtesy: Energy Solutions Center
Energy, Power September 27, 2019

CHP is a cost-effective solution for cannabis production

Combined heat & power (CHP) is a reliable source of electricity and power for cannabis owners, which need a constant and reliable source to ensure their plants quickly grow.

By Gas Technology
Courtesy: Energy Solutions Center
Energy, Power September 26, 2019

Fueling asphalt production with LNG and CNG

Asphalt companies without a readily-available pipeline are turning to LNG and CNG.

By Gas Technology
Courtesy: Dennis Schroeder, NREL
Energy Management September 25, 2019

Producing RNG through power-to-gas technology

Power-to-gas (P2G) technology can help produce renewable natural gas (RNG) without creating greenhouse gas emissions, but there are questions about how to make P2G work, mostly related to system optimization and electric grid integration; projects in the field and university research are working to answer those questions.

By Gas Technology