Energy

Virtually Engineering Energy Conversion Plants

Photovoltaic and wind energy plants, hydroelectric power stations, and biogas plants can be complex to design and maintain. In designing a hydroelectric power station, an engineer needs to know what the pressures, temperatures, and fluid flows will be in the facility. Virtual reality makes planning and operation easier.

Posted in: Biomass, Solar Power, Wind Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, Hydroelectric Power, News, GDM

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Quantum-Well Thermophotovoltaic Cells

Thermophotovoltaic cells containing multiple quantum wells have been invented as improved means of conversion of thermal to electrical energy. These cells are expected to be especially useful for extracting electrical energy from combustion, waste-heat, and nuclear sources. Conversion efficiencies more than twice those of prior cells are expected.

Posted in: Energy Efficiency, Thermoelectrics, Energy, Briefs, GDM

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A Low-Cost Manufacturing Solution for CIGS-Based Solar Cells

Though the solar industry today predominately produces solar panels made from crystalline silicon, they remain relatively expensive to make. New players in the solar industry have instead been looking at panels that can harvest energy with CIGS (copper-indium-gallium-selenide) or CIGS-related materials.

Posted in: Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Measuring LED and Solid State Lighting Performance

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) and solid state lighting (SSL) products that incorporate LEDs pose many measurement challenges compared with other lighting elements, such as traditional tungsten and fluorescent. Advanced optical radiation measurement equipment and new techniques are often required to determine basic photometric and colorimetric parameters for LEDs and SSL products.

Posted in: Energy Efficiency, Energy, Lighting, Articles, Features, GDM

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Advancing Technologies Harness the Power of Wind, Water, and the Sun

Renewable energy will be the world’s fastest-growing source of electricity generation over the next two decades, although it will still make up a relatively minor portion of the global energy supply, according to the Energy Information Administration. The majority of that increase will come from the use of wind power and water power, or hydropower.

Posted in: Solar Power, Wind Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, Hydroelectric Power, Articles, Features, GDM

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Chemochromic Hydrogen Leak Detectors

Because hydrogen is odorless and colorless and poses an explosion hazard, there is an emerging need for sensors to quickly and accurately detect low levels of leaking hydrogen in fuel cells and other advanced energy-generating systems in which hydrogen is used as fuel. Simple, color-changing sensors have been invented.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Energy Storage, Energy, Briefs, GDM

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First Step in Converting Solar Energy Using Artificial Leaf

Two things are needed to produce fuel from sunlight: an antenna that harvests light, and a light-driven catalyst. The most efficient antennae contain bacteria. An international team, headed by Leiden University professor Huub de Groot, modified chlorophyll from an alga so that it resembles the extremely efficient light antennae of bacteria.

Posted in: Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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