Motor system energy consumption often puts the emphasis on usage by pumps, fans, and compressors, but there are many additional energy saving opportunities that require more of a system view. (Source: US Department of Energy)
They can use efficient motors as this article suggests. But the end user, the factories, need to do theirs and turn off systems when not in use.
Do the factory lights need to be on 24 hours a day when there is no 3rd shift? Does the high pressure hot water system need to be heating through the weekend when there is no one in the fabrication facility?
There's efficient, and there's wasteful. The returns on wasteful should be explored at least as much as efficiency.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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