A new study promises to debunk the belief that natural gas is a completely clean-burning hydrocarbon. The study, published in the Environmental Engineering Science journal, contends natural gas used in home appliances such as cook top burners emits ultra-fine particulate that damage the lungs and brain.
The study bolsters the notion that there is ALWAYS a cost to producing energy or heat. Wind energy may not cause climate change or billow pollution into the atmosphere, but it has its downsides to which my post yesterday on Shadow Flicker attests. In short, renewable energy is desirable, but its impact on humans and the environment must be studied and mitigated.
Or at least understood. And that’s what this peer-reviewed paper attempts to do with natural gas. Check it out.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.