Waste paint exhaust can now become clean electric power, thanks to the Fumes-to-Fuel system by Ford (www.ford.com) and Detroit Edison. The system captures the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in paint fumes and concentrates them into a mixture of hydrocarbons. When fed into a reformer, the mixture turns into a hydrogen-rich gas, which is then fed into a stack of solid oxide fuel cells where hydrogen and oxygen react, creating electricity. Installed at the Ford's Dearborn Assembly Plant Paint Shop, the system pilot reportedly generates 5,000 W of electricity.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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