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.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.