The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report "Assessment of the Market for Compressed Air Efficiency," which examines the market for engineering and consulting services to improve the efficiency of compressed air systems, is available from the Office of Industrial Technology (www.oit.doe.gov). Some highlights from the study: More than half of industrial plant air systems have energy savings opportunities, and that the savings could range from 15 to 60% with investments that could pay for themselves in less than two years.
A Tokyo company, Miraisens Inc., has unveiled a device that allows users to move virtual 3D objects around and "feel" them via a vibration sensor. The device has many applications within the gaming, medical, and 3D-printing industries.
In the last few years, use of CFD in building design has increased manifolds. Computational
fluid dynamics is effective in analyzing the flow and thermal properties of air within spaces. It can be used in buildings to find the best measures for comfortable temperature at low energy use.
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