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.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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