Chip Energy Inc. has produced a gasification process for its biomass furnace that is designed to suit the heating needs of homes and businesses. The company describes its furnace as “virtually smokeless” because of gasification technology. Chip Energy is currently working with high-tech equipment and experts to scientifically show the emissions are clean, as well as smoke-free.
Biomass is any fuel source derived from a once-living organism — most commonly plants. The stored energy in the dry plant matter used in the furnace is released as a combustible gas by using micro-gasifiers. The gas is then directed to a combustor where it is mixed with oxygen and combusted with extremely low emissions.
The furnace is designed to utilize any kind of biomass as long as it is processed in an appropriate chip size that can pass through the fuel system. Customers who farm or live in rural areas can lessen the expense of the chip fuel by mixing their own waste biomass into the hopper. The hopper is built to hold up to two weeks of fuel using standard wood chips.
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.