Toyota and SunPower Corp., a manufacturer of solar cells and solar systems, have completed a large single-roof solar power installation at Toyota's North American Parts Center in Ontario, CA. Toyota expects the installation will provide nearly 60 percent of the total electricity needs for the 760,000-sq-ft center. The solar system covers more than 242,000 sq ft of the center's roof and includes 10,417 solar modules, enough to cover more than four football fields. SunPower expects the installation will avoid about 6.4 million lb of carbon dioxide emissions annually, the equivalent of emissions from the energy use of 255 homes in a year. SunPower representatives say the installation is the single largest solar installation in North America.
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.