Energy en Nuclear Gets a Nod in Clean Power Plan, but No Love in the Press <div class="node-body blog-body">While the world is racing to cut carbon emissions, let’s not forget nuclear is a strong technology to couple with renewables.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/big-idea-engineering">Big Idea Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Sustainable Engineering Big Idea Engineering Mon, 03 Aug 2015 19:47:00 +0000 50881 at Get Ready for Clean Energy from New Nuclear <div class="node-body blog-body"><p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" height="420" src="/site-files/" width="604" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/big-idea-engineering">Big Idea Engineering</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Boeing clean energy eGeneration molten salt reactor MSR nuclear Ohio small modular reactor SMR thorium Washington Guest Commentary Energy Big Idea Engineering Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:16:00 +0000 50801 at Solar-Power Battery Continues Charging Without Sunlight <div class="node-body article-body">This new solar battery may be the key to continuous power, even when there are breaks in sunlight. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Batteries/Power Supplies Energy Sustainable Engineering News Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:03:00 +0000 50511 at Photo courtesy of the University of Texas at Arlington What’s the Difference Between Batteries and Capacitors? <div class="node-body article-body">Will capacitors replace batteries?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> What's the Difference Between... Batteries/Power Supplies Energy Mon, 11 May 2015 18:13:00 +0000 48741 at <p>Three packs of supercapacitors (in the blue package), consisting of six D-size cells each 18 cells total were able to provide and store the same amount of electrical energy as the &nbsp;smaller pack of six AA-size TLI 1550 Li-ion rechargeable batteries.</p> Solar-Powered Rocket Ships Look to Revolutionize Space Travel <div class="node-body article-body">Solar panels are looking good on rooftops, but NASA will soon use the renewable resource to power rocket ships. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Materials News Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:31:00 +0000 48161 at <p>Artist&#39;s rendition of a SEP spacecraft expected to launch within the next ten years. <em>Photo courtesy of NASA</em></p> For an Energy Source, Look to the Sea <div class="node-body article-body">Global companies and a number of countries are harnessing tides and waves for a new, renewable energy source.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Technologies Energy Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:18:00 +0000 46811 at <p>All of these systems were designed to operate as an array of turbines. Since the turbines are designed to be small in size, several of these turbines can be placed in an array for maximum energy capture. With several turbines operating as a system together, they can match the projected outputs of tidal-wave dam projects.</p> Sensor Fish Measures Stress on Migrating Fish <div class="node-body article-body">A new generation of “sensor fish” provides data that should help fish safely swim through hydroelectric plants. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Sensors Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:46:00 +0000 45741 at <p>The second-generation Sensor Fish is a small tubular device filled with sensors.</p> Smokestack Simulator Will Help Uncover How to Accurately Measure Emissions <div class="node-body article-body">Operators of U.S. coal-fired power plants can only get figures for the amount of carbon dioxide coming out of their smokestacks that are accurate to within 10 to 20%. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy FEA and Simulation Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:41:00 +0000 40611 at Energiewende versus energy hodgepodge <div class="node-body article-body">The XL pipeline’s south leg has been fixed, but the north leg is on hold — even while the EPA makes proposals that effectively promote natural gas. Meanwhile, Germany’s Energiewende (energy transition) program threatens the stability of energy prices. Who’s making the better call?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Editorial Comment Energy Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:09:00 +0000 38501 at Motors Not Turbines Drive Heavy Equipment <div class="field-byline"> Sumit Singhal, Consulting Engineer, Siemens Industry Inc., Norwood, Ohio </div> <div class="field-deck"> Electric motors with magnetic bearings can drive high-speed shafts in heavy equipment. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">High-speed rotating machinery presents tough challenges for engineers, particularly in heavy equipment that draws many megawatts of power. One option is to eschew the turbines that traditionally power such applications and instead use electric motors paired with variable-frequency drives (VFDs). </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Mechanical Drives Motors/Drives Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:22:00 +0000 38441 at