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EE&T News: June 29, 2010

June 29, 2010
Clean energy courses come to undergrad engineering curriculum

June 29, 2010 Issue:

• Getting a line on stimulus funds
• Novel idea: Air-powered motorbikes
• Clean energy courses come to undergrad engineering curriculum
• Neutral white LEDs get more efficient
• New iPad app: Savings from unplugging office equipment
• Energy Shorts
• EE&T Magazine is using Twitter and LinkedIn

Getting a line on stimulus funds

Those who attended our recent one-day energy efficiency conference in San Jose spoke highly of a presentation by Calif. Energy Commission tech liason guru Steve Scruton. Now you can see video highlights of his talk here: www.eetweb.com/video/keynote-presentation-chris-scruton-1-0610/
As always, send us your energy efficiency news: [email protected]
Leland Teschler, Editor Read More


Novel idea: Air-powered motorbikes

Researchers at the SMS Institute of Technology in Lucknow, India have come up with the concept for a motorcycle engine powered by compressed air. The researchers took a conventional air turbine design and studied how different vane angles influenced the amount of power they could get at a given pressure. The air turbine they have in mind puts out 4 to 5.5 kW at 4 to 6 bars of pressure turning a shaft at around 2,000 to 2,500 rpm. This is enough, they say, to power a motorbike. READ MORE Read More

Clean energy courses come to undergrad engineering curriculum

Mechanical engineering students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach, Fla., campus, will get a chance to enroll in a clean energy course track that teaches about turbines that convert wind and water power into electricity, systems that make energy from the heat of the sun, earth, and ocean, and systems for storing energy. "The Clean Energy Systems track is our response to the growing green energy market and the national call for the production of abundant and economical clean energy," said Maj Mirmirani, dean of the College of Engineering, in announcing the new program. READ MORE Read More

Seven Ways to Boost the Performance of your PLC System
The “7 Ways to Boost Your PLC System” white paper series from National Instruments explores different technologies that can integrate with PLC-based automation systems to increase efficiency, reduce energy and maintenance costs, and stay competitive with existing equipment. Explore the white paper series now.

Neutral white LEDs get more efficient

LED Arrays from Bridgelux now come in a neutral white color temperature (4100K). The ES Array Series comes in light output options of 400, 800 and 1200 operational lumens. These products dramatically reduce the price per lumen compared to older versions, Bridgelux says. READ MORE Read More
New High Performance Flow Controller at OEM Price
Sierra Instruments introduces their new economical OEM digital high-performance mass flow controller the Smart-Trak® 50 today. Whether you're a machine builder, systems integrator or end-user, Sierra's technical development team designed the Smart-Trak® 50 for you! Sharing the same advanced core sensor, valve and bypass technology as their award-winning Smart- Trak® 100, the Smart-Trak® 50 is available at nearly half the price, with expedited off-the-shelf delivery at no extra charge. OEM's that buy in volume will enjoy deep price reductions.www.sierrainstruments.com

New iPad app: Savings from unplugging office equipment

The PlugCalc app features fill-in fields and drop-down menus to simplify the calculation of power usage for plug loads such as office equipment. In a nutshell, it shows how much energy can be saved by turning office equipment off at night rather than letting it sit idle. According to the DoE and EIA, these loads represent a growing source of electrical consumption in commercial applications, accounting for as much as 20% of total energy use in office buildings. READ MORE Read More

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