In response to the challenges of California’s energy market, Solar Atmospheres of California (SCA) installed and commissioned what it says is the state’s largest commercial Solar + Energy Storage System. By combining on-site generation, an advanced energy storage system and an AI-powered analytics platform, SCA can optimize energy use by automatically switching between on-site generation, battery power or grid power. The digitally connected energy storage network includes a 772-kW PV solar system and a 1,561-kW/3,122-kWh Tesla battery storage system.
In today’s society – with prevalent discussions regarding environmental impact, global warming and with many companies even tracking their carbon footprint on their websites – efficiency is certainly a hot topic.
Efficient is an adjective defined as “achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense.” Society as a whole typically strives to achieve and apply “efficiency” to all facets of life.
Every manufacturing (or heat treat) plant has raw materials that come into the receiving dock and finished products that are sent out from the shipping dock. Between the receiving and shipping docks, transformation occurs. Transformation adds value to the materials in a step-by-step process, and energy is required. Evaluating the process transformation steps and energy inputs provides clues about where to look for energy savings.
Specialized ceramic coatings can provide energy savings, shorter heat-up times, and extended service life for refractories in kilns and furnaces.
October 31, 2018
High-temperature, energy-efficient ceramic coatings for refractories—no longer “theoretical” technology—are being used successfully in kiln and furnace applications to reduce energy consumption, improve temperature uniformity, reduce maintenance, and increase production while improving product quality.
The introduction of additive-manufactured (AM) advanced silicon carbide (SiC), including 3D-printed shapes, opens up a new window of opportunity for end-users, designers and manufacturers of high-temperature heating equipment.
Carnegie Mellon University Mechanical Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy Assistant Professor Katie Whitefoot discusses her work on improving the adoption of new products and technologies by the marketplace.
Studies say things like: “57% of 1960 workers’ jobs no longer exist;” “47% of all U.S. jobs are at high risk of falling to computerization within two decades;” and “By 2055 over 50% of all work tasks will be automated.” This is all probably true. So, as part of this change, readers of this journal must adjust to the arrival of electric vehicles (EVs).
While fast firing can offer multiple benefits, several key factors need to be taken into consideration to help ensure success.
March 1, 2017
For the purposes of this discussion, a “fast firing” is defined as a firing duration from ambient to ambient within 180 min or less. The primary benefits of implementing a fast-firing protocol include: significantly reducing energy consumption per payload, reduced scrap and re-fire, lowered labor costs, shorter production lead times, and more reliable product consistency.