New Technology Captures, Reuses Waste Heat

Greater efficiency can pay big dividends, whether it’s a more efficient 40 kw generator or a more efficient 400 kw generator. Jonathan Fahey of Forbes reports that researchers at Oregon State University (OSU), through a partnership with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, are developing a device that will improve efficiency by capturing waste heat and using it to power other applications. The device will be first used by the U.S. Army, which will attach the device to the exhaust systems of its diesel generators. The captured heat will then power air conditioners that keep the electronics at the army’s mobile command centers cool during battle. An estimated 75% of the energy used to power the army’s generators becomes waste heat, according to the Forbes article. And because the air conditioners require about half of the electricity produced by the generators, funneling the waste heat into other uses could result in much greater efficiency and more available electricity for communications equipment while also reducing fuel consumption by as much as 30% and offsetting some of the hundreds of dollars in costs of running the generators. Moreover, the technology could also reduce the number of generators needed in the field. If successful, the technology could also be applied to other kinds of motors in the future, although it is still too expensive to commercialize in the short term. Keep up with the latest developments and technology through General Power Limited. Whether your application calls for a 10 kw diesel generator or a 1000 kw diesel generator, the experts at General Power Limited can advise on sizing and installation and create a customized power package. Find everything from John Deere to Kohler diesel generator models, parts, accessories, and more at competitive prices at General Power...

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Choosing the Right Aviation Equipment

If you encounter turbines on a daily basis, then you must know that turbine starting is not as simple as it sounds. People normally think that a plane is like any other machine, you put in the key and then everything should start working just fine, but owners of planes and those that provide maintenance for it know that it takes an electric motor to spin the main turbine shaft. Only when there is enough air going through the compressor that the engine starts to roar to life. Now, these electric motors aren’t too cheap. Well, some are, but they don’t necessarily last long – some are even faulty. If you’re an airline company, or maybe a company that provides aviation maintenance then you know that this is something that you should really spend a lot on for its quality and durability. Different models out there come with different power production mechanisms. Some are chemical-based, such as lithium (just like your traditional battery), some are a bit more reliant on traditional technology like gasoline and diesel. Although changing times have also brought forth the more versatile hybrids, such as diesel electric hybrid GPU, which is definitely a must-have if you want to be a little bit more on the safe side. There are also different models that vary in size, depending on your needs. It’s best if you try and evaluate your needs before purchasing these types of equipment; but never compromise between price and reliability. It’s better to pay more for something reliable than less for something that’s not. Article submitted by Start Pac. You’d definitely need a gas turbine start up from Start Pac for those aircraft routine and maintenance...

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