Industry Market Trends

Friday Focus: Inspiration Drives National Engineers Week

February 22, 2013

As National Engineers Week (EWeek) comes to an end on Saturday, we recognize several companies and individuals involved in the various programs, speaking engagements and week-long activities to promote industry awareness. Read More

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Recycling Heat Into Electricity is Getting More Feasible

February 22, 2013

In all the discussion of clean energy production in the U.S., one thing that doesn’t get talked about too much is waste-to-heat. Thermoelectric generation produces electricity from heat that otherwise would simply dissipate in the air. In the past manufacturers haven't bothered with it, because it’s an expensive and not too terribly efficient way of recycling heat into usable electricity. But recent advances have made it more attractive to manufacturers using heat-intensive power. It’s a promising option. According to a recent report on advances -- “breakthroughs,” according to IEEE Spectrum -- in the field at Northwestern University, “when utilities burn fossil fuels to produce electricity, roughly two-thirds of the energy in the feedstock is lost as waste heat.” Obviously if there’s a way to capture that and recycle it to usable energy that’s both efficient and not expensive, that would be wonderful news not just for utilities, but for any manufacturer using boilers and other equipment currently generating waste heat. Read More