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HYBRID C02 CAPTURE

Cement manufacture accounts for as much as 7% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A new hybrid technology being developed at Sintef (Tronheim, Norway; www.sintef.no) promises to make it easier and less expensive to capture and purify C02 from the … Continue reading

28. June 2019 by sam
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PENNYCRESS OIL

Researchers from the University of North Texas (Denton, Tex.; www.unt.edu) are working on a project to boost the production of seed oil produced by the pennycress plant. This research, supported by the U.S. Dept, of Energy’s Office of Biological and … Continue reading

28. June 2019 by sam
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Renewable JET Fuel

At the end of last October, euglena Co. (Tokyo, Japan; www.euglena.jp) completed the construction of Japan’s first demonstration plant for the production of renewable jet and diesel fuel in Yokohama. The S58-million pilot plant, located at the company’s Yokohama site, … Continue reading

28. June 2019 by sam
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P-RECOVERY

A 10-gal/min pilot system for a phosphorus-recovery technology was operated at the Madison (Wisconsin) Metropolitan Sewerage District during October and November 2018. The technology, known as CalPrex. incorporates a thickened sludge fermentation tank to increase the amount of soluble and … Continue reading

28. June 2019 by sam
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Hg Removal

Researchers from Chalmers niversity of Technology (Goteborg, Sweden; www.chalmers.se) have developed a patent-pending method for emoving mercury from wastewater. The technique, known as electrochemical alloying, is described in a recent issue of Nature Communications. In the process, a platinum electrode … Continue reading

28. June 2019 by sam
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Orlando Observation Wheel Safety Automation

Passenger safety was foremost, correcting load shifts in each car to maintain stability of each. Reliability and availability were important; downtime is lost revenue, so maintenance and self-diagnostic capability were critical. AWC Inc., a Siemens partner with the automation provider, … Continue reading

13. July 2018 by sam
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HFI IIoT Data Relevancy

MartinCSI designed a system to collect machine data, store it on a cloud server, and provide HFI with direct access to the database. The implementation did not require purchasing expensive hardware, smart sensors, or equipment with embedded intelligence. HFI’s existing … Continue reading

13. July 2018 by sam
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HFI IIoT Challenge

Like many manufacturers, HFI was ready to explore the advantages of implementing IIoT capabilities and data analysis. IIoT implementations tout the ability to identify trends, analyze Big Data, provide actionable insights, and increase productivity. HFI had another systems integrator implement … Continue reading

13. July 2018 by sam
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Autotuning PID – Noise and Disturbances

While conceptually simple, step tests can be a challenge to automate. The results will be skewed if a disturbance happens to intrude on the process variable while the test is in progress. An experienced operator performing a manual step test … Continue reading

13. July 2018 by sam
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Autotuning PID – Step Tests

The most basic autotuners simply automate the manual tuning procedures an operator might otherwise perform when commissioning a loop: force a change in the control effort, observe the results, and adjust the tuning parameters accordingly. However, autotuners vary in how … Continue reading

13. July 2018 by sam
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