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Semiconductors remain key to efficient EV developments
With more than 6.5 million electric vehicles on the road today, and annual worldwide sales projections reaching 3.8 million by 2020, demand for semiconductors in the automotive environment is heating up, says Landa Culbertson of Mouser Electronics
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Sensor specification for efficient fluid control systems
In the world of fluid control systems today, very little can be achieved without the raw data supplied by sensors. Kieran Bennett, of process control specialist B├╝rkert, looks at the range of sensors available, the different technologies used in their design and how the application affects the specification
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A checklist for installing and operating electric motors
Motors are the workhorses of industry, so commonplace that they are often taken for granted. Now, with the world economy growing and new regulations about energy efficiency coming in, many users will be installing new motors over the next few years. Lucie Hodkova of Rotor UK offers this checklist of things to remember when dealing with new motors
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Sensors meet the needs of demanding automotive applications
Chris Jones, MD at Micro-Epsilon UK, discusses some of the more challenging automotive applications for non-contact displacement measurement and infrared temperature sensors
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Making the right material choice for AD tanks
As energy prices continue rise, the number of bioenergy plants is increasing rapidly. However, says tank specialist Lipp Systems, design engineers are faced with a number of basic choices when it comes to starting a new project. One major decision is the construction material to be used in the tank design of the digester, gas storage and feedstock storage
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A place for the two-speed motor as an efficient drive solution
Two-speed motors are an often-overlooked technology, but they can be the ideal choice of prime mover when robustness, simplicity and low cost are required, alongside operational flexibility. Jerry Hodek of industrial motor specialist Rotor UK, explains where they fit into the spectrum of drives solutions
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Joining the dots on the route to sustainable fuels
In 1996, landfill tax was introduced at a rate of £8 per tonne to encourage councils and businesses to develop more robust recycling programmes. The tariff has been on an upward trend ever since and from the 1st April it rose from £72 to £80 per tonne. It should come as no surprise that UK Government and local authorities alike have at last started to question how the amount of material sent to landfill might be reduced or diverted for better use elsewhere, says Peter Rolton, CEO of the Rolton Group
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Spearheading the push for safer alternative energy solutions
In Europe, Japan’s major nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Plant has heightened the debate over the place nuclear energy should play in the future energy mix. Global climate change and the need to reduce energy consumption are also adding to the call for smart megawatts power generation, says David Fambrough of Mouser Electronics
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