The Finest Print: GE Challenges Innovators to Design Jet Engine Parts, Print in 3D Complex Healthcare Components | GE Reports

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Many people still struggle with the idea of “printing” things by adding one layer of material on top of another, but Michael Idelchik, who runs GE’s advanced technologies research, is already talking about “printing large portions of jet engines.” GE Aviation, for example, is using lasers to print fuel nozzles for next-generation jet engines. The nozzles are 25 percent lighter and as much as five times more durable than the existing model welded from 20 different parts. “We already know that it can be done, we’ve been playing with it for a while,” Idelchik says. “Now we want to develop an ecosystem of designers, engineers, materials scientists, and other partners who can learn with us. We have a number of products that we are going to be launching and we want to challenge people to get into business with us. If the ecosystem grows, the entire industry will grow.”

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EnviTec Biogas impresses German customers with ORC technology – Environmental Expert (press release)

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Lohne — More than half of the energy used worldwide in the industrial and agricultural sectors is lost as waste heat. The sustainable use of the waste heat thus opens up new avenues for alternative generation of electric energy not just in Germany. It is primarily the biogas plant operators who profit from the rotation principle of Organic Rankine Cycle technology (ORC), which the biogas plant manufacturer EnviTec Biogas of Lower Saxony is already using successfully at various plants in Germany, the Czech Republic and Belgium.

“ORC technology increases the electrical efficiency of the biogas plant by generating additional electricity from the waste heat. This electricity is then fed into the public grid along with the electricity produced by the biogas plant”, explains Jürgen Tenbrink, Chief Technology Officer at the company based in Lohne. The additional electricity generated from the same input has a correspondingly positive effect on the revenues.

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BlueGEN micro-CHP to target fuel poverty in UK – Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production Magazine

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Ceramic Fuels Cells Ltd (CFCL) (ASX:CFU) has launched a new initiative called ‘free BlueGEN’, which will see its fuel cell micro-CHP systems installed for free in the UK. 

The initiative involves CFCL working with funders, most likely an energy services company (ESCO), who will fully finance the installation of the BlueGEN unit. The ESCO will then recoup the CAPEX via the UK’s feed-in tariffs.

CFCL estimates that on average the funder’s payback period will be in the region of seven years. The major benefit of the scheme is that the end user only pays for the running costs, and with a guarantee of at least a 10% discount on the cheapest local standard retail tariff lower energy bills.

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Fuel cells overtake engines in micro CHP scene | STRATIS

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According to industry analysis from Edinburgh-based Delta-ee, fuel cells are now outselling engines as the most common technology employed in micro-CHP systems for the first time on record.

According to their analysis, until 2012, the global micro-CHP market was dominated by products powered by combustion engines but there has since been a shift.

Residential fuel cell now account for 64 per cent of global unit sales representing a doubling of this technology’s market share since 2011.

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Ceres Power Partners with South Korea’s Largest Boiler Manufacturer for … – Fuel Cell Today

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Under the terms of the agreement, KD Navien will undertake trials of Ceres Power’s 1 kW natural-gas-fuelled fuel cell module at its testing facility in Seoul and will engage in the first stages of design for a domestic commercial micro-CHP product based on the technology, with a model for other territories a later possibility. Ceres Power will provide hardware and technical support to KD Navien throughout. Upon the successful completion of the technology assessment, the two companies intend to enter into a licensing agreement for the manufacture and distribution of a domestic product. – See more at: http://www.fuelcelltoday.com/news-events/news-archive/2013/july/ceres-power-partners-with-south-korea%E2%80%99s-largest-boiler-manufacturer-for-domestic-fuel-cell-product#sthash.KjNFBgZa.dpuf

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EVE – Energy Via Exhaust – Exoès

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Heat recovery and its conversion into useful energy is a process governed by fields in which Exoès prossesses significant expertise. The  company conducts its policy from analysis of available energy in the exhaust pipe to the creation of an industrial demonstrator for the solution

area of operation: any heat source with a temperature of between 100 and 1000°C for electrical power levels from 1 to 100 kW.

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