Refrigeration comprises up to 60 percent of energy consumption in supermarkets. Axiom Exergy, a startup company from the U.S. came up with a battery system that makes it possible for supermarkets, cold-storage facilities, and food processors to intelligently store and deploy refrigeration. The battery plugs into the refrigeration system. It stores thermal energy produced by the refrigeration system during off-peak hours, and deploys it during on-peak hours. As a result, electricity demand is reduced by up to 40 percent during peak hour, a significant cost savings.
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Newsflash: The German firm Sunfire has delivered a steam electrolysis module to Salzgitter Flachstahl. The module transforms steam from waste heat into 40 cubic meters of pure hydrogen per hour. The hydrogen can be used in the steel production process.
The module can also be reversed into fuel cell mode with an output power of 40 Kilowatt.
The delivery is part of the Horizon 2020 project “Green Industrial Hydrogen via Reversible High-Temperature Electrolysis”.
The video also shows the power-to-liquids process at the premises of Sunfire in Dresden which contains a pressurized electrolysis module.
For more information: www.sunfire.de
Science Newsflash: Oceans and wildlife are being polluted by plastic microbeads that are used in toothpastes and shower gels. They are not biodegradable and pollute the marine environment forever. A team of researchers at the University of Bath came up with a possible solution for this problem by creating microbeads from cellulose which is biodegradable.