Conserving Energy with Energy Detection Tools
This post was written on behalf of Inlec Test Equipment Hire, providers of power analyzers and a wide range of test equipment
As winter approaches, now is the time to think about how much energy you are using and how you can start decreasing your energy bills.
Saving energy doesn’t have to be a long chore and there are ways you can get the whole family involved. From recycling to teaching the kids how the environment works, being eco-friendly can change your way of living. However, around the home there is often a lot of energy wastage that we are simply unaware of and that we can’t modify unless we have the correct tools. For example, the majority of wasted energy is leaked through the roof of your property. By ensuring the roof and wall cavities are fully insulated you can save a considerable chunk of money on utility bills.
An increasingly popular method of measuring energy loss in houses is to hire power test equipment, which can also be highly cost effective. These specialized pieces of equipment can measure a whole host of energy sources.
Here is a breakdown of the most common energy saving instruments and how you can use them within your home or business.
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Electrical Power Analyser
These devices have a host of uses including measuring energy circulation and also the amount on energy consumption throughout the household.
Power analyzers are incredibly versatile and can be connected to computers to record and compare data. These devices are beneficial for eco-conscious businesses who want to keep track of energy output and decrease costs. Power analyzers are widely available and typically cost around £100, depending on quality and function.
Thermal Imaging Equipment
Thermal imaging cameras can often be incredibly expensive to purchase, so hiring is a more cost effective approach to investigating how heat is being wasted in your home.
This type of equipment uses infrared technology to measure heat radiation rather than visible light. This information is then combined into electrical signals that form an image. The difference between a normal digital camera and a thermal camera is the range of the wavelengths. A standard camera can capture up to 750 nanometres whilst a thermal camera can capture up to 14,000 nanometres.
Electricians use thermal imaging cameras to detect electrical wiring and the flow of electricity. Hiring from a reputable company can ensure that you are not wasting energy. Thermal imaging equipment can be hired for around £150 per week.
Digital thermometers can provide an accurate reading of an environment's temperature. Many laser digital thermometers are capable of USB connectivity which allows you to log your data on to a computer for an analysis of results.
This type of technology can clearly indicate how much energy you are losing in a particular room or it can indicate the location as to where you are losing most heat energy. Depending on quality and function, digital laser thermometers can be hired for around £30 per week from most test equipment companies.
There are a whole host of tools available to determine how you can become energy efficient. The instruments often need to be calibrated, so it is useful if you gain expert advice before use.
Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process
Itronics - a Nevada-based emerging cleantech materials growth company that manufacturers fertilisers and produces silver - has successfully tested two proprietary processes that recover manganese, with one process recovering manganese, potassium and zinc from paste produced by processing non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. The second recovers manganese via the company’s Rock Kleen Technology.
Manganese, one of the four most important industrial metals and widely used by the steel industry, has been designated by the US Federal Government as a "critical mineral." It is a major component of non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, one of the largest battery categories sold globally.
The use of manganese in EV batteries is increasing as EV battery technology is shifting to use of more nickel and manganese in battery formulations. But according to the US Department of Interior, there is no mine production of manganese in the United States. As such, Itronics is using its Rock Kleen Technology to test metal recoverability from mine tailings obtained from a former silver mine in western Nevada that has a high manganese content.
In a statement, Itronics says that its Rock Kleen process recovers silver, manganese, zinc, copper, lead and nickel. The company says that it has calculated – based on laboratory test results – that if a Rock Kleen tailings process is put into commercial production, the former mine site would become the only primary manganese producer in the United States.
Itronics adds that it has also tested non-rechargeable alkaline battery paste recovered by a large domestic battery recycling company to determine if it could use one of its hydrometallurgical processes to solubilize the manganese, potassium, and zinc contained in the paste. This testing was successful, and Itronics was able to produce material useable in two of its fertilisers, it says.
"We believe that the chemistry of the two recovery processes would lend itself to electrochemical recovery of the manganese, zinc, and other metals. At this time electrochemical recovery has been tested for zinc and copper,” says Dr John Whitney, Itronics president.
“Itronics has been reviewing procedures for electrochemical recovery of manganese and plans to move this technology forward when it is appropriate to do so and has acquired electro-winning equipment needed to do that.
"Because of the two described proprietary technologies, Itronics is positioned to become a domestic manganese producer on a large scale to satisfy domestic demand. The actual manganese products have not yet been defined, except for use in the Company's GOLD'n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilisers. However, the Company believes that it will be able to produce chemical manganese products as well as electrochemical products," he adds.
Itronics’ research and development plant is located in Reno, about 40 miles west of the Tesla giga-factory. Its planned cleantech materials campus, which will be located approximately 40 miles south of the Tesla factory, would be the location where the manganese products would be produced.
Panasonic is operating one of the world's largest EV battery factories at the Tesla location. However, Tesla and other companies have announced that EV battery technology is shifting to use of nickel-manganese batteries. Itronics is positioned and located to become a Nevada-0based supplier of manganese products for battery manufacturing as its manganese recovery technologies are advanced, the company states.
A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company's breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. ‘Additionally, Itronics is strategically positioned with its portfolio of "Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies" to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites,’ the statement continues.
The Company's growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $113 million in 2025.