All energy use more or less involves the creation and movement of heat, so it stands to reason that the less heat created or used in a process, the more efficient.
Advanced Electron Beams claims it has the key to performing many of the tasks that currently use substantial amounts of heat while saving significant amounts of energy. Sterilization, ink curing and polymer strengthening are all processes core to the functioning of modern civilization, and all traditionally require significant amounts of energy use.
A cloud of electrons, properly used, can much more efficiently make or break chemical bonds in a way similar to heat, AEB claims, and investors like GE Energy Financial Services, which produced this video, are believers. The key to profitability and widespread acceptance lies in the company’s compact electron emitters, which are comparably compact and can be used in tandem to achieve scale.
With nearly a third of American energy consumption coming from the industrial sector, the really major advances in the energy economy over the next decade will in many cases be those the consumer never sees, as widely used materials and processes are replaced with more-efficient and often renewable products.
For more on how materials and processes can be changed to save energy and petroleum products, read about Breaking Energy’s breakfast with DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma.