New research shows that new transformers have become faster and more efficient in the past decade.
The new generation is also more reliable, and has significantly lower cost, according to a study published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
The results were presented to the ASCE’s annual meeting in Chicago.
“The most promising innovation for the next decade is the performance improvement of the Laplace transformer, which has been around for nearly a decade,” said Dr Paul D. Brouwer, director of the ASCHE National Center for Materials Research at the University of Michigan.
“With the advent of a new generation of transformers, it’s become more likely that the industry will develop new technologies to achieve these benefits.
This could provide us with the opportunity to extend the life of our current technology.”
A new generation: Laplace, transformers or nothing?
There are two types of transformants in the market.
Some use high pressure steam, which produces more electricity.
Other use a combination of high pressure and high frequency, which produce more heat.
These are known as the two-stage design.
The high-pressure design produces the most power while the high-frequency design produces less power.
The second generation of the two stage design uses a lower-pressure system that is more efficient.
The ASCE has previously studied the technology of the high pressure system.
“This is a new technology,” Brouw said.
“It’s really exciting.”
Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have also developed a new high-speed system, which is expected to be used in new Laplace generation units.
It has the same high pressure as the current generation, but the system has a lower speed and is also less expensive to build.
The technology is based on the principles of quantum dots.
A quantum dot is a very small molecule of light and electricity.
In a conventional transformer, a single quantum dot can be used to separate the high and low pressure.
This can create a vacuum in the transformer that acts as a compressor.
A vacuum is created by the vacuum created by quantum dots, so when the transformer is switched on, the high temperature is released and the low temperature is pushed back down into the low pressure system, where the low voltage is released.
In the high voltage mode, the low current is also released, which causes the high current to go through the transformer, generating more power.
“We are excited to be able to do this with our current generation of high-power, low-cost, high-temperature transformers,” Broughwer said.
The two-step design is expected in the next few years, and the researchers are already working on making it practical in commercial applications.
“There’s a lot of potential for this to be an essential element of the next-generation generation of modern transformers.
We’ve already seen some early results,” Brawer said.
Current high-voltage transformers can only deliver up to 40 milliamps, or about 50 watts, which means they cannot deliver much more than that in high-performance applications such as home appliances.
Broughewer said the new generation could deliver a significant improvement in this capability, but also improve efficiency.
“A transformer that can deliver a 100 milliamp output is going to be much more efficient than a transformer that delivers only 10 milliap,” he said.
More importantly, the research shows the efficiency improvement in the two step process can be as large as 50 percent, Brawers said.
A new type of high voltage: Laplacers have been around since the 1940s.
But with the advent, the development of other high-quality high-density systems, like the 3,000-watt Tesla system, the demand for high-efficiency high-rate, high voltage systems has grown.
“What we’re seeing is that these systems have not been around as long as we’ve thought,” Brouser said, “but they’re getting more efficient and we’re going to see this trend continue.”
High-voltages: High-frequency, low frequency, high pressure, and high speed: A new design in the new high voltage system, a new type in the high speed system, and a new approach to high voltage in general are among the research findings presented at the ASME’s annual convention.
“As we move forward, we will need new high frequency technology, as well as new high power, low power, high efficiency technologies,” Bryant said.
In addition to the new technology, Broughers said the ASSE will continue to investigate and improve high-capacity high-cost systems that can be scaled up to be suitable for commercial applications, but he said this new generation technology is a good place to start.
“I think we have seen a major change in how we think about high voltage technology,” he added