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ELEKTRO 2/2021 was released on February 10th 2021. Its digital version will be available on March 8th 2021.

Topic: Electrical apparatus, Internet of Things

Main article
Internet of things applied in smart measuring

SVĚTLO (Light) 1/2021 was released 2.12.2021. Its digital version will be available immediately.

Interiors lighting
Interior of the year 2020 – offices in time of home office
PROLICHT CZECH fulfils images of architect about illumination of Obecní dvůr residence at Prague Old Town

Luminaires and light apparatuses
Covid 19 – are there actually any news at lighting producer?
Lighting systems of STEINEL company

Concept for a hybrid-electric plane may reduce aviation’s air pollution problem

18. 1. 2021 | MIT | www.mit.edu

At cruising altitude, airplanes emit a steady stream of nitrogen oxides into the atmosphere, where the chemicals can linger to produce ozone and fine particulates. Nitrogen oxides, or NOx, are a major source of air pollution and have been associated with asthma, respiratory disease, and cardiovascular disorders. Previous research has shown that the generation of these chemicals due to global aviation results in 16,000 premature deaths each year.

Now MIT engineers have come up with a concept for airplane propulsion that they estimate would eliminate 95 percent of aviation’s NOx emissions, and thereby reduce the number of associated early deaths by 92 percent.

New hybrid plane

In the new hybrid-electric, or “turbo-electric,” design, a plane’s source of power would still be a conventional gas turbine, but it would be integrated within the plane’s cargo hold. Rather than directly powering propellers or fans, the gas turbine would drive a generator, also in the hold, to produce electricity, which would then electrically power the plane’s wing-mounted, electrically driven propellers or fans. The emissions produced by the gas turbine would be fed into an emissions-control system, broadly similar to those in diesel vehicles, which would clean the exhaust before ejecting it into the atmosphere.

Read more at MIT

Image Credit: MIT

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