Tollgrade Communications, an industry leader in redefining the global standard for reliability at the world’s largest electric utilities and telecommunications providers, announced that it has received Frost & Sullivan’s 2013 North American Power Quality Analytics Software Company of the Year Award.
Smart glass is a portfolio of new technologies which are based on new achievements in material science, demands on energy efficiency and comfort and smart building automation requirements and are reaching a new momentum. This is not technology hype but the matureness of technologies and emergence of new ones
American Vanadium announced that the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory ("NREL") will evaluate and demonstrate its CellCube vanadium redox flow energy storage system at NREL's state-of-the-art testing facility. After the demonstration of the energy storage system at the
ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, announced a strategic collaboration with Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co., Ltd. (BDNT) to supply direct current fast chargers over the next six years for DENZA. China will become the global leader for electric vehicle (EV) fast charging.
The Energy Department announced $3 million for research and development to help grow U.S. low-to-moderate-temperature geothermal resources and support a domestic supply of critical materials, such as lithium carbonate and rare earth elements. By partnering with the geothermal and mineral industries, the Department
Delivering more than 200mA of output current can be a serious challenge for many high-voltage operational amplifiers. But for high voltage applications requiring as much as 1A of current, it is possible to meet this spec by pairing a current buffer with the op amp. What the current buffer brings to this arrangement
In this podcast Jonathan Doochin, CEO of Soligent, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the large changes occurring in the solar power industry today. Soligent Distribution, a subsidiary of Soligent Holdings, is the largest solar distributor in the Americas, supplying thousands of solar installers
Designers of power control devices and those that combine control with power FET functionality are finding that FIB circuit edit techniques proven at older process nodes are delivering even greater benefits when used at advanced technology nodes. It is also expected that FIB circuit edit techniques
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin have together developed a novel, inexpensive material that has the potential to capture and convert solar energy — particularly from the bluer part of the spectrum — much more efficiently than
The world is becoming increasingly reliant on consumption of huge quantities of power in order to satisfy a wide range of needs (with the European Union alone accountable for 2,858TW-hours annually). In many cases it now comes via decentralized renewable energy sources, such as wind, hydro-electric, geothermal
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $30 million in funding available under the NY-Sun Competitive Photovoltaic (PV) Program to further stimulate large-scale solar and biogas projects in the Hudson Valley and New York City.
“Expanding the use of clean, renewable power in the Hudson Valley will help
In this podcast Brian F. Keane, President of SmartPower, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about he current state of solar power and the explosion of solar systems in the US. The Solar Foundation recently released the National Solar Jobs Census 2013, which found that the U.S. solar industry currently
Last year saw a big comeback for concentrating solar power (CSP) system in the United States with the commissioning of the Abengoa Solana plant, part of the BrightSource Energy Ivanpah plant, and other major plants well along in their schedules. If 2013 was a big year for CSP, 2014 promises to be monumental.
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is opening new avenues for energy-harvesting applications with its latest IC integrating all the functions needed to power electronic circuits and recharge batteries using either a solar cell or Thermo-Electric
President Obama focused on a variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues in his State of the Union address on January 28, highlighting progress toward a "shift to a cleaner energy economy" and spotlighting solar energy and fuel efficiency.
"The shift to a cleaner energy
Exhibitor and sponsor registration for Energy Storage North America 2014 (ESNA) is now open. ESNA 2014 offers sponsoring packages including booth space as well as booth space without sponsoring options. After its very successful premiere in 2013, ESNA 2014 will be bigger than last year and will be held at a
In terms of performance requirements for a power device, a solar inverter is one of the most demanding industrial applications. First, for a grid tie inverter, efficiency directly relates to income generation, so device performance is paramount. Also a long and reliable life, on the order of 20 years or more,
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Energy Harvesting Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2014 titled: “Breakthrough Technologies Driving Successful Energy Harvesting-Powered Products.” The session will take place on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Fort
The U.S. Department of Energy announced $3 million to spur geothermal energy development using play fairway analysis. This technique identifies prospective geothermal resources in areas with no obvious surface expression by mapping the most favorable intersections of heat, permeability, and fluid. While commonly
Soligent, a leader in systems and technologies for making solar dealers more competitive, unveiled Solar Engine, a modular suite of integrated services that allow independent solar dealers to drive out costs, reduce paperwork and grow their businesses.
With Solar Engine, dealers leverage Soligent’s
Two detailed reports from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) find that solar financing and other non-hardware costs -- often referred to as "soft costs" -- now comprise up to 64% of the total price of residential solar energy systems, reflecting how soft costs are becoming
The Internet of Things adds connectivity to things. It is a broad term referring to applications as diverse as internet connected vehicles to consumer electronics such as smart phones. However, the edge of the Internet of Things network will consist of simpler sensors and wireless devices that provide, among
MiOS, provider of advanced control and monitoring solutions for the home and small enterprise markets in 65 countries, and EnOcean, the world leader in energy harvesting wireless solutions, announced the release of a plug-in for the MiOS Marketplace, delivering control of Z-Wave products using EnOcean self-
Porous Power Technologies announced the launch of SYMMETRIX® NC2020, a ceramic battery separator designed to significantly improve thermal stability and safety of large-format lithium-ion batteries. Applications include batteries for electric vehicles, flat-cell consumer electronics, utility-grade energy storage,
The President announced new steps with the private sector to strengthen the manufacturing sector, boost advanced manufacturing, and attract the good paying jobs that a growing middle class requires. The President also announced the selection of a North Carolina headquartered consortium of businesses and universities,
University of British Columbia research in fish ecology, oil sands, energy efficient buildings, clean water and wearable electronics received a $9-million boost today through the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
The 10 UBC projects were among 77 grants awarded to 23 universities
One way that supercapacitors are developing faster than batteries is in the choice of format, from transfer printable ones for mobile phones to load-bearing structural components and smart skin for vehicles. In the European Union Powerweave project, supercapacitors not batteries have been chosen as the energy
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $4.8 million in awards for projects that explore new technologies to make buildings in New York State more energy efficient while helping to expand the building sector economy.
“New York is continuing to invest in new technologies and systems that improve energy
Conventional layered lithium and transition metal cathode material (top) and the new disordered material studied by researchers at MIT (bottom) as seen through a scanning transmission electron microscope. Inset images show diagrams of the different structures in these materials. (In the disordered material, the blue lines show the pathways that allow lithium ions to traverse the material.)
Lithium batteries, with their exceptional ability to store power per a given weight, have been a major focus of research to enable use in everything from portable electronics to electric cars. Now researchers at MIT and Brookhaven National Laboratory have found a whole new avenue for such research: the use of
A surprising effect created by a 19th century device called a Helmholz coil offers clues about how to achieve controlled nuclear fusion at Sandia National Laboratories’ powerful Z machine.
A Helmholz coil produces a magnetic field when electrified. In recent experiments, two Helmholz coils, installed