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Sales of hybrid cars in the USA collapsed from 3.2% of car sales in 2013 to under 2% in 2015 as Americans responded to the sharply reduced oil price. However the oil price will recover eventually so commentary that it heralds the death of hybrid vehicles is wide of the mark. Indeed hybrid car sales outside the
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04/26/2016
NREL finds nanotube semiconductors well-suited for PV systems

Single-walled carbon nanotube semiconductors could be favorable for photovoltaic systems

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered single-walled carbon nanotube semiconductors could be favorable for photovoltaic systems because they can potentially convert sunlight to electricity or fuels without losing much energy. The research builds
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04/26/2016
Many interests have been raised within the battery business in 2015 through a number of activities: the launch of Tesla's Powerwall with low prices supported by the capability of Gigafactory, Apple's patent relating to charging and managing power in a device with solid-state batteries, LG Chem's opening of a
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04/25/2016

Germany readies itself for a new era

87% of German companies currently feel that a change to digitalisation over the next five years is a priority

In multiple presentations at the Year Of The Monkey digital festival in Munich on Thursday, the figure "87%" was prominent. This is - according to a number of research papers - the number of German companies currently feeling that a change to digitalisation over the next five years is a priority. At
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04/22/2016
PSDcast - Gene Armstrong of Paper Battery on energy management in the IoT

Gene Armstrong of Paper Battery

In this PSDcast Gene Armstrong of supercapacitor developer Paper Battery talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about energy management in small wireless Internet of Things (IoT) devices. As devices shrink, the amount pf power they can store also goes down and energy budgets and managment become critical
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04/19/2016
IBC SOLAR AG, a leading system service-provider for photovoltaics (PV) and energy storage systems, will once again be showcasing its products at this year's Intersolar Europe, Europe's most important trade fair for solar technology. The company from Bad Staffelstein will be presenting its entire product range
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04/18/2016
Transformers can often provide an inexpensive solution for a variety of applications. The purpose of the transformer is to isolate the secondary side of the circuit from the primary power source, transfer power efficiently from the electrical source to the target load and protect users from hazards like electric
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04/17/2016
LED technology has developed over recent years, and is now the obvious choice for many applications from energy-efficiency architectural lighting to outdoor displays. These applications tend to vary considerably, each requiring a different number, type, color and configuration of the LEDs, which means that driver
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04/17/2016
In this PSDcast Graham Martin, Chairman of the EnOcean Alliance, and Mark Walters, VP of Strategic Development for the ZigBee Alliance, talk to Alix Paultre about their strategic cooperation to create order and compatibility in the IoT wireless low-power infrastructure. EnOcean is a leading developer of harvested
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04/15/2016
An effective method for filtering high-frequency power supply noise and cleanly sharing similar voltage supply rails (i.e. analog and digital rails for mixed-signal ICs) while preserving high-frequency isolation between the shared rails is the use of ferrite beads.  A ferrite bead is a passive device that
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04/15/2016
The phone Martin Cooper used was the prototype Motorola DynaTAC, and it could only be used for 20 minutes before the battery died. Battery life has continued to cause concern for manufacturers. Bluetooth introduced its low-energy feature in 2010 with Bluetooth 4.0 with energy efficiency as the prime goal, achieved
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04/15/2016
In the third part of this series, we’ll see how Dr. Fred Lee’s analysis of current-mode control resulted in a high modulator gain, and also look at the consequences of this gain on current-loop predictions. Current-Mode Control Circuit Figure 1 shows a buck converter
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04/13/2016
The large “IDTechEx Show!” in Berlin April 27-28 with over 2500 paying delegates once again invests in startups. Chief Executive Raghu Das says, “It is one way we are different from other events because they are run for cash. We believe in this industry and we invest in it, not directly in the company
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04/12/2016
On March 29, 2016, Utah signed into law the Sustainable Transportation and Energy Plan Act (SB 115), which establishes utility investments in battery storage, electric vehicle infrastructure, and several clean energy programs. The new law seeks to boost energy storage solutions to improve the reliability and
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04/11/2016
RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), a leading distributor for engineers, has announced new additions to its extensive battery portfolio with the RS Pro range of rechargeable batteries, three new variants from the Energizer family and a range of Storacell battery-storage
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04/07/2016
Wolfspeed, A Cree Company, announced that Gruppo PBM, a leader in industrial battery chargers, is using Wolfspeed SiC MOSFETs in its new HF9 battery charger family to enable higher efficiency and power density at a lower overall system cost. Demand for safe, efficient, and fast-charging industrial batteries
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04/07/2016
PSDcast - Karina Fedasz of ZON on commercializing solar power

Karina Fedasz of ZON

In this PSDcast Karina Fedasz, co-founder and COO of ZON, a solutions provider of solar energy products, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the commercialization of solar power. ZON recently presented a novel application of traditional solar power usage by applying panels to an everyday
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Date:
04/05/2016
PSDcast - Thibaud Le Sequillion of Heliatek on solar power in the smart grid

Thibaud Le Sequillion of Heliatek

In this PSDcast Thibaud Le Sequillion of Heliatek talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about modernizing the smart grid, especially the aspects of smart cities and decentralized grid managment. As more and more people live in cities it is critical that we manage those cities better. Solar power cheap
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Date:
04/04/2016
A finely tuned carbon nanotube thin film has the potential to act as a thermoelectric power generator that captures and uses waste heat, according to researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The research could help guide the manufacture of thermoelectric devices based
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Date:
04/04/2016
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