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Energy Efficiency

October 2017
NREL Inks Technology Agreement for High-Efficiency Multijunction Solar Cells
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has entered into a license agreement with MicroLink Devices, Inc. (Niles, IL) to commercialize NREL's patented inverted metamorphic (IMM) multijunction solar cells. While high-efficiency multijunction solar cells are commonly used
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10/31/2017
Power Recorder/Analyzer Targets Distributed Generation
Santa Clara, CA — PowerCET announces the introduction of its innovative PQ Rugged power recorder/analyzer designed to provide critical electrical operational data on remote installations such as solar generation arrays and wind turbines. The unique feature of the PQ Rugged package is its self-contained
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10/31/2017
Gresham Power Electronics Gears Up for major sales growth in 2018
Gresham Power Electronics is embarking on major development plans to expand their global power supply sourcing platform stemming from based on their joining the Power Solutions Group of Coolisys Technologies formed after recent international acquisitions by its US
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10/31/2017

Circular Shape LED Power Supply Designed for High Bay Lighting
To fulfill various market demands for high bay lighting, MEAN WELL extends the output power of 200W, HBG-200 series (200W), after the launch of HBG-60/100/160/240 series. Besides being easy to be installed due to its circular shape, HBG-200 series is not only designed with the current intelligent dimming market
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10/27/2017
Energy Harvesting Applications Design Kit Include a Wide Range of Low-Loss Components
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation announces the limited release of its new Energy Harvesting Application Design Kit. The kit features a wide range of low-loss components hand-selected to provide engineers with ideal solutions for energy storage, blocking, IC support, output filtering, and external connections
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10/25/2017
The ability to charge cellphones in seconds is one step closer after researchers at the University of Waterloo used nanotechnology to significantly improve energy-storage devices known as supercapacitors. Their novel design roughly doubles the amount of electrical energy the rapid-charging devices
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10/25/2017
Flexible Batteries a Highlight for Smart Dental Aids

Flexible lithium batteries have been incorporated into dental braces as part of efforts to increase the efficiency of corrective orthodontics.

Smart 3D-printed braces that incorporate nontoxic batteries and lights could reduce the time and costs involved in realigning and straightening teeth. The orthodontic system, conceptualized by researchers at KAUST, involves placing two near-infrared light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and one lithium-ion
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10/25/2017
Rutronik to Exhibit at World Electronics Forum 2017
Rutronik will be exhibiting its entire service portfolio, with a special focus on technologies of the future, at the World Electronics Forum 2017. The forum will be held on October 24 – 28 in Angers
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10/24/2017
ABB wins $130 million power order in the UK
ABB has won an order of around $130 million (£99 million) to build the power transmission infrastructure for EDF Energy’s new Hinkley Point C power plant in Somerset. This will be the UK’s
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10/24/2017
Electricity From Shale Gas vs. Coal: Lifetime Toxic Releases From Coal Much Higher
ANN ARBOR -- Despite widespread concern about potential human health impacts from hydraulic fracturing, the lifetime toxic chemical releases associated with coal-generated electricity are 10 to 100 times greater than those from electricity generated with natural gas obtained via fracking, according to a new
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10/23/2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs issued its first Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Fiscal Year 2018.  The Phase I Release 1 FOA, with approximately
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10/18/2017
Artesyn Announces DoE Level VI/COC Tier 2 External Power Adapters
Artesyn Embedded Technologies has announced three new series of external power adapters to enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMS) to meet the Department of Energy Level VI and European Code of Conduct (CoC) v5 Tier 2 Directive efficiency standards. These
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10/17/2017
Chemical Treatment Improves Quantum Dot Lasers

Los Alamos National Laboratory Chemist Jaehoon Lim works on an apparatus that synthesizes quantum dots along with Los Alamos researcher Young-Shin Park (also with the University of New Mexico Center for High-Technology Materials). In a paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, Los Alamos colleagues Kaifeng Wu and Victor Klimov worked with Lim and Park to demonstrate that negatively charged quantum dots show promise for low-power laser applications or quantum dot laser diodes.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- One of the secrets to making tiny laser devices such as opthalmic surgery scalpels work even more efficiently is the use of tiny semiconductor particles, called quantum dots. In new research at Los Alamos National Laboratory's Nanotech Team, the ~nanometer-sized dots are being doctored, or
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10/17/2017
Electric Cars can Become More Eco-Friendly Through Life Cycle Assessment

Anders Nordelöf believes that the much-discussed environmental issues associated with electric cars should be taken seriously, but thinks that more focus is needed on solving the issues -- not on discussing whether electric cars should exist at all. Here, life cycle assessment is an important tool.

It is time to stop discussing whether electric cars are good or bad. Instead industry, authorities and policy-makers need to work together to make them as eco-friendly as possible. This is the view taken by Anders Nordelöf, a researcher at Chalmers University of Technology. In a recent thesis, he provides concrete
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10/13/2017
Toshiba’s New Low Power Consumption Photocoupler Achieves High Speed Communication in Automotive Applications
Toshiba Electronics Europe today unveiled the TLX9310, a low power consumption photocoupler housed in a 5-pin 3.7mm x 7.0mm x 2.2mm SO6 package. The new device is intended for high-speed communication in automotive applications, especially Battery Management Systems (BMS).  
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10/10/2017
Safe automated driving powered by Infineon AURIXâ„¢ microcontrollers and NVIDIA DRIVE PX autonomous vehicle computing platform
The AURIX microcontroller family from Infineon Technologies AG helps realize automated driving: It is used as a critical safety compute element and vehicle interface for the NVIDIA DRIVE™ PX 2 AI car computing platform.
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10/10/2017
Next generation Bluetooth module from Panasonic features the industry’s lowest power Bluetooth Low Energy SoC
Panasonic Industry Europe is presenting its next generation Bluetooth module with the industry’s lowest power Bluetooth Low Energy SoC. The new PAN1760A module benefits from a peak power consumption of only 3.3mA in Tx and Rx mode, enabling advanced
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10/10/2017
Telit and Husqvarna Collaborate on Robots for Urban Park Sustainability Program
Telit’s end-to-end IoT solutions are enabling real-time sensor data from robotic lawnmowers that offers valuable insight into green-space environmental conditions and park maintenance  
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10/10/2017
Single-chip ISL95338 Replaces two Converters, Enables USB PD3.0 Bidirectional Voltage Regulation
Milpitas, Calif. – Intersil, a subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation, announced the industry’s first buck-boost voltage regulator for tablets, ultrabooks, power banks, and other mobile devices using the reversible USB Type-C connector. The ISL95338 bidirectional voltage regulator accepts
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10/10/2017
Prototype Shows how Tiny Photodetectors can Double Their Efficiency

This image shows an energy diagram of the WSe2-MoSe2 device. When a photon (1) strikes the WSe2 layer, it knocks loose an electron (2), freeing it to conduct through the WSe2 (3). At the junction between the two materials, the electron drops down into MoSe2 (4). The energy given off in the drop catapults a second electron from the WSe2 (5) into the MoSe2 (6), where both electrons are free to move and generate electricity.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Physicists at the University of California, Riverside have developed a photodetector - a device that senses light - by combining two distinct inorganic materials and producing quantum mechanical processes that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected. Photodetectors
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10/10/2017
Huge Energy Potential in Open Ocean Wind Farms in the North Atlantic

Two floating wind turbines being prepared to sail to Hywind Scotland Pilot Park off the coast of Aberdeenshire.

Washington, DC -- There is considerable opportunity for generating wind power in the open ocean, particularly the North Atlantic, according to new research from Carnegie's Anna Possner and Ken Caldeira. Their work is published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Because wind
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10/10/2017
Breakthrough in Direct Activation of CO2 and CH4 Into Liquid Fuels and Chemicals

This is the direct conversion of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels.

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have made a significant breakthrough in the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into liquid fuels and chemicals which could help industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions whilst producing valuable chemical feedstocks. In
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10/09/2017
Energy Against the Current on a Quantum Scale, Without Contradicting the Laws of Physics

Artist's impression of the role of a quantum observer: depending on where the observer is positioned, and what part of the figure is seen, the water will be seen to flow differently.

This is the main result obtained by the group led by Professor Ángel Rubio of the UPV/EHU and of the Max Planck Institute PMSD, together with collaborators at the BCCMS centre in Bremen, and which has been echoed by the journal Nature Quantum Materials. In macroscopic objects such as a current
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10/06/2017
(NOVI, MICHIGAN) – UNIPOWER announced the Aspiro 1U is a compact, integrated, ETSI rack mounted DC power system for use in the North American market.  This power system, providing an output of -48VDC, includes multiple features including remote monitoring and control, hot-swappable high-efficiency
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10/06/2017
Scientists From MSU Proposed a Way of Increasing the Efficiency of Solar Batteries

These are crystal structures of crystalline solvates.

Researchers from Department of Material Sciences, Lomonosov MSU, explained how changing the ratio of components forming light-absorbing layer of a perovskite solar cell influences the structure of created films and battery efficiency. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry
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10/05/2017
Now at Mouser: Sensirion’s SGP Gas Sensors Offer Long-Term Stability for Environmental Monitoring
Mouser Electronics is now stocking the multi-pixel Sensirion Gas Platform (SGP) devices. Among the only long-term stable siloxane-resistant MEMS gas sensors in the market today, the SensirionSGP devices are ideal for integration into mobile
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10/03/2017
Schaffner increases its range of current compensated chokes
Schaffner has extended its range of common mode current
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10/03/2017
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10/03/2017
Asphalt Helps Lithium Batteries Charge Faster

Scanning electron microscope images show an anode of asphalt, graphene nanoribbons and lithium at left and the same material without lithium at right. The material was developed at Rice University and shows promise for high-capacity lithium batteries that charge up to 20 times faster than commercial lithium-ion batteries.

HOUSTON -- A touch of asphalt may be the secret to high-capacity lithium metal batteries that charge 10 to 20 times faster than commercial lithium-ion batteries, according to Rice University scientists. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour developed anodes comprising porous carbon made from asphalt
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10/03/2017
PSDcast - The World’s First P-Channel Zero Threshold MOSFET Array
In this episode of the PSDcast, we talk with Robert Chao, CEO of Advanced Linear Devices, about his company's revolutionary new development -- the world’s first P-Channel Zero Threshold MOSFET Array.
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10/02/2017
US Department of Energy Awards Danforth Center $16 Million to Enhance Sorghum for Bioenergy

Sorghum is a unique crop in that most varieties are both drought and heat tolerant. The development of a low input, environmentally safe and highly productive sorghum germplasm will help establish a lignocellulosic energy economy that can provide jobs to rural communities, ensure energy security and benefit the environment.

ST. LOUIS, MO, Oct. 2, 2017 - The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, one of the world's largest independent plant science institutes, today announced a 5-year $16 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Building on earlier research
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10/02/2017
Silent Switcher, 42VIN, 2.5A ÂμModule Regulator in 6.25mm x 6.25mm BGA Package
Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LTM8065
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10/02/2017
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