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Energy Efficiency

January 2018
PSDcast - Upgrading the Power Grid, Challenges and Roadblocks
In this episode of the PSDCast, we're talking with Allegro Development about the pending smart grid. What're some of the biggest problems plaguing our modern electrical grid, why is it so important to upgrade it, and what roadblocks stand in the way of
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01/30/2018
WÃrth Elektronik eiSos at embedded world 2018
Würth Elektronik eiSos, manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components, exhibits at embedded world (Nuremberg, February 27 – March 1, 2018). At booth 3-247, one of the biggest in hall 3 of the Nuremberg Exhibition Center, the company
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01/30/2018
Project Fab4Lib Launched with 19 Partners
On 01/18/2018, 36 specialists from a total of 19 research institutions and industrial companies met at Manz AG in Reutlingen under the project management of TerraE Holding GmbH to officially launch the Fab4Lib research project to develop large-scale
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01/30/2018

Mouser Electronics First Distributor to Stock ON Semi’s FDMF8811 110V Bridge Power Stage Module
Mouser Electronics is the first distributor to stock the FDMF8811 bridge power stage module from ON Semiconductor. The industry’s first 100 V bridge power stage module for half-bridge and full-bridge DC-DC converters, the FDMF8811 module uses high-performance PowerTrench
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01/30/2018
Historical power interconnector in Canada achieves key milestone
ABB recently achieved a major milestone with the successful testing of the maritime link, enabling Emera to exchange electricity between the island of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia for the first time in history.  
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01/30/2018
Power-Over-Ethernet Switch Offers Optimal and Cost-Effective Solution for PoE Lighting and Other Digital Ceiling Applications
ALISO VIEJO, Calif.—Microsemi Corporation  announced the availability of its PDS-208G power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switch. Offering an optimal and cost-effective solution designed specifically for digital ceiling installations, the new device is compatible with any IEEE 802.3af or 802.3at PoE lighting fixture
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01/30/2018
Power Source Enables IoT Sensors to Operate on Harvested Energy Without Batteries
NEOCITY, FL – BRIDG announces a collaboration with Face International Corporation in the development and integration of a patented energy-harvesting technology – the Evercell power cell – that is capable of powering wireless IoT sensors without batteries. The Evercell technology employs a unique
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01/29/2018
Solar Heat Could Make Power + Water for Namibia: Study

The proposed solar thermal energy would be dispatchable day or night (red and orange thermal storage tanks) and include thermal desalination.

A research study from Stellenbosch University finds that a 100 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant adapted to also "co-generate" water via multi-effect distillation (MED) would potentially be financially viable for Namibia given a world class solar resource at Arandis, where state utility NamPower
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01/29/2018
Nuclear fusion for the controlled and regular generation of electric power by converting hydrogen into helium and reproducing on a small scale what happens in our Sun (as well as other stars) is one of the foremost technological promises for the decades ahead. So far, only limited results have been
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01/29/2018
"In my study, I wanted to show that calculating the greenhouse gas emissions of biofuels tells just half of the story. What we really need to do is quantify the emissions of each product coming out of biorefineries," says Edgard Gnansounou, professor at EPFL and head of the school's
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01/29/2018
Energy Supply Channels
Researchers at the University of Freiburg have succeeded in describing how so-called beta-barrel proteins are inserted into the membrane of mitochondria. The proteins enable the cells' powerhouses to import and export molecules. With this discovery, the team led by Prof. Dr. Nils Wiedemann and Prof. Dr. Nikolaus
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01/26/2018
Integration of AI and Robotics With Materials Sciences Will Lead to new Clean Energy Technology
Materials are the foundation of essentially all clean energy technologies including advanced batteries, solar cells, low-energy semiconductors, catalysts for capturing and storing CO2, and more. But discovering new materials is currently a time consuming and expensive process: to determine whether they will
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01/26/2018
Recycling And Reusing Worn Cathodes to Make New Lithium Ion Batteries

(L-R): First author Yang Shi and Professor Zheng Chen of UC San Diego developed a method to recycle and regenerate cathodes of spent lithium ion batteries.

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed an energy-efficient recycling process that restores used cathodes from spent lithium ion batteries and makes them work just as good as new. The process involves harvesting the degraded cathode particles from a used battery and then boiling
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01/25/2018
Rinspeed's new concept car
Swiss automobile manufacturer Rinspeed presented its new concept vehicle "Snap" at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2018 in Las Vegas - with Rinspeed AG once again relying on innovative HARTING technology. The family-owned company provided
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01/24/2018
Anritsu is Ensuring Better Connections in a Connected Mobile World
Anritsu Corporation will be showing their latest technologies in test, measurement and monitoring solutions for Ensuring Better Connections at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona (Hall 6 Stand 6F40). They will be focusing on new testing and monitoring challenges
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01/24/2018
HVC module from Omron providing very fast recognition speed now in stock at TTI, Inc.
Omron’s HVC-P2 multi-function sensor module is now available in Europe through TTI, Inc., a world leading specialist distributor of electronic components. The product provides a maximum recognition speed that is 10 times faster than previous Human Vision Components
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01/24/2018
Melexis announces new automotive-grade fan driver ICs for small applications
Melexis, a global microelectronics engineering company, announces new automotive-grade fan driver ICs for automotive and other applications where a highly reliable, ultra-small solution is needed.  
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01/24/2018
New Discovery Could Improve Organic Solar Cell Performance
While there is a growing market for organic solar cells ¬¬- they contain materials that are cheaper, more abundant, and more environmentally friendly than those used in typical solar panels - they also tend to be less efficient in converting sunlight to electricity than conventional solar cells. Now,
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01/24/2018
Adding Graphene Girders to Silicon Electrodes Could Double the Life of Lithium Batteries

This is a cross section of the Silicon and FLG together in an anode.

New research led by WMG, at the University of Warwick has found an effective approach to replacing graphite in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries using silicon, by reinforcing the anode's structure with graphene girders. This could more than double the life of rechargeable lithium-ion based batteries and also
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01/23/2018
Industrial Grade Liquid Level Switches from SST Support Higher Supply Voltages & Temperatures
Strengthening its widely-used Optomax portfolio of accurate, cost-effective and reliable infra-red (IR) liquid level switches, SST Sensing Ltd. now offers the Optomax Industrial series. These devices offer the same functionality and operational performance as customers
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01/22/2018
Toshiba launches small LDO regulator ICs suitable for IoT applications
Toshiba Electronics Europe released the TCR3UG series of small package, low-dropout (LDO) regulators with an output current of 300mA, that are suitable for power management of IoT modules, wearable devices and smartphones.
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01/22/2018
Encapsulated and Fully Protected AC/DC Supplies Power Medical, Household, or Industrial Applications up to 30W
The latest RECOM RACM series 18-Watt and 30-Watt AC/DC power supplies, now available at Dengrove Electronic Components, have medical 2-MOPP isolation, come in a compact, IP68-rated, encapsulated, plastic housing, and require no additional external components to meet
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01/22/2018
Plug Connectors, Switches, Connection Technology â€
The new, expanded catalog of electromechanical components from Würth Elektronik eiSos is available in English and lists information on 12 standard product groups, including many innovations.  
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01/22/2018
Making Fuel Cells for a Fraction of the Cost

UC Riverside researchers have developed an inexpensive, efficient catalyst material for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells which are among the most promising fuel cell types to power cars and electronics.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Fuel cells have the potential to be a clean and efficient way to run cars, computers, and power stations, but the cost of producing them is limiting their use. That's because a key component of the most common fuel cells is a catalyst made
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01/22/2018
Breakthrough 1,000 Degree C Solar to get First Commercial Trial

This is a particle receiver diagram.

A new solar technology is twice as efficient, cutting the cost of solar thermal energy, by raising operating temperatures to 1,000°C, almost twice the 565°C molten salt temperature in current concentrated solar power (CSP) tower plants. For most innovative research in clean energy, the dreaded "Valley
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01/22/2018
Germany’s roughly 30,000 wind turbines currently produce a good 50,000 megawatts of electricity for households and companies. The expansion of wind energy both onshore and offshore is helping determine the pace and success of the shift in energy policy introduced at the beginning of the decade – a move away
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01/19/2018
TRACO POWER’s TVN Series of isolated and fully regulated DC/DC converters combine a high level of efficiency with a low level of output ripple & noise
For noise sensitive applications, switching regulators tend to be ruled out due to the disturbing output ripple and noise. Linear regulators win over a smoothed output voltage but they work inefficient and produce a lot of heat. If the circuit has to be isolated,
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01/18/2018
60 A, 600 V, Ultrafast Recovery Rectifiers Offered in TO-247AD Packages
Plainview, NY - SMC Diode Solutions now provides the dual, high power SDUR60P60WT series of ultrafast rectifiers in a three-leaded TO-247AD (Pb-Free) package.  The robust parts are supplied in the common cathode configuration and notably feature a continuous forward current rating of 60A, a reverse voltage
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01/18/2018
Dimming Fixture Controllers Help Operate a Variety of Lighting Fixtures
Santa Clara, CA – Cortet by CEL announced the availability of Cortet Certified 5 amp and 20 amp Dimming Fixture Controllers from ILLUMRA. These new Dimming Fixture Controllers work within the Cortet Lighting Control System to operate a variety of lighting fixtures, including LED, fluorescent
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01/17/2018
Light-Splitting Greenhouse Film Could Improve Photosynthetic Efficiency

Assistant Professor Ronggui Yang (left) and Assistant Professor Xiaobo Yin in a greenhouse on the University of Colorado Boulder campus.

University of Colorado Boulder engineers have received a $2.45 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a scalable, cost-effective greenhouse material that splits sunlight into photosynthetically efficient light and repurposes inefficient infrared light to aid in water purification. The
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01/17/2018
Magnetic Liquids Improve Energy Efficiency of Buildings

A prototype of the innovative smart windows for controlled shading and solar thermal energy harvesting is presented by Ph.D. student Benjamin Heiz from the research group of Lothar Wondraczek.

(Jena, Germany) Climate protection and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions have been on top of global development agendas. Accordingly, research and development projects have been conducted on national and international levels, which aim for the improvement of the CO2-footprint in diverse processes.
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01/17/2018
Highly accurate 3-axis magnetometer combines a TMR element and an advanced electronic compass ASIC
AKM and TDK Corporation have jointly developed a highly accurate 3-axis magnetometer that combines an extremely sensitive Tunnel Magneto-Resistive (TMR) element developed by TDK and an advanced electronic compass ASIC designed by AKM in a small package. The new TMR
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01/16/2018
Schaffner EMC filter for single phase applications now has DC approval
Schaffner introduces a new series of single-phase filters. The new high-performance filters are an extension to the standard variants of the FN 2070 series and are designed to meet the highest performance demands for single phase filters.
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01/16/2018
Conrad Business introduces C-Control IoT starter kit 10 for quick-start Internet of Things applications
Conrad introduces the new IoT starter kit C-Control 10. Developed in collaboration with Elco Industrie Automation and Microtronics, the kit simplifies entry into the Internet of Things (IoT) market, Industry 4.0, and digitization for enterprises and developers. It
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01/16/2018
Vicor Releases First 20 Amp 24V Cool-Power ZVS Buck
The Cool-Power ZVS Buck, PI3325-00-LGIZ, represents the highest current output ZVS buck to date for 24V/28V applications, providing a regulated 5V output at up to 20A. Packaged within a 10 x 14 x 2.5mm LGA SiP package, the PI3325-00-LGIZ addresses the continued need
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01/16/2018
First fully integrated SVID and PVID enabled Voltage Regulator with highest efficiency and smallest solution size
Infineon Technologies introduces the latest Integrated Point-of-Load (IPOL) family which combines ease of use with high power density. It is the industry’s first fully integrated regulator offering PMBUS, SVID and PVID functionality for powering Intel CPU POL rails,
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01/16/2018
20 A Buck Regulators Provide a Regulated 5V Output
Andover, MA – Vicor announced the expansion of its family of Cool-Power ZVS buck regulators. The new Cool-Power ZVS buck, PI3325-00-LGIZ, represents the highest current output ZVS buck to date for 24V/28V applications, providing a regulated 5V output at up to 20A. Packaged within a 10 x 14
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01/16/2018
Slow 'Hot Electrons' Could Improve Solar Cell Efficiency

This is a laser light exciting the hybrid perovskite material

Photons with energy higher than the 'band gap' of the semiconductor absorbing them give rise to what are known as hot electrons. The extra energy in respect to the band gap is lost very fast, as it is converted into heat so it does not contribute to the voltage. University of Groningen Professor of Photophysics
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01/16/2018
Shale Gas is One of The Least Sustainable Ways to Produce Electricity, Research Finds
Shale gas is one of least sustainable options for producing electricity, according to new research from The University of Manchester. Taking into account a range of sustainability aspects and assuming that they are all equally important, the research found that shale gas overall ranks seventh out
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01/16/2018
The LTM®4636 is a 40A-capable μModule® regulator featuring 3D packaging technology, or component-on-package (CoP) to keep it cool - see Figure 1. The body of the device is an overmolded 16mm × 16mm × 1.91mm BGA package with an inductor stacked on top to expose it to cooling airflow. The total
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01/16/2018
X-rays Reveal 'Handedness' in Swirling Electric Vortices
Scientists used spiraling X-rays at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to observe, for the first time, a property that gives handedness to swirling electric patterns - dubbed polar vortices - in a synthetically layered material. This property, also known
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01/16/2018
SiC Schottky Diode Line Reduces Switching Losses, Increases Efficiency and Robustness
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. introduced four new series of 1200V silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky Diodes from its GEN2 product family, which was originally released in May 2017. The LSIC2SD120A08 Series, LSIC2SD120A15 Series, and LSIC2SD120A20 Series offer current ratings of 8A,
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01/15/2018
Dissipating the heat generated by certain components is a key part of electronics design. Consequently engineers need to be sure that they put an effective thermal management system in place in order to ensure that operational reliability is maintained. There are a variety of different technologies that can
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01/14/2018
2018: The Year of Wireless Power?
At CES 2018, Powercast unveiled a consumer version of its RF-based wireless charging system, and considering the technology and its implications, we could finally have one of the true Holy Grails
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01/13/2018
The holidays have flown by here, and 2018 is in full swing already. The APEC exhibition at the start of March in San Antonio is the place where every power company wants to be seen, and the whole industry seems to have sprung into action in preparation for it, including the US contingent at PSD. My colleagues
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01/13/2018
Welcome to 2018, power aficionados! With all the political, sociological, and ecological instability, it’s good to know you can turn to Power Systems Design for unwavering, uncompromising coverage of that which keeps the world running. And we’re starting the year off with one of the most fundamental of all
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01/13/2018
Addressing Differential and Common Mode Noise With Innovative Dual-Mode Choke Technology

CMF Series Dual Mode Chokes

Circuit designers must deal with many types of noise: internal, external, RF, line frequency and more. Noise can be a limiting factor in system performance and so must be addressed and minimized. The question is “at what cost and effort?”  Is it better to sacrifice performance or cost?  In either
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01/12/2018
Thyristors  Provide Enhanced Surge Protection in High-Exposure Environments
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc., introduced two series of SIDACtor protection thyristors optimized to protect equipment located in high exposure environments from severe overvoltage transients. The Pxxx0MEL 5kA Series and Pxxx0FNL 3kA Series SIDACtor protection thyristors offer enhanced reliability
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01/11/2018
NTU and Volvo to Jointly Develop Autonomous Electric Buses in Singapore

NTU and Volvo will begin testing autonomous electric passenger buses at the CETRAN test centre from 2019 and the 40-seater buses will be equipped with GPS and integrated navigation systems that will enable it to drive, park and even charge itself.

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Volvo Buses announced today that they will begin testing autonomous electric passenger buses in Singapore in 2019. For Volvo, this will be its first autonomous application in public transportation anywhere in the world and it has chosen
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01/11/2018
Full Value Chain -- Tailored Diode Lasers and UV LEDs

This is a compact laser source generating short optical pulses with widths between 200 picoseconds and 20 nanoseconds, suited e.g. for LiDAR applications.

The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (FBH) presents novel developments and advancements of its diode lasers and UV light-emitting diodes (LEDs) at Photonics West 2018. The event is hosted in San Francisco (USA) from 30 January - 1 February 2018. FBH is also extensively represented at the accompanying conferences (27
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01/11/2018
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. /PRNewswire/ -- Airports searching for ways to lower their multimillion dollar electric bills immediately recognized the opportunity to save up to 25% on their power bills upon learning about Stored Air Power's patent filing last week that sets a new paradigm for Compressed Air Energy
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01/11/2018
Arrow Electronics presents â€sensor-to-sunset’ IoT portfolio at Embedded World
Under the theme “From Sensor to Sunset,” Arrow Electronics will display its comprehensive, fully integrated IoT portfolio at Embedded World, including sensors, wireless connectivity, gateways to cloud
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01/09/2018
New development kit from ON Semiconductor enables rapid installation of battery-free smart passive sensors for IoT applications
ON Semiconductor announced a complete wireless battery free sensing solution kit (SPSDEVK1) that allows the company’s innovative
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01/09/2018
ADI 72V Hybrid Step-Down DC/DC Controller Reduces Solution Size by 50% Compared to Traditional Architectures
Analog Devices announced the Power by Linear LTC7821, an industry first hybrid step-down synchronous controller that merges a switched capacitor circuit with a synchronous step-down controller, enabling
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01/09/2018
Solid State Supplies offers world’s smallest Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module
Solid State Supplies offers world’s smallest Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module  
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01/09/2018
JUNO BEACH, Fla./PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company announced the latest major milestones in its ongoing strategy of advancing clean energy affordably for customers: the retirement of one of Florida's largest coal-fired power plants and the opening of four new solar power plants comprised of more
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01/09/2018
Science for a Resilient EU Power Grid
Electricity is the backbone of European society. When a natural disaster hits the power grid, recovery can happen in a matter of hours or it could take months to fully restore electricity supply. As well as hampering emergency response efforts, power cuts can trigger accidents and bring economic activity to
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01/05/2018
Study Boosts Hope for Cheaper Fuel Cells

Simulations by Rice University scientists show how carbon nanomaterials may be optimized to replace expensive platinum in cathodes for electricity-generating fuel cells for transportation and other applications.

Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes or modified graphene nanoribbons may be suitable replacements for platinum for fast oxygen reduction, the key reaction in fuel cells that transform chemical energy into electricity, according to Rice University researchers. The findings are from computer simulations
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01/05/2018
Female Power Contacts for 2mm Pitch Connectors
Harwin has announced the introduction of a new female contact for its Datamate connectors that enables significant increases in power delivery levels to be realized. Utilizing a unique, proprietary 6-finger design which is machined from a single piece of beryllium
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01/04/2018
Supercapacitors Provide Peak Power Needed for Delivering Real-Time Wellness Vibration Alerts

Spire Health Tag compared to a US quarter to demonstrate size.

CAP-XX announced that Spire has incorporated CAP-XX Thinline supercapacitors into the new Spire Health Tag to provide the peak power needed for delivering real-time wellness vibration alerts to consumers. Offloading this peak power role to the thin, flat supercapacitor allows Spire to
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01/04/2018
A Fossil Fuel Technology That Doesn't Pollute

L.S. Fan, Distinguished University Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University, holds samples of materials developed in his laboratory that enable clean energy technologies.

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Engineers at The Ohio State University are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels and biomass into useful products including electricity without emitting carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. In the first of two papers published in the journal
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01/03/2018
Laser Evaporation Technology to Create New Solar Materials

This is a closer look at the target of frozen solution that contains the building blocks for the solar cell material.

DURHAM, N.C. -- Materials scientists at Duke University have developed a method to create hybrid thin-film materials that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to make. The technique could be the gateway to new generations of solar cells, light-emitting diodes and photodetectors. The research
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01/03/2018

 



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