Generating more electricity from solar cells and conducting further research into so-called singlet fission. This is what scientists at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) are currently working on as part of a joint research project conducted in collaboration with Argonne-Northwestern Solar
Brighton: Advanced Material Development (AMD) has raised a total of £750,000 in funding, as the company launches its plan to exploit the commercial potential of applications for graphene and other 2D nanomaterials. The company will contribute £600,000 to fund several distinct research projects conducted by
CAMPBELL, Calif. — Pre-Switch, Inc. introduced Pre-Flex Technology, an embedded AI (Artificial Intelligence) controller IC (Integrated Circuit) which effectively eliminates transistor switching losses in hard-switched architectures for virtually any power converter topology. Pre-Flex dramatically reduces cost,
Due to residual fossil fuel emissions that would remain even with very stringent climate policies enacted from 2020 on, so-called negative emission technologies to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere will be necessary to comply with the 1.5°C limit.
Coal power versus wind and solar energy - debates about the Paris climate targets often centre around electricity supply. Yet, even in a world of stringent climate policies and a clean power generation, the remaining use of fossil fuels in industry, transport and heating in buildings could still cause enough
TRACO POWER has announced the release of their TEC 3 series of 3 Watt DC/DC converters in compact SIP 8 packages using the latest technologies to reduce cost while improving efficiency and performance.
The TEC 3 Series consists of 32 models offering inputs of 4.5~13.2 / 9~18 / 18~36 / 36~75 Vin and
A scaled-up NESMD test bed during a 2017 demonstration at NEWT, an NSF-funded engineering research center at Rice University. (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)
HOUSTON -- The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $1.7 million to a Rice University-led team for further development and field testing of an innovative desalination technology that uses nanoparticles and sunlight to treat water.
Rice's "nanophotonics-enabled solar membrane distillation"
Mornsun recently introduced the 200W PV200-29Bxx series, which has an input voltage of 300-1500VDC to further meet customer demand for ultra-wide & ultra-high input voltage in new energy systems. They can be widely used in photovoltaic power generation, energy storage BMS, high-voltage inverters,
The U.S. power grid, after faithfully delivering electricity to our neighborhoods for generations, is facing significant change to how it operates — thanks to solar-panel installations, wind farms, new energy storage systems, and even electric cars.
As utilities meet
Purdue students have conducted battery safety research that industry partners and research organizations are helping to translate into the larger batteries of naval warfare.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Fundamental Purdue University research on making batteries safer has been targeted by the U.S. Office of Naval Research for translation into prototypes of larger batteries used in technologies such as submarines and naval missile systems.
The prototype development process,
A digital camera mounted experimentally on a sample heliostat 'sees' the infrared light on the tower
Researchers have developed a prototype for calibrating an entire solar field in a single night, shaving months off the current calibration system for large size Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) tower plants.
Conceptual drawing of the superlattice in which spread electrons are confined to a narrow space to enhance thermoelectric conversion.
Researchers more than doubled the ability of a material to convert heat into electricity, which could help reduce the amount of wasted heat, and thus wasted fossil fuel, in daily activities and industries.
Researchers from Hokkaido University and their colleagues in Japan and Taiwan have improved
The left figure is an example of time series of fluctuation of power generation outputs. The right figure shows the histogram of the frequency of corresponding power fluctuation. When we can assume mild fluctuation as illustrated by the red line, modeling with normal distribution is acceptable. However, wind power generation fluctuation contains abrupt changes as illustrated by the blue line. Consequently, the corresponding histogram has slowly-decaying heavy tails, which represents the extremal outliers.
Abrupt changes of wind power generation output are a source of severe damage to power systems. Researchers at Kyoto University developed a stochastic modeling method that enables to evaluate the impact of such phenomena. The feature of the method lies in its significant computational effectiveness in comparison
Shigenao Ishiguro, President and CEO of TDK Corporation, and Yoshiko Tanahashi, Director of Clarivate Analytics Japan
TDK Corporation announced that it has been selected as one of the 2017 Top 100 Global Innovators (http://top100innovators.clarivate.com/content/tdk) by Clarivate Analytics (formerly the Intellectual Property and Science business
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Ametherm introduced a new NTC thermistor probe assembly for high-accuracy temperature sensing and measurement in Li-ion battery power applications. The device combines a specially designed ring lug for battery mounting with a high dielectric voltage rating of 4000 VAC.
This is a sample holder inside a focus ion beam (FIB) milling microscope used to create thin foils for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies.
Many current and future technologies require alloys that can withstand high temperatures without corroding. Now, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have hailed a major breakthrough in understanding how alloys behave at high temperatures, pointing the way to significant improvements in
ON Semiconductor has announced a new range of ultra-low noise LDO regulators with the industry’s best power supply rejection ratio (PSRR), enabling better performance in noise sensitive analog designs. The new NCP16x series, along with the AEC-Q100 qualified NCV81x automotive variants, delivers improved performance
At this year’s PCIM Europe trade fair in Nuremberg Infineon Technologies presents the first products of its automotive Silicon Carbide portfolio: the CoolSiC Schottky diode family is now ready for current and future on-board charger (OBC) applications in hybrid and electric vehicles. Infineon has designed
Increasing complexity of end products is challenging the design parameters for high power supplies: these require higher power and more efficiency in an even smaller space. Semiconductor devices are essential to the operation and performance of modern switched mode
Analog Devices announced its latest generation of reinforced isolated power converters, setting a new benchmark for low component-level radiated emissions allowing systems to meet EN 55022/CISPR 22 Class B Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) standard requirements. The ADuM5020/6020 and ADuM5028/6028 series eliminate
KEMET introduced its first 150°C Automotive KO-CAP capacitor. The T599 KO-CAP High Humidity/High Temperature Performance Polymer series delivers stability and endurance under harsh humidity and temperature conditions.
Toshiba Electronics Europe will be providing details on its new packaging for its 4.5 kV class press-pack IEGT (PPI) devices at PCIM 2018 in Nürnberg. The new packaging has been developed to further improve the rupture resistance of the device, thereby reducing
Infineon Technologies expands its product portfolio of the thin-wafer technology TRENCHSTOP™5 IGBT. The new product family is offering up to 40 A 650V IGBT, co-packed with a full rated 40 A diode in a surface mounting TO-263-3 also known as D2PAK. The new TRENCHSTOP
KEMET has expanded its industry-leading X7R 250 volt multilayer ceramic capacitor series to include smaller case sizes and increased capacitance values. These compact surface mount technology footprints benefit designers in saving printed circuit board space
To construct flexible and cost-effective IP video surveillance systems, integrators often take advantage of Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches, especially in outdoor locations. The challenge lies in ensuring that PoE switches can provide high power output and sufficient
Automotive designers can significantly lower EMI and increase efficiency with the pin-compatible MAX20073 and MAX20074 buck converters from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). The compact converters, which offer the industry’s lowest EMI performance
Global energy efficiency standards often prohibit manufacturers from importing or selling products that do not meet these standards. In order to comply with specific minimum requirements, energy losses have to be reduced by using the latest technology. Infineon Technologies
How to store solar energy is the central challenge facing the energy reform. Alongside traditional solutions - such as solar cells or batteries - creative chemical concepts for storing energy are paving the way for entirely new opportunities. Intramolecular reactions are making it possible for solar energy to
Three new solar thermal technologies, solid (particles), liquid (molten salts), and gas (sCO2) are to be combined with a Brayton power loop to bring down costs of solar towers; the future of 24-hour solar.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $72 million in funding of three novel pathways aimed at raising temperature and efficiency in order to lower costs for three Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) tower technologies over the next five years.
The three technology pathways, comprising solid
Nexperia, today announced that two of its LFPAK56-packaged portfolio of MOSFETs are now available with improved creepage and clearance to meet UL2595 requirements for battery-powered equipment rated between 15 and 32 V. Devices are 100% compatible with the industry-standard
HARTING has developed a range of miniaturised power interfaces with integrated electro-optical conversion, enabling customers to save time and money by combining electrical connectivity and optical transmission in the same module.
IQD Frequency Products are pleased to announce that they have signed a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Electronics, one of the world’s leading distributors of electronic components. Through this agreement, Digi-Key will distribute IQD’s frequency
Würth Elektronik eiSos expands its product family of MagI³C power modules with the compact MagI³C VDRM (Variable Step Down Regulator Module) in a LGA-16EP package. The module has an input voltage range of 4 to 18 V for converting voltages from the 5 V, 9
Ultra fast acquisition rate of one million waveforms per second, realtime compensation of transmission losses (deembedding) between the signal source and oscilloscope, and silent operation even at full load – these are just some of the benefits of the high-performance
TDK Corporation is expanding its portfolio of TMR angle sensors with the TAD2140 type in a TO-6 package for automotive and industrial applications. The new sensor provides an innovative system-in-package solution for PCB-less applications. It includes two full TMR
Rigol Technologies EU GmbH introduces four new high-end oscilloscopes with a large 10,1“ touch-color display.
The MSO/DS7000 is a versatile
Powerbox announces the introduction of its supercapacitor boost technology, S-CAP BOOST, offering backup and peak power solutions to industrial and medical applications. Based on the latest supercapacitor technology combined with intelligent control and monitoring,
Microchip announces a flexible PLC modem which supports multiple standard and proprietary protocols used globally in smart grid infrastructure. The PL360B enables manufacturers to respond to the utilities’ need to improve the reliability and performance of smart
CHANDLER, Ariz.— With the uptick in smart grid infrastructure adoption globally, utilities are seeking ways to improve reliability and performance of smart meters to address multiple markets. To meet utilities’ growing needs, equipment manufacturers dedicate extensive resources developing different versions
With the release of the E-Series SiC Schottky diodes, Wolfspeed sets the standard for the rapidly growing field of on-board and off-board automotive applications and solar power inversion. This family of diodes is specifically designed to be robust and reliable in the harshest environments. As a result, the
Hoffman Estates, IL. – Industrial automation solutions provider Omron Automation Americas recently announced the 2017 fiscal year’s winners of the prestigious Distributor of the Year award at its FY18 Sales Conference during the week of May 21st. Over 650 persons representing Omron and its channel
VTT Research Centre of Technology (VTT) has explored the potential and economic benefits of new wind power technology. The technology would greatly increase the benefits of wind energy and enable the competitive utilisation of wind power in Finland.
Heavy investments are being made in wind power,
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has joined the Electronics Representatives Association (ERA) as a manufacturer member.
“AVX is proud to become a member of the ERA,” said Alex Schenkel, vice president of global sales, AVX. “The ERA is one of the most respected international trade organizations
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing an interesting photovoltaic application, the Velocity solar-powered workstation from Sunbolt. Sunbolt's COO, Fred Stampone, joins us to discuss it and greater trends within the marketplace.
Mr. Ian Templeton, 2018 Acopian Power Supply Engineering Scholarship Winner
Easton, PA... Acopian Power Supplies announced that Ian Templeton of Ewing, New Jersey has been named the recipient of the annual Acopian Power Supply Engineering Scholarship. The scholarship program was established to help talented engineering students,
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation extended its new series of pin jumpers for board-to-board (BTB) and module-to-module connections in solid-state lighting (SSL) and other low-pin-count industrial applications with a new two-position pin jumper. When used in conjunction with the new 2.5mm 70-9296 Series
Energetic growth. The UVM spinoff company Packetized Energy is on a roll, adding staff, customers and business partners at an impressive clip. Surrounded by full and part-time staff in the company's new offices in Chace Mill are (left to right) faculty founders Mads Almassalkhi, Jeff Frolik and Paul Hines and new company CEO Scott Johnstone. The company's clever algorithms help utilities tap the potential of renewables like solar and wind.
It's been a whirlwind few months for Packetized Energy, the energy sector start-up spun off from a large Department of Energy project in 2016 by three University of Vermont electrical engineering faculty, Paul Hines, Jeff Frolik and Mads Almassalkhi.
Since late last year, the firm completed a pilot
Will you ever be able to charge your mobile device, car and even clothing with flexible solar cells? Researchers at Aalto University in Finland and Université de Montréal are studying whether the now-experimental technology could someday be mass-produced and commercialized, and some of the issues that have
Earlier this year, President Trump’s budget proposal toyed with the notion of draconian cuts to renewable energy subsidies and R&D. And while the $1.3 trillion spending bill ultimately passed without the proposed reductions, the episode reignited the energy subsidy debate. To wit – yay or nay?
In some ways digital designers have it easier than their analogue and mixed signal compatriots. They have many more tools at their disposal to verify and validate designs before they go to fabrication, which can bring a reasonable measure of assurance that they have their design right, as well as tools that
Figure 1 – Traditional energy disaggregation monitoring requires several submeters; NIALM monitoring happens at the main breaker level.
In today’s world, careful and intelligent energy management is critical.Rising energy costs and environmental pressures are all driving corporations to examine their energy use more closely and, in turn, driving the development of advanced energy management systems.
Demand for compliance with green
KYOTO, Japan and OTTAWA, Canada – ROHM and GaN Systems announced their collaboration in the GaN (gallium nitride) Power Semiconductor business, with the goal of contributing to the continuing evolution of power electronics.
This strategic partnership leverages GaN Systems’ industry leading
When analysing the different impact of static and dynamic solar shading on nZEBs, the research group developed a tool that the architects and engineers can easily use in software programs in order to facilitate reduction of heat losses already in the designing phase. Dynamic solar shadings (which, unlike static
This is a diagram showing one-dimensional nanowires conducting waste heat to electricity.
Waste heat can be converted to electricity more efficiently using one-dimensional nanoscale materials as thin as an atom - ushering a new way of generating sustainable energy - thanks to new research by the University of Warwick.
Led by Drs Andrij Vasylenko, Samuel Marks, Jeremy Sloan and David Quigley