Energy Efficiency

August 2018
High-Performance Non-Fullerene Organic Solar Cells

Non-fullerene polymer solar cells exhibit high performance and are easy to commercialize.

Organic solar cells (OSCs) has driven their efficiencies to above 10% to reach a viable level for commercialization. However, the increase in the photoactive layer thickness has resulted in lower efficiency levels, which therefore brings much complex manufacturing process. A research team, led by
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08/30/2018
Air Pollution Can Put a Dent in Solar Power
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Ian Marius Peters, now an MIT research scientist, was working on solar energy research in Singapore in 2013 when he encountered an extraordinary cloud of pollution. The city was suddenly engulfed in a foul-smelling cloud of haze so thick that from one side of a street you couldn't see the
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08/30/2018
Next-Generation Material in Energy Storage Devices

The fabrication schematic diagram of FeCo-selenide//Fe2O3 asymmetric supercapacitor (ASC). The FeCo-selenide and Fe2O3 electrodes serve as positive and negative electrodes respectively that both show excellent electrochemical performance. In addition, the fabricated ASC was connected to form a series circuit to light the "CUMT" board, which can be viewed as a promising candidate for large scale hybrid devices applications.

In a paper to be published in the forthcoming issue of NANO, a team of researchers from the China University of Mining and Technology
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08/28/2018

Water Vapor Annealing Technique on Diamond Surfaces for Next-Generation Power Devices

Schematic illustration of the formation of OH-terminated diamond (111) surface by water vapor annealing of H-terminated one.

Kanazawa - Diamonds are adored for their dazzling beauty, often displayed in exquisite jewelry. But, this solid form of carbon is also renowned for its outstanding physical and electronic properties. In Japan, a collaboration between researchers at Kanazawa University's Graduate School of Natural
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08/27/2018
Simultaneous power supply for mainboard and 24V peripherals
The new industrial PC PSU BEA-750H from Bicker Elektronik, Donauwörth/Germany, offers in addition to the regular ATX outputs for current mainboards a strong 24VDC output, which can be loaded with up to 7 amps and thus provides enough power to ensure the reliable supply of displays, receipt printers, card readers,
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08/22/2018
WÃrth Wireless Connectivity from Digi-Key
The product range encompasses highly efficient wireless transmission solutions in the Bluetooth or Wireless M-Bus standard as well as proprietary wireless modules in the frequency ranges 169, 433, 868, 915 MHz and 2.4 GHz. Thanks to their low power consumption, these high-quality, compact components are ideal
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08/22/2018
Compact 200 Watt metal cased power supplies
It extends the existing TXM series which ranged from 15 to 150 Watt with an additional 200 Watt series. With a compact metal case and screw terminal block connections, they are easy to install in any equipment. There are three models of single output voltages from 12 VDC to 48 VDC. They also feature an universal
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08/22/2018
Maxim 5kVRMS Reinforced Digital Isolator
To better protect industrial systems from the dangers of high-voltage signals, equipment designers can now turn to the new robust and reliable MAX22445 5kVRMS four-channel reinforced digital isolator from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). Delivering up to 2x greater throughput at 4x lower power
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08/22/2018
550 Watt Ultra High Density Power Supply
Gresham Power Electronics announces the introduction of its latest micro-footprint, Ultra High Density (UHD) 550W output power supply the OF(M)550. The product range has been designed for use in applications including industrial and telecom systems, medical equipment and LED lighting. This new series
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08/22/2018
950V CoolMOS P7 Superjunction MOSFET
Infineon Technologies ushers a new member of its CoolMOS™ P7 family, the 950 V CoolMOS P7 Superjunction MOSFET. It meets even the most rigorous design requirements: for lighting, smart meter, mobile charger, notebook adapter, AUX power supply and industrial SMPS applications. This new semiconductor solution
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08/22/2018
Powerbox presents Enhanced Rail Power Solutions at Innotrans 2018
From low power board-mounted DC/DC converters up to fully customized power solutions delivering multi-kilowatts, PRBX-ERPS is one of the most flexible and adaptable power solutions for railway applications. Designed to reduce time to market and meet specific rail industry requirements, PRBX-ERPS building blocks
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08/22/2018
Asia's First Fully Solar-Powered Quadcopter Drone
Aircraft that can take off and land directly without the need for a runway - such as helicopters and quadcopters - are attractive for personal, commercial and military applications as they require less physical space and infrastructure compared to traditional fixed wing planes. A team from the National University
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08/21/2018
Calculating a New Design

Dr. Wei Xiong (left) and Dr. Albert To in Pitt's ANSYS Additive Manufacturing Research Laboratory.

PITTSBURGH ... A research collaboration led by the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering is one of 15 national projects to receive nearly $8.8 million in Department of Energy (DOE) funding for cost-shared research and development initiatives to develop innovative technologies that enhance
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08/21/2018
CELEST: New Benchmarks in Energy Storage Research

Doctoral candidate Niyousha Karimi Paridari studies electrochemical properties of various materials for use in new energy storage technologies.

Electrochemical energy storage is a key technology of the 21st century. Now, the Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage Ulm & Karlsruhe (CELEST), one of the most ambitious research platforms in this area worldwide, has started operation. It combines finding-oriented research with close-to-practice development
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08/17/2018
Power Supplies Designed for Low-Power IoT Applications
PLANO, TX – RECOM's latest 15W and 20W AC/DC power supplies are designed for low-power IoT and household applications. Based on the footprint of the compact RAC10-K modules, these new modules feature high-efficiency over a wide load range and minimal standby power consumption. The RAC15-K and
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08/15/2018
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. - Sager Electronics is now stocking ebm-papst's ACi4400 Series GreenTech EC Compact Fans. ebm-papst's ACi4400 Series GreenTech EC Compact Fans are now even more versatile with the addition of 90 –
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08/14/2018
Automotive-Grade Quad Step-Down Regulators Reduce Footprint
NORWOOD, MA - Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear ADP5138, automotive-qualified, high-efficiency, 3.2MHz synchronous quad output buck regulators, incorporating a unique fixed frequency, peak current mode, PWM control architecture that reduces conducted and radiated emissions. The device’s high-efficiency
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08/13/2018
Four Argonne Experts Collect Dept. of Energy Honors

The Department of Energy gave Distinguished Achievement awards to Argonne's Andrew Burnham, Keith Hardy, Amgad Elgowainy and Jeongwoo Han in June. The researchers help advance transportation, sustainability and mobility at the laboratory.

Four researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory -- Andrew Burnham, Keith Hardy, Amgad Elgowainy and Jeongwoo Han (now with Exxon) -- have earned Distinguished Achievement awards for helping to reimagine transportation, sustainability and mobility. Argonne's
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08/10/2018
Power Integrations Certifies USB PD Adapters
San Jose, Calif. – Power Integrations announced that a range of adapter designs based on Power Integrations’ InnoSwitch 3-Pro and InnoSwitch3-CP ICs have achieved compliance with USB Power Delivery (PD) 3.0 standards. During a recent workshop in Portland, Oregon, nine adapter designs featuring
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08/10/2018
A new Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining study has found that using ethanol from corncobs for energy production may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in China, if used instead of starch-based ethanol. China
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08/08/2018
PSDcast - The Formula E Electric Racing Series

Mitch Van Ochten from ROHM Semiconductor

In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing the premier electric racing series, the Formula E championship. In particular, we're exploring ROHM Semiconductor's official technology partnership with the Venturi team. For more: www.fiaformulae.com/en
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08/07/2018
Resistors Feature Power of 8 kW in Standard Mill Bank Size
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of high power, high current mica grid resistors in the standard mill bank size. Offering designers a lower cost option to the standard stainless steel grid design, Vishay Milwaukee GREM resistors feature EDG technology for improvements in
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08/06/2018
TTI, Inc. Acquires Compona AG of Switzerland
TTI, Inc announced the acquisition of privately held Compona AG of Switzerland and the company’s German subsidiary Cosy Electronics GmbH. Both Compona and Cosy are specialty distributors of interconnect products and provide services such as in-house assembly of specific connector ranges and full support on
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08/02/2018
New CMOS op-amp delivers class-leading low-noise
ROHM today announced the availability of a CMOS op-amp featuring the lowest noise in the industry optimized for industrial applications requiring high-accuracy sensing, such as accelerometers used in sonar systems, and optical sensors that handle ultra-small signals. In recent years, in addition to
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08/02/2018
DRQ DC/DC Converters Delivers 1K Watts at 97% Efficiency
Murata has announced the 1 kW DRQ-11.4/88-L48 Series of quarter brick, intermediate bus, DC/DC converter modules that address the growing power requirements of high-reliability networking and telecommunications infrastructure equipment. The fully regulated DRQ-11.4/88-L48xx
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08/02/2018
High-voltage analog input module added to OpreX lineup
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced the development of the GX90XA-10-V1 high-voltage analog input module. The new product will be released on July 9th as part of the OpreXTM Data Acquisition family of data collection and control solutions. The GX90XA-10-V1 module enables Yokogawa recorders
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08/02/2018
Core module for future wireless charging infrastructure
Before electric cars can become a means of transport for everyone, a charging infrastructure needs to be introduced that can serve the mass market. The engineering company Finepower is developing a charging system that can charge the batteries in all vehicle types
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08/02/2018
The Many Flavors of Automotive Electronics
Our automotive/infotainment issue just might be the most diverse offering of the year – most of us drive cars, so OEMs have a wide variety of avenues to approach one of the industry’s most universal topics. Thus, the July/August issue covers such varied themes as audio amplifiers, MLCCs, and SiC MOSFETs,
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08/01/2018
One Giant Leap for the Power Industry
Welcome to the July/August edition of Power Systems Design. Traditionally, things quieten down a bit over the summer period and we get a chance to take some well deserved rest and relaxation. This year that rest is even more welcome as things seemed to increase in intensity as the year went on. Things
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08/01/2018
Technology-Driven Optimization for Power and Thermal Tradeoffs

Figure 1 – Highest optimization potential exists at the system-level

Traditionally the key concerns and optimization targets in chip development have been summarized as “PPA”—performance, power and area. Depending on the application domain, the relative weighting of those three design objectives can vary greatly. In mobile devices, power has been key for quite some time.
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08/01/2018
Microcontrollers Evolve to Support BLDC Automotive Needs

Figure 1 - PC Board

As car manufacturers strive to find ways to increase energy efficiency, and therefore reduce CO2 emissions, the adoption of low-powered, low-weight electric motors for auxiliary units - which work separately from the main drive motor - is on the increase. The electrification of comfort and safety devices like
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08/01/2018