Energy Efficiency

November 2018
The Industry's First 12-bit, 29-kHz RGB LED Driver Family
DALLAS – Texas Instruments (TI) introduced a new family of LED drivers with integrated, independent color mixing, brightness control and a power-saving mode. The LP5018, LP5024, LP5030 and LP5036 enable smooth, vivid color and reduce system power consumption. The devices are the industry’s first
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11/29/2018
Introducing the World's First CO2 Negative Fuel

NextFuel's unique reactor that makes their fuel briquettes.

NextFuel is introducing a completely new energy solution to climate change that is CO2 negative, cheap, profitable and massively scalable. Their CO2 negative fuel briquette, made from elephant grass, is cheaper than oil and cheaper than coal in most markets.  A coal plant can, without any investments, directly
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11/29/2018
EPC Expands Asian Team to Unleash the Power of Innovations
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — To support its accelerating sales growth in Asia, Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) is proud to announce the expansion of the sales and FAE team in Asia Pacific to support its expanding customer base, maximize new business acquisition and capture new market opportunities. Darren
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11/27/2018

A Supercomputer to Accelerate UK Research for EV Batteries

The new supercomputer 'Michael' funded by the Faraday Institution and designed to speed up research on two of the UK's most important battery research projects and installed at University College London.

HARWELL, UK - A new supercomputer designed to speed up research on two of the UK's most important battery research projects has been installed at University College London (UCL). Named Michael, after the UK's most famous battery scientist, Michael Faraday, the supercomputer will reach 265 teraflops at peak performance. Michael
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11/23/2018
Chile is currently undergoing a renewable energy boom. Today, it's the second largest market for renewable energies in Latin America, and in 2016 Chile was the top-scoring renewable energy producer in the Americas and second in the world, beaten only by China. Two decades ago, when this process started, this
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11/21/2018
Explaining the Plummeting Cost of Solar Power
The dramatic drop in the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, which has fallen by 99 percent over the last four decades, is often touted as a major success story for renewable energy technology. But one question has never been fully addressed: What exactly accounts for that stunning drop? A new
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11/20/2018
DOE Grant for Improving Process to Reduce Nuclear Fuel Waste
An $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will allow Penn State researchers to investigate a new approach for removing rare-earth fission products from the molten salt baths where used nuclear fuel is electro-refined to recycle uranium and minimize nuclear waste. Hojong Kim, assistant professor
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11/19/2018
Seoul Semiconductor's SunLike Series LEDs Receive Huge Honor
CHICAGO, IL - Seoul Semiconductor has been selected by the influential industry group BuildingGreen as a “Top 10 Product” for its revolutionary SunLike Series natural spectrum LEDs, the first solid state lighting source that produces light closely matching the spectrum of natural sunlight. “SunLike
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11/14/2018
Next Step on the Path Towards an Efficient Biofuel Cell

This is Julian Szczesny, Nikola Markovi?, Felipe Conzuelo, Wolfgang Schuhmann and Adrian Ruff (from the left).

Fuel cells that work with the enzyme hydrogenase are, in principle, just as efficient as those that contain the expensive precious metal platinum as a catalyst. However, the enzymes need an aqueous environment, which makes it difficult for the starting material for the reaction - hydrogen - to reach the enzyme-loaded
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11/14/2018
High-Voltage Storage Capacitors for Harsh Environments
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of high voltage ENYCAP electrical double-layer energy storage capacitors for energy harvesting and power backup applications in harsh environments. Vishay BCcomponents 230 EDLC-HV ENYCAP capacitors are among the industry's first to offer a
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11/14/2018
SiC Power Module Achieves High Reliability
Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif. –  ROHM announced the development of a 1700V/250A rated SiC power module that provides the industry’s highest level of reliability optimized for inverter and converter applications such as outdoor power generation systems and industrial high power supplies. In
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11/13/2018
DC Link Capacitor Modules for Large Inverter Systems
Liberty, SC— Cornell Dubilier has announced a new series of DC link polypropylene film capacitor modules aimed at high-power inverters. The MDL series offers capacitance values ranging from 600 µF to 4,200 µF, with applied voltages of 900 Vdc to 1,300 Vdc.  Designed as an alternative
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11/13/2018
An Opportunity for Energy Transition

Meeting to incorporate the renewable energy cooperative Som Energia.

The transition from fossil to renewable energy sources is a necessary condition for the sustainability of human societies. There are movements in societies seeking to make this transition "not merely technological but also designed to exploit the capacity for social transformation they offer, given the
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11/12/2018
PSMA Energy Mgmt. Technical Committee Leadership Opportunity

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PSMA Energy Management Technical Committee Leadership Opportunity

The PSMA Board of Directors is seeking one or more volunteers interested in providing leadership for the Energy Management Technical Committee. The membership in all the PSMA Technical Committees
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11/10/2018
High-Output High-Bay LED Fixture With Remote Power Supply
FARMINGDALE, N.J. – Dialight launched its new 72,000 lumen Vigilant High Output High Bay fixture, designed to deliver optimum illumination at mounting heights above 60 feet (18 meters). The fixture is the first Dialight product to feature the company’s new custom-designed
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11/09/2018
CITE 2019 will be held in Shenzhen on April 2019

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CITE 2019 Press Conference

On November 8, 2018, the Organizing Committee of the 7th China Electronic Information Exposition (hereinafter referred to as "CITE 2019") held a press conference in Beijing, announcing that the 7th China Electronic Information Exposition will be held in Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center from
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11/08/2018
Modular Switching Regulators Now Available at Rutronik
PLANO, TX – Rutronik, Inc. has announced that RECOM’s latest R-78E Series switching regulator module is now available at Rutronik24. RECOM designed the R-78E Series as a pin-compatible drop-in replacement for existing LM78 linear regulators, offering design engineers all the advantages of a switching regulator,
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11/07/2018
A Bionic Mushroom That Generates Electricity

An electrode network (branched pattern) and cyanobacteria (spiral pattern) were 3D printed on a mushroom to produce bio-electricity.

In the quest to replace fossil fuels, scientists are always on the lookout for alternative, environmentally friendly sources of energy. But who could have imagined a bionic mushroom that produces electricity? It sounds like something straight out of Alice in Wonderland, but researchers have now generated
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11/07/2018
Filtering Liquids With Liquids Saves Electricity
Filtering and treating water, both for human consumption and to clean industrial and municipal wastewater, accounts for about 13% of all electricity consumed in the US every year and releases about 290 million metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere annually - roughly equivalent to the combined weight
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11/07/2018
A Path Forward for Better use of Landfill gas as Energy

Schematic of the experimental setup of siloxane removal from a carrier gas by application of dielectric barrier discharge plasma

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Methane gas released from landfills has long been a topic of interest for alternative energy. One issue, however, is that landfill gases contain numerous contaminants, such as volatile methyl siloxanes, whose silica deposits put extra wear and tear on the natural gas generators when they
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11/06/2018
Inside job: A new Technique to Cool a Fusion Reactor

This is visible imaging of (a) shell pellet hitting low-field-side boundary of plasma, (b) continuing through plasma toward core, (c) ablating and releasing boron dust in core. (d) Expanded view of (c), highlighting shell and dust. (e) Plasma cross-section with red dot indicating pellet location at time of dust release in (c). Injection velocity ? 230 m/s.

PORTLAND, Ore.-- Fusion offers the potential of near limitless energy by heating a gas trapped in a magnetic field to incredibly high temperatures where atoms are so energetic that they fuse together when they collide. But if that hot gas, called a plasma, breaks free from the magnetic field, it must be safely
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11/05/2018
Atom-Thick Platforms for Energy and Computing Research
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -- Two-dimensional magnetism has long intrigued and motivated researchers for its potential to unleash new states of matter and utility in nano-devices. In part the excitement is driven by predictions that the magnetic moments of electrons - known as "spins" - would
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11/01/2018
Compact, Efficient 5-20W AC/DC Power Modules
The modules are designed to offer great light-load efficiency and low standby power. Ideal for industrial controls, IoT infrastructure, smart-building devices, and household appliances, the range comprises 5W, 10W, 15W and 20W options. Built-in filters bring them well within EMC Class B limits with no additional
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11/01/2018
COSEL announces new R&D Innovation center in Toyama Japan
In a brand new, purpose built building with a floor space of 8,200 square meters, 250 R&D employees will have access to the most advanced equipment and technologies to design high quality power solutions with a reduced time-to-market. Looking towards future requirements and in order to respond rapidly to
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11/01/2018
TI’s TPS650861 Multi-Rail PMICs, Now Shipping at Mouser
The TPS650861 configurable power management integrated circuit (PMIC) offers flexible power solutions for multiprocessor systems-on-chip (MPSoCs) and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The TI TPS650861
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11/01/2018
Ultra-high accuracy coreless current sensor supports 60Arms
The CZ-370x series device meets the UL safety standard UL61800-5-1 for industrial equipment and features a wide current detection lineup from ±5.3 to ±180 App, 60 Arms. The CZ-370x series is intended to be used for many applications including AC motors and general
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11/01/2018