Energy Efficiency

February 2019
A Mega-Project on Cybersecurity and Data Protection

An extensive research project on cybersecurity and data protection in Europe will be launched this week. Goethe University Frankfurt has assumed the leadership and co-ordination of the 43 total consortium partners from science, business, industry and society.

With a total grant amount of € 16 million, 'mega' is hardly an exaggerated designation for the project "CyberSec4Europe". The European Commission desires to set international standards in cybersecurity and boost the effectiveness of Europe's security capacities. The goal of the new "Horizon
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02/28/2019
PSD Celebrating 15 Years of Publishing

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Jim & Julia Graham

2019 has arrived and it marks a Big Anniversary for the PSD team!  PSD is celebrating our 15th year in publishing for the global power electronic engineering community.  Back in 2004, when the "big publishers" decided that they would close magazines like PCIM Europe
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02/25/2019
Slightly more than forty years ago, the silicon power MOSFET was a disruptive technology that displaced the bipolar transistor as the power conversion device of choice for the semiconductor industry – and a $12B market emerged.
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02/24/2019

Navy Files for Patent on Room-Temperature Superconductor

Illustration of the room-temperature superconductor design described in the U.S. Navy's patent application.

A scientist working for the U.S. Navy has filed for a patent on a room-temperature superconductor, representing a potential paradigm shift in energy transmission and computer systems. Salvatore Cezar Pais is listed as the inventor on the Navy's
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02/22/2019
High Bay LED Lights Feature Expanded Wattages
Access Fixtures has released a new line of UFO-style high bay LED lights with expanded wattages. The  HIIO high bay LED light from Access Fixtures, now available in 80, 100, 150, 200, and 240 watts, brings form and function together while expanding lighting options for consumers and property managers.
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02/22/2019
'Goldilocks' Thinking to cut Fuel Cell Cost in EVs

A platinum-like metal only five atomic layers thick is "just right" for optimizing the performance of a fuel cell electrode.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The 2019 Toyota Mirai electric vehicle touts zero emissions, thanks to a fuel cell that runs on hydrogen instead of gasoline. But the Mirai has barely left California, partly because today's fuel cell electrodes are made of super expensive platinum. Cutting down on the platinum
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02/22/2019
COSEL’s very high reliability 40W DC/DC converter for demanding applications offers 10 year warranty

Cosel’s high reliability 40W DC/DC converters MGF40 series for demanding applications

  10 years warranty 40W in 1x1 inch industry standard footprint Efficiency up to 92% UL62368-1, C-UL [CSA62368-1) and EN62368-1 approved Ultra
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02/21/2019
AC-DC Titanium Efficient Power Shelf to Power 48V Systems
Bel Power Solutions announces the SPSTET4 System (Power Modules, Shelf, Controller and Power Distribution Unit (PDU)). These products are designed for systems and applications where AC-DC conversion from single-phase AC mains power to 54.5Vdc is required. The SPSTET4 System is designed for secure
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02/19/2019
AVX Supports GEOX DRAGON All-Electric Formula-E Racing Team
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation is sponsoring the GEOX DRAGON Formula-E racing team in partnership with Mouser Electronics, TTI, Inc., and Molex. The world’s first and only racing series with all-electric vehicles, the ABB FIA Formula-E Championship is a fusion of engineering, technology, sport, science,
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02/14/2019
Carbon Gas Storage Cavern to Obtain Clean Fossil Fuel Energy
A set of technologies that is expected to have its first results four years from now is designed to resolve one of the world's greatest oil and gas exploration challenges today: carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emission in the atmosphere. The innovation, the result of a
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02/13/2019
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing the past, present, and future of wide bandgap semiconductors. For the last four years, one of the biggest advocates for wide bandgap devices has been
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02/07/2019
Electrocatalyst Outperforms Platinum in Hydrogen Production

The novel catalyst is a nanostructured composite material composed of carbon nanowires with ruthenium atoms bonded to nitrogen and carbon to form active sites within the carbon matrix. Electron microscopy of carbon nanowires co-doped with ruthenium and nitrogen showed ruthenium nanoparticles decorating the surface of the nanowires.

A novel ruthenium-based catalyst developed at UC Santa Cruz has shown markedly better performance than commercial platinum catalysts in alkaline water electrolysis for hydrogen production. The catalyst is a nanostructured composite material composed of carbon nanowires with ruthenium atoms bonded to nitrogen
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02/07/2019
Smart Lighting Control Systems Can Save 400â a Year
A group of researchers at the Higher Technical School of Architecture at the University of Seville have developed a predictive method for quantifying, by means of simulations of new dynamic metrics, the potential energy and economic saving that using smart lighting control systems brings. These smart systems
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02/06/2019
Observing Hydrogen's Effects in Metal
Hydrogen, the second-tiniest of all atoms, can penetrate right into the crystal structure of a solid metal. That's good news for efforts to store hydrogen fuel safely within the metal itself, but it's bad news for structures such as the pressure vessels in nuclear plants, where hydrogen uptake eventually
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02/05/2019
PSDcast â€
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re chatting with Matrix Industries about the PowerWatch 2, a smartwatch that harvests energy from body
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02/05/2019
2.5 A IGBT and MOSFET Driver Delivers Increased Efficiency
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. broadened its optoelectronics portfolio with the introduction of a new 2.5 A IGBT and MOSFET driver. Available in DIP-8 and SMD-8 packages, the Vishay Semiconductors VOD3120A features low voltage drop on its output at
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02/05/2019
15W to 30W DC-DC Converters Offer a Dual-Output Solution
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. – Sager Electronics, is now stocking TDK-Lambda’s CCG15-30D dual output isolated DC-DC converters. The CCG15-30D dual output 15W to 30W DC-DC converters offer a dual output solution in a 1" x 1" industry
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02/04/2019