Energy Efficiency

October 2019
Air Velocity Sensors for Thermal Management
Posifa Technologies announced the new PAV3000 series of economical, high-performance air velocity sensors with digital I2C output and a surface-mount footprint for thermal management and filter monitoring in even the most space-constrained locations. Unlike thermistor-based solutions, the PAV3000 has a MEMS
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10/31/2019
Energy Harvesting Controllers Reduce Power Consumption
Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced its RE Family, which encompasses the company’s current and future lineup of energy harvesting embedded controllers. The RE Family is based on Renesas’ proprietary SOTB (Silicon on Thin Buried Oxide) process technology, which dramatically reduces power consumption
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10/31/2019
Moving from Electromechanical to Solid-State in Relays and Circuit Breakers

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Figure 1: Contact wear in an electromechanical relay

As a mature technology, electromechanical relays and circuit breakers are well established, however they continue to suffer from some inherent weaknesses. Moving to solid-state technology can address these but introduces its own challenges. So, what is the right solution? In the movies, whenever the
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10/31/2019

Equipment for Thin Magnetic Ribbon Minimizes Energy-Loss

Developed manufacturing equipment for amorphous ribbon.

JST announces that enterprise-led development of production equipment for ultra-low loss nano crystal (*1) ribbon, supported through the NexTEP-B type phase of the agency's "Adaptable and Seamless Technology Transfer Program through Target-driven R&D" (A-STEP) program (*2), has succeeded in its
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10/28/2019
Can Solar Technology Kill Cancer Cells?

Sophia and Richard Lunt's step-by-step approach has revealed a new way to detect and attack cancer cells using technology traditionally reserved for solar power.

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Scientific breakthroughs don't always happen in labs. For Sophia and Richard Lunt, Michigan State University researchers, many of their breakthroughs happen during neighborhood walks. The married couple's step-by-step approach has revealed a new way to detect and attack cancer
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10/27/2019
Cooking up a new Theory for Better Accelerators

Jefferson Lab's Ari Deibert Palczewski has been awarded a DOE Early Career Research Program grant to make a better theoretical model of accelerator preparation and performance.

NEWPORT NEWS, VA - While particle accelerators may be on the cutting edge of science, the building and preparation of some particle accelerator components has long been more of an art form, dependent on recipes born of trial and error. Now, Ari Deibert Palczewski hopes to change that. A staff scientist at the
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10/25/2019
Hydrogen Boride Nanosheets: Promising for a Hydrogen Carrier

The hydrogen storage and release capacity of HB sheets is exceptionally high due to their two-dimensional nature and unique electronic band structure.

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology, University of Tsukuba, and colleagues in Japan report a promising hydrogen carrier in the form of hydrogen boride nanosheets. This two-dimensional material, which has only recently begun to be explored, could go on to be used as safe, light-weight, high-capacity
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10/25/2019
Biological Material Boosts Solar Cell Performance

Congcong Wu, associate research professor at Penn State, works with materials that can be inserted into next generation solar cells to improve their efficiency. Perovskite solar cells are an area of intense research due to their potential to offer a more efficient and less expensive alternative to traditional silicon-based solar technology.

Next-generation solar cells that mimic photosynthesis with biological material may give new meaning to the term "green technology." Adding the protein bacteriorhodopsin (bR) to perovskite solar cells boosted the efficiency of the devices in a series of laboratory tests, according to an international
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10/23/2019
$2.3 Million DOE Grant to Advance Ethanol Fuel Research

Discrete element method (DEM) computer models have been developed for describing biomass transport through a compression feed screw. This image shows mathematical simulation of biomass particles in feed screw at steady state.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Imagine trying to quickly turn a damp piece of plywood into a liquid and squeezing it through several small openings. That's essentially the challenge facing biorefineries trying to turn corn waste and related materials into ethanol fuel. A big challenge in biomass processing,
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10/22/2019
Energy Storage Capacitors Offer High Moisture Resistance
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of 3.0 V ruggedized ENYCAP electrical double-layer energy storage capacitors for energy harvesting and power backup applications in harsh, high humidity environments. Vishay BCcomponents 235 EDLC-HVR
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10/21/2019
Bio-Circuitry Mimics Synapses, Neurons for Sensory Computing

Researchers at ORNL's Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences demonstrated the first example of capacitance in a lipid-based biomimetic membrane, opening nondigital routes to advanced, brain-like computation.

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee and Texas A&M University demonstrated bio-inspired devices that accelerate routes to neuromorphic, or brain-like, computing. Results published in Nature Communications report the first
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10/17/2019
Are we Underestimating Investing in Renewable Energy?
As policymakers seek to reduce carbon dioxide and other pollutants through increases in renewable energy, improving energy efficiency or electrifying transportation, a key question arises: Which interventions provide the largest benefits to avoid the negative health effects of air pollution? To address
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10/16/2019
Traco Power - new 0.6 and 1A POL converters
The TSR-WI line is a set of non-isolated POL converter series with an ultra wide 8:1 input voltage range which come in standard SIP-3 packages. Covering the majority of standard bus- and battery voltages this POL converter line is a versatile solution for many applications
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10/15/2019
Cheaper Catalyst can Generate Hydrogen in Commercial Device

Hydrogen gas is a massively important industrial chemical for making fuel and fertilizer, and a clean, high-energy-content molecule that can be used in fuel cells or to store energy generated by variable power sources like solar and wind.

Menlo Park, Calif. -- Researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have shown for the first time that a cheap catalyst can split water and generate hydrogen gas for hours on end in the harsh environment of a commercial device. The electrolyzer
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10/15/2019
SiC MOSFETs with 35% Lower Switching Loss
ROHM announced the availability of six new trench gate structure SiC MOSFETs (650V/1200V), the SCT3xxx xR series, ideal for server power supplies, UPS systems, solar power inverters, and EV charging stations requiring high efficiency.  The SCT3xxx
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10/08/2019
Photovoltaic Research Spans Countries, Disciplines

A researcher produces a photovoltaic cell in ASU's QESST University Research Center. QESST is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. Photo by Marco-Alexis Chaira, Arizona State University.

Tempe, Arizona - A new research project spanning five universities in three countries and led by Arizona State University will work to improve solar cell technology and look into new uses for photovoltaic (PV) devices. ASU's Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (
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10/07/2019
Graphene Turns 15 on Track to Deliver on its Promises

A special Nature Nanotechnology issue celebraes 15 years since the Nobel Prize-winning "ground-breaking experiments on graphene."

Graphene is light, flexible, conductive, and one of the strongest materials in the world. And it is right on track to deliver on its promises - the Graphene Flagship is confident many applications will be unveiled in the next decade. In a special Nature Nanotechnology issue, celebrating 15 years since
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10/06/2019
Ossia Receives Second FCC Certification
BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Ossia Inc. announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted Ossia an equipment authorization for wireless power delivery for its asset tracking system, the Cota Forever Tracker. The wireless power delivery for this system is certified under Part 18 of the FCC’s rules. Ossia’s
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10/03/2019
Electrochemical Catalysts Harvest Energy from the Sun

The structure of the proposed device, showing how the generated holes (h+) are used to facilitate thiol oxidation. The measured current increases dramatically under illumination and application of a slight potential.

A research team from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and Kanazawa University develops an eco-friendly device that uses solar energy to catalyze an electrochemical oxidation reaction with high efficiency. Green energy sources constitute a hot research field globally because of the current
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10/03/2019
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Global Technology Systems, Inc. (GTS) announced that it teamed with Dr. Boris Tsenter to develop groundbreaking, high-performance Lithium-water (Li-water) rechargeable battery technology for the energy storage and mobile device markets. The new Lithium-water technology will
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10/01/2019
DOE Announces $21.4 Million for Quantum Research

(From left to right) Brookhaven computational scientist Shinjae Yoo (principal investigator), Brookhaven physicist Chao Zhang, and Stony Brook University quantum information theorist Tzu-Chieh Wei are developing deep learning techniques to efficiently handle sparse data using quantum computer architectures. Data sparsity is common in high-energy physics experiments.

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $21.4 million in funding for research in Quantum Information Science (QIS) related to both particle physics and fusion energy sciences. "QIS holds great promise for tackling challenging questions in a wide range of disciplines,"
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10/01/2019
Amazon to buy 100,000 Electric Vans

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

As Amazon plows forward with its plans for world domination expansion, they’ve committed to buying 100,000 electric vans and eliminating fossil fuels altogether. EV
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10/01/2019