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Energy Efficiency

November 2019
Virgin Hyperloop Tech Ready for 3rd-Party Safety Assessment
Certifer announced they are working with Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO) to meet their goal of surpassing the safety of all existing transport systems. Certifer has followed VHO’s progress with the R&D, prototyping and testing stages, and has performed a complete review of their solution design status. The ex
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11/27/2019
Robust, Low-Latency PHY Technology for Industrial Ethernet
The ADIN1300 is a low-power, single port Ethernet transceiver with industry leading power and latency specifications primarily designed for time-critical industrial Ethernet applications up to Gigabit speeds. As industrial automation increases the adoption of Ethernet and pushes in the boundaries of data rates, the
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11/27/2019
Medical Blueline Power Range from 5-60W External Adapters
Meeting both DoE Level VI and CoC Tier 2 efficiency requirements, the five Blueline models are UL approved and cover power ratings from 5W to 60W. They are certified to EN 60601-1 medical safety and EMC specifications. Safety features include overvoltage and short-circuit protection, LED status indicator, and 4000VAC/570
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11/27/2019

High power density 15A/50W output digital PoL regulator
The new module provides up to 15A/50W at an adjustable output voltage of 0.6-3.3V, which equates to a 25% higher current and power delivery at 3.3V than the previous 12A maximum for that voltage. The input voltage range of the device is 4.5V to 14V. The higher output is in response to customer demands, offering increased cu
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11/27/2019
CoolSiC MOSFET evaluation board for motor drives up to 7.5 kW
The board will help to pave the way for SiC in motor drives and help strengthening Infineon’s market position as #1 for industrial SiC. It was developed to support customers during their first steps in designing industrial drives applications with a maximum of 7.5 kW motor output. The evaluation board co
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11/27/2019
New Compact 36W, 60W and 90W DIN-Rail Mini Power Supplies
Three new 24VDC output DIN-Rail power supplies have been added to the range; PIM36 (36W - coming soon), PIM60 (60W) and PIM90 (90W). The new PIANO Mini (PIM) power supplies free-up space in industrial automation, machines or control panels to offer more flexible system planning. The PIM90 a 90W DIN-Rail power sup
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11/27/2019
Components Bureau Adds Artesyn to Its Power Portfolio
This new agreement is part of the company’s strategy to expand its power product portfolio and build on its already established specialist power franchises. Artesyn has a broad power offering with products from 3W to hundreds of kW. These products will add an exhaustive range of high power modular and prog
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11/27/2019
FN 2580 power line EMC Filter Family for Lighting Equipment
The filter can be used in typical single-phase applications (120 VAC and 230 VAC). Or industrial applications when utilizing phase to neutral voltage off three phase power. Example: 480 VAC P-P / 277 VAC P-N and 600 VAC P-P / 347VAC P-N. The new parts are very compact and are designed specifically for lighting ap
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11/27/2019
Automotive-Compliant Level Shifters from Diodes Incorporated
The PI4ULS5V108Q and PI4ULS5V202Q are designed for use in advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), infotainment, and telematics equipment. Both devices are compatible with either push-pull or open-drain connections, delivering the convenience of a single part number to address multiple applications. In addition, bid
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11/27/2019
Analog Devices Acquires Test Motors
Based in Barcelona, Spain, Test Motors offers products and services that detect faults in electric motors before they cause damage to production cycles and advises on how and when to repair them. The acquisition expands ADI’s portfolio of condition-based monitoring solutions capable of identifying equipment fault
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11/27/2019
40V, 2.2MHz Synchronous Buck Converters
The MOSFETs provide point-of-load (PoL) solutions with a continuous output current of either 3.5A or 5A. The devices feature proprietary gate driver technology, delivering superior EMI performance in step-down DC-DC conversion for consumer, industrial, networking, and automotive applications. The AP64350, AP
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11/27/2019
TEN 40E & TEN 40WIE Series – New 40 Watt DC/DC converters
Driven by current market trends these series were developed to maximize quality and cost efficiency in one product. Due to a new design approach the TEN 40E and TEN 40WIE thus offer a cost efficient solution with not only no concession on quality or reliability but even improved specifications compared to their p
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11/27/2019
RS Components adds high-voltage regulated DC power supplies
Aimed primarily at electronic engineers designing IT equipment for industrial, instrumentation and transportation applications, TRI Series power converters combine a sophisticated reinforced isolation system, able to withstand high test voltages, with high common-mode transient immunity. The TRI Series offers fi
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11/27/2019
ROHM presents Ultra-High Noise Tolerant Comparators
The comparators are ideal for sensor applications in automotive systems such as ECUs and powertrain. New advancements in computerization and increase of densely packed electric devices have increased the amount of noise in electric vehicles and cars equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Howev
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11/27/2019
Infineon adds industrial-grade CoolGaN devices
The CoolGaN 400 V device (IGT40R070D1 E8220) is tailored for premium HiFi audio systems where end users demand every detail of their high resolution sound tracks. These have been conventionally addressed by bulky linear or tube amplifiers. With the CoolGaN 400 V switch as class D output stage, audio designers
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11/27/2019
High-Side Load Switch with True Reverse Current Blocking
Single-channel high-side load switches provide an effective way of applying or removing power to a load, particularly to removable peripherals powered through a USB port. The large output capacitors (100µF) associated with the USB port and self-powered USB peripherals create the possibility that the load switch may
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11/27/2019
Microchip delivers up to 90 W over Ethernet wiring
This development eases the transition to using IEEE 802.3bt-2018-compliant PoE injectors and midspans for users, and Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) chipsets for system developers. As the industry adopts the latest generation of PoE technology for managing data and power over a single Ethernet cable, users f
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11/27/2019
Low profile open frame OVC III certified power supplies
Benefiting from the latest power switching technologies, the LHA150F is 30% smaller and gains up to 4.5 efficiency points compared to the previous LFA150F, whilst the more powerful LHA300F gains up to 6 points of efficiency and is 50% smaller than the LFA300F. In addition to higher efficiency, by using an LLC r
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11/27/2019
Nuclear Fusion Plasma Control Expert Pursues Energy Goal

Eugenio Schuster, a professor of mechanical engineering and mechanics at Lehigh University's P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, is an expert in nuclear fusion plasma control. He is pictured at Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) in South Korea.

It's hard to believe, but there is actually one initiative that currently unites the world. It's the quest to build a fusion reactor. The European Union, China, South Korea, Japan, India, Russia, and the United States have all committed funding and scientific resources to build ITER (Latin for "The Way"), th
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11/26/2019
UK Company Ready to Take Purdue Heating Tech to the Market

Alconbury Weston Limited, a science-engineering company based in the United Kingdom, has licensed carbon fiber technology from Purdue Research Foundation.

A novel heating technology based on materials commonly used in the aerospace industry soon may be helping doctors, forensic scientists and automobile manufacturers. Alconbury Weston Limited, a science-engineering company based in the United Kingdom, has licensed carbon fiber technology from Purdue Research Foundation to
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11/26/2019
Big Trucks, Little Emissions
One way of increasing sustainability is to reduce carbon fuel emissions within transportation. In 2017 greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from this sector surpassed all others in the U.S., accounting for nearly 30% of total GHG emissions, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. One strategy r
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11/26/2019
Clear, Conductive Coating Could Protect Advanced Solar Cells
MIT researchers have improved on a transparent, conductive coating material, producing a tenfold gain in its electrical conductivity. When incorporated into a type of high-efficiency solar cell, the material increased the cell's efficiency and stability. The new findings are reported in the journal Science Ad
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11/24/2019
Efficient Memory Device Inspired by Lithium-Ion Batteries

The stacked layers in the proposed memory device form a mini-battery that can be quickly and efficiently switched between three different voltage states (0.95 V, 1.35 V, and 1.80 V).

Virtually all digital devices that perform any sort of processing of information require not only a processing unit, but also a quick memory that can temporarily hold the inputs, partial results, and outputs of the operations performed. In computers, this memory is referred to as dynamic random-access memory, or
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11/24/2019
Saving the Planet by Improving Energy Storage

Nanomaterials will be key components for enabling wearable technology, according to an international team of researchers whose comprehensive report on the future of the field was published in science this week.

The challenge of building an energy future that preserves and improves the planet is a massive undertaking. But it all hinges on the charged particles moving through invisibly small materials. Scientists and politicians have recognized the need for an urgent and substantial shift in the world's mechanisms of energy
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11/22/2019
Nexperia Launches High-efficiency GaN FET
The GAN063-650WSA features a low RDS(on) - down to 60 mΩ - and fast switching to offer very high efficiency. Nexperia is targeting high performance application segments including xEV, datacentres, telecom infrastructure, industrial automation and high-end power supplies. Nexperia’s GaN-on-silicon proces
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11/21/2019
Flex DC-DC converters have ultra-wide input range
The 50W PKM7500W offers an extremely wide input voltage range of 12V to 160V, while the 100W PKM7100W has an input range of 14V to 160V. This wide input voltage range means that equipment designers can use just one DC-DC converter for products intended for use anywhere in the world, which makes installatio
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11/21/2019
ROHM presents new 200V Ultra-low IR Schottky Barrier Diodes
The RBxx8BM/NS200 expands on the RBxx8 lineup of SBDs enabling high temperature operation that have already been proven in the automotive market in Japan. This new series offers ultra-low leakage current (IR) characteristics to achieve high withstand voltage of 200V. Replacing Fast Recovery Diodes (FRD) and rectifie
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11/21/2019
Siemens expands IoT based energy automation offerings
The Grid Diagnostic Suite initially includes four cloud-based applications which collect data from new or existing field devices for protection, distribution automation and power quality. These data are stored and analyzed in the cloud. This requires almost no additional engineering effort. Distribution grid operators
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11/21/2019
Powerbox announces power supply for immerged computing
The OFI600A12 is the first commercial power supply designed to meet immerged applications specifications and guarantee the highest level of safety for system and operators. With its built-in digital supervising functions, in just a few minutes the OFI600A12 can be factory reconfigured to meet specific tasks and
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11/21/2019
How Much Energy do we Really Need?
Two fundamental goals of humanity are to eradicate poverty and reduce climate change, and it is critical that the world knows whether achieving these goals will involve trade-offs. New IIASA research for the first time provides a basis to answer this question, including the tools needed to relate basic needs di
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11/20/2019
Four-Way Switch Promises Tunability of Layered Materials

Van-der-Waals layered CuInP2S6 has different properties depending on the locations of copper atoms (orange spheres).

A scientific team from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University has made the first experimental observation of a material phase that had been predicted but never seen. The newly discovered phase couples with a known phase to enable unique control over material properties--an adv
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11/20/2019
ASU Collects 5 Solar Awards in Latest Round of DOE Funding

A gallium arsenide wafer cleaved in half using a Sonic Wafering technology developed in the Defect Engineering for Energy Conversion Technologies (DEfECT) Lab at ASU.

Arizona State University has received five prestigious Department of Energy awards totaling $9.8 million in this year's Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) awards to advance solar energy research and development. Overall SETO funding for fiscal year 2019 totaled $128 million for 75 projects designed to "l
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11/18/2019
Hot Electrons Harvested Without Tricks

This is a set up for ultrafast spectroscopy, as used in the study.

Semiconductors convert energy from photons (light) into an electron current. However, some photons carry too much energy for the material to absorb. These photons produce 'hot electrons', and the excess energy of these electrons is converted into heat. Materials scientists have been looking for ways to harvest this
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11/18/2019
Four-Way Switch for Greater Tunability of Layered Materials
A scientific team from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University has made the first experimental observation of a material phase that had been predicted but never seen. The newly discovered phase couples with a known phase to enable unique control over material properties--an adv
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11/18/2019
BLDC Fan Driver Lowers Data Center Energy Use
Allegro MicroSystems announced the launch of the world’s first three-phase BLDC driver IC with integrated power loss brake (PLB) features. The A89331 enables high airflow, compact fan designs with motors speeds up to 45Krpm, and output currents up to 3A at up to 18V.  The code-free, sinusoidal sensorless dr
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11/16/2019
Lehigh Engineers Design More Efficient Tidal Turbine

Arindam Banerjee and his Turbulent Flow Design Group are studying different fairing shapes in a water tunnel facility located at Lehigh University's Packard Laboratory.

Imagine a single tidal turbine capable of powering a community of 50 to 70 homes all year long. That's the potential of turbines being developed by Verdant Power, which builds marine energy systems that harness power generated from currents. Turbines whose design is currently being refined by researchers at Lehigh
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11/14/2019
Ben-Gurion U Solar Power Generator Headed to Space Station

A new solar power generator prototype developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and research teams in the United States, will be deployed on the first 2020 NASA flight launch to the International Space Station.

A new solar power generator prototype developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and research teams in the United States, will be deployed on the first 2020 NASA flight launch to the International Space Station. According to research published in Optics Express, the compact, microconcentrator photovoltaic system could provide unprece
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11/14/2019
Current Battery Recycling Processes for Electric Vehicles
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has collaborated with the Faraday Institution in a newly released Nature review of challenges and opportunities associated with recycling lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles (EVs). The review explains why recycling methods are needed, the adv
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11/10/2019
Cage Molecules = Sieves for Hydrogen Isotope Separation
A new hybrid material developed by scientists at the University of Liverpool may bring the dream of carbon-free nuclear fusion power a step closer. The separation of hydrogen's three isotopes (hydrogen, deuterium, and tritium) is of key importance for fusion power technology, but current technologies are both e
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11/02/2019
New Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery in Capacitor Form Factor

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Figure 1 – A comparison of the volume energy densities of Nichicon’s electric double layer capacitors (EDLC) vs its small li-ion rechargeable batteries.

Nichicon has a new Li-ion rechargeable battery that can be directly mounted onto circuit boards without any special fixtures. This new product line is called the SLB series. This new SLB series have some of the characteristics of both rechargeable Li-ion batteries and EDLC’s making them viable alternatives in
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11/01/2019
Super Barrier Rectifiers Deliver Design-Free Efficiency

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Figure 1. Simplified Schematic of Buck-Boost LED Driver for DRL Application

Successive generations of power-semiconductor devices based on existing technologies strive to deliver incremental improvements in energy efficiency. Now there is a device, realized through proprietary technology, that enables power supplies to achieve a significant leap forward in performance and efficiency—the Su
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11/01/2019