Energy Efficiency

October 2020
Sun is Bright in Alliant Energy's Iowa Clean Energy Blueprint
Today, Alliant Energy introduces the Clean Energy Blueprint for Iowa, a path for accelerating their transition to cleaner energy for customers. The Blueprint outlines the company’s plans to increase the use of renewable resources, including solar power, add more battery storage and build out the connected en
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10/30/2020

Hybrid Car Championship to use Delta Motorsport Battery
The high-profile British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) has been a tradition since 1958 and is a great spectacle of 30+ highly-engineered road cars battling to win. In 2022 the championship will add a new dimension and will become the world’s first major touring car championship to feature high-performance mi
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10/30/2020
First High-Speed EV Charging Hub Comes to Jefferson County
New York State unveiled the first fast-charging hub for electric vehicles (EV) today in Jefferson County. The Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC) hub at the Hilton Garden Inn in Watertown is the second set of 150 kW units completed as part of a statewide EVolve NY charging network being installed along key travel corridors and in urban areas to encourage travelers to drive EVs. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) initiative makes charging quick and convenient and helps achieve Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious statewide clean energy goals that include reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. “Electric vehicles should be a realistic option in every region of New York State and drivers should know they can charge up quickly and get to their destinations on time,” said NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones. “The installation of high-speed charging stat
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10/30/2020
Enginuity E|ONE Engine Achieves Fuel Efficiency Milestone
Enginuity Power Systems announced that its 0.5L natural-gas fuel engine achieved 30% efficiency during third-party testing. The company also announced it is on track to achieve its target of a minimum 38% efficiency, making it the best in its class. The U.S. designed and built engine features Enginuity’s patented
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10/29/2020
U.S. Power Industry Transitions After Energy Demand Losses
The COVID-19 pandemic has had extreme consequences for the U.S. power industry, including a substantial reduction in energy demand and intensified supply-side competition. Combined with the demand losses recorded in 2019, the industry will have shed the equivalent of a decade of growth. And while the industry mi
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10/27/2020
Scout Clean Energy Constructs 130 MW Bitter Ridge Wind Farm
Scout Clean Energy has completed construction and successfully closed tax equity funding for the 130 Megawatt (MW) Bitter Ridge Wind Farm located in Jay County, Indiana. Scout is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners ("Quinbrook"). Scout commenced greenfield development of Bitter
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10/27/2020
NFPA Receives DOE Award to Help Encourage EV Adoption
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has received an award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to help drive community preparedness for electric vehicle (EV) growth in the U.S. NFPA will oversee the three-year project in partnership with the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Ve
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10/26/2020
PSDcast – Using RFID Tech to Help Fight COVID-19

Dr. Charles Greene, COO and CTO of Powercast.

Powercast’s RFID Temperature Scanning System lets businesses easily monitor their employees’ temperatures as most of us return to the office and some semblance of normalcy.
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10/22/2020
Good Vibrations for New Energy

PhD candidate Mohammad Khorsand and Professor Youhong Tang with the TENG prototype at Flinders University, Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide, South Australia.

Imagine a mobile phone charger that doesn't need a wireless or mains power source. Or a pacemaker with inbuilt organic energy sources within the human body. Australian researchers led by Flinders University are picking up the challenge of 'scavenging' invisible power from low-frequency vibrations in the surro
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10/21/2020
Iowa's Newest Solar Garden Tests Battery-Storage Solution
More than 9,500 solar panels now generate clean energy at Alliant Energy’s new Marshalltown Solar Garden. This pilot project combines solar power and a battery to generate, store and deliver electricity to customers.  The Marshalltown Solar Garden sits next to Alliant Energy’s Marshalltown Generatin
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10/21/2020
PSDcast – Do California Wildfires Emphasize Need for Green Energy?

Ed Khan, the Director of Protection Training at Doble Engineering

As if 2020 couldn’t get any more FUBAR, wildfires have devastated California, with nearly 4 million acres destroyed and 30 deaths. Does this emphasize our need for renewable energy?
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10/20/2020
LED Lamp Speeds Up Adhesive Curing
DELO now offers an LED lamp for curing UV adhesives. The DELOLUX 504, a spotlight lamp, features the latest generation of UV LEDs, achieving three times the intensity of the previous model. This new LED lamp was developed for high-speed production in the electronics and automotive industries that require s
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10/19/2020
Mouser adds site on resistor-based current sensing
Current sensing is a key requirement for the development of smart motor controls and high-efficiency power supplies. The new site features a range of controllers, resistors, and amplifiers from Microchip and Vishay, offering a single resource for designers seeking reliable resistor-based current-sensing solution
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10/15/2020
Diodes optimizes PNP transistors for automotive LED lighting
These new products provide OEMs with a highly efficient solution for controlling matrix LED light clusters. The automotive industry is migrating to adaptive LED headlights and rapidly adopting dynamic turn signals based on LED technology. This move is creating demand for dense and highly power-optimized tr
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10/15/2020
Highly stable temperature compensated oscillator
TM-2220-C7 is a plug and play temperature compensated frequency reference for applications where reliable and accurate oscillator is needed without frequency jump. Combining minimal foot print (3.2 x 1.5 x 0.8 mm), only 4 connections and outstanding performances with 1.5 µA maximum current consumption ass
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10/15/2020
ADI LT8228 & LTC7871 buck/boost controllers, now at Mouser
Offering bidirectional voltage or current regulation and bidirectional reverse current protection, the LT8228 and LTC7871 controllers provide a simple, reliable power solution for dual-battery automotive and industrial systems. The Analog Devices LT8228, available from Mouser Electronics, is a single-phase
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10/15/2020
Signal transmission with reliable galvanic isolation
These coplanar design optocouplers consist of an infrared LED on the input side and a phototransistor on the output side. They are characterized by a high insulation voltage of 5 kV and a stable current transfer ratio (CTR) over the entire operating temperature range. The WL-OCPT is available in five different THT a
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10/15/2020
Over 200,000 Samtec symbols & footprints
Samtec announces over 200,000 symbols & footprints for its interconnect productsNew Albany, IN and San Francisco, CA (July 28th, 2020) -- Today, Samtec -- a global manufacturer of interconnect solutions -- is announcing that it now has over 200,000 symbols & footprints for its products to accelerate the de
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10/15/2020
Precision op amp features low input offset voltage and noise
The op amp also features near-zero drift (0.02µV/degree C, typical) over time and temperature. The chopper stabilization also addresses low frequency 1/f noise and offset voltage crossover distortion. Typical applications for the AS2333 include transducers, medical equipment, chemical detectors, and handheld test i
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10/15/2020
Panasonic expands conductive polymer hybrid capacitor range
The new ZS-Series not only expands the capacitance range and doubles ripple current capability, but is also rated at 4,000 hours endurance at 125°C. The ZS-Series brings new case sizes, keeping the same footprint (ø10mm) and introducing the 12mm in length in addition to 10x16mm. Developed with the automotive se
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10/15/2020
RS Components stocks full range of Eaton compact contactors
Easy to integrate in a variety of industrial machines and systems, the contactors enable space savings of up to 40%, meaning greater flexibility in design and reduced costs. When installed in a machine’s control panel, five devices take up approximately the same space as three conventional contactors.
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10/15/2020
Panasonic presents new compact TPS series capacitors
The POSCAP TPS series capacitors feature sintered tantalum as an anode and highly conductive polymer as the cathode. Unique to the TPS series is a compact design of only 3.5x2.8.x1.1mm and a high temperature rating of 105°C for up to 2.000 hours. The new capacitors benefit from a rated voltage of 2.5V to 6,3V and
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10/15/2020
Pre-Switch announces Andre Willis as VP Engineering
Previously a founder of HiQ Solar, the designers and developers of award-winning SiC inverter solutions, Willis is an inventor and creator with over 30 years power design experience. He joins Pre-Switch to provide the expertise necessary to take the company’s EV products through the commercialization phase fro
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10/15/2020
1.2 kW high-density, low-profile, onboard AC/DC power module
The TUNS1200 has an input voltage range of 85VAC to 305VAC and is certified to meet industrial and medical standards. Packaged in a sealed plastic case with aluminum baseplate the TUNS1200 has a height of just 12.7 mm (0.5”) and weighs less than 280 grams. Compared to existing 1kW onboard AC/DC modules, the TUNS12
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10/15/2020
KEMET releases new tantalum polymer capacitors
The TSP series is designed to provide the highest capacitance/voltage (CV) ratings in surface mount device (SMD) capacitors with its innovative stacking construction. These new capacitors are well suited and sized for use in high voltage power management applications such as buck boost converters, filtering, hold-up
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10/15/2020
Now at Mouser: TI’s ADS7028 and ADS7138 12-bit SAR ADCs
The 8-channel, multiplexed, successive approximation register (SAR) ADCs provide reliable performance for applications, such as rack servers, AC drive power stage modules, automotive center information displays, and mobile robot CPU boards. The TI ADS7028 and ADS7138 ADCs, available from Mouser Electronics, featur
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10/15/2020
Class II 36W external medical power supplies
    The supplies are also compliant to EN 60601-1-2 Edition 4 for EMC, the products have a Class II input requiring no earth ground. The DTM36-C8 also meets the EU Tier 2 and DoE Level VI efficiency standards. The series is highly suited for home healthcare, hospital, clinical, dental and l
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10/15/2020
Würth Elektronik WE-CST EE4.4 current sense transformers
An innovative manufacturing process not only makes these current sense transformers extremely small (4.7 x 4.65, 3.55 mm), but also provides better insulation. Their insulation voltage of 750 VAC, is 50 percent higher than that of market competitors. The WE-CST series type EE4.4 is suitable for a broad
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10/15/2020
Compact low ON-resistance N-channel automotive MOSFETs
The new products are based on the company’s advanced U-MOSVIII-H process technology. The XPN3R804NC and XPN7R104NC both have 40V voltage ratings, while the XPN6R706NC and XPN12006NC support 60V operation. They all exhibit extremely low ON-resistance values, reaching down to 3.8mΩ (for the XPN3R804NC at 1
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10/15/2020
HARTING Han 1A receives iF DESIGN AWARD 2020
The winning product, HARTING's Han 1A connector series, won in the discipline "Product" (in the category "Electrical Connector"). Each year, the world’s oldest independent design organization, Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH, organizes the iF DESIGN AWARD. The Han 1A won
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10/15/2020
No compromise DIN-Rail power supplies offer cost advantages
The series is for applications that require only require a basic power supply so that customers do not have to pay for unnecessary control and communication facilities. The new PULS PIANO-PIM series offer a cost effective, space-saving, efficient, reliable and durable DIN-Rail mounted AC/DC converters. The 1
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10/15/2020
Photorelays with low trigger current
The new products feature a low trigger LED current of 1mA, which reduces input side power loss by increasing the sensitivity of the photodiode array. Using these photorelays for ON/OFF control in battery-powered security devices and various sensors, contributes to lower power consumption and longer operating life
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10/15/2020
3W high isolation DC/DC converters
Packaged in a Single In Line (SIP) type 8, the COSEL MH3 series has a reinforce isolation of 3kVAC, 4.2KVDC, complies with medical isolation standard (2MOOP (250VAC)) and ruggedized for industrial applications that might implies differential In/OUT voltage. Three input voltages (4.5V-18V ; 9V – 36V and 18V -76
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10/15/2020
Würth Electronic Components 2020 catalogue
The 184-page catalogue presents new products and services in the area of passive components, optoelectronics, and power modules. Separate special catalogues are available for many other product categories of Würth Elektronik. All products in the new catalogue are available ex stock. Würth Elektronik is glad to
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10/15/2020
High-density 4 Mbit Serial EEPROM
This capacity doubles the 2 Mbit density designers previously were limited to. Until now developers have used lower-cost NOR Flash integrated circuits (ICs) for any 2 Mbit+ nonvolatile data set application. Because EEPROM offers performance advantages over NOR Flash, Microchip has responded to customer requests by
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10/15/2020
General Electric to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2030
General Electric (GE) announced it is setting a goal to achieve carbon neutrality for its facilities and operational greenhouse emissions by 2030. However, this commitment does not address the emissions associated with its products (Scope 3). GE has recently announced that it is pursuing an exit from the new bu
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10/15/2020
DOE's $65 Million Opportunity to Improve Building Efficiency
U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette has announced a $65 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding opportunity for technologies that allow energy-efficient buildings to interact with one another and the electric grid, to reduce emissions and improve grid flexibility. "I thank EPRI for hosting t
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10/13/2020
A Cost-Efficient Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Production

Schematic diagram of the step-by-step synthesis process for the preparation of Ti.MoP.

The key to promoting the hydrogen economy represented by hydrogen vehicles is to produce hydrogen for electricity generation at an affordable price. Hydrogen production methods include capturing by-product hydrogen, reforming fossil fuel, and electrolyzing water. Water electrolysis in particular is an eco-friendly me
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10/09/2020
Helsinki Energy Challenge Received Hundreds of Proposals
The application phase of the Helsinki Energy Challenge ended on 30 September. The competition inspired 252 teams from 35 countries from around the world to participate. The participating teams presented their proposals on how Helsinki can stop using coal for heat production as sustainably as possible by 2029
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10/06/2020