Energy Efficiency

December 2020
Public-Private Partnership for Development of Fusion Energy

PPPL physicist Gerrit Kramer with conceptual image of SPARC fusion reactor.

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is collaborating with private industry on cutting-edge fusion research aimed at achieving commercial fusion energy. This work, enabled through a public-private DOE grant program, supports efforts to develop high-performance fusion gra
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12/31/2020

Ultra compact 12 Watt DC/DC converters for industrial use
The design purpose of these series was to miniaturized low power DC/DC converters to the maximum without sacrificing high efficiency. They solidify the new standard for power density with 3,61 W/cm3 and effectively double the power density compared to 12 Watt converters in DIP-24 package. The TEL 12 and TEL 12WI off
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12/28/2020
DFC and The Rockefeller Foundation to Help End Energy Poverty
The Rockefeller Foundation and U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work to end energy poverty by promoting investment in Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) around the world. The agreement will focus on delivering reliable, sustainable el
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12/21/2020
PSDcast – Predictions for 2021

GaN Systems' Director of Business Development, Julian Styles.

Since we’re always looking towards the future, we thought it’d be fun to try our hand at a few predictions for what we hope will be a far less catastrophic year. And to help with that, we’ve got our old friends at GaN Systems.
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12/21/2020
Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Station at JFK Airport
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the largest publicly accessible fast-charging station for electric vehicles in the Northeast is now operational at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens. The ten-port charging station is part of a joint initiative by the New York Power Authority and the Port Au
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12/18/2020
Helping New York Reach Zero-Emission Electricity by 2040
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), along with Schneider Electric, General Electric, and Smarter Grid Solutions, received a $2.2 million award to develop a distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) to mitigate potential issues caused by integrating distributed energy resources (DER) with th
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12/17/2020
Eaton, China Complete Clean Energy Infrastructure Project
By 2035, half of global power generation will be from renewable energy resources, and power management company Eaton is helping the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) add more renewables to its grid. As the COVID-19 situation improved in China, Eaton helped move the Qinghai-Henan ultra-high-voltage direct cu
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12/17/2020
PSDcast – Solving Range Anxiety with Charging Stations

Mark Henderson with EVBox

For your average driver to feel comfortable taking an EV for anything but a short commute, they have to know that the electric equivalent to a gas station is right around the corner – or wherever they might take a road trip.
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12/11/2020
1500 Volt Solar String Fuse, Holder Rated 35 to 60 Amperage
Littelfuse, Inc., announced the expansion of its SPXV series solar string fuses to include 35 to 60 amperage models. Designed to integrate into an LFXV15 fuse block and cover holder, these 20 x 127 mm 1500 V DC solar fuses protect photovoltaic (PV) installations from overloads and short circuits to minimize da
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12/08/2020
Environmental Lights Launches New EdgeLight LED Light Bars
Environmental Lights announces the launch of their new EdgeLight LED Light Bars. EdgeLight LED Light Bars are high brightness LED light bars designed to provide light from the sides of light boxes or other edge lighting applications. They utilize optical lenses to direct the light out at pre-set angles to provid
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12/04/2020
Permanent Magnetic Motors make Electric Vehicles Viable

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Figure 1: Autonomous Vehicle

The popularity of electric vehicles is rising in most key markets around the world, as environmentally-conscious consumers, prompted by increasing amounts of legislation, buy-in to the need for less polluting transport options in our towns and cities. This trend is also being driven by rapid improvements in the pe
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12/03/2020
Wireless EV Charging to Boost EV Adoption

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Figure 1: Using magnetic coupled resonant frequency techniques and impedance matching and compensation component for EV wireless charging. (Source: WiTricity)

The recently released Bloomberg Electric Vehicle Outlook 2020 report highlights that new EV sales will continue to grow to an estimated 26 million vehicles by 2030. The increasing choice of available models, lower battery costs, and broader market adoption contribute to sales growth. The availability of a widespread EV
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12/03/2020
Could Perovskites Provide Cheap, Long-Term Solar Power?
In my ViewPoint column this month, I wrote a little about how governments are putting vehicle manufacturers under pressure to become more efficient and sustainable. This is not just a problem for the automotive industry. Governments themselves are trying to meet targets that they have either set for themselves or
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12/03/2020
Ford Spotlights Electric Mustang at Battery Show
The Battery Show & EV Tech Digital Days was sadly online-only, but we did see some cool emerging products – like Ford’s electric Mustang SUV. The Mustang Mach-E headlined Ford’s Day 1 Keynote, “Electrifying Iconic Vehicles.” And Ford couldn’t have picked a better candidate for electrification than an i
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12/03/2020
Transportation Transformation: Rise of Connected Vehicles
Electrification used to move vehicles is a big part of the transportation market, but there is much more to it. Consider transportation outside of the U.S. where inexpensive energy is not as plentiful. Escalators – a form of transportation – are controlled electronically. Walk up to an escalator in Brazil, fo
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12/02/2020
How SiC and GaN Enable Higher Power Conversion Efficiency

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Figure 1: Main differences between Si, SiC and GaN materials

Energy usage and its conversion from source to final application has been a subject of development ever since horsepower meant exactly that, and the design of a plough was critical to how many days it would take to prepare a field for planting. Today we think more about electrical energy and power conversion fr
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12/02/2020
Electric Vehicle Traction Systems Require Nimble, High Power Test Systems

Figure 1. Electric vehicle power systems cover voltage ranges from 900VDC to 12VDC at power levels that exceed 100s of KW

In a previously published article on this subject, we noted, “The market demand for reduction in the use of fossil fuels is driving the inexorable move toward EVs. The complexity of testing the whole spectrum of electronic devices and systems within this new breed of vehicles is placing higher demands on test eq
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12/01/2020