Energy Efficiency

January 2021
584 Hydrogen Fueling Stations Launched in 33 Countries
The hydrogen fueling station market is witnessing a dramatic acceleration in growth, with 584 hydrogen stations deployed by year-end 2020, according to a study released by Information Trends, a market research company. The study, "Global Market for Hydrogen Fueling Stations, 2021" says the number of
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01/28/2021

The World's Largest Integrated Solar-Powered Battery System
Florida Power & Light Company announced that construction has begun on the FPL Manatee Energy Storage Center, which is expected to shatter industry records as the world’s largest integrated solar-powered battery system, capable of powering Disney World for approximately seven hours.  Located in Parris
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01/28/2021
Innovating Power Delivery Networks
Every electronic piece of equipment or system has a power delivery network (PDN) made up of cables, bus bars, connectors, circuit board copper power planes and AC-to-DC and DC-to-DC converters and regulators. Governing the performance of a PDN is its overall architecture, such as the use of AC or DC voltage di
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01/28/2021
East Raymond Operational as RWE U.S. 27th Onshore Wind Farm
RWE Renewables' East Raymond (Raymond) facility, a 200-megawatt (MW) onshore wind farm located in Willacy and Cameron counties, Texas, has achieved commercial operation. "We're excited to announce our 27th onshore wind farm in the U.S. and our eighth project on the Texas Coast," said Silvia Ortin, Chief Op
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01/20/2021
Anode-Free Zinc Battery Could Someday Store Renewable Energy
Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, could help decrease the world's reliance on fossil fuels. But first, power companies need a safe, cost-effective way to store the energy for later use. Massive lithium-ion batteries can do the job, but they suffer from safety issues and limited lithium ava
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01/20/2021
PSDcast – A Wireless Battery Management System

Karl-Heinz Steinmetz, who leads TI’s hybrid and electric vehicle and powertrain sector team

Electric vehicles rely on battery management systems to maximize their power, range, and efficiency. Every battery cell in the EV has to be wired to a BMS, and since more cells means a higher charge capacity – leading to a longer electric range – manufacturers pack as cells in there as they can. And that ma
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01/15/2021
Solar FlexRack Supplies Trackers for CT Solar Projects
Solar FlexRack announced that the company has supplied its TDP 2.0 Solar Trackers for a portfolio of distributed generation solar projects located in Connecticut. Part of Solar FlexRack's tracker growth phase into the northeastern region of the US, the solar projects are being developed by TRITEC Americas, a lea
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01/12/2021
$2.6 million DOE Grant for Solar Energy Research
A team of researchers from Binghamton University has been selected to receive $2.6 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to develop ways to reliably support higher amounts of solar power on the grid. The three-year project will focus on advanced grid-forming photovolt
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01/07/2021
Scott Family Housing Expands Solar Rooftop Project
Hunt Military Communities (HMC), the largest U.S. military housing owner, announced its project to expand on its leading initiatives to integrate additional solar rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems across its facility at Scott Air Force Base. This community includes more than 1,500 homes serving 3,000 residents. Th
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01/06/2021
Zero Emission Vehicles – We Are Not There Yet
Regardless of which analyst organization provides the information, the future looks bright when it comes to zero emission vehicles, or ZEVs. On average, they predict electric vehicles (EVs) accounting for approximately 60% of all passenger vehicle sales by 2040. Also forecasted is that 30% of the global passenger ve
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01/04/2021
Fast Charging: A Critical Enabler of EV Adoption

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Figure 1: AC and DC EV charging

The world’s automobile manufacturers are responding to ever stricter emissions regulations by increasing the proportion of electric vehicles (EVs) in their ranges. Global EV sales have surged in recent years and data from 2020[i] suggests that EVs are beginning to take market share from traditional, internal
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01/04/2021
VIGIL: Pioneering V2G Technology for a Greener Tomorrow

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Figure 1: VIGIL Project 1 - Charge post charging vehicle at Aston University test site

Enabling EVs to return energy to the power grid when parked and plugged for charging, will increase grid resilience, allow for better exploitation of renewable sources and lower the cost of ownership for EV owners – leading to new business opportunities and clear advantages for EV users and energy consumers.  VIGIL was backe
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01/04/2021
Common Driver Platform for 12V and 48V Systems

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Figure 1: Starter generator and eBoost locations in an electrified vehicle

Starter generator systems play multiple roles in electrified vehicle architectures. They are responsible for starting the engine, supplying electrical boost to the engine, and generating charge voltage during deceleration or coasting, which reduces wear on mechanical braking systems while improving overall system ef
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01/04/2021
Recycling Could Offset Potential Lithium Shortage
We have never relied more on batteries than we do today. That trend will accelerate as we turn more to renewable energy, electric vehicles and the IoT starts to really fulfil its potential. Analyst, IDC predicts that there will be 41.6 billion IoT connected devices by 2025, the majority of which will use some ki
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01/04/2021
Fast Charging Using Integrated Battery Thermal Management
This past November, PSD made the pilgrimage to the “Motor City,” The Automotive Capital of the World…on our computers. The Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo (rebranded as The Battery Show & EV Tech Digital Days) has a proud history of spotlighting the latest in automo
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01/04/2021
Charging Ahead
Happy New Year! And welcome to the first issue of PSD in 2021. It is also our first January issue as a standalone magazine. This year will see us add two new issues in January and August. One of the reasons that we increased the number of issues to 12 this year was because there wasn’t enough space to cover al
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01/04/2021
An Electrified New Year
Electric and hybrid vehicles currently own a very humble slice of the automotive pie (<2%), but that’ll change very soon. A combination of government mandates – the UK plans to outlaw non-zero emission cars by 2035 – and automakers pledging to go fully electric should create a bear market for EVs a
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01/04/2021
A 1.6-Megawatt Solar Carport System for CentraState Medical
KDC Solar LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of CI Renewables LLC, has commenced commercial operations of its 1.6 megawatt (MW) solar carport at CentraState Medical in Freehold, New Jersey.  The new system will generate approximately 2.1 million kilowatt hours of solar electricity per year. This is the equivalent of
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01/01/2021