Energy Efficiency

November 2021
PSDcast – Reducing Emissions (and Range Anxiety) Through Electrification

Martin Schulz, Global Principal, Application Engineering, Littelfuse, Inc.

Littelfuse just released a white paper called “Reducing Emissions Through Electrification: "A Path to Sustainable Energy Consumption in the Transportation Sector,” and since it’s relevant to both our December issue, which deals with transportation, and our January issue, which deals with EVs and the ch
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11/29/2021
South Fork Wind Project Earns Final Approval from BOEM

Liz Burdock, president and CEO, Business Network for Offshore Wind

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced a Record of Decision (ROD) for the South Fork Wind  project to begin construction off the coast of New York. South Fork Wind is the second commercial-scale offshore wind project in U.S. waters to complete BOEM review. This follows  the fi
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11/24/2021
SemiQ Announces Launch of 1200V 80mΩ Silicon Carbide MOSFET
SemiQ announced the launch of its 2nd Generation Silicon Carbide power switch, a 1200V 80mΩ SiC MOSFET, expanding its portfolio of SiC power devices. This MOSFET complements the company’s existing SiC rectifiers at 650V, 1200V and 1700V. SemiQ has engineered this MOSFET to provide the best trade-off of co
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11/18/2021
Key Factors in Selecting a DIN Rail Power Solution

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Figure 1: DIN Rail Power Supply

According to data compiled by Statista, the factory automation and industrial controls market amounted to approximately $164 billion in 2017 and is expected to grow to $262 billion by 2023. This increasing need for industrial automation has been driven by several circumstances, including the growing popularity of
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11/12/2021
PSDcast – Powercast Shows off RF Wireless Charging Applications

Powercast COO and CTO, Dr. Charles Greene.

Just recently, Powercast put out the “Powered by Powercast” video series, where they show real-world examples of their over-the-air RF wireless charging technology, and we’re going to discuss that series, and one application in particular, today.
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11/12/2021
Pasadena Water and Power's new EV Charging Depot Opens
To support the growing demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, the City of Pasadena recently opened its new Arroyo Parkway Charging Depot, providing 26 fast chargers to the public. The new depot includes fast-charging stations owned by the City and by Tesla. Global design firm Stantec assisted wi
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11/08/2021
Third-Gen GaN Power IC with GaNSense Technology
Navitas Semiconductor has announced the launch of GaNFast power ICs with GaNSense technology. GaNSense technology integrates critical, real-time, autonomous sensing and protection circuits which further improves Navitas’ industry-leading reliability and robustness, while increasing the energy savings an
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11/08/2021
PSDcast – Qorvo Acquires UnitedSiC and Expands their Reach Dramatically

The former president and CEO of UnitedSiC, and Qorvo’s new general manager of Power Device Solutions, Dr. Chris Dries.

Two of the leading players in our industry just made a bombshell announcement – Qorvo, a leading provider of RF solutions, acquired United Silicon Carbide, a leading manufacturer of SiC power semiconductors.
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11/05/2021
Crypto's Computational and Energy Demands are Unsustainable
Bitcoin. Just by typing the above, I’ve likely opened a can of worms about monetary systems, the role of government in regulating currency, and possibly even the pros and cons of the gold standard. But the future of Bitcoin – and every brand that survives the inevitable crypto crash – is dependent on
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11/01/2021
2 kW DC-DC Demonstration Board for Efficient Bidirectional Converters
EPC announces the availability of the EPC9163, a 2 kW, two-phase 48 V – 12 V bidirectional converter that operates with 96.5% efficiency in a very small footprint. The design of this demonstration board is scalable; that is, two converters can be paralleled to achieve 4 kW or three converters can be paralleled to
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11/01/2021
Don't Sacrifice Performance for Environmental Concerns

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Figure 1: Block Diagram of Subway/Light rail Traction and Auxiliary Unit

High performance and higher efficiency are common trends in most technologies, but particularly in transportation applications where the potential for significant environmental impact on a global scale is high. Greener, cleaner ideals are taking the lead in defining new goals for how technology must balance pe
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11/01/2021
Best Practices to Enhance Industrial Cybersecurity – Energy Storage System

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Figure 1. Typical scenario of an energy storage system.

In this article, we will share the best practices to safeguard critical infrastructure: the energy storage system for the renewable energy sector. When it comes to renewable energy, we often think of solar or wind farms that bring cleaner electricity to global citizens. It is a great initiative that keeps dri
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11/01/2021
It's a Fair COP26
As we head to the end of the year, it is often time to look back and reflect on how things have changed. This month, and very close to where I live, leaders from around the world will be doing their own retrospective analysis on how they are progressing towards meeting the climate change goals they had previously se
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11/01/2021