Energy Efficiency

February 2022
More than half of Wauwatosa City Hall's Energy Consumption Offset by Rooftop Solar PV System

The SolarEdge system generated 388,300kWh of electricity in its first nine months of operation – equivalent to 55 percent of Wauwatosa City Hall’s total annual energy consumption

The city of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, has taken a giant step forward in its commitment to reduce municipal emissions by 50% by 2030 (compared to 2010 baseline figures) with the installation of a SolarEdge DC-optimized solar system on the roof of its City Hall, Civic Center and Public Library complex. In its first ni
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02/23/2022
Infineon Invests Over €2 Billion in New Frontend Fab
There was a time where the trend in the semiconductor industry was to move to a fabless strategy. Why bother with the expense of a fab and gaining the expertise in-house to take care of complex manufacturing, when you could easily subcontract to a specialist who’d make your chips cheaply and with higher yields t
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02/22/2022
Digital Control for GaN Switches
Digital control of power has been used in the silicon domain for well over a decade, and the benefits are now widely recognized. The ability to quickly adjust output on-the-fly to suit the load conditions has provided a large boost in efficiency for power circuits. That is not the only benefit - digital power mak
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02/16/2022
Infineon's CoolSiC Power Module Reduces Energy Consumption of Streetcars by 10%
The global trend to gradually eliminate the use of fossil fuels has challenging consequences for numerous industries, including transportation. The transition toward green mobility, for example, entails a reduction in short-haul flights and travel by car, which in turn will encourage the growth of rail transportation. Go
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02/14/2022
NYPA Designated a Smart Energy Provider by American Public Power Association

NYPA Interim President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has earned a Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association for demonstrating a commitment and proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation and environmental initiatives that support the goal of providing safe, reliable, low-cost an
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02/14/2022
Snow Lake Lithium to Develop World's First All-Electric Lithium Mine
Snow Lake Lithium Ltd has outlined plans to develop the world’s first all-electric Lithium mine in Manitoba, Canada developing a domestic supply of this critical resource to the North America electric vehicle industry.  With demand for electric vehicles growing rapidly, the global automotiv
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02/11/2022
Hyperlight Energy Signs Exclusive License with National Renewable Energy Laboratory

John King, CEO and cofounder of Hyperlight Energy

Hyperlight Energy, a developer of Hylux, announced that it has signed an exclusive license agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for its patented receiver design technology. The design improves the performance of linear Fresnel reflector (LFR) receivers us
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02/10/2022
TDK Ventures Invests in Green Hydrogen-Electrolysis Startup Verdagy

Verdagy CEO, Marty Neese

TDK Corporation announced that subsidiary TDK Ventures, Inc. has invested in green hydrogen company Verdagy to enhance the development and rapid commercialization of their scalable, low-cost approach to hydrogen electrolysis. Having recently completed their spin-off from green chemical company Chemetry, Verdagy is
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02/09/2022
The Largest GaN Start-up in the World
The above title was ostensibly a throwaway remark by Peter Rogerson, the Senior Director of Marketing at Innoscience for North America and Europe on a call last week, but the more I thought about it, the more it seemed appropriate. While not many start-ups have the backing of industry giants such as Arm and SK Hyn
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02/08/2022
PSDcast –

John Vernacchia from Eaton

We’ve heard a lot of chatter about the smart grid and the renewable energy transition, but it’s not often we hear about a collective approach that combines both ideas. And yet that’s pretty much exactly what Eaton’s done with their "Everything as a Grid" approach.
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02/08/2022
Port of Hamburg + Air Products Work to Expand Comprehensive Hydrogen Value Chain

From left to right: Kurt Lefevere, (Vice President of Air Products for Northern Continent), Michael Westhagemann (Hamburg's Minister for Economy and Innovation), Jens Meier (CEO Hamburg Port Authority), Stephan König (Air Products Director Operations and Supply Chain Performance Europe and Africa)

Air Products and the Hamburg Port Authority announced that they will work together, under a Memorandum of Understanding, to identify potential ways of establishing a comprehensive hydrogen value chain across the port of Hamburg. Both Air Products and the HPA are aligned in their intention to accelerate the produ
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02/04/2022
Chemists Find Path to Cheap Deployment of Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Héctor D. Abruña, professor in the Department of Chemistry at Cornell

Hydrogen fuel cells—which can efficiently power cars, generators, and even spacecraft with minimal greenhouse gas emissions—are promising, renewable alternatives to combustion engines and other polluting forms of power. But fuel cells remain prohibitively expensive, because they rely upon platinum and other pr
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02/03/2022
TPI 180 and TPP 180 Series 180 Watt AC/DC power supplies
TRACO POWER’s TPI 180 & TPP 180 are a set of encapsulated AC/DC power supplies coming as open frame and encased versions. They feature a reinforced double I/O isolation (3000 VAC) system according to latest medical safety standards (60601-1 3rd edition, 2 x MOPP). The leakage current is below 300 μA and makes
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02/02/2022
It’s All About Voltage Ratings

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Figure 1: Voltage distributes equally across inductor turns

Yes, voltage ratings for inductors. The popularity of molded composite core inductors has placed new emphasis on voltage ratings to ensure safe and reliable inductor operation. Molded-core inductors place the core material in direct contact with the windings, changing the way inductor windings are insulated. New circuit
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02/02/2022
Eaton and LG Electronics to Enable Flexible Home Energy Management

Matt Alexander, vice president of marketing for Eaton’s Commercial and Residential Distribution Solutions division

As more homeowners look to lower their carbon footprints, power management company Eaton is partnering with home energy solutions innovator LG Electronics to deliver flexible load management for renewable distributed energy applications. Eaton will integrate its intelligent power management technology, including it
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02/02/2022
SunHydrogen Expands Partnerships for its Nanoparticle-Based Green Hydrogen Technology

Tim Young, President and CEO

SunHydrogen, Inc. provided an update on the progress and strategy of the scale-up process for its nanoparticle-based green hydrogen technology. In February of 2021, SunHydrogen announced its partnership with SCHMID Group of Freudenstadt, Germany to design and define a process platform that enables mass manu
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02/01/2022
1,700V Switcher ICs Allow 1000V EV Designs
There is an ongoing trend in electric vehicle (EV) design to move to a higher voltage operation. Most of the initial tranche of EVs had a battery voltage of 400V for cars and 600V for heavier vehicles, but manufacturers are now making the transition to 800V and in some cases even higher voltages. Even the manufa
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02/01/2022