Industry News

March 2023
Helsinki Shuts Down Coal-Fired Power Plant, Cutting Emissions by a Fifth

Helsinki Shuts Down Coal-Fired Power Plant, Cutting Emissions by a Fifth

­Helsinki has pledged to become carbon neutral by the year 2030. At the moment, the city’s most noteworthy source of direct emissions is district heating. Shutting down the coal-fired power plant in Hanasaari will result in a significant emissions reduction. According to estimates, Helsinki’s total emissions wi
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Date:
03/31/2023

RWE and Energy Partner to Define Route to Market for Offshore Wind in the Gulf of Mexico

RWE and Energy Partner to Define Route to Market for Offshore Wind in the Gulf of Mexico

­RWE which owns and operates one of the cleanest large-scale U.S. power generating fleets, have agreed on a partnership to analyze the Gulf of Mexico offshore wind market. The companies today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly evaluate the delivery of clean energy from offshore wind to industrial cu
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Date:
03/30/2023
Experts use new Microscope, AI Algorithm, and Voltage Indicators to Image Electrical Activity Deep in the Brain

Jerry Chen, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of biology.

­When studying the brain, researchers are just beginning to use a method known as voltage imaging to track neural activity in the living animal. While this approach is a promising way to better understand neuron firing, behavior, and cognition, there are limitations and risk factors. The practice requires putting a
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03/29/2023
Scientists Integrate Two-Dimensional Materials into Silicon Microchips for Advanced Data Storage and Computation

Dr. Mario Lanza, associate professor of materials science and engineering, KAUST

­Two-dimensional materials are expected to revolutionize the semiconductors industry. However, despite multiple studies that have reported prototype devices with promising properties for sensing and driving electrical current, their technology readiness level is still very low because they mostly use synthesis an
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03/29/2023
Illinois Researchers Achieve the First Silicon Integrated ECRAM for a Practical AI Accelerator

ECRAM array

­The transformative changes brought by deep learning and artificial intelligence are accompanied by immense costs. For example, OpenAI’s ChatGPT algorithm costs at least $100,000 every day to operate. This could be reduced with accelerators, or computer hardware designed to efficiently perform the sp
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03/29/2023
Argonne, Progress Rail, Test Low-Carbon Fuels on the Path to Decarbonizing the Rail Industry

Michael Cleveland, director of Advanced Energy for Progress Rail

­In response to sustainability goals, the freight rail industry is working to boost the use of lower-carbon intensity fuels in diesel-powered fleets to support global efforts in mitigating climate change. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are two types of biofuels, which are produced from organic materials including
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03/29/2023
A New Hybrid Fuel Cell with Both Water Purification and Power Generation

A New Hybrid Fuel Cell with Both Water Purification and Power Generation

­Due to the growing problems of environmental degradation and energy scarcity, there is an increasing demand for sustainable and renewable energy technology development. Over the past few decades, energy extraction from wastewater to develop efficient energy conversion technologies had been extensively studied. Em
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03/29/2023
Wärtsilä Marks Energy Storage Fire Safety Milestone as GridSolv Quantum Passes UL 9540A Requirements

Wärtsilä Marks Energy Storage Fire Safety Milestone as GridSolv Quantum Passes UL 9540A Requirements

­Technology group Wärtsilä has passed a significant milestone in ensuring the safety of its energy storage system (ESS), GridSolv Quantum, by successfully completing UL 9540A unit-level testing. Fire safety is a major priority for the energy storage industry and Wärtsilä’s ESSs are designed to meet s
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Date:
03/28/2023
Breakthrough in Battery Safety Technology

No thermal propagation: Pre-stack layout & ideal venting

­Farasis Energy has developed a module design concept to prevent thermal propagation using its newest generation of cells (Generation 4). The performance of the modules has been tested and confirmed by independent laboratories on module and pack level. Battery safety is thus significantly increased – an important ad
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03/28/2023
Team Mouser Electronics Wins the 11th Annual APEC Golf Tournament

Team Members are (left to right):

- Travis Moench - ROHM Semiconductor
- Jay Barrus - ROHM Semiconductor
-Regina Denbow - Mouser Electronics
- Mike Scott - Mouser Electronics
- Kevin Palmer - Vishay Semiconductor and Passives

­Congratulations to our Winners! The winning team consisted of players from Mouser Electronics, Rohm, and Vishay won the 11th annual APEC golf tournament played on March 19th at Celebrity Golf Club in Celebration, Florida.    Team Members are (left to right in photo): Tr
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03/28/2023
Gordon Moore, Intel Co-Founder, Dies at 94

Intel and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced that company co-founder Gordon Moore died on March 24, 2023, at the age of 94.

­Intel and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced today that company co-founder Gordon Moore has passed away at the age of 94. The foundation reported he died peacefully on Friday, March 24, 2023, surrounded by family at his home in Hawaii. Moore and his longtime colleague Robert Noyce founded In
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03/25/2023
The Tantalizing Potential for GaN in Electric Vehicle Power Electronics

Material properties of GaN & SiC relative to Si. Source: IDTechEx

­As electric vehicle (EV) power electronics undergoes a paradigm shift towards wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors, it is clear that silicon carbide (SiC) is becoming the material of choice, while gallium nitride (GaN) is often shoe-boxed into telecommunications or optoelectronics applications. In part, this is
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Date:
03/24/2023
ETRI Introduces AI Tutor who Teaches Foreign Language Reading

ETRI researchers demonstrate the reading comprehension education conversation technology of the reading comprehension education AI system.

­The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has developed a reading comprehension education AI technology that allows you to learn foreign language listening, speaking, and reading by talking to an artificial intelligence (AI) tutor. It is expected to be of great help in the spread of
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03/17/2023
New Machine-Learning Approach Enables One to Identify one Molecule in a Billion Molecules Selectively with Graphene Sensors

Figure 1 (a) The schematic diagram of the activated-carbon functionalized graphene sensor. (b) The comparative plot of the XGBoost, KNN, and Naïve Bayes models performance.

­Graphene’s 2D nature, single molecule sensitivity, low noise, and high carrier concentration have generated a lot of interest in its application in gas sensors. However, due to its inherent non-selectivity, and huge p-doping in atmospheric air, its applications in gas sensing are often limited to controlled en
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Date:
03/17/2023
Electronic Skin as Flexible as Crocodile Skin

Image of a crocodile-skin-Inspired omnidirectionally stretchable pressure sensor

­The development of electronic skin with multiple senses is essential for various fields, including rehabilitation, healthcare, prosthetic limbs, and robotics. One of the key components of this technology is stretchable pressure sensors, which can detect various types of touch and pressure. Recently, a joint te
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03/17/2023
Perovskite Solar Cells from the Slot Die Coater - A Step Towards Industrial Production

The wet coating with a standard ink composition: the wet perovskite thin films (left) has a rib-like structure. The corresponding SEM image (right) of the annealed perovskite film shows inhomogeneities.

­Metal halide perovskites are considered to be a particularly low-cost and promising class of materials for next-generation solar modules. Perovskite solar cells can be produced with coating processes using liquid inks made from precursor materials and various solvents. After coating, the solvents evaporate an
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03/16/2023
Breakthrough in the Understanding of Quantum Turbulence

The researchers used a unique rotating cryostat in their study

­Researchers have shown how energy disappears in quantum turbulence, paving the way for a better understanding of turbulence in scales ranging from the microscopic to the planetary. Dr Samuli Autti from Lancaster University is one of the authors of a new study of quantum wave turbulence together with rese
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03/16/2023
CityU Scientists Develop Energy-Saving, Tunable Meta-Devices for High-Precision, Secure 6G Communications

The two meta-devices on top are for 2D manipulation, the one on the bottom left is for testing, and the one on bottom right is a metasurface from a triplet meta-device.

­The future of wireless communications is set to take a giant leap with the advent of sixth-generation (6G) wireless technology. A research team at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) invented a groundbreaking tunable terahertz (THz) meta-device that can control the radiation direction and coverage ar
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Date:
03/16/2023
Resilient Bug-Sized Robots Keep Flying Even After Wing Damage

MIT researchers have developed resilient artificial muscles that can enable insect-scale aerial robots to effectively recover flight performance after suffering severe damage.

­Bumblebees are clumsy fliers. It is estimated that a foraging bee bumps into a flower about once per second, which damages its wings over time. Yet despite having many tiny rips or holes in their wings, bumblebees can still fly. Aerial robots, on the other hand, are not so resilient. Poke holes in the ro
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Date:
03/16/2023
ABB to expand Robotics factory in US

ABB to expand Robotics factory in US

­Today, ABB strengthened its commitment to one of its largest customer markets – the US – with construction starting on the expansion of its existing North American robotics headquarters and manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The project is expected to be completed in November 2023 and represents an
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03/16/2023
Atlis Motor Vehicles Releases Battery Cell Data Showing Capability on Track to Enable 0 – 100% Charge in 15-mins or Less

Atlis Motor Vehicles Releases Battery Cell Data Showing Capability on Track to Enable 0 – 100% Charge in 15-mins or Less

­Atlis Motor Vehicles unveiled battery cell data for its proprietary pouch cell. Atlis’ NMC pouch cells successfully meet the targets necessary to enable 15-min charging and ensure consistent performance. Internal testing shows cells with up to 254 Wh/kg energy density, 1.74 mAh average internal resistance
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Date:
03/15/2023
Efficient and High-Performing Vehicle Architecture: Cooperation of Continental and Infineon

Efficient and High-Performing Vehicle Architecture: Cooperation of Continental and Infineon

­Continental will be collaborating with Infineon Technologies AG in the development of server-based vehicle architectures. The goal is an organized and efficient electrics/electronics (E/E) architecture with central high-performance computers (HPC) and a few, powerful Zone Control Units (ZCU) instead of up to a
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Date:
03/15/2023
Zinc Battery Initiative Welcomes Developer of Novel Battery Enhancing Additive

Dr. Josef Daniel-Ivad, manager of the Zinc Battery Initiative

Zinc Battery Initiative (ZBI) welcomes new member Octet Scientific Inc. ZBI’s rapidly growing membership is comprised of leading zinc battery manufacturers as well as developers of products designed to enhance battery capability. Located in Cleveland, Octet Scientific has created the OctoLyte™ family of
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Date:
03/14/2023
NRL to Launch First In-Space Laser Power Beaming Experiment

NRL to Launch First In-Space Laser Power Beaming Experiment

­The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is set to launch the Space Wireless Energy Laser Link (SWELL) to demonstrate laser power beaming in space as part of the scheduled U.S. Department of Defense Space Test Program (STP) H9 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) March 15. SWELL is one of several e
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Date:
03/14/2023
Researchers Unveil Mystery of Operating Voltages in Li-CO2 Batteries

The schematics and performance of the test system.

­A team led by Prof. TAN Peng from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) has renewed the understanding of the operating voltages of lithium-carbon dioxide (Li-CO2) batteries, providing a new strategy for the next generation of Li-CO2 batteries. Their work was published in Proceedings of
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Date:
03/13/2023
Recent Progress of Carbon-Based Non-Noble Metal Single-Atom Catalysts for Energy Conversion Electrocatalysis

The red outer ring represents the synthesis method of the catalyst, the green inner ring represents the catalytic application, the blue matrix represents the characterization technique, and the white inner circle represents NPM-SACs/CS.

­This review is led by Prof. Yuehe Lin (Washington State University), Prof. Welei Zhu (Nanjing University), and Prof. Yuanyuan Wang (Nanjing University), they provided an overview of recent developments in non-precious metal single-atom catalysts (NPM-SACs) for the electrocatalytic field. NPM-SACs with unique el
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Date:
03/13/2023
Scientist to Launch Interstellar Space Music

Dr Alyssa Schwartz, Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute and Musicology at Fairmont State University

­A scientist from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) will premiere a new piece of music at the SXSW EDU festival that has been created using data beamed back to Earth from interstellar space. On Thursday, 9 March, Dr Domenico Vicinanza will be joined on stage in Austin, Texas, by Dr Alyssa Schwartz,
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Date:
03/12/2023
Augmenting the Human Body with a Wearable Robotic Arm

Silvestro Micera, EPFL

­Imagine having a third arm –  a robotic one – to assist you with daily living. Silvestro Micera from EPFL, Switzerland, is engineering the human nervous system to make this a possibility. For decades, professor Silvestro Micera of EPFL has dedicated his research to helping people with sensory and motor
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Date:
03/12/2023
8-Billion Dollar Market Opportunity Enabled by Solid-State Batteries

Solid-state battery addressable market.

­The solid-state battery, one of the most promising next-generation battery technologies, has the potential to reshuffle the global battery supply chain, and a US$8 billion-market-size opportunity is potentially waiting for solid-state batteries, according to IDTechEX's report "Solid-State and Polymer Bat
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Date:
03/10/2023
SolarEdge Announces New 'Rate Saver' Solar + Battery Solution to Keep Solar Winning in the NEM 3.0 California Market

The newly announced SolarEdge Home ‘Rate Saver’ reduces battery system cost by up to 38% and provides industry-high power yield for maximum Time-of-Use savings, offering superior payback periods.

­SolarEdge announced its new SolarEdge Home ‘Rate Saver’ solar + battery solution for California. As the State transitions to a self-consumption market under the new NEM 3.0 Net Billing Tariff, the new DC-Coupled solar + battery solution provides homeowners who do not require home back-up a more cost-effective wa
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Date:
03/09/2023
QuSecure Pioneers First-Ever U.S. Live End-to-End Satellite Quantum-Resilient Cryptographic Communications Link Through Space

Lisa Hammitt, QuSecure Board Director

­QuSecure, Inc., announced that the company has accomplished the first known live, end-to-end quantum-resilient cryptographic communications satellite link through space, marking the first time U.S. satellite data transmissions have been protected from classical and quantum decryption attacks using post-quantum cr
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Date:
03/09/2023
Nano Dimension Installs 3D Printing System for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Yoav Stern, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nano Dimension

­Nano Dimension Ltd. announced that it has installed one of its 3D printing systems – the Admaflex130 – at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (“Marshall”). Marshall procured the printing system as part of a project to 3D print sodium ion batteries. The 3D printing system that is part of
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Date:
03/08/2023
Infineon Acquires GaN Systems for $830 Million, Expanding its Gallium Nitride Portfolio

Infineon CEO Jochen Hanebeck

­Infineon and GaN Systems just dropped a bombshell in the lead-up to the biggest power show of the year – Infineon will acquire GaN Systems for US $830 million. With the Applied Power and Electronics Conference (APEC) less than a fortnight away, this definitely shakes up the balance of power and adds an i
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Date:
03/08/2023
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Chooses SemiQ’s Silicon Carbide Device for Particle Accelerator Project

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Chooses SemiQ’s Silicon Carbide Device for Particle Accelerator Project

­Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has chosen SemiQ, Inc. to supply Silicon Carbide diodes for an ongoing particle accelerator project. SemiQ developed its top-side solderable 1200V 10A silicon carbide diode in a SMC package to withstand continuous high current pulse operation at 15 times rated current.
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Date:
03/07/2023
Skydel Becomes First GNSS Simulator to Break High-Capacity Barrier

Skydel Becomes First GNSS Simulator to Break High-Capacity Barrier

­Orolia announced that Skydel, its flagship GNSS simulation engine software, can generate more than 500 signals from a single platform. By leveraging its software-defined architecture, Skydel’s potential can be massively scaled upwards when employing a robust set of hardware components. GNSS users, ex
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Date:
03/07/2023
Ohio University Awarded $2 Million from Department of Energy to Develop Products from Coal Waste

Damilola Daramola, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, Ohio University

­The Department of Energy (DOE) announced it has funded six research and development projects that will repurpose domestic coal resources for high-value graphitic products and carbon-metal composites that can be employed in clean energy technologies. Ohio University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy an
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Date:
03/03/2023
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