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January 2015
Smart Wire Grid, a leader in distributed power flow control for the electric grid is dropping the word “Grid” from its name to better align the brand with its mission. As Smart Wires, the company looks forward to pursuing a host of opportunities worldwide to address the challenges of the modern electric
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01/26/2015
The recent debates over the Keystone XL pipeline – and its amendments – have foreshadowed both the Republican legislative agenda and the Democratic strategies to stop it, as well as possible bipartisan compromise that could lead to a comprehensive energy efficiency bill. Republicans will focus on securing
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01/26/2015
The oil price may stay low for many years due to oversupply. This will not affect the sales of electric road vehicles because their sales numbers decoupled from the oil price many years ago thanks to superior performance, subsidies and privileges such as no congestion charge. China must reduce local
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01/26/2015

The automotive semiconductor market did exceptionally well in 2014, according to new analysis from IHS. Robust vehicle production growth, together with increased semiconductor content in cars charted a path of 10 percent growth year over year to reach $29B in 2014. IHS reports the fastest growing segments for
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01/26/2015
UQM Technologies patents innovative permanent-magnet electric motor design that allows the use of non rare-earth magnets

UQM's technology provides a viable option to existing rare-earth motor technology

UQM Technologies announced that it was granted a U.S. patent for its electric and hybrid electric vehicle motor design using non-rare earth magnets. The majority of electric and hybrid electric vehicles produced today use permanent magnet motors with rare-earth magnet materials. This new design provides a similar
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01/23/2015
Metal oxide display backplanes have already gone commercial. Sharp has invested in establishing a Gen8 IGZO plant at its Kameyama plant in Japan while LG has also selected IGZO backplanes for its large-sized white OLED technology. At the same time, Chinese companies such as BOE are fast playing catch
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01/22/2015
Micromem Technologies, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Micromem Applied Sensor Technologies (MAST), announced that MAST and Northeast Utilities (NU) have executed a supplemental agreement that furthers the transformer sensor project described in an agreement announced December
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01/20/2015
AEG Power Solutions, a leading provider of power electronic systems and solutions for industrial power supplies and renewable energy applications, announced that it has been chosen by Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, to supply on-board battery chargers, inverters and DC/DC converters
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01/20/2015
Eric Davis of EnerKnol on the developing Smart Grid

Eric Davis of EnerKnol

In this PSDcast Eric Davis of EnerKnol talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the various forces involved in the development of the Smart Grid. EnerKnol provides U.S. energy policy research and data services to support investment decisions across all sectors of the energy industry. EnerKnol publishes
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01/20/2015
Astronics, a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, announced today that it completed the acquisition of Armstrong Aerospace ("Armstrong") for approximately $52 million in cash on January 14, 2015. Astronics previously
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01/15/2015
Propelled by the arrival of the Apple Watch, the global market for wireless power and charging in wearable applications is set to attain a gargantuan 3,000 percent expansion this year compared to 2014, according to IHS Technology. Global revenue this year from shipments of wireless power receivers
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01/15/2015
Obama Administration to lauch Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Pictured above is the Shelby Cobra, a vehicle 3-D printed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Using advanced composites and 3-D printing both cut the car's weight in half and improved performance and safety

Three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest commonly used metals, advanced composites have the potential to revolutionize advanced manufacturing, transforming clean energy products from wind turbines to next-generation passenger vehicles that are made right here in America. These versatile composites
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01/14/2015
Isola Group, a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), announced that its subsidiary, Isola Asia Pacific (Taiwan) has received ISO 50001:2011 certification by SGS, the world's
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01/14/2015
Infineon Technologies successfully acquires International Rectifier

left to right: Infineon Executive Board - A. Mittal, R. Ploss and D. Asam

Infineon Technologies announced the closing of the acquisition of International Rectifier. With effect from today, the El Segundo based company has become part of Infineon following the approval of all necessary regulatory authorities and International Rectifier’s shareholders. “The acquisition
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01/13/2015
The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation is a public-private consortium of 122 leading U.S. manufacturers, universities, and non-profits that will focus on advanced composites—materials that are three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest metals. These advanced materials
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01/12/2015
IHS identifies technologies transforming the world

Trends

The Internet of Everything, cloud computing/big data and 3-D printing are the three technologies most likely to transform the world during the next five years, according to IHS Technology. “We know that technology has the capability to change the world: from the Gutenberg printing press to the steam
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01/12/2015
Molex, a leading interconnect and cable assembly provider, announced that it and certain of its affiliates have acquired SDP Telecom. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, SDP designs and manufactures RF/microwave solutions for the wireless communications industry.   “Together, Molex
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01/07/2015
Intel accelerates wearable tech

The Intel Curie module

Intel Corporation announced a number of technology advancements and initiatives aimed at accelerating computing into the next dimension. The announcements include the Intel Curie module, a button-sized hardware product for wearable solutions; applications for Intel RealSense cameras spanning robots, flying multi-copter
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01/07/2015
One year following Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014, the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) announced it has doubled its membership and expanded the applicability of the Rezence technical specification to include wireless charging of cell phones and smartphones, tablets, notebooks, laptops and desktop PC
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01/07/2015
Revenues for the consumer electronics (CE) industry are projected to grow three percent in 2015 and to reach an all-time high of $223.2 billion, according to The U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales and Forecasts, the semi-annual industry report released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The total
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01/06/2015
Wearable technology: a materials goldmine

Percentage of cost of wearable technology attributable to electronically and electrically functional materials 2015-2025

In 2025 over $25 billion will be spent on formulations and intermediate materials for wearable technology, as forecast by analysts IDTechEx in the brand new report "Wearable Technology Materials 2015-2025". Companies at this early part of the value chain will enjoy a multiplier over the coming decade.
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01/06/2015
Ideal Power, a developer of a disruptive power conversion technology, announced that the European Patent Office awarded the company a patent (EP2025051 B1) for its core power conversion technology, Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA). This patent, along with previously granted U.S. and Chinese patents,
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01/06/2015
Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society, joined BK Yoon, President of Samsung Electronics, on stage during Mr. Yoon’s opening keynote address on the future of the Internet of Things at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Mr. Rifkin described how the Internet
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01/06/2015

 



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