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30 Watt Medical DC-DC Converter Features Wide 2:1 Input Range in 1x2'' Footprint
TRACO POWER has announced the release of their THM 30 family of medical 30 Watt DC/DC converters with wide 2:1 input range in the industry standard 1 x 2” footprint. The THM 30 Series are a reliable solution not only for medical equipment but also for demanding ITE applications such as transportation, control
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04/20/2018
TMR 3WIR and TMR 6WIR Series
The TMR 3WIR and the TMR 6WIR series are a set of 3/6 Watt DC/DC converters in a SIP-8 metal case. The design purpose of these series was to miniaturized low power DC/DC converters for railway application to the maximum without sacrificing highest efficiency. They
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Date:
04/19/2018
PSDcast - Improving Building Efficiency With Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re talking about Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats and legacy cooling systems. Just recently, a 345,000 square-foot property in Phoenix, Arizona won the BOMA Green Building Committee Kilowatt Krackdown award after achieving the highest Energy Star score of 98 in the competition.
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Date:
04/18/2018

AEC-Q101-Qualified 3- and 4-Channel Optical Sensors Designed for Turn and Push, Absolute, and Incremental Encoding
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced two new AEC-Q101 qualified transmissive optical sensors for automotive and industrial applications. Offered in a compact 5.5 mm by 5.85 mm by 7 mm package, the Vishay Semiconductors TCUT1630X01 and TCUT1800X01 are the industry's first 3- and 4-channel
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04/18/2018
KAIST Develops Sodium Ion Batteries Using Copper Sulfide

This is the sodiation process of copper sulfide.

A KAIST research team recently developed sodium ion batteries using copper sulfide anode. This finding will contribute to advancing the commercialization of sodium ion batteries (SIBs) and reducing the production cost of any electronic products with batteries. Professor Jong Min Yuk and Emeritus Professor
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04/17/2018
Thin Film Series Satisfies Higher Voltage and Current Requirements
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Bourns, Inc. has announced the introduction of the first of many new SinglFuse product series the company has planned in its strategic roadmap for 2018. The significant expansion of its SinglFuse line will include advanced wire-core, ceramic multilayer and ceramic tube fuse
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04/17/2018
The Industry's First Soft-Termination MLCCs With Low ESR
TDK Corporation has developed the industry’s first soft-termination MLCCs with low ESR. The new CN series features terminal electrodes with a conductive resin layer that provides high mechanical robustness to protect against board flexure. At the same time, the new MLCCs offer a low ESR that is comparable
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04/17/2018
A Higher-Energy, Safer and Longer-Lasting Zinc Battery
College Park, Md. -- Again establishing the University of Maryland (UMD) as a leader in the development of groundbreaking battery technology, a team led by researchers at UMD's A. James Clark School of Engineering has created a water-based zinc battery that
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04/16/2018
Fremont, California – MEAN WELL announces the partnership with Digi-Key Electronics. Digi-Key Electronics now offers a wide range of MEAN WELL power solutions under the new distributor agreement.       “Digi-Key is well-known global stocking distributor. “MEAN WELL team
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04/16/2018
Algae-Forestry, Bioenergy Mix Could Help Make CO2 Vanish From Thin Air
ITHACA, N.Y. - An unconventional mélange of algae, eucalyptus and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage appears to be a quirky ecological recipe. But, scientists from Cornell University, Duke University, and the University of Hawaii at Hilo have an idea that could use that recipe to help power and provide
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04/13/2018
CMI Expands Research in Tech Metals as Demand for Electric Vehicles Grows

The Critical Materials Institute is launching new research in the processing, use and recycling of materials necessary to EV technology.

As increasing consumer interest in electric vehicles drives the demand for supplies of lithium and cobalt (ingredients in lithium-ion batteries), the Critical Materials Institute will begin new efforts this July to maximize the efficient processing, use, and recycling of those elements. "The
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04/12/2018
Power Distribution System Serves Confined Enclosures and Small Control Cabinets
Schaumburg, IL— Rittal North America LLC introduces the RiLine Compact System for power distribution in confined enclosures and small control cabinets. The RiLine Compact System marks Rittal’s entry into a new market segment for low-current power distribution. It is ideal for most small
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04/12/2018
PLEDs Support Replacing Fluorescent Lighting Tubes with LED Strings or Tubes Without Scrapping the Ballast Drivers
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. introduced a series of PLEDs with an ultra-low holding current (just 21mA) that makes the ballast drivers widely used in the output of fluorescent tubes compatible with modern replacement LED strings or tubes. This eliminates the need to scrap otherwise still-working
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04/12/2018
The Industry's First 3 Volt Thin Prismatic Supercapacitors
CAP-XX announced it has developed the industry’s first 3V thin, prismatic supercapacitors. The company will deploy its 3V technology first in thin prismatic form to meet demand for small, inexpensive, energy-efficient power solutions for thin wearables, key FOBs and other IoT devices. CAP-XX will then integrate
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04/12/2018
The Thermodynamics of Computing
As steam engines became increasingly widespread in the 19th century, the question soon arose as to how to optimise them. Thermodynamics, the physical theory that resulted from the study of these machines, proved to be an extremely fruitful approach; it is still a central concept in the optimisation of energy
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04/11/2018
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has released a new series of pin jumpers designed for board-to-board (BTB) and module-to-module connections in solid-state lighting (SSL) and other low-pin-count industrial applications. When used in conjunction with the new 2.5mm 70-9296 Series STRIPT horizontal, poke-home
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04/11/2018
2018 Will be a SiC Year
We’ve been playing soothsayer a lot lately, but if you strolled the halls of the Henry B. González Convention Center at APEC 2018, one theme was absolutely inescapable – the ubiquity of silicon carbide (SiC). 2018 should be its coming-out party. Nearly every company we visited chatted up the
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Date:
04/10/2018
Choosing a Fan Design That Minimizes Trade-Offs

Figure 1. Cross section of a sleeve bearing

In the same way that oxygen and water are essential to human life, cooling fans are critical to many of the devices we rely on every day. From home appliances to industrial-grade machinery, and from laptop computers to the large-scale data centers, the need to remove hot air is essential. If the fan fails, the
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04/10/2018
A Smart Solution for Smart Meter Power-Path Management

Figure 1. Circuit schematic

Some smart meter applications require an external wireless communication module to be attached to them. The power requirements imposed are that the module should limit its supply current to be within a 100 – 150mA range. There is also a requirement for a super capacitor (supercap) backup supply to continue
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04/10/2018
Adding a GUI to Control Systems

Figure 1. Gen4-uLCD-43DCT-CLB display module from 4D Systems

Replacing multiple electromechanical and optoelectronic elements with a touch-sensitive LCD can significantly extend a product’s lifetime. It could also reduce the overall size of the product, particularly if the space required for the PCB is much smaller than that used for the electromechanical controls.
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04/10/2018
How to Prevent Solid State Relay Failure in Power Supplies for Industrial Systems

Figure 1. Advantages of solid-state switching technology

What do large industrial/commercial HVAC and refrigeration systems, heavy duty transportation, conveyor belts, assembly lines, medical, energy and other complex manufacturing systems all have in common? Electrical motors. Big and expensive electrical motors that, if their power supply system overheats, can be
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04/10/2018
3000z Oscilloscopes Expand Bandwidth Range Above and Below That of Earlier Models
Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.– Teledyne LeCroy announced the WaveSurfer 3000z oscilloscopes, which expand the existing WaveSurfer 3000 bandwidth range above and below that of earlier models, while also bolstering functionality for power-electronics testing. In addition, the new models provide more processing power
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04/10/2018
Interchangeable NTC Thermistors Feature Insulated Tinned-Copper Leads
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Ametherm announced that the company has extended the capabilities of its ACCU-Curve series of interchangeable NTC thermistors with the ACL-011. This new device features insulated tinned-copper leads, ensuring the most accurate temperature sensing with no unintended conduction between leads. Ametherm's
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04/10/2018
New Ultralow Quiescent Current Buck-Boost Converters Power Industrial Systems & More

Figure 1. LTC3130 Typical Application Schematic and Features

A buck-boost DC/DC converter is one of the most valuable tools in a power supply designer’s toolbox for dealing with a variety of power conversion scenarios. In these situations, input voltages can vary widely due to non-ideal or multi-input power sources, transient disturbances or charging and discharging
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Date:
04/10/2018
TSN With Off-The-Shelf Standard Components

Figure 1. Structure of the TDMA function

Extensions to the IEEE 802.1Q standard for Ethernet switching, listed under the generic term "Time Sensitive Networking" (TSN), allow automation solutions with homogeneous network architecture from sensors to the cloud. In contrast to this, traditional solutions using proprietary network standards
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Date:
04/10/2018
Optimized Buck Regulators with Integrated MOSFETs Raise Power Density to New Levels

Figure 1. The FAN6500XX in a typical application

Integration is fundamental to solid-state electronics — the ability to bring together similar and complementary functions into a single device drives the entire industry. When coupled with developments in packaging, wafer handling and lithography, feature density continues to rise, delivering more efficient
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04/09/2018
Power-Over-Ethernet: The Missing Link Between Digital Ceilings and a New Breed of Smart Buildings

Figure 1. Digital Ceiling Ecosystem

We are in the digital era when enterprises are embracing innovative technologies to create new experiences and business opportunities. This transformation has given rise to some revolutionary applications, including digital ceilings that have gained immense popularity by connecting everything associated with
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04/09/2018
The Industry’s First Batteryless Electronic UHF Retail Price Tag
PITTSBURGH -- Powercast Corporation announced that it will demonstrate the industry’s first Batteryless Electronic UHF (Ultrahigh Frequency) Retail Price Tag at RFID Journal LIVE! (Booth #1260) being held in Orlando, April 10 – 12. It is a finalist for the show’s
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Date:
04/09/2018
2 Amp Step-Down Switching Regulators Achieves Efficiency up to 96%
TRACO POWER has announced the new TSR 2 series of step-down switching regulators that are drop-in replacement for inefficient LMxx linear regulators. A high efficiency up to 96 % allows full load operation up to +67°C ambient temperature (full-load) without any heat-sink or forced cooling. The TSR
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Date:
04/09/2018
RS Components delivers flexible, cost-effective rack power with modular RS Pro PDUs featuring power management options
RS Components has introduced easily upgradeable power distribution units (PDUs) to its high-quality high-value RS Pro range, which give flexibility to retrofit power metering or networked power monitoring cost effectively and with minimal disruption.
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Date:
04/09/2018
Lumileds Latest LUXEON CoB Core Range LEDs, Now at Mouser, Offer High Density in a Small Surface
Mouser Electronics is now stocking LUXEON CoB Core Range (Gen 4) LEDs from Lumileds. These LEDs offer high flux densities in a small light emitting surface (LES), enabling double the luminous flux of the third generation of LUXEON CoB Core Range devices. The high-density
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04/09/2018
Imec and Qromis Present High Performance p-GaN HEMTs on 200mm CTE-matched Substrates
imec and Qromis, have announced the development of high performance enhancement mode p-GaN power devices on 200mm engineered Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE)-matched substrates, processed in imec’s silicon pilot line. The substrates are offered by Qromis
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04/09/2018
STMicroelectronics’ ACEPACK IGBT Modules, Now at Mouser, Deliver Highly Integrated Power Conversion Up to 30kW
Mouser Electronics is now stocking the ACEPACK IGBT modules from STMicroelectronics (ST). Part of a new plastic power module family developed mainly to address industrial applications, the Adaptable Compact Easier PACKage (ACEPACK) modules provide economical and
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04/09/2018
Harwin Introduces Ultra-Compact Fine Pitch Cable-to-Board Connector Offering
Continuing to extend the breadth of its interconnect solutions, Harwin has announced the latest addition to the M40 series. With phosphor bronze contacts that are rated for currents of up to 1A, these lightweight, low profile 1mm pitch units are the smallest in the
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Date:
04/09/2018
New DesignSpark Toolbox app from RS Components available on iOS, Android and Windows
RS Components (RS) has unveiled a new app for iOS, Android and Windows devices. The DesignSpark Toolbox app is available to download free-of-charge, and provides a single point of access to common electronic reference materials, calculation and conversion tools in
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Date:
04/09/2018
Vincotech’s new booster +H6.5 inverter â€
Vincotech today announced the launch of the new flowSOL 1 BI (TL) high efficiency H6.5 inverter with dual booster designed to ease the development of single-phase solar applications up to 10 kW. Efficient, reliable and robust, this module is perfect for
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Date:
04/09/2018
High power LTKAK Series TVS Diodes from Littelfuse offer superior clamping compared to standard silicon avalanche diodes - now in stock at TTI, Inc.
The new LTKAK Series TVS Diodes from Littelfuse is now available in Europe through TTI. Offering superior clamping characteristics compared to standard silicon avalanche diodes, the LTKAK Series features Littelfuse Foldbak technology, which provides a clamping voltage
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Date:
04/09/2018
ÂμModule Boost Regulator Designed for Low Voltage Optical Systems
NORWOOD, Mass.--- Analog Devices, Inc. announced the Power by Linear LTM4661, a low power step-up µModule regulator in a 6.25mm x 6.25mm x 2.42mm BGA package. Only a few capacitors and one resistor are required to complete the design, and the solution occupies less than 1cm² single-sided or 0.5cm² on double-sided
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04/09/2018
The First Industrial Poke-Home Connector Without a Wire Stop
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has released the first industrial poke-home connector available without a wire stop. The new 2.5mm poke-home contact — the latest addition to its 70-9296 Series STRIPT insulator-less, single-position, horizontal, poke-home contacts — combines a low profile with an industry-leading
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Date:
04/09/2018
Next Generation 2/3 Watt SIP-8 DC/DC converters
TEC 2/3 (WI) are new series with the design purpose to improve the prevalent 2/3 Watt SIP-8 DC/DC converters (eg. TMR 2/3E) in terms of cost, efficiency and performance. The latest technology and components
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04/09/2018
New research from the University of Waterloo shows that Canadian small businesses are important- and often overlooked- drivers of sustainability and the green economy. The Waterloo study, led by researcher Sarah Burch, discovered that eight out of 10 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) surveyed are
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04/06/2018
Banking on Sunshine: World Added Far More Solar Than Fossil Fuel Power Generating Capacity in 2017

Global investments in renewable energy of $2.7 trillion from 2007 to 2017 (11 years inclusive) have increased the proportion of world electricity generated by wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy, geothermal, marine and small hydro from 5.2 per cent to 12.1 per cent.

Solar energy dominated global investment in new power generation like never before in 2017. The world installed a record 98 gigawatts of new solar capacity, far more than the net additions of any other technology - renewable, fossil fuel or nuclear. Solar power also attracted far more investment,
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04/06/2018
KEMET Expands ESD Rated Ceramic Capacitor Product Portfolio
KEMET has expanded its electrostatic discharge (ESD) rated ceramic capacitor series into a complete product portfolio. Automotive and commercial grades are now available in EIA 0402, 0603, 0805 and 1206 case sizes with voltage ratings of 16 to 250 VDC. These devices provide miniaturization and enhanced flexibility
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04/06/2018
Power Analyzer Performs Compliance Testing to International Standards
Poway, CA—Vitrek introduces the latest generation of its popular line of power analyzers, now equipped with the built-in capability to conduct compliance testing to a number of key environmental performance standards. The PA900 Precision Multi-channel Harmonic Power Analyzer can be set up to analyze
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04/06/2018
Ultra-Broadband Resistors Feature a Rugged Construction, Tight Tolerances, & a 125mW Power Rating
FOUNTAIN INN, S.C. – AVX Corporation has released the new UBR Series ultra-broadband resistors. The ruggedly constructed, ultraminiature (EIA 0402, 1005 metric) ultra-broadband resistors are made with high-performance tantalum nitride (TaN) materials and utilize the company’s proprietary, automotive-qualified,
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Date:
04/05/2018
Controller Platform Delivers High Functionality and Unprecedented Connectivity
WAUKESHA, Wis. – According to the Pew Research Center, a whopping 77 percent of Americans own smartphones. That’s why when Generac Industrial Power developed its own control platform — the new Power Zone — specifically for its industrial generator sets, it chose to make the interface emulate a smartphone,
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04/05/2018
A New Way to Atomically Thin Materials
Metallic conductivity and hydrophilicity of MXenes have established them as electrodes in rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors, as well as other applications, including photothermal cancer therapy, electromagnetic shielding, water purification and gas sensing. In the journal Angewandte Chemie,
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04/04/2018
The Smallest Cartridge Fuses Available With Current Ratings From 40A to 63A and a 2,000A@500VAC Interrupting Rating
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. introduced the smallest cartridge fuse series available that’s rated at 500VAC with current ratings from 40A to 63A and a 2,000A@500VAC interrupting rating. The 606 Series high-current Cartridge Fuse is designed for overcurrent protection in applications such as
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04/04/2018
Conductive and Hybrid Conductive Aluminum Polymer Capacitors Save PCB Space and Lower Costs
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced new conductive (184 CPNS, 185 CPNZ, and 186 CPNT series) and hybrid conductive (182 CPHZ and 183 CPHT series) aluminum polymer capacitors in a variety of case sizes ranging from 4 mm by 4 mm by 5.5 mm to 10 mm by 10 mm by 12.4 mm. The Vishay BCcomponents
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04/04/2018
Multilayer Ceramic Chip Capacitors Feature High Capacitance And Low ESR
TDK Corporation has developed a new series of vertically stacked MEGACAP Type MLCCs that combine high capacitance and low ESR. The new CA series offers rated voltages from 25 V to 1000 V and covers a capacitance range from 20 nF to 150 µF. The new MLCCs are available with C0G, X7T, X7S, and X7R temperature
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04/03/2018
Non-Toxic Filamentous Virus Helps Quickly Dissipate Heat Generated by Electronic Devices

This image shows (a) phage and (b) hexagonally assembled structures of the phages in the film.

The researcher team of Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) discovered that the film constructed by assembling a nontoxic filamentous virus functions as a heat dissipation material, and that can be simply prepared by drying the virus aqueous solution at room temperature. This discovery is expected to elucidate
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04/03/2018
Compact 6x32 mm Fuse Designed for Applications Requiring High Voltage and High Interrupting Rating
Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection announces the 0ADA Series of fuses, which are available now in ceramic cartridge and pigtail, axial leaded options for AC and DC for high voltage and high interrupting rating applications. The 6x32 mm 0ADAC ceramic cartridge fuses and the 6x32 mm 0ADAP
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Date:
04/03/2018
PSDcast - AC/DC Rapid Charge Solutions
In this episode of the PSDcast, we’re discussing AC/DC rapid charge solutions with Faisal Ahmad from Dialog Semiconductor. Our industry often intersects with the consumer world – after all, every proprietary technology eventually
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Date:
04/03/2018
Path to a Booming Australian Solar Thermal Energy Market

A novel solar peaker plant concept presented by Solar Dynamics estimated that a solar peaker plant can be competitive with a fossil fueled peaker at typical capacity payments rates.

A report out from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) this month published responses from industry stakeholders on the viability of a concentrated solar thermal (CST) energy market in Australia: Paving the way for concentrated solar thermal in Australia. Only 5 gigawatts (GW) of CST is
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04/03/2018
High-Speed And on-Silicon-Chip Graphene Blackbody Emitters

Square graphene sheet is connected to source and drain electrodes. Modulated blackbody emission is obtained from graphene by applying input signal.

Graphene is a two-dimensional nanocarbon material, having unique properties in electronic, optical and thermal properties, which can be applied for optoelectronic devices. Graphene-based blackbody emitters are also promising light emitters on silicon chip in NIR and mid-infrared region. However, although graphene-based
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Date:
04/03/2018
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –  With the shared mission to launch and ensure success of emerging enterprises seeking to innovate the future of engineering, aviation, aerospace and beyond, Boeing HorizonX has signed on as a Nexus Partner at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Research Park. Boeing
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04/03/2018
Hazardous Area Colored LED Light Ideal For Oil Rigs, Ships, Chemical Storage Centers, And Offshore Applications
KEMP, Texas -- Larson Electronics LLC has announced the release of a new hazardous area colored LED light that is U.S./Canada U.L. approved Class 1 Division 2 Groups A, B, C and D, UL 1598A listed, specifically designed for wet and corrosive marine environments. This United States Coast Guard approved LED features
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Date:
04/03/2018
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