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Renewable Energy

December 2013
The 2014 International CES will spotlight the promise, power and future of technology through innovative startups and entrepreneurs. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced new areas and events at CES dedicated to the startup community, including the Indiegogo Zone and UP Global LIVE Stage. Owned
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12/31/2013
Baezil Nazri of IBC SOLAR on their Malaysian photovoltaic diesel hybrid project

Baezil Nazri of IBC SOLAR

In this PSDcast Baezil Nazri of IBC SOLAR Malaysia talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about their photovoltaic diesel hybrid project there. The nine photovoltaic diesel hybrid systems set up by IBC SOLAR provide electricity for a total of 3,500 people, 9 rural clinics and 9 schools. In addition to
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12/30/2013
As part of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced more than $7 million for projects that will help bring cost-effective, advanced hydrogen and fuel cell technologies online faster. This investment - across four projects in Georgia, Kansas, Pennsylvania and
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12/27/2013

University of Exeter begins testing of revolutionary marine energy device

Whatever Input to Torsion Transfer (WITT) transmission system

The Whatever Input to Torsion Transfer (WITT) transmission system collects chaotic movement in water, wind, human, animal or vehicle motion and turns it into useable power. A&P Falmouth is leading a project with consortium of partners WITT, Supacat, University of Exeter and Plymouth University to demonstrate
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12/27/2013
Researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have developed a bio-based solar cell. They embedded the two proteins photosystem 1 and 2, which in plants are responsible of photosynthesis, into complex molecules developed in-house, thus creating an efficient electron current. Headed by Prof Dr Wolfgang Schuhmann
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12/27/2013
University of St Andrews research could lead to less expensive solar panels

Plastic solar cells

A discovery by researchers at the University of St Andrews on why plastic solar cells work so well could lead to better solar panels that are less expensive and more efficient. Professor Ifor Samuel and Dr Gordon Hedley of the School of Physics and Astronomy, have discovered that a fibre-like arrangement
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12/26/2013
ABB wins $80 million order to power Canada’s largest solar photovoltaic plant

ABB photovoltaic (PV) solar project

ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, and its consortium partner Bondfield Construction have won an order from Canadian Solar Solutions to supply a 100 megawatt (MW) turnkey photovoltaic (PV) solar project for the Grand Renewable Energy Park in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province. ABB’s
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12/23/2013
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State has won a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge II award to support NYSolar Smart, a project to streamline the solar installation process in the state and lower the cost of solar using innovative financing mechanisms
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12/23/2013
Maxwell Technologies, a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage products, announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SK Innovation, a subsidiary of SK Holdings and Korea’s leading energy provider, to develop next generation energy storage solutions leveraging
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12/20/2013
University of Twente developed technology that is crucial to superconductivity in fusion reactors

University of Twente superconducting cable system

The superconductivity research group of the University of Twente (UT) has made a technological breakthrough crucial to the success of nuclear fusion reactors, allowing for clean, inexhaustible energy generation based on the workings of the stars in our galaxy. The crux of the new development is a highly ingenious
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12/19/2013
Officials from the Albany County Sewer District and New York State on Wednesday unveiled a multi-stage combined heat and power system that will save the county an estimated $400,000 per year. This $8.6 million Organic Rankine Cycle heat-to-energy technology was recently installed at the North Plant and
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12/19/2013
Kiran Kumaraswamy of ICF on distributed energy resources

Kiran Kumaraswamy of ICF

In this PSDcast Kiran Kumaraswamy of ICF talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on distributed energy resources and the future smart grid. Kiran has worked on the dynamics of distributed generation systems where he studied the modeling of fuel cells and microturbines related to power generation. In theis
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12/17/2013
IAR Systems announced the launch of IAR Green Innovation Program, a sponsor program to support innovative development projects in eco-friendly technology. The program will award selected companies with up to $25,000 worth of IAR Embedded Workbench® or IAR visualSTATE® licenses for the duration of the project. Many
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12/17/2013
On November 1, the Obama Administration released Executive Order (EO) 13231 to address climate change resilience in state and local communities. Impact Executive Order (EO) 13231 directs Federal Agencies to take a series of steps to engage communities in preparing for
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12/16/2013
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Worldwide Wearable Electronics (Smart -Textiles, Glasses, Watches) Market and Technology Analysis 2013-2018" report to their offering. The market was worth $2.7 billion in revenue in 2012 and is expected to reach
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12/16/2013
The Greater Binghamton Airport and NYSERDA announced that the airport is moving forward with an energy-saving improvement process on the strength of $350,000 awarded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council Initiative. Officials met
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12/16/2013
Georgia Institute of Technology effort creates triboelectric power generator

Georgia Tech professor Zhong Lin Wang

With one stomp of his foot, Zhong Lin Wang illuminates a thousand LED bulbs – with no batteries or power cord. The current comes from essentially the same source as that tiny spark that jumps from a fingertip to a doorknob when you walk across carpet on a cold, dry day. Wang and his research team have learned
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12/13/2013
Carnegie Mellon researchers find novel biological sources for battery materials

The marine cuttlefish may be the next best source of electrode materials

The squirmy marine cuttlefish may be the next best source of electrode materials for batteries to power edible medical devices. Carnegie Mellon University's Chris Bettinger and Jay Whitacre have found that ink from the cuttlefish, a close relative of the squid, provides the perfect chemistry and nanostructure
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12/13/2013
Tauriga Sciences, a diversified company focused on the development of a proprietary technology platform in the nanorobotics space, announced that it is experiencing very strong levels of international interest for the commercialization of Pilus Energy's proprietary wastewater-to-value
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12/11/2013
According to a recently released report by the Solar Energy Industries Association, the third quarter of 2013 was the second largest on record for the U.S. solar industry, and new solar electric capacity added this year will generate enough clean energy to power more than 850,000 average American homes. Here
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12/11/2013
Miniature step-up transformers target energy-harvesting applications

Coilcraft’s LPR6235 Series coupled inductors

Coilcraft’s new 6x6 mm LPR6235 Series coupled inductors can be used as step-up or flyback transformers in DC-DC converters or as autotransformers. They are ideal for voltage step-up in energy harvesting applications and have been selected by Linear Technology for their LTC3108 andLTC3109 Ultralow Voltage Step-Up
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12/09/2013
AEG Power Solutions (AEG PS), a provider of power electronics for renewable energies, and its subsidiary skytron energy, a leader in monitoring and control solutions for utility-scale renewable energy power plants, announced the successful deployment of a 5.8 MWp commercial PV installation for PPA Partners in
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12/06/2013
Total hybrid & pure EV market will be US$334 billion by 2023
The total global gross value market for hybrid and pure electric vehicles will reach US$334 billion within the decade, from a current value of US$69 billion, forecast analysts IDTechEx. This will primarily consist of large or very heavy duty vehicles, neither of which is primarily bought on up-front price.
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12/06/2013
The global cumulative hydropower installed capacity is expected to increase from 1,065 Gigawatts (GW) in 2012 to 1,407 GW in 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3.5%, with investments reaching $75 billion in the same period, forecasts research and consulting firm GlobalData. According
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12/05/2013
Ed Herbert of PSMA on smart-grid considerations

Edward Herbert, Co-Chair of the Energy Efficiency Committee

In this PSDcast, Edward Herbert, Co-Chair of the Energy Efficiency Committee, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on the recent EPRI-PSMA Workshop "Are You Smart Enough for the Smart Grid?". There are many issues and opportunities involved, from the hardware to the software to the very terminiology
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12/04/2013
Mascot's 100W Li-ion battery charger touts performance
Norwegian power design expert Mascot AS released their next-generation high-quality, high-performance lithium-ion battery charger, the 3240LI. The device uses a 3-stage charging profile to maximise battery performance and automatically detects whether it is connected to a 120 or 230 Volt power supply, making
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12/03/2013

 



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