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Renewable Energy

December 2014
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory released a third round of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) under the Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP). CIP aims to help U.S. manufacturers of small- and mid-sized wind turbines improve their turbine designs and manufacturing
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12/31/2014
Here are the results of an output capacitor benchmark study used in a step-down DC/DC converter design, based on a well-used control IC (Maxim’s MAX 1537 [1]) with a 6-24V input voltage range and two separate voltage outputs of 3.3 and 5V. “Some 99 percent of so-called ‘design’ problems associated
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12/30/2014
There is no Moore’s Law for passive components like capacitors, but relentless development is delivering the kinds of devices engineers need to deliver cutting-edge new products for modern living. Capacitors have for many years enabled electronic designers to manage energy within circuits and fulfill basic
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12/30/2014

The counterfeiting of well-known brands and products is a growing problem, estimated to be five to seven percent of world trade. Among those well-known brands are consumer safety and critical electrical products, which can have threatening implications for workers and facilities. The cost
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12/30/2014
Fight e-pollution

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

The ugly side of our electronics industry is the often dangerous and toxic byproducts and waste from the creation of electronic products and their disposal. E-waste doesn’t have to be a problem; it can be a renewable resource if we manage it properly. Americans generate million of tons of e-waste every year,
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12/30/2014
Frederik Dostal von Analog Devices Ãber Energy Harvesting

Frederik Dostal von Analog Devices

In diesem PSDcast Frederik Dostal von Analog Devices spricht mit Alix Paultrevon Power Systems Design über die Fragen im Zusammenhang mit Energie ernten und einige der Dinge ADI bieten über Lösungen für das Engineering Community. Energy Harvesting ist nicht nur ein Akku-Tausch Technologie, so dass kleine
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12/30/2014
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has announced the demonstration of a 45.7 percent conversion efficiency for a four-junction solar cell at 234 suns concentration. This achievement represents one of the highest photovoltaic research cell efficiencies achieved across all types of solar
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12/30/2014
From products such as Google Glass, advanced fitness activity trackers, heads-up imaging displays, and blood pressure monitors, it is obvious that wearable devices have entered the military, industrial and high-end consumer markets. These devices are rapidly improving and becoming even “smarter”. A “wearable”
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12/30/2014
A wearable world

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

The biggest buzzword out there since “The Internet of Things” (IoT) was coined by  Kevin Ashton is currently the term “Wearables”, a subset of the cloud-based user-oriented marketplace the IoT represents. Wearable devices have been presented as the very culmination of personal device technology,
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12/30/2014
Defining consumer electronics

Kevin Parmenter, Excelsys

Once upon a time electronics went into neat precise product categories, making marketing people at electronics component companies happy. However the situation has become far more complex. Consumer electronics products are now finding their way into other applications, because frankly they are better, faster,
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12/30/2014
EnerKnol's latest report covers EPA’s Clean Power Plan, regional programs, and continued solar installation growth aim to improve state-level resource reliability. Impact The proposed Clean Power Plan and regional reliability programs will continue to influence an energy
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12/29/2014
Up to 2014, there was only limited interest in thermoelectric energy harvesting in general and its use in automotive applications in particular. For instance, BMW had worked on it for 20 years without bringing anything to market. The theoretical maximum attainable efficiency was known to be one half of that
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12/29/2014
Renovo Coupe on display at NVIDIA booth at CES to highlight automotive innovation

The Renovo Coupe

Renovo Motors, makers of the first all-electric American supercar, announced their revolutionary Renovo Coupe will be featured at the NVIDIA Booth (#30307) at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from Jan. 6-9, 2015. Founded in Silicon Valley in 2010, Renovo unveiled the Coupe at the 2014 Pebble Beach
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12/22/2014
UNSW's solar researchers have converted over 40% of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported. The world-beating efficiency was achieved in outdoor tests in Sydney, before being independently confirmed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) at their
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12/18/2014
AEG Power Solutions presents reference energy storage station with Tecnalia and Iberdrola

SAGER (Sistema de Almacenamiento de Energía a Gran escala para la Red Eléctrica)

AEG Power Solutions, a global provider of power electronic systems and solutions for industrial power supplies and renewable energy applications, has jointly with Iberdrola, a leading Spanish utility, and Tecnalia, a major innovation foundation, developed the prototype of a new battery energy storage station.
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12/18/2014
Daetwyler Clean Energy (DCE), announced the designation of Class A fire rating for their Eco-Top rooftop solar racking system. The company voluntarily submitted their assembly for testing through Underwriters Laboratory (UL) fire testing as part of the firm's proactive approach
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12/18/2014
O2Micro, a global leader in the design, development and marketing of high-performance integrated circuits and solutions, was granted a U.S. patent for its Battery Management Systems (BMS) with Vertical Bus Circuits. A BMS monitors battery modules to ensure safe operation and
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12/17/2014
AF tests first all-electric vehicle fleet in California

Miranda Ballentine greets vendors during the unveiling of the first federal facility to replace its entire general-purpose fleet with plug-in electric vehicles Nov. 14, 2014, at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif.

Air Force officials unveiled the Department of Defense’s first non-tactical vehicle fleet composed entirely of plug-in electric vehicles, Nov. 14, at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. The rollout of the 42-vehicle fleet marks a milestone in the DOD’s demonstration of emerging technology and the vehicles
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12/17/2014
Chad Hall of Ioxus on electric vehicle power storage

Chad Hall of Ioxus

In this PSDcast Chad Hall of Ioxus talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the energy storage and delivery issues in electric vehicles, especially those in heavy-use applications like trucks and buses. Ioxus' large-cell ultracapacitors and modules provide large energy storage systems which significantly
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12/15/2014
Emilie Tullis of Methode on dynamic backup energy managment

Emilie Tullis of Methode

In this PSDcast Emilie Stone (nee Tullis), general manager of Methode’s Active Energy Solutions group talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues involved with backup power in microgrids and smart facilities. The
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12/12/2014
Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have used statistical analyses and detailed case studies to better understand why solar market policies in certain states are more successful. Their findings indicate that while no standard formula for solar implementation exists,
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12/12/2014
2-DTech & Dyesol cooperate to develop graphene-enhanced photovoltaics

2-DTech will carry out research relating to graphene being integrated into solid state dye-sensitised solar cells

Helping industry unlock graphene’s potential, 2-DTech has been awarded a grant worth £98,000 from InnovateUK to carry out research relating to graphene being integrated into solid state dye-sensitised solar cells. As a result, the company is linking up with solar technology specialist Dyesol in order to undertake
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12/11/2014
Nanoparticle network could bring fast-charging batteries

This schematic diagram depicts the concept for a new electrode design for lithium-ion batteries that has been shown to potentially reduce the charging time from hours to minutes by replacing the conventional graphite electrode with a network of tin-oxide nanoparticles.

A novel electrode design for lithium-ion batteries has been shown to potentially reduce the charging time from hours to minutes by replacing the conventional graphite electrode with a network of tin-oxide nanoparticles. Batteries have two electrodes, called an anode and a cathode. The anodes in most of today's
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12/11/2014
California leads the nation in the adoption of electric vehicles

In California about 5 out of every 1,000 registered vehicles are PEVs

In 2013, there were about 70,000 battery electric vehicles (EVs) and 104,000 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)—small numbers compared to around 226 million registered vehicles in the United States. Total U.S. sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have increased in recent years, but still represent
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12/10/2014
  The Energy Department recognized 25 winners across the federal government as recipients of the 2014 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These annual awards highlight exceptional federal agency efforts for improving the nation’s energy, water, aviation and vehicle fleets. Each winner
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12/09/2014
Bringing customers one step closer to the wireless Internet of Tomorrow, Freescale Semiconductor today extended its wireless charging portfolio by introducing the industry’s first 15W Qi-compliant wireless charging solution. The solution paves the way for ultra-fast wireless recharging for a variety of larger
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12/09/2014
BC SOLAR completes biggest PV rooftop installation in Poland

A 237 kilowatts peak (kWp) solar energy plant in the Polish city of Łódź

IBC SOLAR, a leader in photovoltaic systems, has completed the construction of a 237 kilowatts peak (kWp) solar energy plant in the Polish city of Łódź. Installed on the roof of a hospital, the project marks a milestone as the biggest PV rooftop installation to date in Poland. IBC SOLAR’s Czech subsidiary,
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12/03/2014
Supporting the Obama Administration’s effort to make solar energy more affordable and accessible for all Americans, the Energy Department today announced more than $9 million in funding for breakthrough research and development projects that will advance the reliability and durability of solar photovoltaic
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12/02/2014
The Energy Department announced a total of $4.4 million for two projects in Michigan and Pennsylvania to support the use of advanced materials and manufacturing techniques in the development of new “low-head” hydropower technologies. The United States has major opportunities across the country to add new
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12/01/2014
Supercapacitor market leader Maxwell Technologies has faltered temporarily due to phasing of demand for supercapacitors on Chinese hybrid buses. One of the most formidable innovators it now sells large stacks for grid management and for energy harvesting in large construction vehicles. The recent IDTechEx Supercapacitors
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12/01/2014
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