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Renewable Energy

November 2016
A digital hybrid energy-storage system

The thermal image of the demonstrator indicates a slight temperature increase for the active components when operating at peak load.

Rutronik has developed a revolutionary new hybrid energy storage system (HESS) in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau (WHZ). The combination of battery and ultracapacitor improves the peak current characteristics of the energy storage system, minimizes battery degradation significantly,
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11/30/2016
NREL opens solar array field to inform public

NREL engineers Bill Sekulic (left) and Chris Deline look at the new PV array just north of the NREL parking garage. The new array extends the testing capacity for solar modules at NREL

Solar panels at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are ubiquitous to the point of practically being invisible, but new rows of photovoltaic (PV) modules installed on the southern edge of campus are intended to attract attention. The newest modules are being installed
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11/30/2016
New York tackles energy storage safety

Battery fires are rare, but when they happen you have to be prepared

When smart phone batteries catch fire or laptop batteries explode on airplanes, it makes the news. So far batteries used to store energy at the residential and commercial level have avoided those headlines. But eventually there will be a problem. “Battery fires are rare, but when they happen you
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11/30/2016

With consumer paranoia about security at an all-time high, does automotive software development need to up its game in the quality stakes? The recent collaboration between automotive manufacturers and internet providers in the creation of the autonomous vehicle has sparked great consumer interest in the development
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11/29/2016
Enabling the car of the future

Maxim’s GMSL SerDes chipsets can be used to connect head-unit video data to rear-seat entertainment consoles.

As the auto industry continues pushing development of autonomous vehicles, cars are increasingly becoming sophisticated electronic systems on wheels. Take the Ford GT—with 10 million lines of code, this car surpasses the code volume of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner by 3 million lines! Designing these
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11/29/2016

Electron microscopy image of a conductive graphene/cotton fabric

A new method for producing conductive cotton fabrics using graphene-based inks opens up new possibilities for flexible and wearable electronics, without the use of expensive and toxic processing steps. Wearable, textiles-based electronics present new possibilities for flexible circuits, healthcare
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11/29/2016
Glow-in-the-dark dye could fuel liquid-based batteries

The research team includes Timothy Cook, assistant professor of chemistry, and first author Anjula M. Kosswattaarachchi, a PhD student in chemistry

Could a glow-in-the-dark dye be the next advancement in energy storage technology? UB scientists think so. They have identified a fluorescent dye called BODIPY as an ideal material for stockpiling energy in rechargeable, liquid-based batteries that could one day power cars and homes. BODIPY
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11/29/2016
Transportation systems can have input voltage ranges up to 14V (single battery automotive), 28V (dual battery trucks, busses, airplanes), or higher, and require one or more low voltage rails for digital systems. As a result, designs of such systems need to know how they can step down from high input voltages
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11/29/2016
Driverless vehicles require sensors to be able to provide distance readings in relation to a vehicle ahead, behind or to the side to a central controller. Radar, laser, infrared and optical cameras, and ultrasound can all be used to gather data about other vehicles, the surroundings, and the road. Cameras are
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11/29/2016
The LTM8055 is a buck-boost μModule® regulator with a 5V to 36V input range that can be easily paralleled to extend load current capability. Its 4-switch buck-boost topology features high efficiency while allowing the input voltage to be below, at or above the output—with smooth transitions between
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11/28/2016
NMSU energy harvester to power pacemakers

Abdessattar Abdelkefi, mechanical and aerospace engineering assistant professor, second from left, is pictured with three of his New Mexico State University Ph.D. students. From left, Rashid Naseer, Hichem Abdelmoula and Mostafa Hassanalian assist Abdelkefi with projects including an energy harvester for pacemakers.

About 200,000 Americans have pacemakers implanted each year, and a College of Engineering professor at New Mexico State University is working on a mechanism to increase the longevity of the devices. Abdessattar Abdelkefi, mechanical and aerospace engineering assistant professor, is leading a project that designs
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11/25/2016
The 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 16.7 percent of total installed capacity and 13.8 percent of total electricity generation during the past year. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of
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11/24/2016
Eaton puts energy storage at heart of portfolio

Distributed generation, storage and control holds great potential

Power management company Eaton has developed a portfolio of energy storage solutions across a full spectrum of sectors, from residential and commercial markets, through to large industrial and grid-scale applications. The positioning of a suite of technologies comes in anticipation of strong demand for
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11/24/2016
Leclanché, a leading vertically-integrated energy storage solution company, and Zhejiang Narada Power, a leading global battery manufacturer, announced a strategic partnership for the manufacturing and development of lithium-ion battery technology for the Chinese and global markets. Leclanché
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11/21/2016
The nation’s energy infrastructure will undergo a significant transformation over the next 10 years due in large measure to the emergence of cost-effective energy storage, according to a new study by Mortenson, a recognized North American leader in energy and transmission infrastructure. While it will require
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11/21/2016
Qualcomm announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, introduced the latest generation of its fast-charging technology with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4. Quick Charge 4 will be available with the next generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Snapdragon 835 is expected to ship in commercial devices in
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11/17/2016
Energy Department announced 2020 SunShot hit over 90% of target

SunShot Initiative goals

The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy today announced a commitment for its SunShot Initiative to cut the cost of solar-generated electricity by 50% between 2020 and 2030. This new target is a reflection of the SunShot Initiative's leadership in helping the industry reach
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11/17/2016
PSDcast - Mike Demasi of Phononic on advanced cooling technology

Mike Demasi of Phononic

In this PSDcast Mike Demasi, Phononic’s Vice President and General Manager of Cold Products, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about advanced cooling technology. Phononic is bringing medical facilities to the next level with eco-friendly refrigeration that meets exact precision temperature
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11/14/2016
Linear demos first wireless battery management in BMW i3 at electronica

Wireless BMS concept car at electronica

Linear Technology, the leading provider of battery stack monitoring ICs for electric and hybrid/electric vehicles, is demonstrating the industry’s first wireless automotive battery management system (BMS) concept car at the Electronica Show in Munich, Germany. This wireless BMS concept car, developed by Linear’s
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11/11/2016
The bus that powers itself and has no battery? You can buy that on Alibaba. It is made by Nanowinn Technologies of China and it only works in daylight using its state-of-the-art copper indium gallium diselenide solar panels and super-efficient traction motor. Call it a lizard electric vehicle, waking with the
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11/10/2016
NTPC awards contract for Asia’s first integrated solar thermal power plant

NTPC awards contract for Asia’s first integrated solar thermal power plant

Thermax, an Indian energy and environment company and FRENELL, a German concentrated solar power company, (through its wholly owned subsidiary Novatec Solar Espana, S.L) have been awarded by India’s state owned utility NTPC, to execute Asia’s first integrated solar thermal power plant at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh,
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11/09/2016
Panasonic to show flexible rechargeable battery at electronica

Flexible Lithium-ion battery

At electronica 2016 Panasonic will present innovative, highly flexible Lithium-ion batteries: they can withstand repeated bending with a radius of 25 mm or twisting with a maximum angle of 25 degrees, with no loss of function. The batteries are extremely thin with a height of only 0.55 millimetres, which
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11/07/2016
PSDcast - Neil Cannon of EnOcean on energy harvesting in smart devices

Neil Cannon of EnOcean

In this PSDcast,EnOcean’s new President for North America, Neil Cannon talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about using energy harvesting technology to drive intelligent embedded systems. From wearables to smart lighting, the IoT will involve a lot of remote systems that may not have access to ready
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11/05/2016
To read the November issue of PSDNA, simply 
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11/03/2016
e-peas launches PMIC targeting energy harvesting

The AEM10940

The AEM10940 utilizes e-peas proprietary energy management technology in order to maximize the efficiency with which electronic hardware draws energy from the ambient environment. This device, which is now in full scale production, is set to have major implications for the various power-frugal sensing applications
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11/02/2016
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