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Renewable Energy

January 2017
SDG&E claims breakthrough GenCell fuel cell tech

GenCell G5rx

 GenCell, the Israel-based fuel cell developer and manufacturer, has announced a strategic partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a leading North American energy company. The San Diego-based energy company has been working alongside GenCell over the last year to test how fuel cells can
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01/31/2017
Piezoelectric elements have traditionally been used primarily in applications in the audio industry, operating in the human audio range (nominally 100 Hz to 18 kHz). However, subsequent improvements in device characteristics have extended their usefulness into markets which demand much-higher performance. For
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01/30/2017
Picodeon is developing Lithium Ion Battery technology based on Pulsed Laser Deposition to deliver improved Energy Density, Power Density, reduced charging time, and higher safety performance. Picodeon, a leading Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) technology company based in Ii, Finland announced its programme to
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01/30/2017

We are all aware about self-driving cars, and all exciting projects the automotive industry is engaged in, but very few have heard about unmanned ship and projects to operate large fleets of vessels navigating from dock to dock without operational crews (see Figure 1). In early stages, projects such as Maritime
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01/28/2017
Lots of things are currently changing: Digital transformation is in full swing, changing our daily lives and demanding new business models. Many countries are facing economic and social challenges. Let’s look at how this effects distribution and what companies like Rutronik are doing to continue to move forward
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01/28/2017
The ability to make consistent measurements of RF or microwave power levels is vital to developing effective radio systems and networks. This article explores how different approaches affect the resultant measurements. The test case compares various approaches to making average power measurements
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01/28/2017
DC-DC converter modules have been around a long time and can be found in most power conversion stages of virtually every application today. As their use evolved to changing application requirements so did the design approach used to construct them. One of these trends meant that in order to preserve
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01/28/2017
The environment has abundant energy, so energy harvesters are an ideal power source for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, eliminating the need to replace and dispose of batteries. However, small energy harvesters often cannot provide the peak power required to collect and transmit data. Let’s take a look
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01/28/2017
This year’s CES, the 50th, was a geek orgy of gadgets and their related services and infrastructures, each vying for attention in the hopes that it will be the “Next Big Thing”. The reality is that there probably won’t be any one new big shiny thing going forward, the big thing is that there
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01/28/2017
Graphene’s sleeping superconductivity awakens

It has long been postulated that graphene should undergo a superconducting transition, but can’t

Since its discovery in 2004, scientists have believed that graphene may have the innate ability to superconduct. Now Cambridge researchers have found a way to activate that previously dormant potential. Researchers have found a way to trigger the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene
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01/27/2017
International team develops promising mechanism for photovoltaics

Polaron solar cell in laboratory tests: Black is the manganate absorber film with hot polaron excitations

An interdisciplinary team of researchers has laid the foundations for an entirely new type of photovoltaic cell. In this new method, infrared radiation is converted into electrical energy using a different mechanism from that found in conventional solar cells. The mechanism behind the new solid-state solar cell
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01/26/2017
An appropriate charging infrastructure is critical to support the rapidly growing electric vehicles market worldwide. As a leading semiconductor supplier for driver assistance systems and electric mobility Infineon supports the global standardization of charging infrastructure for hybrid and electric vehicles.
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01/24/2017
Eltek to provide solar energy for hospitals in Zimbabwe

Solar for Health program

Eltek announced a contract with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide complete photo voltaic solar solutions for 104 hospitals in Zimbabwe. Eltek will provide full delivery, installation, service and monitoring of the solar systems which use Eltek’s breakthrough Rectiverter
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01/24/2017
IBC SOLAR, a leading system house for photovoltaics (PV) and energy storage systems, is now active in the growth market of South Africa with its own regional company. IBC SOLAR has been working together exclusively with its partner maxx | solar energy in the South African market since 2014. The new company,
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01/23/2017
Intersil charger extends backup battery life of eCall systems

ISL78693 battery charger

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the ISL78693, a 3.6V single-cell battery charger that extends the life of Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries used in automotive emergency call (eCall) systems. The ISL78693 battery charger offers up
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01/20/2017
Wuerth Electronics Midcom announced the “Off The Clock Design Challenge”, a premiere design challenge built for those who like to tinker. Participants will be designing a wireless charging end product using the new 15W wireless charging kit developed with ROHM Semiconductor. Contenders chosen
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01/20/2017
Renewable energy, gone mainstream, is a rising tide

China put $32 billion into foreign renewables projects in 2016 alone

If the U.S. turns away from the rise of renewable energy, it will be fighting a tide on which others will ride high. Leading the surge will be China, which already has a huge advantage in its current position at the front of the pack, as IEEFA chronicled last week in a report by Tim Buckley, our director
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01/19/2017
The Franklin-Thomas Company (FTC) and Carino Energy Renewables Limited (Carino) announced today that they would provide unique StarPower fast charging stations for electric vehicles. FTC's CEO Joe Shepard's recently patented split rotor generator powers the new CHAdeMO/Level 3 charging stations. The new charging
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01/17/2017
Nanoparticle catalysts improve zinc-air batteries

A cathode containing nanoparticles made from cobalt, cobalt oxide and a carbon-based outer shell improved the performance of a zinc-air battery.

A*STAR researchers have found that nanoparticles containing three different layers of material can help to boost the performance of a zinc-air battery. Zinc-air batteries are cheap, have a high energy density, and last for a very long time. Their use of a water-based electrolyte makes them safer than other batteries,
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01/13/2017
Analysts at IDTechEx have issued a new report, Electric Boats and Ships 2017-2027, looking at this fragmented but often highly profitable and growing sector. There are already over 100 manufacturers of electric boats and ships. The report finds that the market for hybrid and pure electric boats and ships will
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01/11/2017
The Energy Department (DOE) and the Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) jointly announced $22.7 million today to support the optimization of integrated biorefineries (IBR). DOE is providing majority funding with up to $19.8 million and USDA-NIFA is providing up
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01/06/2017
As clean energy grows, markets must evolve

Map of organized wholesale market regions

As 2016 fades away in the rear-view mirror, we reflect on a year of increasing tensions between the wholesale electricity markets—where utilities and other power suppliers purchase, sell, and trade energy to meet our energy needs—and our ever-growing appetite for cleaner, carbon-free power. The need to optimize
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01/05/2017
The same researchers who pioneered the use of a quantum mechanical effect to convert heat into electricity have figured out how to make their technique work in a form more suitable to industry. In Nature Communications, engineers from The Ohio State University describe how they used magnetism on a
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01/04/2017
Leading research and innovation hub in nano-electronics, energy and digital technology imec (partner in EnergyVille) and BE Semiconductor Industries (Besi), a leading manufacturer of assembly equipment for the semiconductor industry, announced that they have demonstrated long-term reliability in five full size
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01/04/2017
WiTricity working with GM on wireless EV charging

Alex Gruzen, CEO, WiTricity

WiTricity, an industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, announced it is working with General Motors (GM) to test an advanced wireless charging system prototype for electric vehicles. The companies are working together to test WiTricity’s Drive 11 park-and-charge system, designed for maximum
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01/03/2017

 



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