There is an ongoing slow-motion explosion of devices and services for the Internet of Things (IoT), especially in the wearables category. There are a lot of benefits to this as well as a couple of problems, but we will all work it our eventually. The problem, as always, is how do we get there from here?
Current market requirements are trending towards further downsizing and increased efficiency of power conversion systems. For this reason, enhanced power density of the power modules will be critical in order to respond to the evolving needs of the market. In order to increase the power density, All-SiC modules
The demand for renewable electricity in Europe has grown briskly
“The demand for renewable electricity in Europe, documented with Guarantees of Origin (GOs), has grown briskly in 2016 – up 5% from 2015 and reaching nearly 370 TWh,” says Tom Lindberg, Managing Director in ECOHZ, based on statistics from the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB). “Behind this growth are
Robert Rozario of Dialog Semiconductor
In this PSDcast, Robert Rozario of Dialog Semiconductor talks to Alix Paultre about the challenges facing designers of automotive systems. Today the car represents a confluence of multiple streams, from the Internet of Things to Smart Grid to autonomous systems. The company recently formed a partnership
Through SunShot's systems integration efforts, DOE is funding a range of research and development projects to advance technology in four broad, inter-related areas: grid performance and reliability, dispatchability, power electronics and communications.
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) SunShot Initiative announced up to $30 million in new projects to support the integration of solar energy into the nation’s electric grid, while diversifying the nation’s electricity sources and improving the reliability and security of the electric
Using especially a neutraliser and dry foam, Li-Ion batteries can be quickly extinguished
Li-ion batteries are quickly and harmlessly extinguished with DryCloud, as verified within the scope of the Bundeswirtschaftsprojekt (German Federal Economics Project). Li-ion batteries are quickly and harmlessly extinguished, with verification within the scope of the SPEISI national project for the use of stationary
Counterfeit chargers for portable electronics are a major problem
Counterfeit chargers for portable electronics are a major problem. At the end of 2016, Apple claimed that of 100 Apple-branded charging accessories it bought on Amazon, 90 were counterfeits. Around the same time, Britain’s Chartered Trading Standards Institute reported that of 400 counterfeit chargers it bought
Michael Heaven of Aurora Solar
In this PSDcast Canadian-based solar energy expert, Michael Heaven, President, CEO and Co-Founder from Aurora Solar Technologies talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about solar cell manufacturing. Raw wafers go in one end and cells come out the other and are graded into 40-60 power level bins. This
A German research team has explored the technological basis for reducing the energy losses in power grids and electric devices by more than half
A German research team has explored the technological basis for reducing the energy losses in power grids and electric devices by more than half. This can be made possible through the use of direct current (DC). DC allows for smaller power losses when compared to the alternating current (AC) used today. The
At APEC 2017, the PSMA's (Power Sources Manufacturers Association’s) Energy Harvesting Committee will host an Industry Session featuring five industry experts who will cover such topics as real-world applications, conditional monitoring, energy harvesting systems, PMICs (Power Management ICs) and low-power
At Strategies in Light 2017 (Anaheim, February 28 – March 2, 2017), EnOcean, a leader in energy harvesting wireless technology, will present self powered wireless LED control for multiple wireless protocols. At booth #107, the company will be exhibiting their extensive Dolphin portfolio, including self-powered
U.S. states often tussle over who can attract the most innovative, high-growth businesses. Increasingly, governors can point to a new factor that makes their state competitive: affordable renewable energy.
Advanced Energy Economy cites that nearly half of Fortune 500 companies have a sustainability
Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment
In this PSDcast, Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the company's infrastructure support for charging the Chevy Bolt. A critical aspect for market adoption of EVs in the marketplace is not only range anxiety, but chrarging security.
element14, a leading electronic design community, has launched a new Design Challenge for designers and engineers called ‘Upcycle it’. Sponsored by Intel, element14 will challenge 15 community members to Upcycle an unwanted or waste product to give it a new or enhanced lease of life.
Curtis Mosher (left), Eric Henderson (middle) and Mike Mcloskey (right) have assembled a prototype biomimetic tree that produces electricity. Such technology could appeal to a niche market in the future, according to the researchers.
Iowa State University scientists have built a device that mimics the branches and leaves of a cottonwood tree and generates electricity when its artificial leaves sway in the wind.
Michael McCloskey, an associate professor of genetics, development and cell biology who led the design of the device,
Let’s continue the thought we began with at the front of the issue, as simply saying that it’s good to have a lot of product development, even if some of it is on stuff that is a little crazy, leaves a lot to be said. How does a laundry-folding robot help humanity? Will having a toothbrush that sends me
The use of batteries in everyday devices is getting more ubiquitous. In many of these products, a charging connector is difficult or impossible to use. For example, some products require sealed enclosures to protect sensitive electronics from harsh environments and to enable for convenient cleaning or