Renewable Energy

January 2018
Mouser Electronics First Distributor to Stock ON Semi’s FDMF8811 110V Bridge Power Stage Module
Mouser Electronics is the first distributor to stock the FDMF8811 bridge power stage module from ON Semiconductor. The industry’s first 100 V bridge power stage module for half-bridge and full-bridge DC-DC converters, the FDMF8811 module uses high-performance PowerTrench MOSFET technology, which reduces switch ringing
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01/30/2018

Würth Elektronik eiSos at embedded world 2018
Würth Elektronik eiSos, manufacturer of electronic and electromechanical components, exhibits at embedded world (Nuremberg, February 27 – March 1, 2018). At booth 3-247, one of the biggest in hall 3 of the Nuremberg Exhibition Center, the company presents the smallest components. With numerous new products
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01/30/2018
Nuclear fusion for the controlled and regular generation of electric power by converting hydrogen into helium and reproducing on a small scale what happens in our Sun (as well as other stars) is one of the foremost technological promises for the decades ahead. So far, only limited results have been achieved
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01/29/2018
Solar Heat Could Make Power + Water for Namibia: Study

The proposed solar thermal energy would be dispatchable day or night (red and orange thermal storage tanks) and include thermal desalination.

A research study from Stellenbosch University finds that a 100 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant adapted to also "co-generate" water via multi-effect distillation (MED) would potentially be financially viable for Namibia given a world class solar resource at Arandis, where state utility NamPower pl
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01/29/2018
New Discovery Could Improve Organic Solar Cell Performance
While there is a growing market for organic solar cells ¬¬- they contain materials that are cheaper, more abundant, and more environmentally friendly than those used in typical solar panels - they also tend to be less efficient in converting sunlight to electricity than conventional solar cells. Now, scientist
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01/24/2018
The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, a provider of research and development services for all coating technologies, will be presenting research advances in the area of high-rate coating at the 2018 FLEX conference in Monterey, USA from February 12 – 15, 2018.
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01/24/2018
Anritsu is Ensuring Better Connections in a Connected Mobile World
Anritsu Corporation will be showing their latest technologies in test, measurement and monitoring solutions for Ensuring Better Connections at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018 in Barcelona (Hall 6 Stand 6F40). They will be focusing on new testing and monitoring challenges for 5G-NR, LTE-A-Pro and IoT technology, and adv
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01/24/2018
Breakthrough 1,000 Degree C Solar to get First Commercial Trial

This is a particle receiver diagram.

A new solar technology is twice as efficient, cutting the cost of solar thermal energy, by raising operating temperatures to 1,000°C, almost twice the 565°C molten salt temperature in current concentrated solar power (CSP) tower plants. For most innovative research in clean energy, the dreaded "Valley of Death&
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01/22/2018
Plug Connectors, Switches, Connection Technology – Everything in Stock
The new, expanded catalog of electromechanical components from Würth Elektronik eiSos is available in English and lists information on 12 standard product groups, including many innovations.   All components featured in the catalog can be ordered from stock anytime and no minimum order quantity is
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01/22/2018
Toshiba launches small LDO regulator ICs suitable for IoT applications
Toshiba Electronics Europe released the TCR3UG series of small package, low-dropout (LDO) regulators with an output current of 300mA, that are suitable for power management of IoT modules, wearable devices and smartphones.   Design engineers always need to consider the trade-off between the quiescent bias
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01/22/2018
Industrial Grade Liquid Level Switches from SST Support Higher Supply Voltages & Temperatures
Strengthening its widely-used Optomax portfolio of accurate, cost-effective and reliable infra-red (IR) liquid level switches, SST Sensing Ltd. now offers the Optomax Industrial series. These devices offer the same functionality and operational performance as customers have come to expect from standard Optomax switch
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01/22/2018
Magnetic Liquids Improve Energy Efficiency of Buildings

A prototype of the innovative smart windows for controlled shading and solar thermal energy harvesting is presented by Ph.D. student Benjamin Heiz from the research group of Lothar Wondraczek.

(Jena, Germany) Climate protection and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions have been on top of global development agendas. Accordingly, research and development projects have been conducted on national and international levels, which aim for the improvement of the CO2-footprint in diverse processes. Apart from pa
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01/17/2018
Shale Gas is One of The Least Sustainable Ways to Produce Electricity, Research Finds
Shale gas is one of least sustainable options for producing electricity, according to new research from The University of Manchester. Taking into account a range of sustainability aspects and assuming that they are all equally important, the research found that shale gas overall ranks seventh out of nine e
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01/16/2018
Slow 'Hot Electrons' Could Improve Solar Cell Efficiency

This is a laser light exciting the hybrid perovskite material

Photons with energy higher than the 'band gap' of the semiconductor absorbing them give rise to what are known as hot electrons. The extra energy in respect to the band gap is lost very fast, as it is converted into heat so it does not contribute to the voltage. University of Groningen Professor of Photophysics and
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01/16/2018
SiC Schottky Diode Line Reduces Switching Losses, Increases Efficiency and Robustness
CHICAGO — Littelfuse, Inc. introduced four new series of 1200V silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky Diodes from its GEN2 product family, which was originally released in May 2017. The LSIC2SD120A08 Series, LSIC2SD120A15 Series, and LSIC2SD120A20 Series offer current ratings of 8A, 15A ,20A, respectively and are
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01/15/2018
Welcome to 2018, power aficionados! With all the political, sociological, and ecological instability, it’s good to know you can turn to Power Systems Design for unwavering, uncompromising coverage of that which keeps the world running. And we’re starting the year off with one of the most fundamental of all po
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01/13/2018
The holidays have flown by here, and 2018 is in full swing already. The APEC exhibition at the start of March in San Antonio is the place where every power company wants to be seen, and the whole industry seems to have sprung into action in preparation for it, including the US contingent at PSD. My colleagues in
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01/13/2018
2018: The Year of Wireless Power?
At CES 2018, Powercast unveiled a consumer version of its RF-based wireless charging system, and considering the technology and its implications, we could finally have one of the true Holy Grails of power. Back in August of last year, we interviewed Powercast’s COO/CTO, Dr. Charles Greene, and he elaborated
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01/13/2018
Addressing Differential and Common Mode Noise With Innovative Dual-Mode Choke Technology

CMF Series Dual Mode Chokes

Circuit designers must deal with many types of noise: internal, external, RF, line frequency and more. Noise can be a limiting factor in system performance and so must be addressed and minimized. The question is “at what cost and effort?”  Is it better to sacrifice performance or cost?  In either ca
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01/12/2018
Full Value Chain -- Tailored Diode Lasers and UV LEDs

This is a compact laser source generating short optical pulses with widths between 200 picoseconds and 20 nanoseconds, suited e.g. for LiDAR applications.

The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut (FBH) presents novel developments and advancements of its diode lasers and UV light-emitting diodes (LEDs) at Photonics West 2018. The event is hosted in San Francisco (USA) from 30 January - 1 February 2018. FBH is also extensively represented at the accompanying conferences (27 Ja
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01/11/2018
Bosch launches BMA400 ultra-low power accelerometer for wearables and IoT applications
Bosch Sensortec is launching the BMA400, an ultra-low power acceleration sensor for wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The BMA400 draws ten times less current than existing accelerometers while delivering solid high performance. Its greatly reduced power demand significantly extends battery lifet
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01/09/2018
ADI 72V Hybrid Step-Down DC/DC Controller Reduces Solution Size by 50% Compared to Traditional Architectures
Analog Devices announced the Power by Linear LTC7821, an industry first hybrid step-down synchronous controller that merges a switched capacitor circuit with a synchronous step-down controller, enabling up to a 50% reduction in DC/DC converter solution size compared to traditional step-down solutions. This improve
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01/09/2018
Conrad Business Supplies now offers vibration-proof hybrid capacitors from Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe
Conrad Business Supplies has begun to stock Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe’s series of EEH-ZA and EEH-ZC hybrid capacitors. These capacitors combine the advantages of electrolytic capacitors with those made of solid polymer. Their resistance against high temperature and vibration makes the
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01/04/2018
Laser Evaporation Technology to Create New Solar Materials

This is a closer look at the target of frozen solution that contains the building blocks for the solar cell material.

DURHAM, N.C. -- Materials scientists at Duke University have developed a method to create hybrid thin-film materials that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to make. The technique could be the gateway to new generations of solar cells, light-emitting diodes and photodetectors. The research team desc
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01/03/2018
A Fossil Fuel Technology That Doesn't Pollute

L.S. Fan, Distinguished University Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University, holds samples of materials developed in his laboratory that enable clean energy technologies.

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Engineers at The Ohio State University are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels and biomass into useful products including electricity without emitting carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. In the first of two papers published in the journal Energy &a
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01/03/2018