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Renewable Energy

February 2018
Solar-to-Hydrogen Conversion: Nanostructuring Increases Efficiency of Metal-Free Photocatalysts by Factor 11

PCN nanolayers under sunlight can split water.

One of the major challenges of the energy transition is to supply energy even when the sun is not shining. Hydrogen production by splitting water with the help of sunlight could offer a solution. Hydrogen is a good energy storage medium and can be used in many ways. However, water does not simply split by itself.
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02/28/2018
The World’s Highest Current Rated GaN Power Transistor
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada – GaN Systems made public the 120 A, 650 V GaN E-HEMT, extending its leadership with the industry’s most powerful line of high performance GaN transistors. Power levels continue to rise creating the need for higher operating current. The numerous advantages of GaN
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02/28/2018
Over the past few years, Silicon Carbide (SiC) devices have seen a substantial rise in popularity. This has been fueled by an increased focus on saving energy, reducing the size of devices, and improving the long term reliability of the final products. Traditional silicon-based devices are reaching the physical
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02/27/2018

DOE Grants $10.6 Million to Produce More Biodiesel, Biojet Fuel

University of Illinois research project Renewable Oil Generated with Ultra-productive Energycane (ROGUE) will transform energycane and Miscanthus (pictured) into sustainable sources of biodiesel and biojet fuel with support from the US Department of Energy.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded the University of Illinois a $10.6 million, five-year grant to transform two of the most productive crops in America into sustainable sources of biodiesel and biojet fuel. The new research project Renewable Oil Generated with Ultra-productive Energycane--or ROGUE--kicks
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02/26/2018
Digestive Ability of Ancient Insects Could Boost Biofuel Development

The firebrat and silverfish are close relatives and have the ability to digest cellulose.

A study of the unusual digestive system of an ancient group of insects has provided new insights into future biofuel production. Published in Nature Communications, the research reveals that the ability of some insects to efficiently digest cellulose could be exploited for industrial processes,
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02/22/2018
Schottky Diodes Designed to Endure High-Pollution Environments
Wolfspeed, a Cree Company, has expanded its C4D family of 1200V SiC Schottky diodes to introduce three new products in a TO-247-2 type package. The increased spacing between the two leads provides more than twice the creepage and clearance distance compared to standard TO-247-3 and TO-220-2 packages. “Improved
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02/22/2018
FCT’s broad product portfolio now in stock at TTI, Inc.
FCT's broad product portfolio including a range of connectors, contacts, hoods, tools and more is available in Europe through TTI, Inc. A Molex company, FCT’s products also encompasses customised solutions meeting individual needs and providing design flexibility.
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02/21/2018
Toshiba releases medium voltage, high current photorelay in small package
Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced the launch of a new photorelay in a small 2.54SOP4 package that is just 2.1mm high with a 2.54mm pitch. Fabricated using the latest U-MOS VIII trench MOSFET process,
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02/21/2018
ON Semiconductor announces new set of low power, fully compliant USB-C 1.3 devices
ON Semiconductor has announced the latest set of USB-C (Type-C) devices that are fully compliant with the latest revision 1.3 specification, enabling easy integration into USB-C systems. The new devices include two controllers and a switch, all of which are aimed
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02/21/2018
Mouser Now Stocking Microchip PIC18 K83 MCUs with CAN and Core Independent Peripherals for Improved Response Time
Mouser Electronics is now stocking PIC18 K83 microcontrollers from Microchip Technology. The new 8-bit microcontrollers combine a Controller Area Network (CAN) bus with an extensive array of Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) to improve response time to critical
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02/21/2018
Selecting Components based on Measurement Data
Würth Elektronik eiSos has expanded the capabilities of its REDEXPERT free simulation software by adding more search modules for additional applications. From now on, LEDs, varistors and PFC coils can also be selected in a practice-oriented way on the basis of the
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02/21/2018
HARTING Technology Group strengthens its commitment in Mexico
The HARTING Technology Group intends to further expand its market position in North and Central America over the coming years. The comments were made by Jon DeSouza, President and CEO of HARTING Americas, in front of a group of journalists in Silao. Since 2016, HARTING
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02/21/2018
World's First Solar Fuels Reactor for Night Passes Test

CONTISOL was tested at Cologne, Germany using simulated 'suns', rather than an actual solar field, and the storage and heat exchanger was also simulated, because the reactor itself is the innovation being tested

International solar thermal energy researchers have successfully tested CONTISOL, a solar reactor that runs on air, able to make any solar fuel like hydrogen and to run day or night - because it uses concentrated solar power (CSP) which can include thermal energy storage. The promise of solar fuels
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02/21/2018
New Bill Aims to Give Calif. Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits More Access to Solar Energy
SACRAMENTO, Calif. and WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) commended legislation filed in the California Legislature on Friday that would make it easier for businesses, schools, nonprofits and municipalities to access solar energy. In turn, this will help generate thousands of new
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02/20/2018
The new Bioenergy Research Center: Building on ten Years of Success
AUSTIN, Texas -- Building on the success of 10 years of investigation into the production of renewable fuels from plants, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently embarked on a new mission: to develop sustainable alternatives to transportation fuels
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02/19/2018
HANNOVER MESSE 2018: HARTING relies on “partneringâ€
The HARTING Technology Group will once again be showcasing numerous new products and solutions at the HANNOVER MESSE (23 to 27 April 2018). This year, HARTING (Hall 11 / Stand C13) will highlight the importance of Integrated Industry partnerships by way of a few
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02/14/2018
Taking Stock of the Incandescent Light Bulb
So how’s that incandescent ban treating you? Six years in, questions abound regarding the ban’s necessity, its effectiveness, and whether a ban exists in the first place. Back
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02/14/2018
Hydride transfer is an important reaction for chemistry (e.g., fuel cells), as well as biology (e.g., respiratory chain and photosynthesis). Often, one partial reaction involves the transfer of a hydride ion (H(-)). But does this hydride transfer involve one step or several individual steps? In the journal Angewandte
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02/14/2018
Cost-Reduction Roadmap Outlines two Pathways to Meet DOE Residential Solar Cost Target for 2030
Leveraging cost-reduction opportunities in the roof replacement or new construction markets for residential photovoltaic (PV) installations could help the United States meet the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) residential solar photovoltaic cost target by 2030, according
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02/13/2018
Removing fossil fuel subsidies would have only a small effect on CO2 emissions and renewable energy use, new research has shown. The largest emissions savings would be in oil and gas exporting countries, where fewer poor people would be affected, and subsidy removal can be aided by currently low oil prices. Fossil
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02/07/2018
Renesas Electronics Unveils Industry-Leading Fully Encapsulated Dual 30A and Single 33A Digital Power Modules
Renesas Electronics announced two new fully encapsulated digital DC/DC PMBus power modules that deliver the highest power density and efficiency in their class. The dual ISL8274M operates from a 5V or 12V power rail, provides two 30A outputs and up to 95.5% peak
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02/07/2018
Now at Mouser: TDK’s Ultra-Thin PiezoHapt Actuator Provides Fast Haptic Feedback for Wearables and More
Mouser Electronics is now stocking the PiezoHapt ultra-thin actuator from TDK. Expanding TDK’s portfolio of haptic devices, including the PowerHap actuator, the PiezoHapt is one of the world's thinnest haptic components on the market today. With a thickness of
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02/07/2018
Short lead-times for custom or configured AC power supplies from Powerstax
Powerstax offers clean, reliable AC Power sources from Behlman Electronics with a range covering 1350VA to 120kVA. In the mid-range are the BL-Series with outputs available from 3000VA through 20kVA. The BL-Series has a wide range of standard options making a custom
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02/07/2018
Is Hydrogen the Fuel of the Future?

As the race to find energy sources to replace our dwindling fossil fuel supplies continues apace, hydrogen is likely to play a crucial role in the future.

As the race to find energy sources to replace our dwindling fossil fuel supplies continues apace, hydrogen is likely to play a crucial role in the future. Japan has already announced its intention to become the world's first "hydrogen society" - aiming to open 35 hydrogen fuelling stations
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02/06/2018
Smart New Method to Manufacture Organic Solar Cells

In a semi-transparent solar cell module as shown in the photograph, electrodes with two variants of the polymer PEDOT:PSS (commonly used in organic electronics) are used, where one acts as the anode and the other is modified to become the cathode. What appear as stripes across the solar cell module are lines of either cathode-type or anode-type material. The active layer that absorbs light and produces electrons is located between these electrodes. The individual solar cells are connected in series in the module.

The ability to use cheap materials and simple manufacturing methods are two huge advantages of printed organic solar cells. Olle Inganäs, professor at Linköping University, is head of a research group that has now developed an even simpler method to manufacture solar cell modules. The results have been published
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02/05/2018
Round-the-Clock Power From Smart Bowties

Overlapping metal arms shaped like a bowtie form a 'rectenna' that captures free, renewable infrared energy.

Most sunlight striking the Earth is absorbed by its surfaces, oceans and atmosphere. As a result of this warming, infrared radiation is emitted constantly all around us--estimated to be millions of Gigawatts per second. A KAUST team has now developed a device that can tap into this energy, as well as waste heat
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02/05/2018
New Method Could Open Path to Hydrogen Economy

WSU researchers have found a way to create large amounts of inexpensive nanofoam catalysts that can facilitate the generation of hydrogen on a large scale by splitting water molecules.

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University researchers have found a way to more efficiently generate hydrogen from water - an important key to making clean energy more viable. Using inexpensive nickel and iron, the researchers developed a very simple, five-minute method to create large amounts of
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02/01/2018

 



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