Renewable Energy

August 2018
High-Performance Non-Fullerene Organic Solar Cells

Non-fullerene polymer solar cells exhibit high performance and are easy to commercialize.

Organic solar cells (OSCs) has driven their efficiencies to above 10% to reach a viable level for commercialization. However, the increase in the photoactive layer thickness has resulted in lower efficiency levels, which therefore brings much complex manufacturing process. A research team, led by
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08/30/2018
Air Pollution Can Put a Dent in Solar Power
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Ian Marius Peters, now an MIT research scientist, was working on solar energy research in Singapore in 2013 when he encountered an extraordinary cloud of pollution. The city was suddenly engulfed in a foul-smelling cloud of haze so thick that from one side of a street you couldn't see the
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08/30/2018
WÃrth Wireless Connectivity from Digi-Key
The product range encompasses highly efficient wireless transmission solutions in the Bluetooth or Wireless M-Bus standard as well as proprietary wireless modules in the frequency ranges 169, 433, 868, 915 MHz and 2.4 GHz. Thanks to their low power consumption, these high-quality, compact components are ideal
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08/22/2018

Maxim 5kVRMS Reinforced Digital Isolator
To better protect industrial systems from the dangers of high-voltage signals, equipment designers can now turn to the new robust and reliable MAX22445 5kVRMS four-channel reinforced digital isolator from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). Delivering up to 2x greater throughput at 4x lower power
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08/22/2018
950V CoolMOS P7 Superjunction MOSFET
Infineon Technologies ushers a new member of its CoolMOS™ P7 family, the 950 V CoolMOS P7 Superjunction MOSFET. It meets even the most rigorous design requirements: for lighting, smart meter, mobile charger, notebook adapter, AUX power supply and industrial SMPS applications. This new semiconductor solution
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08/22/2018
Four Argonne Experts Collect Dept. of Energy Honors

The Department of Energy gave Distinguished Achievement awards to Argonne's Andrew Burnham, Keith Hardy, Amgad Elgowainy and Jeongwoo Han in June. The researchers help advance transportation, sustainability and mobility at the laboratory.

Four researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory -- Andrew Burnham, Keith Hardy, Amgad Elgowainy and Jeongwoo Han (now with Exxon) -- have earned Distinguished Achievement awards for helping to reimagine transportation, sustainability and mobility. Argonne's
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08/10/2018
A new Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining study has found that using ethanol from corncobs for energy production may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in China, if used instead of starch-based ethanol. China
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08/08/2018
TTI, Inc. Acquires Compona AG of Switzerland
TTI, Inc announced the acquisition of privately held Compona AG of Switzerland and the company’s German subsidiary Cosy Electronics GmbH. Both Compona and Cosy are specialty distributors of interconnect products and provide services such as in-house assembly of specific connector ranges and full support on
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08/02/2018
New CMOS op-amp delivers class-leading low-noise
ROHM today announced the availability of a CMOS op-amp featuring the lowest noise in the industry optimized for industrial applications requiring high-accuracy sensing, such as accelerometers used in sonar systems, and optical sensors that handle ultra-small signals. In recent years, in addition to
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Date:
08/02/2018
DRQ DC/DC Converters Delivers 1K Watts at 97% Efficiency
Murata has announced the 1 kW DRQ-11.4/88-L48 Series of quarter brick, intermediate bus, DC/DC converter modules that address the growing power requirements of high-reliability networking and telecommunications infrastructure equipment. The fully regulated DRQ-11.4/88-L48xx
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Date:
08/02/2018
Core module for future wireless charging infrastructure
Before electric cars can become a means of transport for everyone, a charging infrastructure needs to be introduced that can serve the mass market. The engineering company Finepower is developing a charging system that can charge the batteries in all vehicle types
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Date:
08/02/2018
One Giant Leap for the Power Industry
Welcome to the July/August edition of Power Systems Design. Traditionally, things quieten down a bit over the summer period and we get a chance to take some well deserved rest and relaxation. This year that rest is even more welcome as things seemed to increase in intensity as the year went on. Things
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Date:
08/01/2018