Renewable Energy

January 2019
Harnessing Light for a Solar-Powered Chemical Industry

This is RMIT University Associate Professor Daniel Gomez, holding a disc covered in the nano-enhanced palladium.

New technology that harnesses sunlight to drive chemical reactions is paving the way for a more sustainable chemical manufacturing industry, one of the globe's biggest energy users. RMIT University researchers have developed a nano-enhanced material that can capture an incredible 99% of light and convert it
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01/31/2019

AI ARTIST Instantly Captures Materials' Properties

ARTIST, which stands for Artificial Intelligence for Spectroscopy, instantly determines how a molecule will react to light.

Researchers at Aalto University and the Technical University of Denmark have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) to seriously accelerate the development of new technologies from wearable electronics to flexible solar panels. ARTIST, which stands for Artificial Intelligence for Spectroscopy, instantly determines ho
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01/30/2019
Screw-Terminal Capacitors Feature 500 V Rated Voltage
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that it has extended the maximum voltage rating of the Vishay BC components 500 PGP-ST series of aluminum screw-terminal capacitors to 500 V while more than doubling its useful life to 5000 hours at +85 °C. As polarized aluminum electrolytic capacitors wi
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01/21/2019
North Sea Rocks Could act as Large Renewable Energy Stores
Rocks in the seabed off the UK coast could provide long-term storage locations for renewable energy production, new research suggests. An advanced technique could be used to trap compressed air in porous rock formations found in the North Sea using electricity from renewable technologies. The pressurised air
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01/21/2019
The LTC4012 is a very popular multichemistry battery charger used in a variety of applications. This controller provides the user with gate drivers, current sense inputs, temperature qualified charging and multiple signal outputs.  There is also a range of useful functions detailed in the datasheet. One of
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01/18/2019
Battery Management for Sensing Resistors

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Figure 1. Battery Management Block Diagram

With end products ranging from laptop computers and other consumer electronics to industrial infrastructure UPS systems, solar power storage, and hybrid vehicles, battery management is a rapidly growing market segment for sensing resistors. Understanding the basic structure for battery management circuits and th
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01/16/2019
2019, a Year of Challenges
I’ve previously written about how excited I am for the industry, and I really do think we are in the middle of a power revolution. This revolution is both due to new technologies and materials like GaN, and also due to advances in alternative energy generation and storage. The innovation we have seen over th
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01/15/2019
Fighting Thermal Runaway in Electric Vehicle Batteries
It’s no secret that the electric and hybrid vehicle market is experiencing a high level of growth, particularly as consumers become more aware of global sustainability issues. Cultures are changing, with people willing to do their bit to safeguard the future generation, including considering the switch from co
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01/15/2019
San Diego - Maxwell Technologies, Inc. announced the launch of a new full-featured 3.0-volt (3.0V) product platform. With the introduction of these next generation ultracapacitors, users have the ability to increase energy and power in the same form factor as the 2.7-volt product line and can significa
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01/10/2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Despite many benefits and relative popularity as a renewable energy source, eventually, the sun does set on even the best solar panels. Over time, solar cells face damage from weather, temperature changes, soiling, and UV exposure. Solar cells also require inspections to maintain cell performance le
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01/10/2019
Guiding the way to a More Sustainable Energy Future

Lehigh University's Energy Research Center, which was recently awarded three projects with US and international funding, is positioned to help the energy industry meet the challenge of transforming fossil-fuel dependence.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released an alarming report this October about what it would take to cap rising global temperatures at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Hitting this target has motivated countries to start developing and executing plans for decarbonization of their power gene
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01/09/2019
Researcher Receives Award to Develop Portable Solar Panels
Stephanie Lee, an assistant professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, was honored with a 2019 CAREER Award by the National Science Foundation to fund her research in engineering green, portable and cost efficient solar panels and other power sources. The NSF's CAREER program, established in 1995, offers the
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01/06/2019