Renewable Energy

June 2020
Richardson Electronics Offers 1700V StarPower IGBT Modules
Richardson Electronics, Ltd. announced the availability of StarPower’s new X-Series 1700V IGBT modules. The new X-Series features ultra-low conduction losses as well as short circuit ruggedness, strengthening StarPower’s offerings as a leading and independent manufacturer of power modules. This new
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06/30/2020

Han-Modular Flexbox: Modular connectors for energy chains
The interface has been developed so longer, moving cable runs for machines and machine modules are easier to install and maintain. The Han-Modular Flexbox makes it possible to sub-divide energy chains into flexibly manageable and easily replaceable segments. The modular housing concept replaces the previou
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06/30/2020
Modular evaluation platform for discrete CoolSiC MOSFETs
Its centre comprises a motherboard with interchangeable drive cards.  The drive options include a Miller clamp and a bipolar supply card; additional variants will be launched in the near future. In shortening time-to market for a variety of applications, this portfolio will help paving the way for silicon car
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06/30/2020
ABB to install controls for Lhyfe’s green hydrogen project
ABB supports a wide range of industries in their digital transformation and will supply the first Lhyfe production site with its Freelance distributed control system and ABB Ability Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) digital platform. These solutions will control all the elements involved in the hydrogen pro
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06/30/2020
Würth Elektronik introduces its WE-HIDA high-current inductor
The high current inductor is characterized by low core losses, very low DC resistances from 2.5 mΩ to 14.8 mΩ and high saturation currents.  WE-HIDA is not only available as a single inductor, but also in 2-in-1 designs (package sizes 1415 and 1521) for compact BTL (Bridge-Tied-Load) applications.
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06/30/2020
Chip-set enables higher performance AI
A driver, MCD4609, and a pair of MCM4609 current multiplier modules supply up to 650A continuous and 1,200A peak. Owing to their small footprint and low profile (45.7mm x 8.6mm x 3.2mm), current multipliers are placed close to the processor enabling reduced power distribution network (PDN) losses and higher pow
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06/30/2020
MOSFET Gate Driver Switch Intelligent Power Devices
The TPD7106F and TPD7107F can be used to control the conduction and shut-off of currents being supplied to automotive electronic control units (ECUs), including junction boxes and body control modules. They are also suited to use in power distribution modules and semiconductor relays. When combined with
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06/30/2020
€10.3M project for the most energy-efficient GaN power modules
CGD leads the European funded GANEXT project under the PENTA Programme, targeting the design and development on highly efficient, highly compact prototypes of next generation Gallium Nitride power modules, for low and high power applications. The GaNext Penta project is undertaken by a powerful consortium with co
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06/30/2020
Wide Selection of High-Frequency Connectors
In 174 pages, the "Coax Connectors" English language catalog presents nine product groups. The new product families of SMB and SMP connectors is the highlight. The following product families are featured in the coaxial catalog available today: SMA and Reverse Polarity SMA, MCX and MMCX, SMP and SMB Mor
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06/30/2020
SiGe rectifiers offer high efficiency and thermal stability
The rectifiers combine the high efficiency of their Schottky counterparts with the thermal stability of fast recovery diodes. Targeting automotive, communications infrastructure and server markets, the new 1-3 A SiGe rectifiers are of particular benefit in high-temperature applications like LED lighting, engine co
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06/30/2020
Compact intelligent Toshiba power device with 600V rating
With its rated power supply voltage (VBB) of 600V, the TPD4162F can be used for any applications with input signals in the range 200 to 220VAC. The new IC contains a PWM circuit, 3-phase decoder, level shifting high-side driver and low side driver with embedded IGBTs and FRDs. This allows direct drive of brushle
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06/30/2020
300W non-isolated, buck-boost DC-DC converters output 9.6V to 48V
The output voltage of these step-up and step-down converters can be adjusted from 9.6 to 48V and accept a wide range input voltage of 9 to 53V. The converters seamlessly transition from buck to boost mode operation without disruption in performance. The i7C 8A series can be used to derive additional high-power outputs
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06/30/2020
Low Dropout Regulator Offers High PSRR
The device meets the need for voltage regulation in noise-sensitive, battery-operated devices such as wearables, portables, and connected sensors. The AP7353 is available in X1-WLB0707-4 (Type A1) and X2-DFN1010-4 (Type B) packages, each measuring less than 1mm on each side. These dimensions result in a sma
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06/30/2020
Reliable, Durable, Decentralised Power Supplies
Decentralisation of system components has proven to be an important factor in modern system planning as it simplifies installation, enables expansion and reformatting of systems, and simplifies maintenance. In addition, conventional control cabinets can be replaced by smaller versions or even removed completel
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06/30/2020
Increased Power from Solar Panels Thanks to Cleaner Air
During the COVID-19 pandemic, one unexpected outcome in cities around the world has been a reduction in air pollution, as people stay home to avoid contracting the coronavirus. Based on data collected in Delhi, India, researchers report that this cleaner air has led to more sunlight reaching solar panels, resulting in
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06/23/2020
Wind Turbines Help Defend National Grid from Power Cuts
A ‘smart’ system that controls the storage and release of energy from wind turbines will reduce the risk of power cuts and support the increase of wind energy use world-wide, say researchers at the University of Birmingham.   The system uses the variable speed of the rotors in wind turbine systems to more closely regula
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06/19/2020
Stabilizing Efforts to Bring Fusion Power to Earth

Physicist Florian Laggner before the DIII-D tokamak with a figure from his paper.

All efforts to replicate in tokamak fusion facilities the fusion energy that powers the sun and stars must cope with a constant problem -- transient heat bursts that can halt fusion reactions and damage the doughnut-shaped tokamaks. These bursts, called edge localized modes (ELMs), occur at the edge of hot, ch
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06/17/2020
Renewable Fuel from Carbon Dioxide with Aid of Solar Energy

Researchers at Linköping University work with the growth reactor in which cubic silicon carbide is made.

Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, are attempting to convert carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, to fuel using energy from sunlight. Recent results have shown that it is possible to use their technique to selectively produce methane, carbon monoxide or formic acid from carbon dioxide and water. The st
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06/10/2020
Los Lunas, New Mexico Unveils Cutting Edge Solar Technology
The Village of Los Lunas turned on its brand new Poly-gen Vertical Solar System that will provide power to the Village’s Recycling Center 24/7. The system utilizes a brand-new technology, and the Village of Los Lunas is the first municipality in the nation to have it. The system was designed and installed by
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06/08/2020
Scout Clean Energy Completes 180 MW Heart of Texas Wind Farm
Scout Clean Energy ("Scout") has completed construction and successfully closed tax equity funding for the 180 MW Heart of Texas Wind Farm ("HTX") located in McCulloch County, Texas. "Heart of Texas was completed on time and under budget which is quite an achievement given the wide-
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06/02/2020
Low EMI, Silent Switcher, 1.2 A µModule Regulator in 4 mm × 4 mm × 1.82 mm BGA Package

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Figure 1. The LTM8074 uses Silent Switcher architecture for a complete low noise solution in a tiny package.

Crowded application boards leave little space for high performance DC-to-DC POL converters. Furthermore, electromagnetic interference (EMI) is a significant concern at high component densities, limiting the field of acceptable power solutions. The LTM8074 µModule regulator easily meets these limiting factors. It
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Date:
06/01/2020