Renewable Energy

February 2021
Solar Clamp Meter Used to Test Photovoltaic Systems
Megger now offers a solar clamp meter that can measure up to 2,000 V DC and 1,500 V AC (using PVHV leads) during installation, maintenance, monitoring and testing of photovoltaic systems and standard AC or DC electrical equipment. The DCM1500S can also measure AC and DC current up to 1,500 A and offers a true RM
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02/18/2021

ON Semiconductor Announce New 650V Silicon Carbide MOSFETs
ON Semiconductor has announced a new range of silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET devices for demanding applications where power density, efficiency and reliability are key considerations. By replacing existing silicon switching technologies with the new SiC devices, designers will achieve significantly better performance in
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02/17/2021
Committee Releases Plan for U.S. Fusion, Plasma Program

This BELLA HTT laser system enables multipulse, high-energy-density photon sources for LaserNetUS and other experiments.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) has adopted and endorsed a new report that lays out a strategic plan for fusion energy and plasma science research over the next decade. The report has been two years in the making, gathering an unprecedented level of input and su
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02/16/2021
Hybrid Supercapacitors Deliver up to 220 Farads at 3.8 V
Cornell Dubilier Electronics introduces two new series of Hybrid LIC Supercapacitors in response to the growing need for ultra-high capacitance values at higher operating voltages.  The new VMF and VPF Series operate at 3.8 WVDC with capacitance values up to 220 Farads. The higher voltage results in increased en
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02/08/2021
CSD Energy Advisors Launches 100% Renewable Energy Program
CSD Energy Advisors announced that their Houston office will operate on 100 percent renewable energy in 2021. The company successfully achieved its “green” initiative through Texas sourced wind Renewable Energy Credits (REC), which align with the company’s projected annual energy consumption. Roots Clean Energy customized the sustainable energy program that will reduce CSD’s Scope 2 emissions and provide them with zero emission electricity in 2021. “We’re excited to announce that our company has taken the first steps to achieve our ESG goals by lowering our carbon footprint and acquiring 100 percent renewable wind power for our office in 2021,” said Andrew Barth, partner and co-founder of CSD Energy Advisors. “Working closely with Roots Clean Energy we tailored a multi-year program that will not only reduce our indirect emissions, but financially s
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02/03/2021
Precise Photovoltaic I-V Characterization

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Figure 1. PV sweep measurement with the LTC2058

Photovoltaic (PV) modules are popular and affordable sources of renewable energy. Most photovoltaic modules last about 20 years, but thermal stressand moisture ingress, among other causes, can degrade a module’s output power over time. For the purpose of debugging, a module’s performance degradation can be
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Date:
02/01/2021