Renewable Energy

March 2021
PSDcast – Is Energy Companies' Customer Data a Trade Secret?

Ashley Roybal-Reid, an associate, and Nate A. Garhart, special counsel, both with the law firm Farella Braun + Martel LLP.

We often focus on the privacy issues involved in data collection – and they are critically important – while neglecting the idea of data as a tangible and valuable resource (and how to protect it).
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03/31/2021

Biocrude Passes the 2,000-Hour Catalyst Stability Test

Wet wastes from sewage treatment and discarded food can provide the raw materials for an innovative process called hydrothermal liquefaction, which converts and concentrates carbon-containing molecules into a liquid biocrude. This biocrude then undergoes a hydrotreating process to produce bio-derived fuels for transportation.

A large-scale demonstration converting biocrude to renewable diesel fuel has passed a significant test, operating for more than 2,000 hours continuously without losing effectiveness. Scientists and engineers led by the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory conducted the research to sho
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03/28/2021
Using Industrial Microalgae to Turn CO2 into Biofuel

Hundred-kilobase fragment deletions in microalgae by Cas9 cleavages. This figure was made using BioRender.

A single-celled alga undergoes genome surgery to remove non-essential parts. This can lead to a most efficient cellular factory for producing sustainable biofuels from sunlight and carbon dioxide. Researchers from the Qingdao Institute of BioEnergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy o
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03/18/2021

The first TanSat global SIF map was constructed using a data-driven method based on the SVD (singular value decomposition) technique.

Solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) is emitted during plant photosynthesis. SIF results from vegetation chlorophyll giving off red and infrared light wavelengths when excited by solar radiation. Measuring SIF is important because it is closely related to the terrestrial gross primary productivity (GPP), wh
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03/18/2021
Catalyst Generates Hydrogen Fuel and Cleans up Wastewater
Hydrogen is a pollution-free energy source when it's extracted from water using sunlight instead of fossil fuels. But current strategies for "splitting" or breaking apart water molecules with catalysts and light require the introduction of chemical additives to expedite the process. Now, researchers rep
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03/17/2021
Medical 15W and 20W DC-DC converters with 5,000Vac isolation
Certified to the IEC 60601-1 and IEC 62368-1 standards for Medical and Audio/Video, Information and Communication Technology Equipment, the series has 5,000Vac reinforced isolation between input and output. With a wide input range, these compact board mount converters are suitable for a broad spectrum of medical, bat
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03/14/2021
DC power supplies offer 10kW of regulated power up to 100kV
The fast response units feature tight voltage regulation of better than 0.005% for line regulation and 0.01% for load. Up to five units can be connected in parallel in a master-slave configuration to produce up to 50kW. The 19-inch, 7U rack-mount units combine the latest design topologies and operating featu
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03/14/2021
MinE-CAP IC reduces volume of AC-DC converters by up to 40%
By halving the size of the high-voltage bulk electrolytic capacitors required in offline power supplies, this new type of IC enables a reduction in adapter size of up to 40%. The MinE-CAP device also dramatically reduces in-rush current making NTC thermistors unnecessary, increasing system efficiency and reducing heat d
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03/14/2021
Encapsulated power supplies with a variety of mounting styles
The new compact internal ac-dc power supplies are all available in board, chassis, or DIN rail mounting styles. New Series • PSK-5W: 5 watt encapsulated ac-dc power supplies • PSK-10W: 10 watt encapsulated ac-dc power supplies • PSK-15W: 15 watt encapsulated ac-dc power supplies • P
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03/14/2021
RS Components adds PowerLok series from Amphenol
The addition of the PowerLok 300 Series completes the portfolio – making RS a single source for all PowerLok connector needs. The compact, metal-shell PowerLok Series provides interconnect solutions and signal connections for EV and hybrid transportation applications. Accommodating up to four signal circuits a
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03/14/2021
Compact low on-resistance MOSFET devices
Leveraging the company’s advanced power semiconductor process expertise and cutting-edge IP, this 12V-rated common-drain device exhibits numerous industry-leading operational performance parameters. The SSM6N951L is specifically intended for inclusion in the battery protection circuitry incorporated into the Li-I
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03/14/2021
Infineon adds 40 V device in PQFN to OptiMOS family
It is packaged in the Source-Down (SD) PQFN with a 3.3 x 3.3 mm2 footprint. The 40 V SD MOSFET primarily addresses SMPS for server, telecom, and OR-ing, as well as battery protection, power tool, and charger applications. The SD package features silicon that is being flipped upside down inside of the compo
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Date:
03/14/2021
Integrated DC/DC converters with high-efficiency design
The UltraBK converters are aimed at space-constrained applications such as IT and network infrastructure equipment. In addition to unprecedented space savings, they deliver high energy efficiency, high reliability, outstanding low-noise performance, and fast transient response. The converters achieve their extr
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03/14/2021
Smaller automotive designs with ultra-compact 1mm² MOSFETs
The products are suitable for high-density applications such as ADAS and automotive ECUs. The continuing electrification of vehicles in recent years has significantly increased the number of electronic and semiconductor components used per vehicle. Consequently, the need for a dramatic increase in componen
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03/14/2021
eBook showcases high-performance power conversion components
In Achieving Enhanced Performance and Reliability, Bourns and Mouser offer a series of technical articles designed to help readers choose the right components for specific power applications, including multiple related to high-voltage energy storage. The growing importance and prevalence of technologies such as electric veh
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03/14/2021
IQD launches oscillator IQXO-951 25TS
The IQXO-951 25TS series delivers a frequency stability performance down to ±5 ppm over the full industrial temperature range of - 40 to 85 degrees C. Housed in a 2.5 x 2.0 mm package the new clock oscillator is suitable for most applications that are designed for battery-powered products. Common markets for
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03/14/2021
Smallest, lowest-power intelligent actuator
It combines a NEMA-17 stepper motor with controller and driver electronics. With Trinamic now part of Maxim Integrated, the PD42-1-1243-IOLINK uses the flexibility of Maxim Integrated’s MAX22513 IO-Link® transceiver to allow seamless configuring of all modes of Trinamic’s TMC2130-LA motor driver. As the ind
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03/14/2021
30W medical DC-DC converters have 5kVac reinforced isolation
With 5,000Vac reinforced isolation between the input and output, these wide input range board mount converters are ideal for use in medical, battery powered and industrial equipment. The PXD-M30 series, like other 3 to 20W models in the PX-M range, can operate from an input of 9 to 36Vdc or 18 to 75Vdc, and
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03/14/2021
Safety-certified capacitive touchscreen controller family
The family includes three controllers, the MXT112UD-MAUHA1, the MXT228UD-MAUHA1 and the MXT336UD-MAUHA1, each fulfilling different screen size needs, ranging from 2-to 8-inches. The Class B certified touch controllers offer unique safety-related features that enable system shut off through an intuitive sof
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03/14/2021
High efficiency and power density DC-DC convertor family
SZPL3102A/3103A family of two DC-DC converters (Buck Regulators) operate up to 2MHz. Delivering industry leading wide input and output range converters that support up to 24VDC input in a tiny 3mm X 3mm QFN. Tim Wilhelm, Director of Marketing, explained, “Higher switching frequency means a smaller, lower cost o
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03/14/2021
Rugged 20 Watt DC/DC converter in a 1”x1” metal package
The THN 20WIR series is a family of ruggedized 20 Watt DC/DC converters for highest reliability in harsh environments, expanding our existing railway range in the 1” x 1” package up to 20 Watt. The THN 20WIR has a wide 4:1 input range and increased resistance against electromagnetic interference, shock/vibrat
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03/03/2021
eGaN FETs enable multiple 250 W, 48 V DC-DC solutions
The EPC9153 is a 250 W, extremely thin, power module using a simple, low-cost synchronous buck configuration delivering a 98.2% peak efficiency with a maximum component height of 6.5 mm. The EPC9148 utilizes a multilevel topology enabling a maximum component height less than 4 mm, while maintaining a 98% peak eff
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03/03/2021
2nd-gen digital multiphase controllers and smart power stages
The new products support 10A up to 1000A+ digital computing loads for advanced CPUs, FPGAs, GPUs and artificial intelligence (AI) ASICs addressing IoT infrastructure systems. The ISL6822x, ISL6823x, RAA2282xx digital multiphase controllers and ISL993xx, RAA2213xx smart power stages expand Renesas’ industry-le
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03/03/2021
Toshiba launches 1200V Silicon Carbide (SiC) MOSFET
These applications include 400V AC input AC-DC power supplies, Photovoltaic (PV) inverters and bi-directional DC-DC converters for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). The new TW070J120B power MOSFET is based upon SiC, a new wide bandgap material that allows devices to deliver high voltage resistance, high-sp
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03/03/2021
Harwin opens £3.8m smart manufacturing facility
Providing an additional 1,200m² of factory floor, the new facility is enabling the company to quickly and significantly scale up production of its award-winning high reliability (Hi-Rel) connectors to meet market requirements. The total investment into the new facility is £3.8m; £1m of this brings in st
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03/03/2021
80V bidirectional buck-boost and dual-phase buck DC/DC controllers
The ISL81801 buck-boost controller acts like a “UPS on a chip” by enabling bidirectional current flow (forward or reverse) using constant-voltage and constant-current regulation. This allows a battery or supercapacitor to be charged and discharged using a single controller and power path. The ISL81801’s comb
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03/03/2021
Ultra-Thin, Low Profile, 3 Watt Dc-Dc Converters Ideal for Portable Electronics
CUI Inc today announced the addition of four ultra-thin converter series to its isolated dc-dc converter line. New Series: • PYBJ3-OD: Open frame series in 6 pin DIP package • PYBJ3-D: Encapsulated series in 6 pin DIP package • PYBJ3-OM: Open frame series in surface mount package • PYBJ3
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03/03/2021
New application specific FET category for optimized performance
Application Specific FETs (ASFETs) feature MOSFETs with optimized parameters for specific applications. By focusing on individual applications, significant improvements can be offered. Nexperia is offering ASFET families for battery isolation, motor control, hot-swap and Power over Ethernet (PoE) applicati
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03/03/2021
High-voltage analog multiplexers for signal distribution
The high voltage capability of the devices will support industrial IoT (IIoT) applications using multiple sensors, including factory automation and process control, battery monitoring systems, and test and measurement equipment.   The PS508 and PS509 provide single-ended or differential configurati
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Date:
03/02/2021
Würth Elektronik extends WE-MAPI power inductor range
They are characterized by a high saturation current, high permeability, and low resistance. The most important area of applications for the WE-MAPI range are high-performance DC/DC converters with a high efficiency for switching frequencies of up to 20 MHz. New additions to this range are the 5020 and 5030 sizes and the
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03/02/2021
Mouser adds Analog Devices’ AD567xR DACs
The AD567xR devices are low-power, 12-bit and 16-bit buffered voltage output DACs, operating from a single 2.7 V to 5.5 V supply voltage range. Featuring wide operating ranges and high relative accuracy, the 16-channel DACs are ideal for a range of applications, including industrial automation, optical transce
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03/02/2021
Mouser adds ultra-compact TDK FS1406 µPOL DC-DC power modules
Offering 15 W of output power in a minuscule 3.3 mm × 3.3 mm × 1.5 mm package, the highly compact point-of-load modules support a range of high-performance applications, including machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data, 5G cells, and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The TDK FS1406 µPOL DC-
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03/02/2021
Microchip unveils low-power DAC with nonvolatile memory
The family is the first of their kind to include nonvolatile memory and an integrated Voltage Reference (Vref) source so they can be pre-configured for safe and efficient power-up without relying on the system processor. “Handhelds and other portable systems are expected to deliver more capabilities in smaller
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03/02/2021
Security MCUs with Trusted Firmware-M, Arm Mbed OS and Pelion IoT
This industry’s first solution combines the well-known PSoC ® 64 Secure Microcontrollers with Trusted Firmware-M embedded security, the Arm ® Mbed™ IoT OS, and the Arm Pelion™ IoT platform to securely design, manage, and update IoT products without the need for custom security firmware. The Pelion-Ready a
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Date:
03/02/2021
5V to 28V, 12.5A rated output, buck-boost DC-DC converters
The output voltage of these step-up and step-down converters can be adjusted from 5 to 28V and they 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 12.5A series can be used to derive additional high power outputs f
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03/02/2021
Cost effective 5 to 25W board mount Class II power supplies
Certified to the IEC 62368-1 standard for Audio/Video, Information and Communication Technology Equipment, the products have a Class II input requiring no earth ground. The KPSB can operate in ambient temperatures of up to -40 to +80°C. These cost effective, compact PCB mount supplies are ideal for factory automati
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03/02/2021
The new device is intended for powering sensors, microcontrollers (MCUs), wireless devices, and other system components. Operating with battery output from 1.8V to 5.5V, the ISL9122A extends the battery life of smart IoT devices powered by coin-cell, lithium and multiple series alkaline batteries. Target appli
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03/02/2021
New range of low-cost DIN rail mount AC-DC power supplies
The supplies are intended for industrial electronics & controls and building management applications. The three new series (DRC30, DRC60 and DRC100) provide power levels of 30W, 60W and 100W in an easy to integrate, lightweight package. Not only do the competitively priced units offer a cost saving when compar
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03/02/2021
Mouser signs global deal with SemiQ for SiC power products
SemiQ grows its own SiC epitaxial and is building the most reliable, redundant supply chain with multiple substrate suppliers, multiple epitaxial suppliers, two wafer fabrication facilities, and multiple packaging and testing facilities. Mouser now stocks a variety of SemiQ’s SiC Schottky diode and MOSFET pro
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03/02/2021
MAX25430 100W USB PD buck-boost controller
As the industry’s most integrated solution, the MAX25430 can reduce design size up to 40 percent compared to competitive solutions and offer the industry’s lowest cost for increasing the number of USB PD ports in vehicles. Automotive multimedia hubs, including rear-seat entertainment modules and head-un
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Date:
03/02/2021
Why Has Floating Solar Become so Popular?
Healdsburg, CA just switched on a 4.78 megawatt floating-solar array, the largest in the United States, calling attention to a new trend in photovoltaics. In our rush to fulfill renewable energy mandates (and the steady march of innovation), we’ve been trying our best to reserve as much land as possible
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Date:
03/01/2021