Renewable Energy

May 2021
ROHM Launches
ROHM Semiconductor announced its “Environmental Vision 2050” program, which will contribute to achieving a sustainable society by 2050. In addition to pursuing zero carbon emissions (zero CO2 emissions), ROHM will promote business activities in harmony with the natural cycle to protect biodiversity ba
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05/21/2021

Silicon Labs Expands Isolated Gate Driver Product Family
Silicon Labs announced the addition of Si828x version 2 to its isolated gate driver product family. This update allows the product family to effectively drive Silicon Carbide (SiC) Field Effect Transistor (FET) gates, addressing the growing market for half- and full-bridge inverters and power supplies that require im
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05/17/2021
Study: Renewable Energy will Enhance Power Grid's Resilience

Image created by Dakota Thompson using the electric grid energy resources GIS data from S&P Global Platts. (2017) Platts Energy Map Data Pro.

A new Dartmouth Engineering study shows that integrating renewable energy into the American Electric Power System (AEPS) would enhance the grid's resilience, meaning a highly resilient and decarbonized energy system is possible. The researchers' analysis is based upon the incremental incorporation of architectural chan
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05/11/2021
Advanced Solar Tech Runs Cooler and Lasts Longer
Australian photovoltaics researchers have made a 'cool' discovery: Singlet fission and tandem solar cells - two innovative ways to generate solar power more efficiently - also help to lower operating temperatures and keep devices running for longer. Tandem cells can be made from a combination of silicon - the most
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05/10/2021
TDK Introduces DC Link Capacitors with Exceptionally Low ESL
TDK Corporation presents a new series of EPCOS power capacitors for DC link applications. The new capacitors are available for rated voltages of 700 V DC to 2000 V DC and cover a capacitance range of 20 µF to 270 µF. The current handling capacity can be up to 60 A at 65 °C with the ability to tolerate current pe
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05/07/2021
Perovskite Solar: High Efficiency on a Large Surface Area

An innovative combination of processes enables the interconnection of cells to form modules with nearly no losses. (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)

From cell to module without loss of efficiency: This is one of the main challenges of perovskite photovoltaics. Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now managed to produce perovskite solar modules with minimum scaling loss. For this purpose, they combined laser-based series interconnections wi
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05/07/2021
Synthesis of Perovskite Visible-Light-Absorbing Semiconductors

A cheaper perovskite-based semiconductor material that is free of toxic lead and can absorb a wide range of visible light with potential photofunctional applications.

Narrow-gap semiconductors with the ability to use visible light have garnered significant interest thanks to their versatility. Now, scientists in Japan have developed and characterized a new semiconductor material for application in process components stimulated by light. The findings have, for the first time, su
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05/07/2021
Closing in on State-of-the-Art Semiconductor Solar Cells
A synthetic approach that improves absorber layers in perovskite solar cells could help them achieve their full potential and draw closer to the performance of leading gallium arsenide devices. Solar cells that rely on perovskite thin films to capture sunlight are the fastest growing photovoltaic technolog
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05/05/2021
400PV Photovoltaic Fuses Provide Rugged Circuit Protection
Littelfuse, Inc. announced the 400PV Fuse series, a 2410 size, surface mount design (SMD) circuit protection component that offers low resistance for photovoltaic (PV) applications. The 400PV is specifically designed to address the latest trend in solar roofing by enabling PV shingles that integrate both the shing
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05/04/2021
Tri Global Energy Advances 175 MW West Texas Wind Project
Tri Global Energy, an independent renewable energy originator and developer, announced the sale of its 175 MW West Texas wind project, Appaloosa Run, in southeast Upton County near the county seat of Rankin, Texas. Comprised of approximately 12,300 leased acres, the project's land is privately owned by a single lan
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05/04/2021
When the Greek God Aeolus Meets the Norse Goddess Skadi!

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Figure 1 – Wind-farm Markbygden 1101 up-North Sweden deploying more than 1100 wind turbines (Picture: PRBX / Courtesy of Svevind AB Markbygden 1101)

Although solar is getting a large amount of attention, wind turbines are stealthily and rapidly gaining market share. In less than 10 years wind turbines have become more efficient and more powerful, with the latest generation units being almost as high as the Eiffel Tower and able to deliver 13 megawatts of po
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05/03/2021
Server / Telecom - Si and WBG solutions: Part 1 of 4 Editorial Series Sponsored by Infineon; Innovative Silicon Solution for Highest PFC Efficiency

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Figure 1: Circuit diagram of the proposed solution using CoolMOS™ in a half-bridge configuration

Introduction As a result of the pandemic that lately has had a significant impact on our lives, communication networks became a crucial part of critical social infrastructure. To achieve the required server capacities and fast connectivity and address the challenges of this unprecedented situation and, highly
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05/03/2021
AC Filtering Film Capacitors Withstand THB Testing of 40°C
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of metallized polypropylene AC filtering film capacitors optimized for high humidity environments. Vishay Roederstein MKP1847C AC Filtering devices withstand demanding temperature humidity bias (THB) testing — 40 °C, 93 % relative humidity for 56
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Date:
05/03/2021