Renewable Energy

March 2024
TDK Offers DC link Capacitors for +105°C

TDK Offers DC link Capacitors for +105°C

­TDK Corporation presents a new series of EPCOS power capacitors for DC link applications designed for an operating temperature of up to +105 °C. The components with the ordering code B25695E can operate at rated DC voltages from 700 V to 1300 V (voltage derating necessary from +85 °C). Th
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Date:
03/28/2024
New All-Liquid Iron Flow Battery for Grid Energy Storage

Lead author and battery researcher Gabriel Nambafu assembles a test flow battery apparatus.

­A commonplace chemical used in water treatment facilities has been repurposed for large-scale energy storage in a new battery design by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The design provides a pathway to a safe, economical, water-based, flow battery made wi
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03/27/2024
AIChE Selected by DOE to Lead New Hydrogen Electrolyzer and Fuel Cell Recycling Consortium

Location of Selections

­On March 13, 2024, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $750 million in funding for 52 projects across 24 states to dramatically reduce the cost of clean hydrogen and reinforce American leadership in the growing hydrogen industry. Among the recipients, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (A
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Date:
03/26/2024
Cornell Dubilier Brand of 3-Cell Supercapacitors from Knowles Precision Devices Operate at up to 9 WVDC

Cornell Dubilier Brand of 3-Cell Supercapacitors from Knowles Precision Devices Operate at up to 9 WVDC

­Knowles’ Cornell Dubilier brand, known as Knowles Precision Devices, a segment of Knowles Corporation, announced its latest Electric Double Layer Capacitor (EDLC) modules, or supercapacitor modules, are now available through New Yorker Electronics. Based on Knowles’ Cornell Dubilier brand DGH and DS
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03/26/2024
ANGI Energy Systems Breaks New Ground By Starting Construction Of The Midwest’s First Hydrogen Refueling Test Facility

ANGI Energy Systems Breaks New Ground By Starting Construction Of The Midwest’s First Hydrogen Refueling Test Facility

­ANGI Energy Systems broke ground on its new, $4 million Hydrogen Refueling Test Facility: the first of its kind in the Midwest. Attending today were senior executives from ANGI and FASTECH, together with members of the Janesville and wider Wisconsin administration and community.  ANGI, which has
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Date:
03/22/2024
Revolutionizing Hydrogen Production: Economical and Efficient Solutions Unveiled

The team created a porous nickel catalyst material featuring a nanorod protrusion structure, incorporating efficient three-dimensional pore channels and superaerophobic surface wettability. This design aims to facilitate the rapid separation of hydrogen bubbles from the catalyst surface.

­Water eletrolysis process is a system that produces hydrogen by electrolyzing water. It is an eco-friendly technology that can produce hydrogen fuel, a future energy source, without emitting environmental pollutants, but its limitations have been pointed out as low hydrogen production efficiency and high production co
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Date:
03/22/2024
Researchers Take Major Step Toward Developing Next-Generation Solar Cells

Researchers Take Major Step Toward Developing Next-Generation Solar Cells

­The solar energy world is ready for a revolution. Scientists are racing to develop a new type of solar cell using materials that can convert electricity more efficiently than today’s panels.  In a new paper published February 26 in the journal Nature Energy, a University of Colorado Boulder r
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Date:
03/22/2024
ABB Signs Agreement to Support Major Power-to-X Green Hydrogen Project in the US

Brandon Spencer, President of ABB Energy Industries

­ABB is collaborating with Green Hydrogen International (GHI) on a project to develop a major green hydrogen facility in south Texas, United States. As part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ABB’s automation, electrification and digital technology will be assessed for deployment at GHI’s Hydrogen Ci
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Date:
03/19/2024
Plasma Oscillations Propel Breakthroughs in Fusion Energy

John Palastro, a senior scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester

­Most people know about solids, liquids, and gases as the main three states of matter, but a fourth state of matter exists as well. Plasma—also known as ionized gas—is the most abundant, observable form of matter in our universe, found in the sun and other celestial bodies. Creating the hot mix of freely
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03/18/2024
Sun's Secrets Unveiled: AI Unlocks new Solar Energy Horizons in China

Spatial distribution of CMA stations. A total of 2,453 blue circles represent routine weather stations, which have sunshine duration measurements. Seventeen red rhombuses represent radiation stations that have Rdir and Rdif observations.

­Researchers have developed an innovative machine learning method to estimate solar radiation components in China without the need for local ground truth data. This breakthrough addresses the scarcity of radiation component data and opens new avenues for the solar energy industry. In a new study published in the&nb
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Date:
03/18/2024
Nuvera Fuel Cells Selected for Funding by the U.S. Department of Energy for Manufacturing Next-Gen Fuel Cell Stacks

Neil Gillen, chief operations officer at Nuvera

­Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, a leading provider of fuel cell power solutions, has been included in this week’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) of $750 million in funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) for 52 projects that directly support the national clean hydrogen strategy. DO
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Date:
03/18/2024
UH's Energy Transition Institute Leader Appointed to Department of Energy Committee

Joe Powell, the founding executive director of the Energy Transition Institute at the University of Houston

­U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm appointed Joe Powell, the founding executive director of the Energy Transition Institute at the University of Houston, to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Technology Innovation Advisory Committee (ITIAC). The 18-member committee, a diverse group of stakeh
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Date:
03/18/2024
Oceantic Network Celebrates Completion of Nation's First Operational Commercial-Scale Project

Oceantic Network Celebrates Completion of Nation's First Operational Commercial-Scale Project

­The Oceantic Network, the leading organization working to advance offshore wind and other ocean renewable industries and their supply chains, celebrates today’s announcement by member companies Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) and Ørsted of South Fork Wind’s completion. After final tests ar
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Date:
03/15/2024
PSDcast – Preventing Rolling Blackouts

Robert Johnson from Power Factors

­As long as the electricity demand continues to outpace the available supply, rolling blackouts will continue to be a necessary measure. And on the line to discuss that is Robert Johnson from Power Factors, a leading provider of asset performance management solutions for the renewables industry.
Date:
03/15/2024
Infineon Sets New Industry Standard for Enhanced Power Density and Efficiency with OptiMOS 6 200 V MOSFETs

With the introduction of the new OptiMOS™ 6 200 V product family, Infineon sets a new industry benchmark with increased power density, efficiency, and system reliability.

­Motor drive applications are taking a leap forward with the launch of the Infineon Technologies AG OptiMOS™ 6 200 V MOSFET product family. The new portfolio is designed to deliver optimal performance in applications such as e-scooters, micro-EVs, and E-forklifts. The improved conduction losses and switching be
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Date:
03/13/2024
Silanna Semiconductor Takes ACF Integration to Next Level by Combining PWM Control, 700V GaN FET, X-Cap discharge, ACF Driver and UHV Start-up Regulator in Single Chip

Silanna Semiconductor Takes ACF Integration to Next Level by Combining PWM Control, 700V GaN FET, X-Cap discharge, ACF Driver and UHV Start-up Regulator in Single Chip

­Silanna Semiconductor, The Power Density Leader, has expanded its CO2 Smart Power Family of AC/DC and DC/DC converter technologies with the launch of an active clamp flyback (ACF) controller that integrates adaptive digital PWM control with ultra-high-voltage (UHV) components comprising a 700 V primary GaN FET,
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Date:
03/06/2024
Infineon Introduces CoolSiC MOSFET G2, the Next Generation of Silicon Carbide Technology for High-Performance Systems that Drive Decarbonization

Infineon CoolSiC™ MOSFET 650 V and 1200 V G2 operate with lower power losses in all operation modes in photovoltaic inverters, energy storage installations and EV charging, and more.

­Infineon Technologies AG opens a new chapter in power systems and energy conversion and introduces the next generation of silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET trench technology. The new Infineon CoolSiC™ MOSFET 650 V and 1200 V Generation 2 improve MOSFET key performance figures such as stored energies an
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Date:
03/05/2024
New York Advances Offshore Wind With Fourth Round Procurement Awards

New York Governor Hochul

­Oceantic Network, the leading organization working to advance offshore wind and other ocean renewable industries and their supply chains,celebrates today’s announcement by New York Governor Hochul that the state has selected two projects to deliver 1700 MW of offshore wind generation in its fourth offshore wi
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Date:
03/04/2024
New EVs Can Be Filled Like an ICE Vehicle

Ally Winning, European Editor, PSD

­One of the biggest drawbacks of EVs is the time they take to charge. That problem increases as temperatures begin to drop. Most of us likely saw the photo of the group of Teslas abandoned at a charging station at the beginning of this year because their batteries wouldn’t hold charge. It is not a sight that
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Date:
03/01/2024
SiC Solutions Extend the Range of High-Power Applications

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Figure 1: Microchip’s SiC portfolio

­The demand for power devices is constantly increasing, driven by the impulse coming from sectors with major innovation such as e-mobility, renewable energy, and data centers. Power applications today have continuously more stringent requirements, linked above all to achieving higher efficiency (with consequent re
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Date:
03/01/2024
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