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Serving the Power Grid

October 2013
During its recent Strategic Steering Committee meeting, the G3-PLC Alliance elected a new Chairman, General Secretary and Treasurer for the next two years. The new officers have been members of the
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10/28/2013
Black & Veatch and Brightergy have formed a strategic alliance to develop $100 million in solar energy projects over the next three years. Part of the alliance includes Black & Veatch installing
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10/28/2013
IBC SOLAR delivers first megawatt-class photovoltaic diesel hybrid project in Malaysia
IBC SOLAR, a leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems, has implemented its largest photovoltaic diesel hybrid project to date in Malaysia. The system is the third project carried out by IBC SOLAR AG and
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10/24/2013

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Power-One Aurora MICRO-0.25-I PV Micro-Inverter Reverse Costing Analysis" report to their offering. The first micro-inverter released
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10/24/2013
Tollgrade Communications, an industry leader in redefining the standard for reliability at the world's largest electric utilities and telecommunications providers, has been named a finalist in the
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10/23/2013
Wind sector VC funding comes in at $135 million in Q3 2013, project funding totals $3.7 billion
Mercom Capital, a clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the wind sector during the third quarter of 2013. Wind
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10/23/2013
VC funding in smart grid comes in at $65 Million in Q3 2013
Mercom Capital, a clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the smart grid sector for the third quarter of 2013. Smart
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10/22/2013
ABB, one of the solar industry's leading power technology and grid interconnection solutions provider, and Power-One Inc., a leading provider of solar and energy-efficient power conversion and power
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10/22/2013
Russia's economic and political influence in Europe is in decline as its grip on Europe 's energy markets diminishes. While the country will remain a major supplier of European energy for the foreseeable
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10/21/2013
Citec India hosts Energy Ambassador 'Pentti Itkonen' to promote green technologies in India
EnergyVaasa, the largest energy cluster in the Nordic countries, chose 25 year old, engineering student Pentti Itkonen as the Energy Ambassador. In a press conference held on 18th October at Citec's
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10/21/2013
EPC releases development board highlighting 100V enhancement-mode GaN FETs in parallel
Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) introduced the EPC9017 half bridge development board for high current, high step down voltage, buck Intermediate Bus Converter (IBC) applications using eGaN FETs.
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10/21/2013
Scientists develop heat-resistant materials that could vastly improve solar-cell efficiency
Stanford University scientists have created a heat-resistant thermal emitter, an element used in specialized solar cells, that could significantly improve the efficiency of the cells. The novel component
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10/19/2013
Research and Markets has released the "Circuit Breaker Market & Fuse Market by Type, Application Non-Residential/Residential Construction, Electronic/Electrical Equipment, Transportation Equipment
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10/18/2013
A leader in load testing solutions, Crestchic is attending the Power-Gen International conference, in Orlando, Florida from 12th - 14th November 2013.The largest Power-GEN conference in the world,
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10/17/2013
Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) introduced devices with a high-lead solder termination ideal for applications requiring higher temperature solder. The EPC2801, EPC2815, and EPC2818 feature
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10/16/2013
Freescale Semiconductor will soon begin shipping Kinetis M series microcontrollers (MCUs) in volume quantities. Based on the 32-bit ARM® CortexTM-M0+ core, Kinetis M series products are designed for
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10/16/2013
Major leap made towards using graphene for solar cells
Graphene has extreme conductivity and is completely transparent while being inexpensive and nontoxic. This makes it a perfect candidate material for transparent contact layers for use in solar cells
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10/15/2013
George Washington University completes first walkable solar-paneled pathway in the world
The George Washington University completed the first walkable solar-paneled pathway in the world this month on the Virginia Science and Technology Campus as a part of the sustainable Solar Walk project. The
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10/15/2013
Two years after formation, G3-PLC Alliance is excited to present the key results of the year. The number of G3-PLC Alliance's members increased strongly, with new representatives from Asia. Fourty-four
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10/14/2013
A Swiss-Cameroon lab tackles electric blackouts
Switzerland and Cameroon are establishing a joint laboratory in Yaoundé. EPFL (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) and ENSPY (Ecole nationale supérieure polytechnique de Yaoundé) will work together
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10/14/2013
Talking to Panasonic about GaN semiconductors
In this PSDcast Howard Sin, Principal Engineer, and Tom Higuchi, Development Manager in Panasonic's semiconductor division on their take about GaN semiconductors to Alix Paultre of Power Systems
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10/14/2013
Maxim's smart-meter reference platform integrates metrology, security, and communications for a safer smart grid
Designers of smart meters can now reduce time to market, raise the bar for higher accuracy, and secure their designs with Capistrano, a smart grid reference platform from Maxim Integrated Products.
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10/14/2013
STMicro unveils novel HomePlug smart SoC for smart-home and smart-energy apps
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has released its novel ST2100 STreamPlug System-on-Chip (SoC), targeting smart-home and
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10/14/2013
Solar thermodynamic power challenges traditional PV technology

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In addition to photovoltaic systems to produce solar energy, another technology exists that can make better use of clean energy based on the principle known as thermodynamic solar power. Opened in
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10/11/2013
Maxim Integrated is bringing the latest technologies and ideas to European Utility Week. In addition to our presence on the show floor (Hall 1, Stand B34) where they will showcase their latest smart
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10/11/2013
With the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Energy Information Association (EIA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) all reporting potential inabilities to issue reports
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10/11/2013
New analog IC selection web tool delivers immediate results
Imagine an engineer who develops a new application and needs a variety of Power Management, Data Converter and other ICs. The typical way to find specifications matching products is either the re-use
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10/11/2013
Microgrid Market Trends and Outlook

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In the wake of increasing blackouts and brownouts, and particularly after the recent power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy, the need for a more reliant grid is undeniable. One solution is to consider
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10/10/2013
Real-time, fundamental power flow data can inform hedging and trading strategies by providing a new level of transparency to the power market. Genscape's Transmission RT service uses thousands of
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10/10/2013
The New England - Canada Business Council (NECBC) will convene its 21st Annual Energy Trade & Technology Conference hosting some of thenation's leading policy leaders, public utility executives and
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10/10/2013
Tollgrade Communications, an industry leader in redefining the standard for reliability at the world's largest electric utilities and telecommunications providers, and ELO Sistemas Eletrônicos (ELO),
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10/09/2013
Greentech Media launches group to address the future of the electrical system called Grid Edge
The propagation of distributed energy resources and customer energy management solutions requires dramatic changes to power infrastructure, market design, and utility business models. Greentech Media
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10/08/2013
The role of the embedded power supply industry in the development of Smart Grid infrastructure
I don't think that I'm alone in struggling with defining the role that the traditional power supply industry plays in the emerging "smart grid" infrastructure. This is not meant to imply
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10/07/2013
Advanced source measure unit instrument sports an interactive touchscreen display

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Keithley Instruments, a leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, announced the first benchtop Source Measure Unit (SMU) instrument with a capacitive touchscreen graphical user interface.
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10/07/2013
Technological, economic and business forces are steering Europe's electricity system toward major transformations, including the decentralization of its power systems, says research and consulting
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10/07/2013
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Advanced Metering Infrastructure Market: Worldwide Market Forecasts and Analysis (2013 - 2018)" report to their offering. Advanced Metering
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10/07/2013
MIT researchers have found a new family of materials that provides the best-ever performance in a reaction called oxygen evolution, a key requirement for energy storage and delivery systems such as
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10/07/2013
The Asia-Pacific region is scheduled to install around 103 nuclear reactors by 2025, in order to both meet rising power demands and lower carbon emissions, according to the latest forecast from research
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10/03/2013
TI unveils first current-sharing LDOs for harsh environments
Texas Instruments introduced the first current-sharing low-dropout (LDO) linear voltage regulators for harsh environments. The current-sharing feature of the 3-A TPS7H1101-SP and the 0.5-A TPS7H1201-HT
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10/02/2013
Freescale will attend European Utility Week in the RAI Convention Centre, Amsterdam, taking place 15-17 October 2013. Their smart energy technical experts and management team will be available to
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10/02/2013
Customizable Wirewounds in Utility apps

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Figure 1: Devices like these handle thousands of 6KV surges yet fuse quickly under continuous overload

Wirewound resistors have attributes that give them advantages over film resistors. Frequently, engineers have designs that require a resistor to meet specific characteristics in order to satisfy
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10/01/2013
At a time of increasing global demand for electricity and an ongoing need for safe, reliable and economical sources of energy, the US has proven itself the most attractive country for the construction
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10/01/2013
Power supplies from SolaHD drive controls in photocell arrays and solar reflectors
Solar power is as old as the planet itself. Today, thanks to technology, this inexhaustible energy source is growing exponentially, promising to fundamentally change the way we live and work for centuries
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Date:
10/01/2013
As the primary line of defense for our electric power grid, it's essential to understand and regularly assess the health of circuit breakers in order to ensure the safe, reliable delivery of power.
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Date:
10/01/2013
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