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Serving the Power Grid

February 2014
TE Connectivity identified distinct industry demands and leveraged the company’s expertise and resources to form the TE Intelligent Buildings group. TE takes a holistic overview of any building environment and develops connectivity products that design engineers require to solve the electrical interconnection
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02/28/2014
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report that aligns solar policy and market success with state demographics. By organizing the 48 contiguous states into four peer groups based on shared non-policy characteristics, the NREL research team was able to contextualize
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02/27/2014
Richard Morgan of ND Metering Solutions on sub-metering for efficiency

Richard Morgan of ND Metering

In this PSDcast Richard Morgan of ND Metering talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the growing need to more closely monitor energy use throughout a facility, microgrid, or organization. Sub-meters are vital for any company looking to instigate a rigorous energy efficiency program, and
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02/24/2014

Kerite cable offers superior wet performance in utility apps

Kerite “wet design” cable for harsh utility operating conditions

Kerite, a leading manufacturer of high quality insulated utility and industrial power cable, now offers a superior “wet design” for harsh utility operating conditions. This wet design is part of the standard Kerite utility cable construction. Utilities deal with flooded vaults, water soaked conduits and
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02/20/2014
Delivering more than 200mA of output current can be a serious challenge for many high-voltage operational amplifiers. But for high voltage applications requiring as much as 1A of current, it is possible to meet this spec by pairing a current buffer with the op amp. What the current buffer brings to this arrangement
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02/18/2014
Given the range of industrial applications is extremely diversified  – from very small sensors powered by energy harvesting to mega processors used for process control and huge data computing capabilities required by some industrial equipment – the challenge for power designers remains the selection
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02/18/2014
Jonathan Doochin of Soligent on the solar power marketplace

Jonathan Doochin of Soligent

In this PSDcast Jonathan Doochin, CEO of Soligent, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the large changes occurring in the solar power industry today. Soligent Distribution, a subsidiary of Soligent Holdings, is the largest solar distributor in the Americas, supplying thousands of solar installers
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02/17/2014
Intermediate bus voltages from 24V to 28V (nominal) are commonplace in industrial, aerospace and defense systems, where series-connected batteries may be a backup power source and 12V bus architectures tend to be impractical due to distribution losses. The widening voltage gap between the system bus and the
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02/17/2014
Designers of power control devices and those that combine control with power FET functionality are finding that FIB circuit edit techniques proven at older process nodes are delivering even greater benefits when used at advanced technology nodes.   It is also expected that FIB circuit edit techniques
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02/17/2014
Software security in the grid is becoming increasingly important. There have been reports of appliances hacked to send SPAM, and The Wall Street Journal claims that the Smart Grid already has been penetrated and infected with potentially disruptive software programs. There are even fears that terrorists may
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02/17/2014
Advances in system level goals of the Smart Grid to better manage electrical loads during high demand time of use or during a shortage of available resources have created a need for efficient methods of connecting and disconnecting loads from the grid. Load management systems have been available in the commercial
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02/17/2014
Life to Return to the Power Supply Industry in 2014

Jonathon Eykyn, IHS Technology

The global market for power supplies crashed in 2012 as economic uncertainties led to low consumer demand and the postponement of large industrial projects. Whilst 2013 bought growth, it was limited to a few markets and the overall market grew by just 2.4%. However, the outlook for the global power supply market
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02/17/2014
Packaging for power electronics has evolved from simple metal bending to advanced materials and thermo-mechanical design, and from freestanding supply to integrated power management. System-size reductions made possible by higher switching frequencies and semiconductor miniaturization drove the early part of
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02/16/2014
We here at Ridley Engineering recently conducted a survey with a group of almost 3,000 active power supply design engineers to discover the various reasons and circumstances they have encountered power supplies that failed. The experiences the engineers shared with us were very enlightening, and this article
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02/15/2014
Steve Ehrlich of Space-Time Insight on smart-grid intelligence

Steve Ehrlich of Space-Time Insight

In this PSDcast Steve Ehrlich of Space-Time Insight talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about using Big Data in the developing smart grid. Space‐Time Insight is a leading provider of next‐generation situational intelligence solutions for the smart grid Their solutions enable enterprises to visualize
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02/13/2014
A joint exhibit called "EMC expert platform – smart grid and e-mobility“ the EMV show, held from 11 to 13 March 2014 in Duesseldorf, Germany, meets the requirements of the industry. Besides exhibits, visitors will find professional experts and discussions at the highest level. By impulse speeches the
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02/12/2014
Switching regulators are an excellent replacement for linear regulators in areas where low heat dissipation and high efficiency are valued. The switching regulator is typically the first active component on the input power bus line, and therefore has a significant impact on the EMI performance of the complete
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02/11/2014
Tim Martinson and David Geary of EMerge on power in the data center

Tim Martinson and David Geary of the EMerge Alliance

In this PSDcast Tim Martinson and David Geary of the EMerge Alliance talk to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about power distribution standards in the data center, and some of the things the EMerge Alliance is doing in the space. They recently announced the expansion of the EMerge Alliance Registered™
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02/11/2014
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $30 million in funding available under the NY-Sun Competitive Photovoltaic (PV) Program to further stimulate large-scale solar and biogas projects in the Hudson Valley and New York City. “Expanding the use of clean, renewable power in the Hudson Valley will help
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02/10/2014
David Rosenfield of PEARL on maintaining the grid

David Rosenfield of PEARL

In this PSDcast David Rosenfield of PEARL talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of the grid infrastructure and how best to maintain it going forward, especially in light of the renovation and modernization going on as the industry migrates to a smart-grid infrastructure. The Professional
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02/08/2014
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Energy Efficiency Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2014. The session, “Energy Storage and the Power Converters that Control Energy Storage,” will explore various energy storage devices and applications, with an emphasis on the power electronics
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02/06/2014
John Jung of Greensmith on the state of the Smart Grid

John Jung, CEO of Greensmith

In this PSDcast John Jung, CEO of Greensmith talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the current state of the Smart Grid and where he feels it's going. Greensmith specializes in turnkey distributed energy storage systems, and is a system integrator, combining custom built components with their proprietary
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02/05/2014
MISO’s newest region, South, joined the footprint on December 19, 2013. Three of the biggest drivers of price volatility in the region have been congestion on the ORCA 1 interface, Addis-Tiger congestion, and Grimes transformer congestion. Genscape has done a detailed examination of the drivers of this congestion
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02/05/2014
The rapid growth of distributed energy resources (DER) is raising concerns over the viability and necessity of new transmission lines. ICF International’s review and analysis of case studies concludes that targeted DER programs will reduce the need for transmission and distribution (T&D) investments in
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02/03/2014
Maxim complete smart-meter SoC wins Elektra Award

Elektra European Electronics Industry Award for Maxim Integrated's Zeus

Maxim Integrated has won a 2013 Elektra European Electronics Industry Award for Zeus, its highly integrated smart meter system-on-a-chip (SoC). Zeus combines accurate metrology, multiple layers of security and a wide range of communication functions on a single chip. Zeus met the independent jury’s
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02/03/2014
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