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February 2015
Ross Sabolcik of Silicon Labs on the IoT

Ross Sabolcik of Silicon Labs

In this PSDcast Ross Sabolcik, VP and GM for Analog, Power, and Sensors at Silicon Labs talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Designs about the buzz and the reality of the Internet of Things (IoT). The reality of the IoT is that it is a convergence of inter-related core technologies creating intelligent connected
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02/27/2015
Dresser-Rand, a supplier of environmentally friendly technology platforms in power generation for the oil and gas, industrial, institutional, and commercial industries, will introduce a variety of custom energy systems at the POWER-GEN Russia and HydroVision Russia Exhibition 2015 that are designed to help meet
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02/27/2015
Andrew Johnson of CUI on Level VI Standards

Andrew Johnson of CUI

In this PSDcast Andrew Johnson of CUI talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the neccessary migration to Level VI power standards and the issues involved. Procuring power supplies has always been a hunt for specs and compliance, and understanding
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02/23/2015

IBC SOLAR to attend Japanese PV EXPO in Tokyo

The photovoltaic power plant Sakura with 2.3 MWp

IBC SOLAR, a leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems, will be attending the PV EXPO 2015, Japan’s largest international exhibition for the PV industry. From February 25 to 27, the German solar expert presents its services at a joint booth (E27-5) with the Japanese company Yokohama Kankyo Design (YKD). Besides,
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02/23/2015
STMicro's STM32L4 microcontrollers overcome performance limitations for ultra-low-power apps

The STM32L4 series targets next-generation energy-conscious consumer, industrial, medical, and metering applications

STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has combined its ultra low-power microcontroller technology with ARM Cortex-M4 know-how to create the STM32L4 series for next-generation energy-conscious consumer, industrial, medical, and metering applications. The
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02/23/2015
The Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) welcomes a new collaborative partner, the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), based in Chicago, IL. “The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, the Midwest's largest & most diverse membership organization of its kind, is working to accelerate the adoption
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02/20/2015
The Energy Department's SunShot Initiative launched the largest-of-its-kind, 60-day online hackathon to quickly build prototype solutions and products that address barriers to greater solar energy deployment and drive down the costs of solar energy. Approximately 700,000 coders, developers, and data scientists
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02/20/2015
DoE Announces 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition participants

This wind tunnel constructed by NREL engineers will test the small wind turbines designed by 10 university teams competing in DOE's Collegiate Wind Competition.

Ten small wind turbines will go blade-to-blade in wind tunnel tests at the inaugural DOE Collegiate Wind Competition (CWC) that runs concurrently with the AWEA 2014 WINDPOWER Conference, May 6-7, at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Designed by university teams, these wind turbines will
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02/18/2015
Analog Devices announced that  Elster has selected ADI’s ADF7241 smart metering solution for use in gas and electricity meters that Elster is designing as part of a nationwide energy efficiency initiative sponsored by the British government. Under the Smart Metering Implementation Programme, more than
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02/17/2015
Inverter load rejection overvoltage (LRO) tests completed by the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of a cooperative research agreement with SolarCity have proven so successful that a testing partner, Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO), has proposed to double its hosting capacity
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02/16/2015
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been the topic conferences, articles, and blogs. Much of this has focused on the standards for communication and security of the information and devices. Just as important is powering the myriad of devices that comprise the IoT. It is worthwhile to first describe what makes up
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02/14/2015
In today’s increasingly hyperconnected world, it is essential that all new designs minimize power consumption and are protected from being cloned, reverse engineered, or tampered with in order to protect embedded intellectual property, system data, and the system itself.  FPGAs play a key role in meeting
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02/14/2015
Smart Grid technologies, including tools such as smart meters, intelligent network management, and performance monitoring are helping utility companies better track grid operations, keeping those operations visible at all times so that they can assess the status of individual endpoints and take efficient countermeasures
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02/14/2015
The easily discerned lines separating cyberspace and the “real world” are disappearing. With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), physical objects are increasingly integrated in information systems and individuals are interacting with vast distributed networks dozens of times a day. Clearly, the IoT
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02/14/2015
Ultra-precision, high-side current sensing is crucial in applications where one must measure the current entering or leaving a battery. Today many digital multimeters feature four-lead Kelvin sensing to eliminate the series resistance of the multimeter leads and give an accurate voltage drop across a given resistor. Similarly,
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02/14/2015
In accordance with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s NY-SUN initiatives that are expanding New York’s clean energy industry and the US Department Of Energy’s (DOE) Sunshot Initiative to reduce solar energy installation costs to 6 cents per kWh by 2020, the US Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC) has successfully
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02/13/2015
Recently the first class of Marine trainees at Camp Pendleton will graduate from the Energy Department’s solar job training pilot program, which is aimed at preparing service members for careers in the solar industry as solar photovoltaic system installers, sales representatives, system inspectors, and other
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02/13/2015
Brian Williams of 3D Designs on next-gen energy generation

Brian Williams of 3D Designs

In this PSDcast Brian Williams of 3D Designs talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the next generation of energy generation, and a novel power-generation technology 3D Designs has developed. 3D Design's subsonic bladeless turbine (SBT) technology takes a working fluid from a reservoir in a vapor
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02/13/2015
Dave Hughes of HCC Embedded on intelligent systems in the IoT

Dave Hughes of HCC Embedded

in this PSDcast Dave Hughes of HCC Embedded talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the intelligent infrastructures at the heart of the IoT and Smart Grid (SG) and the challenges and opportunties they present to the engineering community. One of the advantages of the IoT and SG is the intelligent
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02/13/2015
America flips switch on 550MW Desert Sunlight solar farm

Desert Sunlight Solar Farm

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the Bureau of Land Management Neil Kornze joined California state and industry leaders to “flip the switch” on the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, the nation’s largest solar project on public lands that is now delivering clean, renewable energy to American
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02/11/2015
Inertia Engineering, a leading manufacturer of medium and high-voltage electrical distribution, transmission and automated outdoor overhead switchgear, announces the addition of thermal diffusion galvanization (TDG) to the performance and reliability-enhancing features of its industry-leading LineBOSS™ Unitized
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02/09/2015
Ali Hajji of SEWT on renewable energy in the developing world

Ali Hajji of SEWT

In this PSDcast Ali Hajji of SEWT (Sun Energy and Water Technologies) talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the technical and infrastructure challenges involved in deploying alternate energy technology in the developing world, in this case, Morocco. IBC
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02/09/2015
CBS ArcSafe remote switch actuators win engineering award

CBS ArcSafe RSA-161A remote switch actuator

The CBS ArcSafe RSA-161A, RSA-174F, and RSA-187A remote switch actuators designed to safely and remotely operate circuit breakers outside the arc-flash zone have each won Plant Engineering magazine’s 2014 Product of the Year Awards. The products won in three separate categories. The RSA-161A actuator won in
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02/09/2015
The Energy Department announced $13 million in funding to help communities across the country reduce market and policy barriers to solar deployment and recognize communities for taking the initiative to go solar. This investment will make it faster, cheaper, and easier for Americans to install affordable solar
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02/06/2015
Bryan Kennedy of Electric Imp on intelligent connected devices

Bryan Kennedy of Electric Imp

in this PSDcast Bryan Kennedy, VP Strategic Development of Electric Imp, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about issues involved in creating connected IoT devices. The Electric Imp connectivity platform, featuring fully integrated hardware, software, OS, APIs, cloud services and security, can effectively
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02/05/2015
Infineon's latest 80V and 100V power MOSFETs claim lowest on-state resistance

OptiMOS 5 MOSFETs

Infineon Technologies extends its OptiMOS 5 portfolio with 80V and 100V variants. This latest generation of Power MOSFETs is optimized for high switching frequencies especially used in synchronous rectification applications for telecom and server power supplies as well as in industrial applications such as solar,
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02/05/2015
Transphorm announced that Yaskawa Electric Corporation is launching the mass production of world’s smallest power conditioner in its class – and the first to use a GaN power module. Based on Transphorm’s EZ-GaN IP-protected platform, Yaskawa’s Enewell-SOL V1 series 4.5kW indoor PV inverter will be distributed
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02/05/2015
The excitement and drive to deliver was evident to me last week when I joined nearly 100 PowerAmerica members for their kick-off meeting at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. PowerAmerica, also called the Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute, will develop advanced
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02/03/2015
Doble Engineering, a subsidiary of ESCO Technologies, announced that it has acquired the assets of ENOSERV. The acquisition positions Doble to more comprehensively meet the testing needs of electric power organizations facing changing regulatory, business and industry environments.   “ENOSERV
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02/02/2015
Exelon announced that it is partnering with Anbaric, a leading developer of innovative energy infrastructure projects, to create a series of microgrids in the state of New York. A microgrid is a localized power system with the ability to self-supply and operate independently of, or in concert with, the main
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02/02/2015
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