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Serving the Power Grid

January 2016
Wuerth Elektronik ICS awards licence for SKEDD-technology to Diehl Metal Applications

Wuerth Elektronik ICS awards license to Diehl Metal Applications

The Diehl Metal Applications (DMA) company is expanding its product portfolio to include SKEDD, the new innovative direct-connect technology from Wuerth Elektronik ICS. With SKEDD-technology, Wuerth Elektronik ICS has developed a simple and dependable alternative to solder and press-fit technology.
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01/29/2016
Flash in the pan

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

One of the beautiful things about being a wordsmith is that one finds all kinds of history, culture, and advice in many of the quaint and poetic turns of phrase that exist in the (American) English language. One such turn of phrase is “flash in the pan” which is so good at describing a situation that its
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01/29/2016
Bring back IrDA

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, PSD

With all the buzz around optical data transfer technology development lately, especially in light of the push to empower small, low-power intelligent devices for the Internet of Things (IoT). What many forget is that there was and is a technology that is well-suited for final-feet connection between intelligent
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01/29/2016

China’s predicted stumble

Ray Zinn, Founder of Micrel

You have likely heard the news that despite economic stimulus, the Shanghai stock exchange dropped over 7% before “circuit breakers” kicked in. Had those government-mandated panic aversion tools not triggered, the one day drop would rival long-term market corrections. None of this, aside from the exact timing,
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01/29/2016
Current-mode control has been around in one form or another for almost 50 years now, but it is still a topic that creates much confusion in the minds of many engineers and researchers. In this series of articles, Dr. Ridley shows historical reasons for the confusion, and presents for the first time the source
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01/29/2016
The sub-28 nanometer Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) now available feature the in-dustry’s only hard floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) blocks with speeds up to 1,500 Gbps floating-point operations. Built on sub-28 nm process technology, these FPGAs provide up to 17.4 Gbps for long-reach
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01/29/2016
Key criteria for designing power supplies units (PSU) for consumer applications are low cost, high efficiency, good thermal performance and low Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI). Starting with an optimal power conversion topology assists the design process. Flyback topology is optimal for low and mid power
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01/27/2016
From cellphones to electric vehicles and smart grid energy storage, the use of rechargeable batteries is dramatically increasing. Engineers that design products that use these rechargeable batteries must be able to characterize the battery performance in their designs. Programmable bidirectional DC power supplies
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01/27/2016
As electronic systems continue to become more compact, temperature plays an increasingly important role in system reliability and power efficiency. Many engineers are already familiar with how temperature can affect reliability; if a system becomes too hot, device operation can become unpredictable. Using a
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01/27/2016
Utilities are in a time of transition. Legacy communications circuits are being discontinued by carriers and there is pressure for utilities to move to new packet-based services. In addition, much of the new smart grid applications and products that are being introduced by vendors are based on Ethernet, adding
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01/27/2016
The emergence of commercially available and cost-effective gallium nitride (GaN) power transistors begins a new age in power electronics. There are significant benefits in using enhancement-mode gallium nitride FET (eGaN FET) devices in power converters for existing data center and telecommunications architectures
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01/25/2016
Larson Electronics launches temporary portable power distribution system

MGL-100C-480-15K-120-208Y-12X20 temporary power distribution system

Longtime leader in commercial and industrial grade lighting equipment Larson Electronics has announced the release of a new portable power distribution system that converts 480 volts AC three phase electrical current to 120 volts AC and 208Y volts AC. The MGL-100C-480-15K-120-208Y-12X20 temporary
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01/21/2016
With a long history of involvement in promoting energy savings, Emerson Industrial Automation has invested massively in research into technological solutions and services designed to cut energy bills. On the strength of this expertise, Emerson now presents the Energy Savings Advisor, its new mobile app offering
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01/19/2016
In his last State of the Union (SOTU) on January 12, 2016, President Barack Obama focused on progress made during his seven years in office, including reinventing the energy sector. The speech highlighted the Administration’s accomplishments through clean energy initiatives and emissions reduction policies.
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01/18/2016
The German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt acknowledges the importance of microelectronics as a key technology for the mobility of the future. Visiting the headquarters of Infineon Technologies, he learned about how the company is supporting policy goals to develop
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01/18/2016
IBC SOLAR, a leading photovoltaic system provider, has had the IBC FlexiSun solar cable in its portfolio for more than ten years. The latest version of the all-purpose solar cable, which is buriable and produced in Bavaria, meets the new standard EN 50618. IBC SOLAR is therefore currently the only system service
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01/13/2016
Molex offers fully-harnessed cables for heavy industrial applications

Fully customisable cable assemblies and harnesses for use in harsh environments

Molex offers fully customisable cable assemblies and harnesses for use in harsh environments, such as those found in industrial automation and robotics applications. By combining its modular D-Sub mixed layout and Heavy Duty Connector families with Flamar cables, Molex cable assembly and harnessing service helps
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01/13/2016
Revisions to MISO capacity market rules could lower Illinois electricity prices

Auction clearing price overview

On December 31, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order directing the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) to make changes to the capacity auction rules, including requirements to stop relying on PJM Interconnection prices to set maximum bids and increase the amount of
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01/12/2016
American Vanadium to acquire CellCube Energy Storage

Flow batteries provide a cost-effective, reliable, and safe energy storage solution

American Vanadium announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with DMG MORI to acquire DMG MORI's wholly owned subsidiary, GILDEMEISTER energy storage manufacturer of the CellCube vanadium flow energy storage system. The LOI provides American Vanadium with the exclusive right to enter into a
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01/11/2016
The Technical Program Committee is excited to announce that the 8th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expositions (ECCE’2016) submission window is NOW OPEN. Jan 15, 2016 – paper digests Feb 01, 2016 – tutorial proposal Mar 31, 2016 – special session proposal Whether
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01/11/2016
New Solar Ready Vets location announced

Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Deputy Secretary of Energy

In 2015, the Energy Department’s Solar Ready Vets program trained more than 150 American armed forces veterans to enter the solar workforce. I’m pleased to report that every single one received a job offer upon graduating. THIS IS JUST THE START. President Obama formally
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01/11/2016
Recently tested and certified by TUV Rheinland, an internationally authoritative certification body, the peak output power (Pmax) of N-type PERT high-efficiency mono-crystalline silicon solar module and that of HIGHWAY Plus photovoltaic module (based on 60 pieces of 156mm*156mm) made from P-type high-efficiency
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01/11/2016
Applied DNA Sciences, a provider of DNA-based supply-chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and product authentication solutions, announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide its increasingly popular metal marking product to one of Europe’s leading electricity
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01/06/2016
Loiste Group first with Utilytics energy platform

Utilytics beta program is just the beginning of making big energy data available to customers in real time

The Finnish energy provider Loiste Group is the first customer to sign up Utilytics, a new analytics service for the energy market delivered by Enoro. This first contract shows that real time big energy data is now a reality. Loiste has tested Utilytics and signed up very quickly following the launch in November
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01/05/2016
AT&T next week will reveal how it will work with cities to turn everyday objects like traffic lights and parking spots into tools to manage congestion and conserve energy. The presentation is part of the telecommunications giant’s broader plan to diversify its business portfolio, a strategy
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01/04/2016
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