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September 2016
Energy conservation and reduction in CO2-emissions are key factors in mitigating global warming and preserving our future environment. These positive trends are leading to wider usage of power semiconductors in energy conversion systems supplying the rapidly growing global energy demand. IGBT (Insulated Gate
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09/29/2016
Winners of the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards announced

Housing Innovation Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized 34 of the nation's leading builders at the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards during the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance's Excellence in Building Conference in Dallas, Texas. The winners were selected by a diverse panel of builders, architects, and industry
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09/29/2016
PSDtv - HITEC’s David Johnson on backup power systems

HITEC’s David Johnson

In this PSDcast, HITEC’s David Johnson talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues in the area of backup and uninterruptible power systems. Depending opn the processes involved, a power failure of any duration can cost thousands of dollars or more to a facility. The kind of UPS system
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09/29/2016

PSDcast - Brian White of TrendPoint on smart power in data centers

Brian White of TrendPoint

In this PSDcast Brian White of TrendPoint talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the smart energy space and how it applies to data center efficiency. TrendPoint Systems designs and engineers flexible, scalable and cost-effective
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09/27/2016
Nevada regulators approve NV Energy, SolarCity grandfathering proposal

Regulators reduced net metering incentives for both existing and future solar customers

The Nevada PUC’s decision to reduce net metering rates at the end of last year set off months of regulatory and legal challenges. In their decision, regulators reduced net metering incentives for both existing and future solar customers — and made the unprecedented decision not to “grandfather”
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09/21/2016
General Motors Co. said Wednesday it is committing to power all of its global operations completely by renewable energy by 2050. The Detroit automaker said its goal is to generate or source electrical power for 350 facilities in 59 countries with renewable wind, sun and landfill gas energy during the next three-plus
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09/20/2016
ADI protects smart grid equipment from harmful faults

The AD7616 DAS

 Analog Devices announced a data acquisition system (DAS) that enhances smart grid equipment monitoring in order to protect equipment from harmful system faults and improve power delivery to residences and businesses. As electricity demand grows and renewable energy generation is added, utility companies
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09/15/2016
- Vector Software, the leading provider of innovative software solutions for embedded software quality, announced today that Ampyx Power, a developer of Airborne Wind Energy technology, has selected the VectorCAST test automation platform to support DO-178C Level A software testing requirements. Ampyx
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09/15/2016
Maxim’s cell-string optimizer improves solar panel performance up to 30%

Maxim’s cell-string optimizer

New cell-string optimizer technology from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) allows photovoltaic (PV) panels to harvest significantly more energy and simplifies design complexity for solar installation projects. Maxim’s cell-string optimizers are highly integrated DC-DC converters that
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09/13/2016
Now available from Astute Electronics, a leading supplier of electronic components and value added services, LEX Heavy Duty QWLD Cylindrical Connectors provide reliable power and control functions in extreme and hostile environments that ordinary connectors cannot survive. Water and explosion proof, these highly
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09/13/2016
New Plan to advance national offshore wind strategy announced

National Offshore Wind Strategy Plan

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the publication of a collaborative strategic plan to continue accelerating the development of offshore wind energy in the United States, the National Offshore Wind Strategy: Facilitating the Development of the Offshore
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09/12/2016
SolarEdge Technologies, a leader in PV inverters, power optimizers, and module-level monitoring services, is showcasing at SPI its expanded PV solutions to further simplify PV installation. As part of the company’s commercial solution expansion, SolarEdge is launching its highest wattage power optimizer -
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09/12/2016
Banks and nations are starting to move from financing high-carbon to investing in low-carbon fuel sources. For example, the World Bank, the second largest multilateral finance institution, says it no longer invests in most coal projects, including new power plants. A select number of governments have also indicated
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09/08/2016
50A to 300A, Scalable ÂμModule Regulator Needs 60% Less Capacitance to Power Sub-28nm GPUs, FPGAs, ASICs & Processors

µModule® Regulator with Precision DC & Transient Voltage Accuracy for Advanced Digital Devices

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTM4650-1A and LTM4650-1B, dual 25A or single 50A µModule® (power module) regulators scalable to deliver 300A to high power, low voltage sub-28nm
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09/08/2016
Germany’s position is challenged as renewable energy demand continues to grow in Europe

Renewable electricity documented with Guarantees of Origin

The demand for renewable electricity in Europe, documented with Guarantees of Origin (GOs), grew briskly in 2015 – up more than 9% from 2014 and surpassing 343 TWh. “Behind this growth are thousands of businesses and millions of households in numerous European countries – voluntarily purchasing renewable
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09/07/2016
Swiss energy provider EKZ works together with IBC SOLAR

IBC SOLAR is cooperating with the Swiss energy provider EKZ

IBC SOLAR, a leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems and energy storage, is cooperating with the Swiss energy provider EKZ. The focus lies on the distribution of IBC SOLAR’s quality PV components for private customers.  This cooperation with one of the largest Swiss energy suppliers is already
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09/07/2016
Here we’ll show how Spice can be used to provide proximity loss results for magnetics windings. Proximity loss equations are solved for a set of frequencies, and a simulation circuit is generated which predicts the proper AC losses regardless of the current waveform. Inductor winding AC
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09/05/2016
It should come as no surprise to anyone that a the continuing adoption of Digital Power System Management (DPSM) within the communications and computer industries continues to  be driven, in large part, to the high current levels demanded by the sub-20nm ASICs and/or FPGAs that are at the core of their
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09/05/2016
In response to Google’s Little Box Challenge (LBC), our Virginia Tech team, the Future Energy Electronics Center (FEEC), decided to design a power inverter. As shown below, our design significantly surpassed the LBC specifications. Our final design exhibited a power density of 61.2 W/in3,
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09/05/2016
Industrial automation systems are undergoing a revolution to reduce latency and down time. This directly translates to increased profits for factory operators and machine builders.  Dubbed Industry 4.0, this effort will add more intelligence across the factory floor from HMI panels and controllers to communication
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09/05/2016
Smaller, smarter, and more powerful are market trends for low-power switched-mode power supply (SMPS) applications. Smaller requires the SMPS to have a more compact form factor – and, thus higher power density. Smarter requires intelligent system-to-system/system-to-human communication to ensure the systems
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09/05/2016
Measuring the resistance of something is a great deal more complicated if that resistance is very small. With bigger resistances, measurements can be as simple as connecting two leads between a digital multi-meter (DMM) and the device under test (DUT) and reading the number. With small resistances, the multitude
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09/03/2016
Thermal behavior is important to determining the lifetime performance of electronic system design and the power supply is a critical element in determining that behavior. Heat has a number of effects on a system. The most problematic at a system level is one of long-term reliability. High operating temperatures
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09/03/2016
In the last few years GaN based devices, both discrete FET’s and MMIC’s, have been released and widely used in high power microwave amplifier systems.  These devices, available from several foundry sources, are typically fabricated on 100mm SiC wafers.  GaN on Si processes are also under consideration,
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09/03/2016
This software, in combination with Rigol oscilloscopes (series DS/MSO2000A, DS/MSO4000 or DS6000) allows customers to set up small test systems, which represent a reasonably priced alternative for measuring switching power supply parameters during the development phase. Switching power supplies are
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09/03/2016
The implementation of the “Smart Grid” is accelerating rapidly.  Once just a vision in eyes of power engineers and utilities, the Smart Grid is swiftly taking shape.  A major driver in realizing a truly smart electrical grid is the adoption of distributed energy resources (DERs).  Grid-connected
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09/03/2016
In the last part of this series, we saw that only one of the modulator gains found in the literature can be confirmed with measurements. Furthermore, it is shown that the discrepancies in all the models are easily resolved by proper sampling of the system. Different current-mode modulator
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09/03/2016
The submission deadline for professional education seminars and industry session presentations for APEC 2017 has been extended to Friday, September 9th. If you are still interested in presenting at APEC 2017, please submit your presentation by the September 9 deadline in order to be considered. PROFESSIONAL
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09/03/2016
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