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November 2016
A digital hybrid energy-storage system

The thermal image of the demonstrator indicates a slight temperature increase for the active components when operating at peak load.

Rutronik has developed a revolutionary new hybrid energy storage system (HESS) in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences Zwickau (WHZ). The combination of battery and ultracapacitor improves the peak current characteristics of the energy storage system, minimizes battery degradation significantly,
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11/30/2016
NREL opens solar array field to inform public

NREL engineers Bill Sekulic (left) and Chris Deline look at the new PV array just north of the NREL parking garage. The new array extends the testing capacity for solar modules at NREL

Solar panels at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are ubiquitous to the point of practically being invisible, but new rows of photovoltaic (PV) modules installed on the southern edge of campus are intended to attract attention. The newest modules are being installed
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11/30/2016
New York tackles energy storage safety

Battery fires are rare, but when they happen you have to be prepared

When smart phone batteries catch fire or laptop batteries explode on airplanes, it makes the news. So far batteries used to store energy at the residential and commercial level have avoided those headlines. But eventually there will be a problem. “Battery fires are rare, but when they happen you
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11/30/2016

Transportation systems can have input voltage ranges up to 14V (single battery automotive), 28V (dual battery trucks, busses, airplanes), or higher, and require one or more low voltage rails for digital systems. As a result, designs of such systems need to know how they can step down from high input voltages
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11/29/2016
PSDcast - Linear's Alison Steer on energy metering

Linear's Alison Steer

In this PSDcast Alison Steer, Product Marketing Manager at Linear Technology, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the state of the art in energy metering. The company recently released the LTC2947, a 30A Power/Energy monitor with an integrated sense resistor that can measure current, voltage,
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11/29/2016
The LTM8055 is a buck-boost μModule® regulator with a 5V to 36V input range that can be easily paralleled to extend load current capability. Its 4-switch buck-boost topology features high efficiency while allowing the input voltage to be below, at or above the output—with smooth transitions between
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11/28/2016
The 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 16.7 percent of total installed capacity and 13.8 percent of total electricity generation during the past year. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of
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11/24/2016
Eaton puts energy storage at heart of portfolio

Distributed generation, storage and control holds great potential

Power management company Eaton has developed a portfolio of energy storage solutions across a full spectrum of sectors, from residential and commercial markets, through to large industrial and grid-scale applications. The positioning of a suite of technologies comes in anticipation of strong demand for
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11/24/2016
Leclanché, a leading vertically-integrated energy storage solution company, and Zhejiang Narada Power, a leading global battery manufacturer, announced a strategic partnership for the manufacturing and development of lithium-ion battery technology for the Chinese and global markets. Leclanché
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11/21/2016
The nation’s energy infrastructure will undergo a significant transformation over the next 10 years due in large measure to the emergence of cost-effective energy storage, according to a new study by Mortenson, a recognized North American leader in energy and transmission infrastructure. While it will require
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11/21/2016
Energy Department announced 2020 SunShot hit over 90% of target

SunShot Initiative goals

The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy today announced a commitment for its SunShot Initiative to cut the cost of solar-generated electricity by 50% between 2020 and 2030. This new target is a reflection of the SunShot Initiative's leadership in helping the industry reach
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11/17/2016
Wuerth Electronics Midcom releases isolated buck transformers

MAX17681 converter

Wuerth Electronics Midcom announces the new series of isolated buck transformers for Maxim Integrated’s MAX17681 converter. These pick and placeable transformers, built on self-shielding packages, have small form factor and losses. The high efficiency MAX17681 converter eliminates the need for optocoupler
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11/15/2016
NTPC awards contract for Asia’s first integrated solar thermal power plant

NTPC awards contract for Asia’s first integrated solar thermal power plant

Thermax, an Indian energy and environment company and FRENELL, a German concentrated solar power company, (through its wholly owned subsidiary Novatec Solar Espana, S.L) have been awarded by India’s state owned utility NTPC, to execute Asia’s first integrated solar thermal power plant at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh,
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11/09/2016
Renesas' RL78/I1C microcontrollers support international standards (DLMS) for smart meters

RL78/I1C MCUs

Renesas Electronics Europe, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the availability of its new microcontrollers (MCUs) for the power meter market, particularly targeting the smart meters. The new RL78/I1C Group of MCUs is designed for the international standard DLMS with enhanced security
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11/04/2016
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11/03/2016

 



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