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December 2016
DOE announces projects for biofuels, bioproducts, biopower

An aerial view of Rentech's Product Demonstration Unit (PDU) in Commerce City, Colorado

The Energy Department (DOE) announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding, entitled, “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower.” These projects, required to share the cost at a minimum of 50%, will develop
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12/30/2016
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule pertaining to energy conservation standards for uninterruptible power supplies, a class of battery chargers. (December 28, 2016). This pre-publication final rule is subject to the procedures at 10 CFR 430.5.
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12/29/2016
FERC issues license for Montana pumped-storage hydro project

Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro project

The Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro project, located in Montana, has been issued a 50-year license to construct and operate by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Final design is to be completed in 2017 with construction anticipated to begin in 2018. Gordon Butte Pumped Storage Hydro
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12/28/2016

Panasonic's Soft-PGS is a thermal solution for extremely thin spaces

Soft-PGS enhances thermal coupling

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe has launched a highly-compressible Thermal Interface Material (TIM) to reduce contact thermal resistance between rough surfaces in extremely thin spaces. Soft-PGS enhances the thermal coupling between heat producing devices (heat sources) and heat dissipation
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12/28/2016
DoE to spend $18M to accelerate plug-in EVs and alt fuels

The Energy Department (DoE) announced $18 million in support of five EV projects

The Energy Department (DoE) announced $18 million in support of five projects for research, development, and demonstration of innovative plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) and direct injection propane engine technologies, as well as community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of light, medium and heavy duty
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12/28/2016
Belgian investment firm Korys, owned by the Colruyt family, is investing in the Swedish renewable energy software maker Greenbyte. Greenbyte’s software supports wind energy and solar PV owners, operators and asset managers in capturing the full potential of renewable energy projects. Since its founding in
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12/27/2016
Energy Dept to invest in Wave Energy Test Facility

Wave energy converter (WEC) device

The Energy Department announced the award of up to $40 million, subject to appropriations, to design, permit, and construct an open-water, grid-connected national wave energy testing facility. The facility will be constructed in Newport, Oregon, by the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center at Oregon
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12/26/2016
Ambri achieves milestone in liquid-metal batteries for grid-level storage

Fully-functioning in-lab “Beta Core” energy storage system

Ambri, a developer of novel Liquid Metal Battery grid-scale energy storage technology, announced that it has completed the first testing period of its fully-functioning in-lab “Beta Core” energy storage system, which provides 20 kWh of energy storage with a peak capacity of 6 kW and contains 432 cells. The
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12/23/2016
Schaffner USA has significantly updated their web site to include the introduction of new products, like sine wave output filters, line and load reactors, active and passive harmonic filters, and more. The new data, makes it easy for viewers to learn about power quality issues and how to resolve them. Additional
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12/23/2016
California PUC approves EV infrastructure plan

The plan to install charging infrastructure ensures the utility can provide the chargers to a wider range of customers

The highly-anticipated approval of PG&E's plan to install charging infrastructure means not just that more drivers will have refueling options, but that it ensures the utility can provide the chargers to a wider range of customers by ratebasing it. The California Public Utilities Commission decision
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12/21/2016
Ways to participate in the “Solar in Your Community Challengeâ€

Solar in Your Community Challenge

The Solar in Your Community Challenge is a $5 million prize competition funded by the SunShot Initiative that aims to expand solar electricity access. Specifically, it focuses on low-and moderate-income (LMI) households and nonprofits that haven’t been able to take advantage of the booming solar market. Challenge
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12/19/2016
Heliatek to exhibit at CES in Las Vegas and BAU in Munich

HeliaFilm with junction box

Heliatek is expanding its global presence by exhibiting at two major upcoming shows in the US and Europe. The International Consumer Electronics Show (International CES) will take place from the 5th to the 8th of January 2017 in Las Vegas. This show recognizes innovative concepts and products
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12/19/2016
PSDcast - Eaton's Art Mulligan on Cloud infrastructures

Alix Paultre

In this PSDcast, Eaton's Art Mulligan talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on cloud infrastructures. For all the vaunted wireless functionality provided by the cloud, there needs to be a lot of hardware behind the scenes doing the heavy lifting. Eaton's PredictPulse is a a next-generation remote
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12/16/2016
Analog Devices and China's CEPRI collaborate on smart-grid reliability

An overview of various smart grid subsystems

Analog Devices announced a collaboration with the China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) to improve reliability of smart substations, the “nerve centers” of modern electrical grids. New electronics and sensor technologies are enabling resilient and flexible grids to meet the evolving needs of how
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12/15/2016
TE Connectivity claims smallest and lightest 1000 A/1000 VDC contactor avail

KILOVAC K1K contactors

TE Connectivity, a leader in connectivity and sensors, recently released its KILOVAC K1K high-voltage contactor. Designed for harsh environments, these contactors offer exceptional performance in new-technology higher voltage and current battery systems and energy storage systems. This contactor is among the
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12/13/2016
Governor Perry comes from a state long-associated with the oil industry, but he also has a successful track record of promoting wind power. When Perry took office as governor, Texas had 116 megawatts of wind power, but it now boasts 18,000 megawatts, making it the country’s largest wind producer. If the incoming
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12/13/2016
America’s utilities not veering from clean energy path

Clean energy now costs less than dirty energy

A new NRDC report finds that the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy is irrevocably underway. But don’t take our word for it—ask the nation’s electric utilities who have already made long-term business plans based on that reality. Several major utilities interviewed by S&P Global
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12/09/2016
Conrad Connect allows control and management of connected devices

Conrad Connect allows the management of smart devices across different vendor

Conrad Business Supplies introduced Conrad Connect, an innovative platform that allows users to connect smart devices from different manufacturers and displays data on an easy-to-use, intuitive dashboard. The platform is ideal for operations managers and maintenance workers to record user data, monitor and manage
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12/09/2016
SunShot Prize launched for

The SunShot Prize: Solar in Your Community Challenge is a prize competition that aims to expand solar electricity access to all Americans

The SunShot Prize: Solar in Your Community Challenge is a prize competition that aims to expand solar electricity access to all Americans, especially underserved segments such as low- and moderate-income (LMI) households, state, local, and tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations. In order to make solar
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12/09/2016
PSDcast - Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment on grid-tied storage

Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment

In this PSDcast Jonah Teeter-Balin of AeroVironment talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about grid-tied storage. The conversation covers ther recent Battery Show, Grid tied stationary energy storage for frequency response and load management, and how many small suppliers are focusing on battery subcomponents
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12/09/2016
RES and Lloyd’s Register make statement on battery storage

An example of a hybrid storage system using batteries and thermal energy

Battery storage combined with low carbon power generation is the solution to ‘black swan events’ says RES and Lloyd’s Register, as Australia re-designs its energy policy following the blackout that affected 1.7 million South Australia residents. Technology and innovation raises the game on how battery
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12/07/2016
In today’s data acquisition systems (DAQs), performance boundaries are continually being pushed.  System designers require higher speed, lower noise, and better total harmonic distortion (THD) performance; all of which are possible but none of which are free.  These performance improvements typically
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12/07/2016
The New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation has made a 10-year project loan of more than $1 million to the energy storage company Demand Energy, bringing large-scale battery storage technology to a privately owned low-income housing development in Brooklyn, NY. Demand Energy's lithium-ion battery system
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12/06/2016
As a part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in America’s buildings, the Energy Department launched the Better Buildings Zero Energy Schools Accelerator. Six school districts, two states and several national organizations are working collaboratively to develop zero energy design that
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12/06/2016
Advanced simulation software is helping Tokamak Energy to develop a pioneering clean energy power plant based on nuclear fusion. Using the electromagnetic design and analysis facilities provided by the Cobham Technical Services Opera software, critical design issues are being resolved at an early stage to help
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12/05/2016
Safety vs. performance

The creepage distance is the shortest path between two conductors along the surface of an isolator (typically a PCB)

When designing a switch-mode power supply (SMPS) operating losses and the ability to dissipate heat are critical selection criteria for MOSFETs. The standard TO-220 package is generally good at dissipating heat and the wide range of heatsinks and forced-air cooling options available can easily improve this.
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12/04/2016
PSDcast - Nathan Tracy of TE Connectivity on Open Compute Project hardware

Nathan Tracy of TE Connectivity

In this PSDcast, Nathan Tracy of TE Connectivity talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the Open Compute project and the hardware infrastructures involved. The company recently designed a new family of bus bar clip and cable assemblies to meet the Open Compute Project (OCP) distribution architecture,
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12/01/2016
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