Tech Talk

April 2022
New Heat Cell Could Enable Grid-Scale Thermal Batteries
  The vast majority of global electricity comes from sources of heat, such as coal, gas, nuclear energy and concentrated solar energy. Some accounts put that number as high as 90% of our total electricity production. Steam turbines have been the industrial standard for converting such heat sources into
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Date:
04/26/2022

New Technology Enables 1200 V SiC MOSFET in Various Packages
The new M1H chip has been designed to provide flexibility and is intended for use in applications, such as inverters in solar energy systems, which have to meet peak demand. The chip is also ideal for use in fast EV charging, energy storage systems and other industrial applications.   Advancements in the
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Date:
04/19/2022
­New Transistor Design Saves on Power

A nanoscale rendering of the two materials, graphene (gray) and chromium oxide (blue). The red and green arrows represent spin.

The new design was developed by University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Christian Binek and University at Buffalo’s Jonathan Bird and Keke He. Along with energy saving, the new design could cut the number of transistors needed to store certain types of data by up to 75%, leading to smaller devices. It is also n
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Date:
04/12/2022
Molten Salt Battery Could Provide Long-Term Energy Storage
The biggest downside of renewable energy is that we can’t control when the sun will shine or winds will blow. That factor alone ensure that renewable energy cannot supply all of our energy needs at the moment. Of course, there are other types of renewable generation that are more predictable, tidal energy and hydr
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Date:
04/05/2022