US PV system integrators gained places in the rankings in 2010 according to the latest analysis from IMS Research. The market intelligence provider, which conducts ongoing surveys of system integrators and utilities, revealed that three large-scale system providers from the US appeared amongst the ten largest integrators in 2010 for the first time. The number of system integrators in the US is
Nuvation Engineering has developed a custom battery management system, fuel gauge and driver interface for electric vehicles. The innovative system is currently featured on the OptaMotive 'E. Rex'. The OptaMotive 'E. Rex' is on display at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week at Maxim's booth 30869. Through a close partnership with Maxim, Nuvation engineers designed the
MIT professor Karen K. Gleason explains how graduate student Miles Barr folds a solar cell into a paper airplane.
WAGO Corporation’s free Solar Positioning Function Block (SPFB) increases concentrated solar arrangement efficacy. SPFB achieves this by enabling dynamic solar mirrors to track the sun’s arc within
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk with Chad Hall of Ioxus about his company's new hybrid capacitor technology, which enables an energy density 115 percent higher than standard electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs).
Tonsan held an opening ceremony attended by more than 500 of Asia’s top manufacturers, suppliers, and other industry leaders at its new, dedicated photovoltaic sealants factory in China’s Suzhou County.
(Purdue University) Researchers are creating a new type of solar cell designed to self-repair like natural photosynthetic systems in plants by using carbon nanotubes and DNA, an approach aimed at increasing service life and reducing cost.
Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s first Qi-certified wireless power development kit, which enables design engineers to speed the integration of wireless power technology in consumer electronics, at CES.
Semitech Semiconductor today announced the availability of the SM2101 -- an FSK/BPSK based power line transceiver. The SM2101 represents the next generation of power line communication transceivers, and is designed with an emphasis on Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI)...
The Lifetime Power Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors enables the development of battery-free wireless sensor nodes and other low-power, untethered devices.
Energy Micro demonstrates a vibration-harvesting energy-generation system at electronica 2010.
SemiSouth Laboratories, Inc., announced a range of SiC power Schottky diodes including the 30 A rated SDP30S120 – said to be the industry’s highest current 1200 V part to be commercially available in a TO 247 package. The full 1200
“A chain is no stronger than its weakest link,” the saying says. And that also applies to solar panels today. One bad working cell can bring down the panels electricity production significantly. The reason is that the solar cells are connected in series, making a malfunctioning cell a huge resistive link in the chain.
Powercast Corporation announced availability of its TX91501 Powercaster Transmitter which uses the 915-MHz ISM band to transmit common radio waves for power and data in commercial, industrial and defense applications. As the power
Electrical currents can either be measured by resistive shunts or by magnetic sensors. Magnetic sensors offer system level advantages, such as contactless operation, and no requirement for galvanic isolation between the current conductor and the sensor.
Microchip Technology Inc. and Powercast Corporation announced the Lifetime Power Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors featuring PIC microcontrollers with eXtreme Low Power (XLP) Technology. This kit, composed of a 3 Watt Powercaster transmitter as the power source, two
Eduard Karpov, University of Illinois at Chicago assistant professor of civil and materials engineering, just received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a new battery he is calling a catalothermionic generator.
With summer vacation season in the rear view mirror, here’s a collection of news items from the last couple of weeks. In 1873, Jules Verne showed how steam power made it possible to go “Around the World In 80 Days.”
While Innovative Energy is intended to be a forward-looking section of ECNmag.com, I would be remiss if I didn’t ask you to help us take a look back…say at the past year or so. Why, you ask? ECN’s Readers Choice Tech Awards are right around the corner.
Wind power and photovoltaics get plenty of publicity, but how are the implementations taking place? Darnell’s Power Forum will feature several papers that look at some innovative applications in the alternative energy space.
The International PV Equipment Association (IPVEA), an independent, non-profit organization of manufacturers and suppliers of photovoltaic (PV) fabrication equipment and related raw materials, announces that it will demonstrate the PV Matrix, an innovative new solar supply chain tool...
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A new process that simultaneously combines the light and heat of solar radiation to generate electricity could offer more than double the efficiency of existing solar cell technology.
Welcome to our new vertical dedicated to the world of possibilities with alternate energy. I’ll start off with a few of the alternate energy-related products announced at Sensors Expo back in June. Next week, I’ll get us up to date with some products that were announced this summer. And speaking of summer, I hope everyone’s been getting plenty of sun.
VYCON announced that it has just completed a 7-Megawatt shipment of its VDC-XE clean energy storage systems to a Northeast Fortune 500 company that specializes in large data storage applications.