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Imperfect graphene opens door to better fuel cells

March 19, 2015 1:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The honeycomb structure of pristine graphene is beautiful, but Northwestern University scientists, together with collaborators from five other institutions, have discovered that if the graphene naturally has a few tiny holes in it, you have a proton-selective membrane that could ...

Hidden benefits of electric vehicles revealed

March 19, 2015 12:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electric vehicles are cool, research shows. Literally. A study in this week's Scientific Reports by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and in China add more fuel to the already hot debate about whether electric vehicles ...

Chemistry research holds great promise for advancing sustainable energy

March 19, 2015 12:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research published by Rutgers University chemists has documented significant progress confronting one of the main challenges inhibiting widespread utilization of sustainable power: Creating a cost-effective process to store energy so it can be used later....

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AC/DC power supplies operate from a universal input of 85VAC to 264 VAC

March 19, 2015 12:09 pm | by MicroPower Direct, LLC | MicroPower Direct, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Now available from MicroPower Direct, the MPL-05SEUP series is a family of ultra-miniature, 5W AC/DC power supplies. These low cost power supplies are specifically designed to provide the small package, robust features and safety approval required for a variety of board level applications where performance requirements are high....

Economical power supplies include output up to 600W

March 19, 2015 11:30 am | by Saelig Company, Inc. | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. has introduced the BENCH range of economical programmable power supplies - compact, remote-controllable, single-output DC power supplies with available power output up to 600W. The range includes voltages from 20V to 1000V output, and 1.5A to 30A current to a maximum of 600W....

Engineering Update #102: Goodyear's electricity generating tire

March 19, 2015 11:21 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

We’ve all heard of regenerative-braking, where kinetic energy from brakes is captured and returned to the vehicle’s batteries. Most of the popular hybrid and pure electric vehicles like the Prius, Tesla Roadster, and Chevy Volt use some form of regenerative breaking....

Solar could meet California energy demand 3 to 5 times over

March 17, 2015 10:42 am | by Carnegie Institution | News | Comments

In the face of global climate change, increasing the use of renewable energy resources is one of the most urgent challenges facing the world.

Current sense transformers detect switching current up to 40 Amps

March 17, 2015 10:05 am | by Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft is launching its new CST2010 Series of current sense transformers this week at the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Coilcraft is located in Booth 1107.

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Redesigned power supplies offer a slimmer profile

March 16, 2015 9:44 am | by Wago Corporation | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The newly redesigned EPSITRON CLASSIC Power Supply units from WAGO offer a slimmer profile, enabling added space savings in the control cabinet. Additional benefits include -40 °C cold start capability for extreme weather applications....

Harnessing the tides

March 13, 2015 2:04 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Solar and wind often dominate the alternative energy conversation, but a rarely discussed, though increasingly popular, third option exists in gathering energy from the tides. Among its many attributes, tidal power or marine and hydrokinetic power (MKP) is cyclical....

30 Watt power supply designed with industry’s smallest footprint

March 12, 2015 5:07 pm | by XP Power | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power announced the EML30 series of 30 Watt single output ultra compact AC-DC power supplies designed for use in medical applications. The EML30 series has the smallest footprint and the highest power density in the industry when compared to other similar 30 Watt power supplies with medical safety approvals....

UPS system extends native 575-600V capabilities to power applications

March 12, 2015 5:03 pm | by Emerson Network Power | Emerson Network Power | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Network Power introduced the Liebert NXL 400kVA, 575-600V on-line, maximum protection Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system. The new system extends native 575-600V capabilities to power applications that require a high degree of resiliency. This UL listed UPS is now available in the U.S. and Canada ...

Growing microgrid market enhanced by Li-ion batteries

March 12, 2015 12:03 pm | by Jim McDowall, Business Development Manager at Saft | Articles | Comments

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are enabling utility providers to rely less on traditional sources, such as diesel, and more on solar and wind energy as part of a growing market. The increasing reliance on li-ion batteries allows islands, military bases, independent facilities ...

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Flow cell concept car has 1,000 km range

March 12, 2015 9:03 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A concept car using the first low-voltage flow cell engine in the world was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 3. The Quantino, one of two new models introduced by nanoFlowcell at the show, is powered by a two-sided flow cell....

ASU researchers explore longer life cycle for batteries

March 9, 2015 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lithium-ion batteries are common in consumer electronics. They are one of the most popular types of rechargeable batteries for portable electronics, with a high energy density, no memory effect and only a slow loss ...

Solar plane takes off for historic round-the-world flight

March 9, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The achievement will be as much human ingenuity as a technical wonder, but the Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that took off early Monday morning will make history. Harnessing the power of the sun ...

Wireless MCU platform helps customers go battery-less

March 9, 2015 10:58 am | by Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced the new SimpleLink ultra-low power wireless microcontroller (MCU) platform that helps customers go battery-less with energy harvesting or enjoy always-on, coin cell-powered operation for multiple years. With this industry-first technology ...

Electric buses: More advanced than you think

March 9, 2015 9:27 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Recent IDTechEx conference presentations and webinars on the research carried out for the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Buses 2015-2025" attracted many questions. They reveal a general perception ...

What happens when you design using an obsolete component?

March 5, 2015 11:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

A team of engineers might spend weeks, months, or even years creating the perfect design solution for a difficult problem in their field.

Power converters designed to fit 1U enclosures

March 5, 2015 9:43 am | by Murata | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata has announced the launch of the D1U86P Series of ultra-high density power converters from Murata Power Solutions. The 1600 watt rated D1U86 features AC-input and DC-input models. The power supplies are designed to fit 1U enclosures, and measure ...

Current sensing using resistors

March 5, 2015 9:18 am | by Kory Schroeder, Director of Product Marketing and Engineering at Stackpole Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Current sensing resistors are a rapidly growing technology focused on regulation and monitoring of power from a supply to an end device. Current sensing resistors are used for a wide variety of handheld electronic devices, and while the concept of current sensing ...

UC research partnership explores how to best harness solar power

March 2, 2015 4:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A University of Cincinnati research partnership is reporting advances on how to one day make solar cells stronger, lighter, more flexible and less expensive when compared with the current silicon or germanium technology on the market. Yan Jin, a UC doctoral student ...

Engineering Update #99: An exoskeleton without a power source

February 26, 2015 8:44 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Most wearable exoskeletons are heavy duty contraptions with ravenous power requirements. Lockheed Martin’s Human Universal Load Carrier, or HULC, was a battery, hydraulic-powered load carriage platform designed to carry up to 200 pounds....

Elon Musk's solar company to use former Solyndra buildings

February 25, 2015 5:32 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

SolarCity, the California-based solar power company chaired by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, will soon set up shop in the property that formerly housed Solyndra. The two-building, 200,000-square-foot complex in Fremont, California ...

Planar transformers feature power levels from 50-200W

February 25, 2015 2:06 pm | by Champs Technologies, LLC | Champs Technologies, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Champs Technologies officially introduces to the market a standard planar transformer series termed “G45”. They have been specifically developed, tested, and adapted for use in Linear Technology’s Reference Design Series DC1317A. That series is renowned for its high efficiency and power....

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