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These wind turbines will blow you away

May 7, 2014 10:16 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Michael Jordan used to say that talent won games but teamwork and intelligence won championships. He had the Chicago Bulls in mind, but he could have been talking about wind turbines. When wind turbines harness breeze, they let out an uneven...

Discovery offers new possibilities for clean energy research

May 7, 2014 10:02 am | by University of Houston | News | Comments

University of Houston physicists have discovered a new thermoelectric material offering high performance at temperatures ranging from room temperature up to 300 degrees Celsius, or about 573 degrees Fahrenheit." This new material is better...

GE Offer for Alstom Not Good Enough

May 6, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French President Francois Hollande says that an offer by General Electric Co. for troubled French engineering company Alstom is not good enough and wants the U.S. company to come up with a better deal. The $17 billion bid for Alstom's...  

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Taking the Lead Out of a Promising Solar Cell

May 6, 2014 9:55 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Northwestern University researchers are the first to develop a new solar cell with good efficiency that uses tin instead of lead perovskite as the harvester of light. The low-cost, environmentally friendly solar cell can be made easily using...

Paper Examines Clues for Superconductivity in an Iron-Based Material

May 6, 2014 9:22 am | by ORNL | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have a clearer understanding of how to control the appearance of a superconducting phase in a material, adding crucial fundamental knowledge and perhaps setting the stage for advances in the field of...   

Smart-meter ICs maintain accuracy down to standby-power levels for accurate billing

May 5, 2014 11:14 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

New smart-meter chips from STMicroelectronics (Geneva) are said to enable utility companies to improve billing by measuring accurately down to extremely low power levels. The STPM3 devices prevent such losses by keeping the meter accuracy down to…

IGBTs feature current ratings range from 20A to 310A

May 2, 2014 4:17 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Corporation (Milpitas, CA), a manufacturer of power semiconductors and integrated circuits for energy efficiency, power management, and motor control applications, is going to announce a new IGBT product line, the 900V XPT IGBTs. The current ratings range from 20A to 310A....

COTS DC-DC power supply units accept a wide range 28VDC input

May 2, 2014 3:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Powerstax (Sun City West, AZ) has just added 2 new switch-mode COTS DC-DC power supply units to its portfolio which are designed to cope with even the most demanding application environments. The Behlman VPXtraä 1000CM is a rugged, highly reliable, OpenVPX, and Vita 62 compliant unit....

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Non-inductive resistors feature extremely low thermal resistance

May 2, 2014 2:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

BEC Distribution (UK), ARCOL's Premier UK Distributor has announced the availability of ARCOL's AP101 and AP140 non-inductive resistors which feature extremely low thermal resistance. They AP101 is capable of dissipating 100 watts and the AP140 can dissipate up to 140 watts, with a maximum current rating of 25A....

Preassembled cables suit areas subject to site limitations

May 2, 2014 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kerite (Seymour, CT) announced a full line of preassembled aerial cable for use between substation getaway riser cable and the circuit’s open-wire distribution portion, for express feeder circuits with site limitations, and for…

Power resistor offers current ratings to 85 A

May 2, 2014 9:15 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology (Malvern, PA) introduced a new universal edgewound power resistor. Providing a convenient drop-in replacement for competing solutions, the universal-mounted EDGU combines a high-reliability design....

Rechargeable solid-state batteries designed for nano-wearables and IoT devices

April 30, 2014 2:58 pm | Cymbet Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Cymbet Corporation (Minneapolis, MN) will be demonstrating EnerChip rechargeable solid-state batteries for various Wearable Technology (WT) and Internet of Things (IoT) devices at the Internet of Things Developers Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, CA May 7-8, 2014....

Choke integrates common and differential modes into one component

April 30, 2014 12:29 pm | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics (San Diego, CA) released a series of chokes which integrate a common mode (CM) and differential mode (DM) choke into the same component. Combining two separate magnetic components into a single integrated component is asserted to…

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Low profile shielded power inductors offer DCR as low as 7.06 mOhms

April 29, 2014 2:32 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s (Cary, IL) XFL6012 Series of shielded power inductors combine desirable current handling and exceptionally low DC resistance in a rugged, low-profile package. Measuring 6.56 mm x 6.36 mm with a maximum height of 1.2 mm, the XFL6012 Series provides...

SMT Aluminum electrolytic capacitors target high-temperature applications

April 29, 2014 11:44 am | Illinois Capacitor | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor (Lincolnwood, IL) has introduced four new lines of surface mount electrolytic capacitors, with maximum temperature ratings of 105°C to 125°C. These products are designed to handle a wide range of applications in power, portable instruments and other compact electronic devices. Capacitance ranges from...

AC power source delivers 1350 VA

April 28, 2014 9:53 am | Behlman Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Behlman Electronics (Hauppauge, NY) has developed a new AC Power Source/Frequency Convertor/Inverter ideal for all these market segments. It delivers 1350 VA of clean, regulated AC power from a 3.5” high bench-top unit that easily converts to rack mount....

Power supply series features five-year warranty

April 28, 2014 9:43 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the five year warranty TDK-Lambda RWS-B series of AC-DC power supplies, designed to provide solid performance at an economical price. The product line up has four power levels and compact case sizes, rated at 100, 150, 300, and 600W....

Battery assemblies deliver portable power to a wide range of embedded applications

April 28, 2014 8:59 am | Varta Microbattery | Product Releases | Comments

VARTA Microbattery (Rye, NY) announced the CellPac BLOX system, a design program implemented to offer OEMs a semi-custom power solution when off-the-shelf lithium ion (li-ion) or lithium polymer (LiPO) soft pack battery assemblies do not meet the design criteria....

Could solar power work at night?

April 25, 2014 8:54 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Every source of energy has its shortcomings. Some people think wind turbines are eyesores, fossil fuels aren’t renewable, and solar energy requires sunlight to work well and properly. Recently, a team at MIT and Harvard found a way to solve the problem of darkness for the use of solar energy....

Two-watt DC-DC converter suits "high/low" side IGBT drive applications

April 24, 2014 4:12 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Mansfield, MA) announced the MGJ2 series of 2-Watt high-isolation dual-output DC/DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. These compact encapsulated devices are suitable for powering "high side" and "low side" gate drives in bridge circuits using insulated-gate bipolar transistors....

Programmable hex voltage supervisor has 1 percent threshold accuracy and built-In EEPROM

April 23, 2014 11:59 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduced the LTC2933 programmable voltage supervisor with built-in EEPROM for simultaneous, accurate monitoring of up to six voltage rails from 0.2 V to 13.9 V. Requiring no external resistors to set thresholds...

Front-end power supply achieves titanium efficiency

April 23, 2014 10:48 am | Artesyn Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Artesyn Embedded Technologies (Hong Kong, China), formerly Emerson Network Power's Embedded Computing & Power business, announced the first Titanium efficiency bulk front-end power supply in its standard product range: the DS3000TE-3. This new 3000 W power supply uses proprietary Artesyn power switching technology....

American perceptions of power

April 23, 2014 9:35 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info - @Chem_Kita | Blogs | Comments

More and more Americans claim to be informed about where their energy comes from, but does that knowledge translate into behavior? A Harris Poll conducted in February of this year shows that the majority of Americans make small efforts to save energy — doing things like flipping the switch....

NREL unlocking secrets of new solar material

April 22, 2014 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new solar material that has the same crystal structure as a mineral first found in the Ural Mountains in 1839 is shooting up the efficiency charts faster than almost anything researchers have seen before—and it is generating optimism that a less expensive way of using sunlight to generate electricity may be in our planet's future....

Is this solar-powered airplane the future of green travel?

April 22, 2014 9:47 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

The Solar Impulse team is at it again! This is the team that flew the first solar-powered plane capable of flying around the clock coast-to-coast across the United States in 2013. They just unveiled that plane’s successor, the aptly named Solar Impulse 2, which has an even greater destiny for 2015: to circumnavigate the globe....

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