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Elsevier and Energy Institute work together to publish Journal of the Energy Institute

March 10, 2014 9:17 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, is pleased to announce that they have entered into a publishing agreement with the Energy Institute (EI) to publish its official journal, Journal of the Energy Institute. Journal of the Energy Institute, a peer-reviewed quarterly publication first published in 1926, is...

UK and China agree £20 million low carbon innovation programm

March 10, 2014 8:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new £20 million three-year programme that will support research to develop new low carbon manufacturing processes and technologies, low carbon cities and offshore renewables in the UK and China was agreed yesterday, Wednesday 5th March 2014.

Promising news for solar fuels from Berkely lab researchers at JCAP

March 7, 2014 1:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

There’s promising news from the front on efforts to produce  fuels through artificial photosynthesis. A new study by Berkeley Lab researchers at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) shows that nearly 90-percent of the electrons generated by a hybrid material designed to store solar energy in hydrogen are being stored in the target hydrogen molecules.

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Vertimass licenses ORNL biofuel-to-hydrocarbon conversion technology

March 7, 2014 11:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels. The ORNL technology offers a new pathway to biomass-derived renewable fuels that can lower greenhouse gas emissions and decrease U.S. reliance on foreign sources of oil.   

Self-monitoring AC-DC converter with auxiliary DC input delivers portability, high reliability for outdoor industrial systems

March 6, 2014 4:22 pm | Bear Power Supplies | Product Releases | Comments

BEAR Power Supplies (Phelps, NY) introduced a self-monitoring AC/DC converter for outdoor industrial applications. An auxiliary 24 VDC input provides back-up power to the universal AC input, and facilitates operation in remote areas

Single output switching power supplies from 25 W to 100 W have high operating temperature to 70°C

March 6, 2014 2:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Stadium Power’s (Norfolk, UK) JSF Series of single output enclosed switched mode power supplies offer a compact and low cost unit with a high operating temperature up to 70°C for industrial, instrumentation, telecoms and IT systems. The JSF Series is

Aluminum polymer capacitors rated at temperatures up to 125°C

March 6, 2014 2:42 pm | Illinois Capacitor | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor (Lincolnwood, IL) AVG Series aluminum polymer capacitors offer the very-low ESR benefits of polymer with greater maximum operating temperature and voltage rating.  Compared to most other polymer capacitors, the AVG Series is rated at higher temperatures (up to 125°C)....

Power MOSFET delivers benchmark performance for telecom power supply applications

March 6, 2014 1:37 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of the IRFH7185TRPbF 100V FastIRFET power MOSFET that delivers benchmark performance for DC-DC power supplies used in telecom applications. Features include a new 100V FastIRFET process, which offers a benchmark Rds(on)*Qg figure.

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Step-up, micro DC/DC converter includes integrated coil

March 6, 2014 1:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TOREX SEMICONDUCTOR (Tokyo, Japan) has developed the XCL101 series, the first step-up type converter in the XCL series of micro DC/DCs with integrated coil. The XCL101 series is a step-up micro DC/DC converter with integrated coil in an ultra-small CL-2025 package....

Why is ZigBee green?

March 6, 2014 11:44 am | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder of GreenPeak, ZigBee Alliance Member | Blogs | Comments

One of the biggest challenges that consumers and service providers will have in the future is maintaining a wide range of sensor and control devices located throughout the smart home. For ease of use and installation, it makes much more sense to have these powered by either batteries or by energy harvesting technologies.

Quarter-brick DC-DC converter intended for wireless backhaul, smart grid, and networking applications

March 5, 2014 3:40 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Mansfield, MA) announced the UWQ 240 Watt quarter-brick DC-DC converter from Murata Power Solutions designed for wireless backhaul, smart grid, and a broad range of networking and other telecommunications applications. With a fixed 12 VDC/20 A single output...

Europe rethinks renewable energy standards

March 5, 2014 12:14 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

For the past decade or more, as Al Gore and the majority of climate-change scientists have insisted that the world is speeding headlong toward an environmental catastrophe of epic proportions, European countries have adhered to stringent emission controls....

Novel quantum dot laser paves the way for lower-cost photonics

March 5, 2014 11:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With the explosive growth of bandwidth demand in telecommunications networks, experts are continually seeking new ways to transmit increasingly large amounts of data in the quickest and cheapest ways possible. Photonic devices—which convert light to electricity and vice versa—offer an energy-efficient alternative to traditional copper network links for information transmission.

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Smart grid for electric vehicle fleet

March 5, 2014 9:42 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Being able to charge 30 electric cars at once requires ingenious energy management. Researchers are incorporating  renewables into the design of a smart grid for Germany’s largest charging station. The network of charging stations for EVs is becoming more tightly meshed.

Transparent, color solar cells fuse energy, beauty

March 5, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Colorful, see-through solar cells invented at the University of Michigan could one day be used to make stained-glass windows, decorations and even shades that turn the sun's energy into electricity. The cells, believed to be the first semi-transparent, colored photovoltaics, have the potential to vastly broaden the use of the energy source.

Step-up DC/DC converter delivers a low-noise, low-ripple 15V bias supply

March 4, 2014 1:13 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LT3048, a step-up DC/DC converter with an integrated LDO output that delivers a low-noise, low-ripple 15V bias supply. The LT3048-15 delivers up to 40mA of continuous output current at 15V....

AEC-Q101-qualified MOSFETs enable lower on-resistance per die area

March 4, 2014 12:59 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology (Malvern, PA) released the first AEC-Q101-qualified TrenchFET power MOSFETs to feature ThunderFET technology. To increase efficiency and save space in automotive applications, the Vishay Siliconix 100 V n-channel SQJ402EP, SQJ488EP...

TVS diodes deliver industry standard bidirectional port protection for AC/DC power line applications

March 4, 2014 12:42 pm | Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns (Riverside, CA) announced the introduction of new high Power TVS diodes that feature high-current bidirectional port protection and meet industry standards including IEC 61000-4-5 8/20 µs current surge requirements. Designated Bourns Models PTVS10-058C-TH and PTVS10-076C-TH...

‘Battery fuel gauge’ integrated circuits reduce measurement errors to below ± 2.8 percent

March 4, 2014 12:35 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced a new family of complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) ‘battery fuel gauge’ integrated circuits that provide accurate measurements of the remaining power level of one-cell lithium-ion (Li+) batteries commonly used in a wide range of portable electronics....

'Fore!' heads up, wide use of more flexible metallic glass coming your way

March 4, 2014 10:23 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Cincinnati researchers are reporting early results on a way to make solar-powered panels in lights, calculators and roofs lighter, less expensive, more flexible (therefore less breakable) and more efficient. Fei Yu, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student, will present new findings on boosting the power conversion efficiency of polymer solar cells on March 3, at the American Physical Society Meeting in Denver.

Power management ICs designed for RF agile radio applications and FPGAs

March 4, 2014 9:58 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) introduced an integrated family of efficient power management ICs (integrated circuits) targeting compact, high density power solutions for RF agile radio and FPGA/processor-based (field-programmable gate array) applications. Features include multiple buck regulators....

3-phase switched PDUs include 415V input support

March 3, 2014 4:03 pm | Tripp Lite | Product Releases | Comments

Tripp Lite (Chicago, IL) has introduced eight 3-phase switched Power Distribution Units (PDUs) in both hardwire and plug-in options that provide up to 28.8kW capacity. These new PDUs support 415V 3-phase input to the rack, a highly efficient means of power distribution....

LED driver IC rated at a current of 1A

March 3, 2014 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex (Sunnyvale, CA) introduced the HV9805, an LED driver IC, where the LED light source is arranged as a high-voltage LED string in order to accommodate certain lamp form factors, while allowing for cost savings through less complicated cooling and optical arrangements.

7 things I’ll need for my house in 2025

March 3, 2014 7:47 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I can’t wait to live in GE’s home of the future. (Last week, I talked about the car I must have, so it seems fitting that my next topic be about my dream house. As with the car, this is assuming an unlimited budget and available technology.) Last week, I headed to Allentown, PA to the Da Vinci Science Center in order to see an exhibit called Home 2025.

Hybrid polymer-aluminum electrolytic capacitors feature capacitance values from 10 to 330 µF

February 28, 2014 4:35 pm | Cornell Dubilier Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Cornell Dubilier Electronics (Liberty, SC) announces the release of type HZA Hybrid Polymer-Aluminum electrolytic capacitors. Combining the advantages of each technology, type HZA has the ultra-low ESR characteristics of conductive aluminum polymer capacitors packaged in a V-chip....

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