Algae are not yet profitably cultivated for energy production purposes. The cultivation is challenging especially in cool climate where there is little daylight in winter.Production is expensive compared with wood and agricultural biomass. But the findings of the ALGIDA project indicate that establishing profitable algae cultivation can also be possible in Finland.
Anderson Power Products’ (Sterling, MA) Saf-D-Grid Ultra Short Receptacle is being manufactured in a halogen free, high temperature housing material to meet equipment manufacturers’ desire to offer eco-friendly devices. This 25-A, 600-V
Deploying maritime drones: Now you didn’t really think the flyboys would get to play with all the unmanned toys did you? The Navy has its own plans to deploy drones, including the Hydra underwater “truck”, and other surveillance technology that can function in a maritime environment.
VTT and Rolls-Royce have joined forces to imagine what the ship of a bridge will look like in the year 2025. As depicted, there was a heavy emphasis on augmented reality displays and personlizations. Each design came from studies of crew operations and ideas from current crews.
New materials and technologies are making it possible to utilize thermal energy more efficiently. Visit Hall 13 at the Hannover Messe (April 7-11) to find out how researchers from the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance are applying this to heat and cool spaces and industrial processes.
The introduction of subsidies for consumers and businesses installing energy storage in Japan and Germany is forecast to spark a drive to install the systems and help drive down costs just as they did for the solar PV industry over the past decade.
AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has released the FLB Series medium power film capacitors. Packaged in a cylindrical aluminum can with terminals that enable direct, three-phase, internal wire connection, FLB Series capacitors are comprised of
Pentair (Straubenhardt) has created a 'quasi' standard for pluggable Schroff CompactPCI Serial PSUs and developed an AC PSU with a wide input voltage range. The PICMG has defined the power supply arrangements for CompactPCI Serial as
The MTU2 Series of miniature surface mounted 2-W DC/DC converters from Murata Power Solutions (Mansfield, MA) is believed to be the industry's smallest 2-W converter and measures 8.2 mm x 8.4 mm x 8.5 mm with a 0.69 cm2 footprint and presented as being 50 percent smaller than
Central Semiconductor Corp. (Hauppauge, NY) introduced several new 600-V HyperFast Rectifiers designed for extremely fast switching applications, such as Power Factor Correction (PFC), where total conduction losses must be minimized and at the same time, power density must be maximized. The series
The HCS Series shunt resistor from Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) uses a solid metal element that is elevated off the mounting plane. This elevated design increases the ability of the part to dissipate the heat into the ambient air and not into the PCB. The HCS2512, for example, will
D-Wave – a special computing machine with this name has been getting computer scientists and physicists talking for a number of years now. The Canadian technology company of the same name is advertising the machine as a quantum computer.
In recent years, mini wind energy has been developing in a spectacular way. According to estimates by the WWEA-World Wind Energy Association, the level of development of the mini wind energy industry is not the same as that of the wind energy industry, although forecasts are optimistic.
Transphorm Inc. (Goleta, CA) announced 600V GaN (Gallium Nitride)-based, low-profile PQFN products and the expansion of its product portfolio in the industry-standard TO220 packages. The 600-V GaN HEMTs (high electron mobility transistors) use the
Engineers would love to create flexible electronic devices, such as e-readers that could be folded to fit into a pocket. One approach they are trying involves designing circuits based on electronic fibers, known as carbon nanotubes (CNTs), instead of rigid silicon chips.
Excelsys Technologies’ (Cork, Ireland) UltiMod and Xgen families of power supplies are compliant to SEMI F47, an essential standard requirement for Semiconductor Processing Voltage Sag Immunity. The UltiMod and Xgen families meet the required
Imagine powering your cell phone by simply walking around your office or rubbing it with the palm of your hand. Rather than plugging it into the wall, you become the power source. Researchers at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, presented these commercial possibilities and a unique vision for green energy.
Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the LT3752/LT3752-1, a high input voltage capable synchronous forward controller with active clamp transformer reset. A controlled VOUT start-up and shut-down is maintained using
Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) nearly doubled in 2013, but most won't take you farther than 100 miles on one charge. To boost their range toward a tantalizing 300 miles or more, researchers are reporting new progress on a "breathing" battery that has the potential to one day replace the lithium-ion technology of today's EVs.
Texas Instruments introduced two flyback power solutions that are said to achieve the highest energy efficiency and lowest standby power consumption for 5-W to 100-W AC/DC power supplies. The UCC28910 switcher with integrated
A nuclear waste repository must seal in radioactive waste safely for one million years. Researchers currently have to study them and their processes in real underground laboratories but a virtual underground laboratory will soon simplify their work.
As the United States continues to lead the world in the production of natural gas, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have devised a new and more efficient method with the potential to convert the major components found in natural gas into useable fuels and chemicals—opening the door to cheaper, more abundant energy and materials with much lower emissions.
America's current energy boom may take a new direction thanks to the discovery of a new way to turn raw natural gas into upgraded liquid alcohol fuel. In the March 14 issue of Science magazine, chemists from Brigham Young University and The Scripps Research Institute detail a process that could reduce dependence on petroleum.
Mornsun has launched the IF/B_XT-1WR2, F/B_XT-2WR2, F_D-1WR2, R2 series of DC-DC converters. Compared with the old generation, they have improved on efficiency, no-load power consumption, and short-circuit protection. They also feature compact size....
Micrel (San Jose, CA) announced that it would be previewing the MIC2111 DC/DC multi-mode controller at the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC 2014. The industry conference will be held March 16-20, at the Fort Worth Convention Center.