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Managing Renewables Intelligently

March 26, 2014 10:19 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Kurt Rohrig | News | Comments

Experts have already conducted a test showing that this setup does indeed work reliably in practice, having combined numerous wind parks, biogas and photovoltaic facilities delivering a total output of over 80 MW in a virtual combined-cycle power plant. Because small providers work together...                    

Transphorm Adds to Its 600 V GaN-on-Silicon Family

March 25, 2014 12:58 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Transphorm has announced at APEC 2014 the industry’s first 600V GaN (Gallium Nitride)-based, low-profile PQFN products and the expansion of its product portfolio in the industry-standard TO220 packages...

Unavoidable Disorder Used to Build Nanolaser

March 24, 2014 11:08 am | by Gertie Skaarup, University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute | News | Comments

Researchers the world round are working to develop optical chips, where light can be controlled with nanostructures. These could be used for future circuits based on light (photons) instead of electron - that is photonics instead of electronics. But it has proved to be impossible to achieve perfect photonic nanostructures: they are inevitably a little bit imperfect...

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Toilet Tech Fair Tackles Global Sanitation Woes

March 24, 2014 10:32 am | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone, or create charcoal to combat climate change...                                 

WattStopper Joins the EnOcean Alliance

March 24, 2014 10:27 am | by Angelika Dester , EnOcean Alliance | News | Comments

The EnOcean Alliance has welcomed WattStopper, which has released its self-powered EnOcean-based wireless line of occupancy sensors, switches, and switch receivers targeting market requirements for flexible, easy-to-install, and maintenance-free solutions, particularly for building retrofits...

Meaghan's Minute: New Renewable Energy Source

March 21, 2014 12:06 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Harvard physicists have recently proposed a new device that would capture energy from Earth’s infrared emissions to outer space as a new, renewable energy source...                      

SCHURTER’s New Compact Fuse for 3-Phase Systems

March 20, 2014 3:11 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER has announced the new series SHF 6.3x32 compact fuse. The series provides overcurrent protection up to 500 VAC. The highbreaking capacity of 1,500 A at rated voltage...

Cornell Dubilier's Hybrid Polymer-Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors

March 20, 2014 1:27 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cornell Dubilier Electronics has announced the release of type HZA Hybrid Polymer-Aluminum electrolytic capacitors. Combining the advantages of each technology, type HZA has...

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RFMD Wins CableFAX Tech Award for Green Technology

March 20, 2014 11:26 am | by Brent Dietz, RFMD | News | Comments

RFMD has announced that its Gallium Nitride (GaN) amplifier family for the new DOCSIS 3.1 CATV networking standard has won the CableFAX Tech Award for Green Technology. CableFAX's Green Technology Award recognizes technology that helps cable companies and program distributors cut energy consumption in equipment installed...

Scientists Discover Potential Way to Make Graphene Superconducting

March 20, 2014 10:28 am | by Andy Freeberg, Standford University | News | Comments

Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have discovered a potential way to make graphene superconducting, a state in which it would carry electricity with 100 percent efficiency...

Homerider Systems Deploys New Environmental Data Collection System

March 20, 2014 9:49 am | by Pauline Cadena, Semtech | News | Comments

Homerider Systems has announced a next-generation system based on the Semtech SX1272 transceiver with LoRa long-range RF technology. The LoRa technology is integrated into the Call Rider+ concentrator and Warm G2 water meters and significantly reduces the deployment cost for Homerider by eliminating repeaters and concentrators. Each concentrator now has the capability to collect...

Nanotube Composites Increase Efficiency of Next-Gen Solar Cells

March 18, 2014 6:29 pm | by Umea University | News | Comments

Carbon nanotubes are becoming increasingly attractive for photovoltaic solar cells as a replacement to silicon. Researchers have discovered that controlled placement of the carbon nanotubes into nano-structures produces a huge boost in electronic performance...

'Vanishing' Electronics and Powerful Nanomaterials

March 18, 2014 2:29 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Brain sensors and electronic tags that dissolve. Boosting the potential of renewable energy sources. These are examples of the latest research from two pioneering scientists. Tackling health and sustainability issues simultaneously, John Rogers, Ph.D., is developing a vast toolbox of materials...

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Fairchild Launches a New Brand, Symbolizing a Major Company Transformation

March 17, 2014 12:15 pm | by Fairchild Semiconductor | News | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor has engaged in a major transformation that focuses all of the company’s resources on the development of products and services that help engineers around the world shorten time-to-market for new mobile devices, wearable technologies, and all other products where energy management is a priority...

GaN Systems Appoints Jim Witham as CEO

March 17, 2014 11:58 am | by GaN Systems | News | Comments

GaN Systems has announced the appointment of Jim Witham as CEO of the corporation. GaN Systems’ power conversion devices, based on its proprietary Island Technology, are being commercialized in 2014 and the company is expanding globally. Co-founders Girvan Patterson and John Roberts will continue in their current roles as President and Chief Technical Officer, respectively...

Photos of the Day: World's Thinnest, Most Flexible Solar Cells

March 10, 2014 9:57 am | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

It does not get any thinner than this: The novel material graphene consists of only one atomic layer of carbon atoms and exhibits very special electronic properties. As it turns out, there are other materials too, which can open up intriguing new technological possibilities if they are arranged in just one or very few atomic layers...

Atomically Thin Solar Cells

March 10, 2014 9:50 am | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

It does not get any thinner than this: The novel material graphene consists of only one atomic layer of carbon atoms and exhibits very special electronic properties. As it turns out, there are other materials too, which can open up intriguing new technological possibilities if they are arranged in just one or very few atomic layers...

Why is ZigBee Green?

March 5, 2014 3:04 pm | 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...

Physics in 3D? That's Nothing. Try 0D

March 4, 2014 3:58 pm | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Zero-dimensional quantum dots identified by University of Cincinnati researchers could someday have a big effect on a variety of technologies, such as solar energy, lasers and medical diagnostics. In physics, there's small, and then there's nullity – as in zero-dimensional...

Facebook Looks to Buy Solar Drone Company

March 4, 2014 3:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, to step up its efforts to provide Internet access to remote parts of the world, according to reports from technology blog Techcrunch and financial news outlet CNBC. Both websites cited anonymous sources who are familiar with the deal...

Richardson RFPD Introduces New Low Noise Amplifier from Wavelex

March 4, 2014 1:49 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD has announced immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new 0.2-1.0 GHz, N-connectorized low noise amplifier (LNA) from Wavelex. The WLA0210N LNA...

New LED Light Guides from GLT Emit

March 4, 2014 12:21 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Global Lighting Technologies has introduced a new light guide that produces distinct customized emission patterns of light from the top and bottom surface. This enables lighting fixtures...

EIC Solutions Expands Electronic Enclosures

March 4, 2014 12:08 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

EIC Solutions has expanded its line of pre-packaged electronic enclosures. Designed to protect and cool electronics and electrical devices, the Protector Series pre-packaged enclosures combine...

Advanced Power Electronics New Current Mode Step-Up Converter

March 4, 2014 11:51 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics has introduced a new current mode step up converter for small, low power applications. The input voltage of the APE1913-3 converter can range from 2.6 to 5.5 V...

Parker’s New Low Energy Wireless Monitoring Sensors

March 4, 2014 11:29 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Parker Hannifin has introduced a low energy wireless sensor platform for monitoring pressure, temperature, and humidity in liquid and gas applications. Parker’s SensoNODE Low Energy Wireless Monitoring Sensors and SensoNODE mobile iOS application puts data in the palms of users’ hands...

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