More than walls coming down
Power Management DesignLine Blog 11/9/2009 Post a comment
In a month when everyone is remembering the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall I had an interesting conversation with a senior sales executive of a leading European battery maker.
Rolling back the years
Power Management DesignLine Blog 7/22/2009 Post a comment
Japan's third-largest automaker, Nissan Motor Co., announced this week that the company will invest almost $700 million to build two plants in the U.K. and Portugal to produce lithium-ion batteries for electric cars.
Are incentives enough to spark a transport revolution?
Power Management DesignLine Blog 4/17/2009 1 comment
The UK Government's Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon announced this week that motorists will be offered subsidies of between £2,000 and £5,000 to encourage them to buy electric or plug-in hybrid cars from 2011.
Tick box educators are failing science
Power Management DesignLine Blog 3/30/2009 Post a comment
The UK has a proud tradition of scientific breakthroughs and engineering excellence but the chance of future generations of UK scientists upholding the tradition is looking shaky at the moment.
Giving energy harvesting the bump test
Power Management DesignLine Blog 2/9/2009 1 comment
Energy harvesting is without doubt going to be one of the power management themes of 2009. Throughout the year we are going to be bombarded with new techniques to harness energy from all kinds of unusual power sources. Some will be clever and some will be downright whacky.
Small processing steps aim to reduce Global Warming
Power Management DesignLine Blog 2/2/2009 Post a comment
In the past week the global electronics power management industry showed that it has the potential to make some reductions in global power consumption through the appliance of innovative semiconductor processing technology.
Investing for the future
Power Management DesignLine Blog 12/12/2008 Post a comment
The cash-strapped automotive industry is stimulating a lot of the fun and games in the board rooms of multinationals in the electronics sector.
Back to the Future
Power Management DesignLine Blog 11/24/2008 Post a comment
The price of polysilicon has fallen swiftly on the spot market in recent months, dropping to about $200 per kilogram from $450 to $500 earlier in 2008. Analysts predict spot prices to sink below $100 by the end of 2009 and to a $50 to $80 range in 2010. That's roughly the same levels as prices in long-term contracts.
Time for a change for the better?
Power Management DesignLine Blog 11/3/2008 Post a comment
Two historic events are expected to take place this week on opposite sides of the planet that are likely to have a profound effect on the future prospects of global power management markets.
Is another bubble about to go pop?
Power Management DesignLine Blog 10/6/2008 Post a comment
Last week the head of Kyocera's solar operations, managing executive officer Tatsumi Maeda, told a press conference that the Japanese company has been wary of expanding solar panel production, preferring to wait for technology advances to lower the cost of converting solar power into electricity.
What power development would you invest in?
Power Management DesignLine Blog 9/29/2008 Post a comment
The pressure keeps building on power management engineers to produce a breakthrough in energy efficiency performance that will sweep the market forward. But are there any real contenders out there that will have a major impact in the future?
Patience is a virtue - I suppose
Power Management DesignLine Blog 9/22/2008 Post a comment
New gallium nitride power devices promise performance improvements up to ten times that of existing devices with the main applications including AC/DC and DC/DC conversion, as well as Class D audio.
Sitting in the dark - not quite yet
Power Management DesignLine Blog 9/17/2008 Post a comment
This week the European plant engineers' association VGB has urged European Union countries to quickly build new power generation plants to put in an additional 400,000 MW, or half the current total again, by 2020.
Power Management DesignLine Blog 9/9/2008 Post a comment
CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world's most powerful particle accelerator, producing beams seven times more energetic than any previous machine and around 30 times more intense when it reaches design performance, probably by 2010.
Back to the drawing board
Power Management DesignLine Blog 8/25/2008 Post a comment
Silver-zinc batteries, which feature a water based chemistry and have the added benefit of being recyclable, may prove a solution in the long-term but it will be several years before they have proven themselves in consumer applications around the globe.
A wheely useful robot
Power Management DesignLine Blog 8/8/2008 Post a comment
A low cost robot swarm platform was unveiled at ALIFE XI, the first European conference on Artificial Life taking place at the University of Winchester.
Powering a Blog frenzy
Power Management DesignLine Blog 7/14/2008 Post a comment
Battery performance seems to be one of the main reasons why some people have second thoughts about getting a 3G smartphone.
Flights of fancy?
Power Management DesignLine Blog 7/7/2008 Post a comment
Sir Clive Sinclair told the BBC's Radio 4 iPM programme that personal flying machines would have to be electric powered, because petrol engines were not reliable enough.
Wanted: Battery powered votes
Power Management DesignLine Blog 6/30/2008 Post a comment
US presidential candidate John McCain put batteries squarely in the spotlight last week when he pledged a $300m reward for the development of a better battery-powered car.
Happy Birthday Baby
Power Management DesignLine Blog 6/23/2008 Post a comment
The forerunner of the modern computer was born in a lab in the University of Manchester sixty years ago.