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Piezo wireless switch: No battery, no cable, no wear
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9/25/2012   5 comments
The key limitation in deploying piezoelectric materials for energy harvesting applications is related to poor mechanical reliability when configured to generate a required voltage. Here's one possible solution.
Engineers complete first world tour in electric car
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9/24/2012   4 comments
After eight months, two French engineers completed today (Sept. 24) the first world tour with a standard electric car, a 25,000 km-odyssey (about 15,500 miles) across 17 countries.
Imec, SolarWorld introduce ultra-thin PERC-based PV module
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9/24/2012   2 comments
IMEC, the nanoelectronics research center, and photovoltaics manufacturer SolarWorld said they have demonstrated ultrathin, large-area monosilicon solar cells.
Imec, Solvay claim 5.5% efficiency for OPV modules
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9/24/2012   2 comments
Nanoelectronics research center Imec (Leuven, Belgium) and chemicals company Solvay SA (Brussels, Belgium) said they have developed an organic photovoltaic module with a certified efficiency of 5.5 percent.
Vishay L-NS series resistors
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9/21/2012   Post a comment
Vishay has expanded its L-NS series of surface-mount thin film chip resistors with devices in 0508, 0612, and 1225 case sizes.
Rohm makes smartphone fuel cell
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9/20/2012   1 comment
Rohm has developed a hydrogen fuel cell that can be used to recharge mobile phones and other portable electronic equipment.
Defending against side-channel attacks - Part I
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9/19/2012   Post a comment
Part One of this three-part series provides a brief introduction to side-channel analysis, including timing analysis and simple and differential power analysis (SPA and DPA).
Handheld optical power multimeter handles install and maintenance
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9/19/2012   Post a comment
GAO Fiber Optics' handheld optical power multimeter integrates an optical source and optical power meter for the installation and maintenance of fiber communications and CATV systems.
Turning waste heat from industrial piping into electrical energy
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9/18/2012   7 comments
A thermoelectric-based energy harvesting solution is designed to generate multiple watts of power by converting waste heat from industrial piping directly into electrical energy.
China to lead smart grid market until 2021
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9/17/2012   Post a comment
The smart grid market in China will experience the fastest compound growth rate of 6 percent through 2021, to reach $1.43 trillion, according to market research firm SBI Reports.
Developing smart LED-based lighting systems
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9/17/2012   17 comments
In response to the global energy demands, lighting system engineers continue to develop alternative lighting methods, particularly LED technology.
Bourns transient current suppressors serve as alternative to xDSL, GbE port line drivers
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9/13/2012   Post a comment
Bourns' latest transient current suppressors limit dangerous currents, providing essential surge protection for sensitive circuits in telecom and industrial applications.
U.S. thermal energy storage capacity to triple by 2020
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9/12/2012   Post a comment
Installed thermal energy storage capacity will experience steady growth in the United States and Europe over the next several years, according to a new report by market research and consulting firm Pike Research.
CIA venture In-Q-Tel backs battery startup
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9/11/2012   3 comments
In-Q-Tel, the CIA's VC arm, has invested an undisclosed amount in Imprint Energy Inc., a startup developing zinc-based rechargeable battery technology.
Case study: Using Spartan to support green energy development
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9/11/2012   Post a comment
In this case study, engineers from Princeton Power Systems explained that the Xilinx Spartan-3A FPGA augments control algorithm implementation for a multi-terminal DRI power inverter.
Improving medical imaging with direct radiography
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9/10/2012   3 comments
Traditional analog X-ray imaging systems is being replaced by Direct Radiography. The DR X-ray image is available within seconds after exposure of the patient and can be distributed immediately for consultation with medical experts anywhere. This article focuses on design challenges with respect to digital X-ray flat panel detectors.
Predicting next wave to extract max energy
9/7/2012   3 comments
Researchers are collaborating to make marine renewable energy an optimal source of power.
Infrared LEDs for camera systems
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9/7/2012   1 comment
This article explains that powerful infrared LEDs, or IRED, facilitate compact illumination units for video and CCTV systems on infrared basis. They reduce the cost for packages, optics, reflectors and production.
Wind turbine industry to grow by 5.7% from 2011-2016
9/6/2012   Post a comment
The global wind turbines industry totaled revenues of $36.9 billion in 2011, representing a compound annual growth rate of 1.5 percent between 2007 and 2011, according to the Research and Markets.
Startup QBotix automates solar farms with robots
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9/4/2012   3 comments
Taking a separate track to greater solar efficiency, QBotix is leveraging robotics to reduce the cost of operating solar farms while increasing energy production.
Energy harvesting from thermoelectric sources gets a boost
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9/4/2012   6 comments
Powering a wireless sensor node from ambient or “free” energy is attractive because it can supplement or eliminate the need for batteries or wires. This is a clear benefit when battery replacement or servicing is inconvenient, costly or dangerous.
Rx for infotainment system design headaches
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9/4/2012   1 comment
System complexity and a brutal operating environment requirement a new approach to infotainment-systems design.
Product slideshow: iWatt claims lower BOM with Flickerless LED drivers
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9/3/2012   6 comments
In this slideshow, iWatt introduces the iW3616 (12W) and iW3617 (25W) LED driver ICs based on the company’s third-generation digital AC/DC SSL LED driver platform.
Sensor fusion and MEMS for 10-DoF solutions
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9/3/2012   3 comments
The basic aspects of sensor fusion are described with an emphasis on 10-degrees-of-freedom solutions and their application in markets such as health care.

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