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Design Considerations for Battery Connectors

As medical devices become more portable and miniaturized, their power connections must evolve to meet these demands.The future of batteries, like that of so many medical devices they power, is clearly toward smaller, lighter, and more powerful models. Developing concurrently with these new battery designs are battery connectors. As battery connection devices evolve, they have to meet a number of challenges, including: rapid growth of designs; rugged construction; high-density packaging; manufacturing costs; and environmental concerns.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Electronics & Computers, Electronics, Medical, Briefs, MDB

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High-Power Transformers

Payton Planar Magnetics (Deerfield Beach, FL) offers high-power transformers with 99%+ efficiencies. These types of transformers are used in battery charging stations for HV and can be connected in series to achieve 60-80KW. All Payton automotive magnetics are qualified to meet full automotive specs.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Transportation, Products, GDM

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Improving the Vanadium Redox Battery

Though considered a promising large-scale energy storage device, the vanadium redox battery's use has been limited by its inability to work well in a wide range of temperatures and its high cost. New research indicates that modifying the battery's electrolyte solution significantly improves its performance - so much so that the upgraded battery could improve the electric grid's reliability and help connect more wind turbines and solar panels to the grid.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Storage, Solar Power, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Capacitive Sensor Signal Conditioner

ZMDI (Dresden, Germany) has expanded its family of capacitive sensor signal conditioners (SSCs) with the addition of the wide-dynamic-range ZSSC3122 cLite device. With new design technology, the chip delivers 14-bit resolution and 0.25% full-scale-output accuracy. A built-in sleep mode lowers current consumption to <1uA for temperatures up to 85°C, making the ZSSC3122 ideal in low-power battery applications, as well as industrial and rugged environments.

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Extending Battery Life for Mobile Devices

University of Illinois engineers have developed a form of ultra-low-power digital memory that is faster and uses 100 times less energy than similar available memory. The technology could give future portable devices much longer battery life between charges.

Posted in: Piezoelectrics, Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Thermoelectrics, Energy Harvesting, Energy, News, GDM

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Multi-Mission Power Analysis Tool

Multi-Mission Power Analysis Tool (MMPAT) Version 2 simulates spacecraft power generation, use, and storage in order to support spacecraft design, mission planning, and spacecraft operations. It can simulate all major aspects of a spacecraft power subsystem. It is parametrically driven to reduce or eliminate the need for a programmer.

Posted in: Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Storage, Solar Power, Thermoelectrics, Energy, Briefs, GDM

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Universal Energy Harvesting Kit

Cymbet Corporation (Elk River, MN) has introduced its EnerChip™ EP CBC-EVAL-09 Universal Energy Harvesting evaluation kit. The EVAL-09 supports all types of ambient energy harvesting from light, vibration, thermal gradients, and flow/motion.

Posted in: Piezoelectrics, Electrodynamics, Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Storage, Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Thermoelectrics, Energy Harvesting, Energy, News, Products, GDM

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