DC-DC Switching Charger ICs
Posted in Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Products, GDM on Tuesday, 18 October 2011
austriamicrosystems (Unterpremstaetten, Austria) offers two new battery charger ICs for Li-ion batteries in mobile devices. The AS3610/11 step-down DC-DC chargers offer fast and highly efficient charging of Li-ion batteries with up to 1.25 A output current. The ICs include safety and protection features, internal current measurement, and USB Host/OTG (on the go) boost mode operation.
Technology Reduces Production Costs of Lithium-ion Cells
Posted in Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM on Monday, 17 October 2011
A development by engineers of Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is inspired by nature. To fill the porous electrodes of lithium-ion batteries more rapidly with liquid electrolyte, they use a physicochemical effect that also provides water transport in trees. The new process increases the throughput of battery production and reduces investment costs.
Innovative Electric Aircraft Collects Aviation Prize
Posted in Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Transportation, News, Videos, GDM on Friday, 07 October 2011
The 2011 CAFE Green Flight Challenge has a winner! NASA awarded a $1.35-million first place prize to team Pipistrel-USA of State College, PA. The team's electric Taurus G4 aircraft achieved the equivalency of more than 400 miles per gallon. The second place prize of $120,000 went to team eGenius, of Ramona, CA.
Crash-Resistant Battery Housing for Electric Cars
Posted in Building Technologies, Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Transportation, News, GDM on Thursday, 06 October 2011
Fraunhofer scientists working on electronic drives have replaced a battery box for lithium-ion batteries with a lightweight component. Not only does the housing save weight and sustain no damage in an accident – for the first time ever, it can also be mass-produced.
Thermal Energy Harvesting Enables Wireless Sensor Deployment
Posted in Waste-to-Energy, Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Green Design & Manufacturing, Recycling Technologies, Thermoelectrics, Energy Harvesting, Energy, News, Products, GDM on Monday, 26 September 2011
Marlow Industries (Dallas, TX) has introduced the EverGen series of thermoelectric-based energy harvesting devices, offering a zero-maintenance power solution for wireless sensor applications. EverGen thermal energy harvesters power wireless sensors without a battery, reducing replacement costs.
MUTE: The Efficient City Car
Posted in Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Energy Storage, Energy Efficiency, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM on Wednesday, 14 September 2011
MUTE, an electric vehicle from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), is an agile, sporty two-seater for regional road traffic. Its lithium-ion battery is designed to guarantee a range of at least 100 kilometers. When needed, a zinc-air battery serves as a range extender.
Boost for Energy Storage Systems
Posted in Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Smart Grid, Green Design & Manufacturing, Energy Storage, Solar Power, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM on Monday, 12 September 2011
Batteries could get an upgrade from an Oak Ridge National Laboratory discovery that increases power, energy density, and safety while reducing charge time. The results could also have significance for applications in stationary energy storage systems for solar and wind power, and for smart grids.