High-Efficiency Power Manager
Posted in Products, Products, Batteries, Energy Efficiency on Monday, 13 June 2011
Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC4155, a high-power, I2C-controlled, high-efficiency PowerPath™ manager, ideal diode controller, and lithium-ion battery charger for single-cell portable devices such as tablet PCs, ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs), personal video players, smart phones, digital cameras, PDAs, portable medical and industrial devices, and personal navigation devices.
Lithium-Ion Batteries
Posted in Products, Products, Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage on Tuesday, 07 June 2011
Panasonic (Rolling Meadows, IL) has introduced a high rate lithium-ion cell, the CGR18650CH. The cell’s Nickel Manganese-based cathode material delivers higher discharge rates and better energy density and voltage than comparative cells. The cells are suitable for multi-cell applications.
Testing Smart Energy-Management Systems
Posted in News, News, Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Smart Grid on Tuesday, 19 April 2011
In the SmartEnergyLab, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany are investigating how to network various electrical household appliances and operate them remotely. The researchers can analyze, assess, and develop almost any energy-management system for controlling power and heat.
High-Power Transformers
Posted in Products, Products, Batteries, Energy Efficiency on Friday, 25 March 2011
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.
Improving the Vanadium Redox Battery
Posted in News, News, Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Wind Power on Friday, 18 March 2011
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.
Capacitive Sensor Signal Conditioner
Posted in Products, Products, Batteries, Energy Efficiency on Tuesday, 15 March 2011
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.
Extending Battery Life for Mobile Devices
Posted in Piezoelectrics, News, News, Batteries, Energy Efficiency, Energy Harvesting, Solar Power, Thermoelectrics on Friday, 11 March 2011
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.