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Reducing the Cost of Energy in Concentrated Solar Power Systems

Concentrated solar power (CSP) and concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) methodologies generate electricity by focusing a large amount of sunlight onto a much smaller area. To maximize efficiency, the sunlight needs to be accurately focused, and the accuracy is limited by the accuracy of the sensors used. A white paper from US Digital discusses why an absolute inclinometer is the most effective sensor solution.

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Signal Conditioners Ideal for Wind Turbines

The SCM5B, SCM7B, and SensorLex® 8B signal conditioning modules from Dataforth (Tucson, AZ) are all fully encapsulated, making them corrosion-resistant and well suited for use in rugged environments like wind turbines.

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Wind Turbine Grounding Ring

The AEGIS WTG™ grounding ring from Electro Static Technology (Mechanic Falls, ME) channels harmful shaft currents away from bearings to ground - preventing bearing damage that could cause wind turbine generator failure, unplanned downtime, and repairs.

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White LED Driver Offers Dynamic Backlight Control

Portable media devices have increasingly larger displays and longer video playback, and require more power. The LM3530 from National Semiconductor Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) employs ambient light-sensing algorithms and content-adjustable backlighting to optimize displays, saving 55 percent of power.

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Computational Fluid Dynamics Software

Blue Ridge Numerics, Charlottesville, VA, has introduced CFdesign 2010 computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software that provides a CAD-driven design study environment to let engineers achieve pass-fail and what-if scenarios as part of their workflow.

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Product of the Month: Continuous Wave DPSS Ruby Laser

The new CRESCENDO DPSS ruby laser from KLASTECH-Karpushko Laser Technologies GmbH (Dortmund, Germany) is available in 100mW and 150mW versions with plans to increase its power output to 500mW.

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Custom Light Guide Capabilities

Dolan-Jenner Industries (Boxborough, MA) offers custom light guide capabilities. The fiber optics are high-intensity and feature a cold light that keeps damaging lamp and infrared heat away from samples and the application area. They also boast a reduced size that allows for greater fiber flexibility in confined spaces and work areas. The custom light guide capabilities feature safe handling and custom mechanical packaging, and can be configured to withstand environmental temperatures from -40°F to 2,000°F.

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