Electrical/​Electronics

Power Management

Browse the latest technologies and product developments focused on the challenges facing power management system designers. Power management is integral to electrified and autonomous vehicles, hybrid power, and fuel cell power systems.

Articles: RF & Microwave Electronics
CEO Keith Moore tells Tech Briefs about the unique challenges facing testing engineers in aerospace.
INSIDER: Energy

Molten sodium batteries have been used for many years to store energy from renewable sources, such as solar panels and wind turbines. However, commercially available molten sodium-sulfur...

INSIDER: Automotive

The demand for clean energy has never been higher, and it has created a global race to develop new technologies as alternatives to fossil fuels. Fuel cells are among the promising green energy...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

While researchers around the globe are working on free-position wireless charging — which would unchain devices from set charging points — the most common...

INSIDER: Energy

If we are to transition to a world powered by renewable energy, efficient long-distance transport of electricity is essential, since the supply — renewable...

Question of the Week: Electronics & Computers
Will ‘Charging Rooms’ Catch On?

Our Question of the Week focuses on today’s lead story – the creation of an aluminum test area that wirelessly powered lamps, fans, and cell phones.

Blog: Electronics & Computers
Prof. Alanson Sample and his team want to turn entire buildings into wireless charging zones. Learn how their system delivers electricity over the air.
UpFront: Imaging
NASA Washing Machine Designs Go for a Spin

Right now, there is no laundry service in space.

Astronaut garments aren’t washed. They are put onto ships that burn up in the...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Power distribution units, pressure sensors, connector straps, and more.
Briefs: Motion Control
The soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces and climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
Products: Electronics & Computers
Lithium batteries, compartment gaskets, chargers, and more.
Articles: Internet of Things
Demand for wireless IoT cloud-connected devices is growing rapidly, yet deploying Wi-Fi battery-based products is difficult.
Briefs: Energy
An entire 20-story concrete building could store energy like a giant battery.
Articles: Motion Control
Learn the differences between bipolar and unipolar motors, their driving methods, and advantages and limitations.
Application Briefs: Motion Control
An OEM must think about how to build a machine that will work on any kind of power system.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The switch has uses in circuit protection systems in the electric power grid, high-power military applications, and power for materials processing.
Briefs: Materials
The material sets the stage for new forms of electric power in the future.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A triboelectric generator made of flexible circuit boards creates electricity when the wearer moves.
Q&A: Electronics & Computers
Kristin Sampayan from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory found a fast way to switch high voltages.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
This new technique shields electronics from ionizing radiation in applications such as military and space exploration.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The oscillator is designed for localized clock signal generation and data transmission in telemetry systems and remote sensing.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The circuitry uses race logic to solve complex problems with a minimum expenditure of energy.
Briefs: Nanotechnology
High-frequency sound waves can be used to build new materials, make smart nanoparticles, and even deliver drugs to the lungs for painless, needle-free vaccinations.
Special Reports: Nanotechnology
Power Electronics - August 2021

This compendium of recent articles from the editors of Tech Briefs and Aerospace & Defense Technology looks at the latest advances in power electronics and energy storage for a range of applications...

Blog: Manufacturing & Prototyping

While soft robots hold promise in applications ranging from search-and-rescue efforts to wearable exoskeletons, the technologies are often held back by the electronics, says William Grover,...

Question of the Week: Energy
Will ‘Sweat Power’ Make Wearables Mainstream?

Engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a thin, flexible strip that can be worn on a fingertip and generate small amounts of electricity when a person’s finger sweats or presses on it. (Watch the demo on Tech Briefs TV.)

Question of the Week: Automotive
Will Interstate Power Coils Charge Electric Vehicles as They Drive?

Our “Q&A” article in the July issue of Tech Briefs highlighted the work of Dr. Burak Ozpineci from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Ozpineci and his team are building a wireless power-transmission system that charges an electric vehicle as it drives along the road.

Briefs: Energy
Flywheels offer an environmentally and financially sound choice for protecting critical operations.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
The technology harvests electrical energy from waste heat sources.

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