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Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See the new products, including Nexperia's latest Energy Balance Calculator, StoreDot's new I-BEAM XFCTM concept, Bourns Inc.'s latest miniature resettable thermal cutoff device series, Rohde & Schwarz's wireless battery management system technology, Weidmuller USA's rugged battery connectors, Littelfuse Inc.'s overtemperature detection platform, and more.
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Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Researchers have found ways to develop soft OECTs for wearable pressure sensors. They first experimented with a solid type of gating substance: a charged, gelatinous substance called an ionic hydrogel. Read on to learn more.
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Briefs: Software
Microelectronics face a key challenge because of their small size. To avoid overheating, microelectronics need to consume only a fraction of the electricity of conventional electronics while still operating at peak performance. Researchers have achieved a breakthrough that could allow for a new kind of microelectronic material to do just that.
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Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The improved method for fabricating battery electrodes may lead to high-performance batteries that would enable more energy-efficient EVs, as well as such benefits as enhancing power grid storage, according to Hongtao Sun, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State.
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On-Demand Webinars: Power
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In the U.S., traditional manufacturing processes are being disrupted by various factors, including new technologies, incentives to onshore...

Blog: Design
The work involved fabricating electrodes containing PVPA, PAA, and PVDF as binders, and their performance was assessed through electrochemical experiments and density functional theory.
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INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

Electric power comes in two kinds, AC and DC. Famously, the question over which kind should be used for national power grids, the “Current War” of the late...

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Briefs: Energy
New Solid-State Battery Design Charges in Minutes
Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have developed a new lithium metal battery that can be charged and discharged at least 6,000 times — more than any other pouch battery cell — and can be recharged in a matter of minutes.
Q&A: Energy
Prasad Kandula and a group of scientists and engineers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are developing a modular medium-voltage system to fill the existing gap between high-voltage transmission and low-voltage power electronics.
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INSIDER: Energy

Scientists at the University of California San Diego and CEA-Leti have developed a ground-breaking piezoelectric-based DC-DC converter that unifies all power switches onto a single chip to...

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INSIDER: Manufacturing & Prototyping

A common carbon compound is enabling remarkable performance enhancements when mixed in just the right proportion with copper to make electrical wires. It’s a phenomenon that defies...

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Briefs: Energy
A stretchable system that can harvest energy from human breathing and motion for use in wearable health-monitoring devices may be possible, according to an international team of researchers.
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Special Reports: Automotive
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Electric Vehicles - January 2024

In this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Automotive Engineering and Battery & Electrification Technology, learn about the latest advances in EV motors and batteries, e-powertrain design...

Articles: Green Design & Manufacturing
Pump systems have advanced technically over many years. The recent innovations in demand-based variable speed hydraulic pump systems are the next step in lowering energy costs, reducing noise, and allowing for proactive maintenance opportunities.
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Briefs: Energy
To improve battery performance and production, Penn State researchers and collaborators have developed a new fabrication approach that could make for more efficient batteries that maintain energy and power levels.
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Special Reports: Automotive
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Vehicle Electrification - November 2023

Read this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Automotive Engineering and Battery & Electrification Technology to learn about the latest advances in e-powertrain design, battery...

Special Reports: Power
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Power Electronics - November 2023

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 applications ranging from...

Articles: Energy
There is no one-size-fits-all answer. If you need the least expensive option, direct charging works. If you can spend more, you can opt for a PWM circuit. If the price is secondary and you need the absolute best performance, a true MPPT may be the best solution for your application.
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Briefs: Energy
Artificial Photosynthesis Produces Food without Sunshine
Scientists at UC Riverside and the University of Delaware have found a way to bypass the need for biological photosynthesis altogether and create food independent of sunlight by using artificial photosynthesis.
INSIDER: Energy

Battery safety and performance in electronic devices and systems like battery thermal management, space conditioning, vehicle thermal comfort, and thermal...

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White Papers: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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Hybrid Energy Efficient Environmental Control Unit (ECU)

Historically, military ECUs prioritized cooling capacity, size, and weight, limiting electronic components like VFDs due to reliability and EMI/EMC concerns. Constant run compressors...

Briefs: Energy
A team has designed a new blueprint for solid-state batteries that are less dependent on specific chemical elements, particularly critical metals that are challenging to source due to supply chain issues. Their work could advance solid-state batteries that are efficient and affordable.
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INSIDER: Green Design & Manufacturing

Purdue University’s Greg Shaver doesn’t believe there should be a trade-off between protecting the air we breathe and achieving better engine...

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INSIDER: Energy

Growth in renewable energy has initiated an era of power electronics for the grid, and engineers are grappling with the change. That is why the...

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Special Reports: Transportation
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Vehicle Electrification - July 2023

Read this compendium of recent articles from the editors of Automotive Engineering and Battery & Electrification Technology to learn about the latest advances in e-powertrain design, batteries/energy...

INSIDER: Energy

Newcastle University researchers have created high-efficiency, sustainable solar cells that harness ambient light to power Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

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INSIDER: Design

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) has announced that a team of researchers, led by MIT and including the University of California San...

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Quiz: Green Design & Manufacturing
Limited energy resources, global warming, and air pollution are increasingly being seen as growing crises. How good is your knowledge about our renewable energy resources? Take this quiz to find out.
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