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Power Electronics - August 2022

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...

Briefs: Energy
A highly sensitive system for detecting the production of hydrogen gas can foster the development of hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels.
Briefs: Energy
Hydrogen has emerged as an important carrier to store energy generated by renewable resources, as a substitute for fossil fuels used for transportation, in the production of ammonia, and for other industrial applications.
Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Articles: Energy
Hyliion’s system can decrease fuel consumption and reduce emissions by capturing wasted energy and storing it in a battery pack.
Briefs: Energy

In steep mountain regions, the potential for generating electricity from a small stream of water is high, however, the hydropower potential of these regions remains untapped as it...

INSIDER: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The largest ever simulation of its kind, modeled on the Texas power grid, concluded that consumers stand to save about 15 percent on their annual electric bills by partnering with...

INSIDER: Energy

Renewable energy has an intermittency problem — the sun provides no power at night, while winds can stop suddenly.

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

In a milestone for renewable energy integration, General Electric (GE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) operated a common class of wind turbines in grid-forming mode,...

Q&A: Materials
An inexpensive, clear coating has reduced snow and ice accumulation on solar panels, enabling them to generate up to 85% more energy in early testing.
Briefs: Energy
The sulfolane-additive process yields easy fabrication, low cost, and long operating life.
Podcasts: Energy

Dr. Frits Bliek and his team at Ocean Grazer are building an "Ocean Battery" that brings hydrodam technology to the sea.

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

A newly completed solar microgrid system near Greensburg, Indiana, in Decatur County, is expected to generate enough emissions-free clean energy to offset nearly 4000...

INSIDER: Physical Sciences

Using ultrabright X-rays from the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, a team of researchers led by Rice University has determined that sunlight itself can improve the efficiency of 2D...

INSIDER: Energy

The aging energy grid is being pushed to the breaking point. Power outages from extreme weather alone cost anywhere from $2 billion to $77 billion per year. And some isolated communities still rely...

INSIDER: Energy

As we trend toward more renewables and distributed energy resources (DERs), the design of the electric distribution system itself imposes physical...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
High-voltage direct current cables can more efficiently transport electricity over long distances.
UpFront: Energy
NASA reveals winners of a CO2 conversion challenge.
INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

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: Electronics & Computers

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

Facility Focus: RF & Microwave Electronics
Learn about the batteries, skin sensors, flexible antennas, and other cutting-edge research coming from Penn State Engineering.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An entire 20-story concrete building could store energy like a giant battery.
Briefs: Energy
These organic solar cells can be useful where constant, low power generation is sufficient.
Question of the Week: Wearables
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.)

Briefs: Energy
This cell could potentially operate around the clock, balancing the power grid over the day-night cycle.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
New cell chemistry utilizes less costly and more abundant materials than lithium-ion batteries.
Question of the Week: Energy
Will Better Sensors Lead to Greater Adoption of Hydrogen Power?

One of the final hurdles to hydrogen power is securing a safe method for spotting hydrogen leaks. A sensor, featured in the June issue of Sensor Technology, has a greater sensitivity than other detectors.

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

A sustainable, powerful micro-supercapacitor may be on the horizon. Until now, these high-capacity, fast-charging energy storage devices have been limited by the...

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