Panasonic Corporation has announced that it has developed the HITTM Photovoltaic Module for Automobile, which was adopted for the new Prius PHV released in February 2017 by Toyota. Panasonic’s automotive prismatic lithium-ion batteries were also used for the drive batteries, as with the Prius PHV that was released in 2012. Panasonic Corporation has worked on … Continue reading Panasonic’s photovoltaic module HITTM adopted for Toyota Prius PHV
Korean university UNIST will be working with public organisations in the energy sector to develop a new type of eco-friendly battery that can store and produce electricity using seawater. The project is expected to accelerate the commercialisation of eco-friendly, cost-efficient, and high-stability seawater batteries. The project’s consortium includes Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), Korea East-West Power … Continue reading Scientists developing sustainable seawater batteries
Phillips 66 says it has set a new world record in power conversion efficiency for polymer-based single junction organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. The 11.84 per cent efficiency was certified by Newport Corporation, a recognised centre for independent verification of solar cell results under standard testing conditions. “Continuing to increase the ability of OPV cells to … Continue reading Efficiency record set with OPV cell
Solar power specialist, Fronius Solar Engery, has installed a photovoltaic system on the site of a former nuclear power plant in Zwentendorf an der Donau, Austria. Where once nuclear energy was to be produced, today clean, safe energy is generated from natural resources over an area of 3,700 square metres. The project reflects the Fronius … Continue reading Former nuclear power plant converted to solar producer
All our lives we have relied on batteries in everything from mobile phones and cars to hand torches, but confidence in the technology has deteriorated of late. Many airline passengers have had to surrender their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones in recent weeks because their batteries are considered a fire risk, while those left in … Continue reading Why batteries have started catching fire so often
Battery manufacturers seeking to extend flight times for airborne drones can look to Australian nanotechnology start-up Nano-Nouvelle as a company who is developing a solution to the issue. The Sunshine Coast-based company is developing nanotechnology that can boost the energy storage capacity of lithium ion batteries by as much as 50 per cent. This year, … Continue reading Aussie company working to extend drone battery life
Tesla has announced an expansion of its collaboration with Panasonic, with a letter of intent for production of photovoltaic cells and modules at Buffalo, New York. AP reports that the project depends on shareholders approving Tesla’s acquisition of SolarCity. which is chaired by Tesla founder Elon Musk. “We are excited to expand our partnership with … Continue reading Tesla and Panasonic to solidify solar cell partnership
Power management company Eaton has launched an Australian developed wall mount power system for oil and gas, mining, and transportation industries that require battery backed DC power. The system is also suitable for industrial control, electrical switching and telecommunications industries as well any business that designs and manufactures large turnkey process control systems. Traditionally, DC … Continue reading Aussie developed mount power system
It is the double helix, with its stable and flexible structure of genetic information, that made life on Earth possible in the first place. Now a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has discovered a double helix structure in an inorganic material. The material comprising tin, iodine and phosphorus is a semiconductor with … Continue reading Flexible semiconductor for electronics
Conxall Mini-Con-X and Switchcraft EN3s are now available with 2-Metre cable for 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 position connectors with straight or right angle overmoulds. The cable is able to withstand harsh environments, is blunt cut on the opposite end for maximum flexibility and colour coded tissue paper separates conductor wires for easy … Continue reading 2m cables with new position connectors
Based on its recent analysis of the video conferencing market, Frost & Sullivan has recognised Pexip with the 2016 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation. Pexip’s solution is founded on an advanced, flexible, and differentiated video conferencing platform that helps organizations scale quickly and affordably, and efficiently connect people to create agile businesses. … Continue reading Frost & Sullivan rewards video conferencing industry disruption
Backplane Systems has released the Neousys Technology Nuvo-6000 Series, a Fanless Box PC based on latest Intel 6th-Gen Skylake platform. It features up to five PCIe/PCI slots to provide the same level of expandability as traditional Industrial Computers, while its fanless design offers superior reliability. Powered by the Intel 6th-Gen LGA1151 socket-type CPU, the Nuvo-6000 … Continue reading New fanless PC
STMicroelectronics and Securitag Assembly Group (SAG), a leading supplier of RFID transponders have announced a tiny NFC Ferrite Tag that uses STMicroelectronics’ ST25 NFC tag IC for IoT (Internet of Things) data-transmission applications. Small, light, and thin, the NFC Ferrite Tag can be surface-mounted during production through the metal pad that can be directly soldered … Continue reading STMicroelectronics and SAG combine to deliver high-performance NFC Tags for IoT
Maxim’s ModelGauge m5 fuel gauges include a sophisticated algorithm that converts raw measurements such as battery voltage, current, and temperature into accurate state-of-charge (SOC%), absolute capacity (mAhr), time-to-empty, and time-to-full (while charging), all of which improve the user experience of the host device while enabling maximum run-time. To ease the design process, the ModelGauge m5 … Continue reading New battery–powered fuel gauge
Audio Precision has announced the introduction of the APx1701 Transducer Test Interface. The system integrates instrument-grade amplifiers and microphone power supplies for designers and production test engineers seeking clear insight into the behavior of their electro-acoustic devices. With an industry-leading signal-to-noise ratio of 134 dB, the APx1701 provides 20dB of fixed-gain amplification from DC to … Continue reading Audio Precision raises the bar for electro-acoustic test
Silicon Labs has introduced a comprehensive reference design that reduces the cost and complexity of developing cables and cable adapters based on the USB Type-C specification. Silicon Labs’ new USB Type-C reference design features cost-effective, ultra-low-power EFM8 microcontrollers (MCUs), USB Power Delivery (PD) protocol stacks certified by the USB Implementation Forum (USB-IF), and USB Billboard … Continue reading New reference cable design gives developers a running start
UNSW engineers have developed a way to dramatically improve the quality of low-grade silicon, with flow-on implications for the electrical efficiency and cost of solar panels.
EUROPEAN researchers have developed rolls of flexible lighting foils that can be produced en masse, paving the way for cheaper solar cells, LED panels and flexible electronics.
SOLAR cells which can be submerged in water, and produce clean, renewable fuel by splitting water into its chemical components may not be far off.
HELIATEK has set a new conversion efficiency world record for organic photovoltaic multi-junction cells, of 13.2 percent.