Power

Methanol fuel cells improved with a protective carbon shell

20 January, 2021

South Korean scientists have found a way to prevent undesired reactions in methanol fuel cells, which should help in the journey to phase out fossil fuels.


Perfecting quantum dots for peak solar panel performance

19 January, 2021

Researchers have developed a process for calculating the perfect size and density of quantum dots needed to achieve record efficiency in solar panels.


Cobalt-free cathodes could enhance lithium-ion batteries

14 January, 2021

The NFA (nickel, iron and aluminium) cathode is a derivative of lithium nickelate and can be used to make the positive electrode of a lithium-ion battery.


Maxim Integrated MAX20361 solar harvester

14 January, 2021 | Supplied by: Avnet Electronics Marketing

Designers of space-constrained designs can now increase runtime with the MAX20361 single-/multi-cell solar harvester with maximum power point tracking (MPPT) from Maxim Integrated Products.


Herbicide helps boost efficiency of organic solar cells

08 January, 2021

A known herbicide can be used to improve solar energy conversion in organic devices, which should help the development of higher efficiency solar cells.


Mind the gap: the second life of EV batteries

07 January, 2021 by Alex Johns, Business Development Manager | Supplied by: Altelium

Where do Tesla second-life batteries go, after they are retired from EVs and before they are ready for recycling?


P-DUKE QAE100U Ultrawide Input DC/DC Converters

01 January, 2021 | Supplied by: Helios Power Solutions

Helios has announced the QAE100U series DC/DC converters from P-DUKE, which expand the existing series QAE40U and QAE60U to 100 W of output power.


Blended solar cells yield high power conversion efficiencies

18 December, 2020

Researchers have blended together various polymer and molecular semiconductors as photo-absorbers to create a solar cell with increased power efficiencies.


The effects of high-rate cycling on battery cells

17 December, 2020

Researchers investigated the impacts on battery cell ageing from high current operation using commercial cells, in an effort to find the most suitable batteries for use in electric vehicles.


Conversion efficiency improved in thermoelectric materials

09 December, 2020

Researchers have overcome a major challenge of thermoelectric materials, improving the materials' conversion efficiency by more than 60%.


Analog Devices ADP1032 Micropower Management Units

01 December, 2020 | Supplied by: Mouser Electronics

Analog Devices ADP1032 Micropower Management Units (PMUs) are high-performance, isolated devices that combine an isolated flyback and a DC-to-DC regulator providing two isolated power rails.


Maxim Integrated MAX17320 Li+ fuel gauge IC

24 November, 2020 | Supplied by: Avnet Electronics Marketing

The MAX17320 fuel-gauge and protection circuit, from Maxim Integrated Products, is designed to extend run time on multi-cell battery-powered products while also monitoring against self-discharge hazards.


Towards 'personalised energy' with transparent solar cells

17 November, 2020

South Korean scientists have put forth an innovative design for high-power transparent solar cells, bringing us closer to a sustainable future with off-grid living.


Self-charging batteries made from printable ink

09 November, 2020

The battery cells can create electricity from humidity in the air or skin surface to self-charge themselves within minutes; no manual charging or wired power is required.


Energy harvester extends battery life of smart watches

02 November, 2020

Researchers have developed an embedded energy harvester that is able to sustainably power smart watches and wristbands, solving the problem of limited battery life.


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