Energy Ventures Inc. (EVI, Toronto)announced that, in laboratory tests, its Zinc Bromine Hybrid system now delivers up to 100 battery charge and discharge cycles. Zinc Carbon or LeClanche cells, typically marketed as heavy duty batteries, have been manufactured for over 125 years and more than 5 billion cells a year are still sold today (primarily […]
Unitrode Corp. (Merrimack, NH) announced the UCC39421/2 family of multimode high-frequency PWM controllers, optimized for low-power portable applications. The ICs are considered ideal for multi-chemistry battery applications, whether using alkaline, NiMH rechargeable, or lithium-ion rechargeable cells.The UCC39421 family is claimed to offer 95 percent efficient, current-mode dc/dc conversion to boost, flyback, and SEPIC (Single Ended […]
Powerware (Raleigh, NC) announced it has pre-configured UPS solutions specifically designed for IBM Netfinity servers. According to the company, this strategic partnership makes Powerware the first UPS provider to offer pre-configured solutions for all three IBM server lines – AS/400, RS/6000 and Netfinity. Powerware's Netfinity UPS solutions (700VA to 3000VA) feature the Powerware 5105 (NetUPS) […]
Powerware (Raleigh N.C.) was awarded a three year contract to be a global supplier of power protection solutions for the US Air Force. The follow-on contract also includes two one-year options for preventive and emergency maintenance solutions of uninterruptible power systems (UPS) and has an estimated value of approximately $4 million over its five-year term.The […]
Yuasa Inc. (Reading, PA) has expanded its line of Independence NP Series of VRLA batteries with two new units claimed to deliver...
Harris Corp. (Melbourne, FL) recently announced it is selling off its entire semiconductor business. Harris has entered an agreement to sell the division to a subsidiary of Sterling Holding Company LLC, a Citicorp Venture Capital Ltd. investment portfolio company. Harris had previously intended to sell only the power portion of the semiconductor division."Selling the whole […]
MGE UPS Systems (Costa Mesa, CA) has introduced a new inverter, the Topaz S3 2kVA, which features pulse width modulation technology for clean reliable power. The Topaz S3 inverter is intended for telecommunications, Internet providers, building security, and networking applications, which demand reliable uninterrupted ac power from a dc course. The modular inverter features a […]
Astec (Carlsbad, CA) has announced the availability of a new low-power switcher model designed to address the needs of networking product manufacturers. With a low profile design that can fit in 1U rack configurations, the new LCT43-E model accepts universal ac input (85 to 264Vac and 120 to 370Vdc) and has triple dc outputs of […]
IXYS Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) introduced three new trench power MOSFETs for low-voltage, high-current applications. The IXUC100N055, IXUC200N055 and IXUC160N075 possess high current ratings of 100A, 200A and 160A, respectively. The devices are housed in a new "hole-less" package that conforms to the TO-220 outline with an electrically isolated mounting tab. In this ISOPLUS220 housing, […]
General Electric Co. (Fairfield, CT) announced that its power systems segment acquired two businesses from Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, NJ) along with two sets of intellectual property and equipment assets in a move that enhances its offerings in the fuel cell, turbine and petroleum exploration industries. "The synergies that exist between GE and these operations […]
Electrofuel Inc. (Toronto) announced that its new Lithium-Ion SuperPolymer battery has almost doubled the previous endurance record of rechargeable batteries. The new SuperPolymer battery has an energy density of 470Wh/litre and 183Wh/kg, and is claimed to be able to power laptop computers for 15 hours or more when fully charged. The first product based on […]
ASE Americas (Billerica, MA) has introduced a new solar power generator for emergency, remote and recreational uses. The Solar Power Companion 2000 (SPC 2000) combines a high-efficiency battery and a solar module that converts sunlight directly to electricity. The power generated from the SPC 2000 is available as 12Vdc directly from the battery, or 110Vac […]
AstroPower (Newark, DE) announced that it has executed a term sheet with GPU Inc. (Morristown, NJ) to cooperate in the development of products and services that address the significant business opportunities resulting from electric industry restructuring. The two companies believe that electricity restructuring will create an increasing market for clean solar electric power and will […]
A recent national survey confirmed that most US citizens believe renewable energy should be given priority for federal energy funding and that nuclear power and fossil fuels should be the first technologies cut, according to the Sustainable Energy Coalition (Takoma Park, MD). The survey questioned 1,029 adult Americans 18 years of age or older. For […]
Ericsson Energy Systems (Sweden) unveiled new high efficiency BZA 131 70 battery-backed dc power system at the recent Intelec Conference in Copenhagen....