The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued its California Solar Initiative (CSI) Annual Program Assessment, which shows that the rate at which Californians are installing rooftop solar energy systems to meet their electric demand is growing at a rapid pace. The report shows that the increasing rate of new solar installations and cumulative installed […]
Benning Power Electronics announced the release of three new power conversion products that will allow power utilities to upgrade their networks in line with the U.S government’s new smart grid initiatives. The dc-dc converter, dc-ac Inverter and HDi rectifier/charger are designed to provide low-voltage power conversion for electrical substations that is more compact, robust, and […]
Amantys Limited, an energy efficiency power electronics company, announced the successful closure of a $7 million Series A round. The new funding enables Amantys to continue with the commercialization of its digital power switching platform. The new funding round has been led by Moonray Investors, part of Fidelity International and ARM Holdings plc (ARM). Moonray […]
Direct Grid announced the development of a new dual-module 480W micro-inverter product. The Gemini Series micro-inverter allows photovoltaic design engineers to utilize half the number of micro-inverters in an array, when compared with conventional 1:1 micro-inverter designs, by connecting two modules per Gemini micro-inverter. Direct Grid states that it is extending its industry lead in […]
ChipMOS Technologies (Bermuda) LTD. announced that its majority-owned Taiwanese subsidiary, ChipMOS Technologies Inc., has agreed to invest in CONNECTEC Japan Corp. (CTJ) for a 30% equity stake of CTJ pursuant to a share subscription agreement dated July 4, 2011. ChipMOS and CTJ have also entered into a technology transfer agreement (Technology Agreement) in which, ChipMOS […]
STMicroelectronics (ST) is enhancing its powerline communication (PLC) capabilities with the completion of its acquisition of the semiconductor assets and intellectual property of Arkados. Arkados has been a leading player in the new industry initiative HomePlug, focused on accelerating the development and deployment of Convergent Digital Home Networking, and ST has been working closely with […]
Panasonic launched the Panasonic Fuel Cell Development Office Europe (PFCOE) in Langen, Germany. The facility, situated in Panasonic’s European R&D center in Germany (PRDCG), will focus on developing residential fuel cells for the European market in close collaboration with leading European utility companies. Panasonic has been developing residential fuel cells &ndash CHP – (combined heat […]
Akros Silicon Inc. announced the new Energy$ense™ family of multi-output, digital dc-dc power management unit (DPMU) ICs. Energy$ense technology features include real-time...
Again in 2011, PMBus™ is a Platinum sponsor of Darnell’s Power Forum (DPF ’11). DPF ’11, to be hosted in San Jose,...
Fujitsu Semiconductor America (FSA) introduced a series of new 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) that combine excellent performance with a wide range of peripheral functions to enable optimal, high-speed and highly efficient 3-phase inverter motor control in electric (EV) and hybrid vehicles (HV). The new MB91580 series is part of the FR family of 32-bit RISC architecture […]
American scientist Dr. Arthur H. Rosenfeld was presented with the 2011 Global Energy Prize, which rewards innovation and solutions in global energy research and its concurrent environmental challenges. Dr. Rosenfeld received his award from President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev in an official ceremony in St Petersburg, Russia, which took place last Friday as part of […]
The HomePlug® Powerline Alliance announced its support of the IEEE P1905 working group’s efforts to define the first standard for hybrid home networks. A P1905 network would include combinations of stationary home networking devices such as set top boxes, home gateways, Blu-Ray players and televisions, and mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and cellphones. The […]
SCHURTER introduced the ASO solar fuse in 2010. The ASO now meets both IEC 60269-6 and UL 2579 standards for the protection of photovoltaic systems, thus it is qualified for use according to the latest gPV requirements. The ASO solar fuse has been specifically designed for the protection of photovoltaic systems. This fuse can safely […]
SolarBridge Technologies (SolarBridge) announced that it has secured $19 million in series C funding. The company has raised more than $46 million to date. The funds, raised from current investors as well as new financial and strategic investors, will be used to ramp up production capacity, expand sales support and logistics organizations and scale up […]
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., (MHI), has developed what it says is Japan’s first cargo container-type large-capacity energy storage system that uses a lithium-ion rechargeable battery. The system is capable of providing power of up to 1MW, and its mobility makes the system suitable for a wide range of applications, including emergency use. The actual system […]