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Over the past several months, we've seen situations arise on two of our platforms that ended up highlighting how nice it is to have some ability to "tweak" your on board power system. I've written two blogs in the past both referencing the programmable architecture we've used on several platforms over the years (linked below).   Benefits of Power System Telemetry Using PMBus Programmable power is great, but review it carefully   I won't rehash a lot of what I like about using these ...
Researchers created a single-molecule catalyst that collects solar energy and converts it into hydrogen. (Image credit: Pixabay)   For the first time ever, scientists from Ohio State University have discovered a molecule that takes advantage of the visible spectrum of sunlight. The molecule can efficiently absorb sunlight and function as a catalyst to convert solar energy into hydrogen, which can be used as an alternative to fuel for vehicles that rely on gas to operate.  Their findin ...
The new graphene battery cells takes just twenty minutes to reach a full charge of a 3,000mAh cell. It’s also cooler and doesn’t generate as much heat as lithium batteries. (Image Credit: Real Graphene)   I can see this type of battery technology becoming massively adopted in the coming years.   Lithium batteries that have been infused with graphene tend to last longer, charge faster and have lower temperatures than the standard lithium batteries. Graphene has benefits th ...
The new system gives improved performance for solar energy harvesting over the old system. (Image Credit: University of Houston) It’s been a long and anticipated process, but vintage solar energy storage research from the 1980s is finally starting to show some results. Researchers from the University of Houston in Texas have demonstrated a hybrid system that collects and stores solar energy in the form of heat for 24/7 use. The system doesn’t rely on molten salt or specialized oils ...
Zero Mass Water unveiled their new Rexi Source hydropanel at CES 2020. The device promises to produce drinkable water out of the air. (Image Credit: Zero Mass Water)   At CES 2020, Zero Mass Water, a startup based in Arizona, unveiled its Rexi Source hydropanel, a panel that looks similar to a solar roof panel, except it doesn’t harness energy from the sun, but instead creates water from the air. This new device could help create drinking water where it’s not accessible or unsa ...
Associate Professor Matthew Hill, Dr. Mahdokht Shaibani and Professor Mainak Majumder show the new lithium-sulfur battery design. (Image Credit: Monash University) For years, scientists have been looking for ways to make lithium-sulfur batteries that compete with lithium-ion. Researchers from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, have developed what they claim is the world’s most efficient lithium-sulfur (LI-S) battery that has a lesser environmental impact and they’re close t ...
If you want to measure the current consumption of a device that runs on a half-rectified alternating current lile a hair-dryer on the "half-power setting" then an AC/DC clamp meter will give you a much more precise reading than an AC-only clamp meter. Here is a comparison video between an AC/DC clamp meter and two AC-only clamp meters:     The reference instrument used in this video is a HIOKI PW3390 power analyzer and the connected current sensor is a HIOKI CT6841 suitable for curr ...