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Jimmy Carter’s solar panel farm generates 1.3 MW of power, which is enough to power 50% of Plains, Georgia. (Image Credit: SolAmerica)   Solar power technology might be taking a big step forward now and in the future. Solutions involving renewable, clean energy have started to have a big impact recently. Solar-powered farms, a solar-powered plane, and even Jimmy Carter’s installation of over 3,000 solar panels have made a major contribution to the energy sector.   Jimmy ...
It's hard to win a race if you can't get off the blocks... it's hard to throw a touchdown if you can't take the snap... it's hard to... you get the point.   I've been designing power around FPGAs, specifically Xilinx for almost 20 years. Wow, that doesn't sound right when I say it out loud. Anyway, to get the most out of these parts the power system can sometimes become fairly complex. Start up of your power supplies is typically the highest stress point of operation. Think about it, when ...
Artist’s drawing of the thin film device generating electricity with nanowires. (Image Credit: University of Massachusetts)   Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device made from protein nanowires harvested from the microbe Geobacter sulfurreducens that generates electricity from moisture in the air. This new technology could have major implications for renewable energy, climate change, and medicine in the future. The team published their findings ...
These tiny chips, smaller than a grain of rice, operate on low power and can improve communication range for IoT devices. (Image Credit: David Baillot/UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering)   A new ultra-low-power Wi-Fi radio placed inside a tiny chip could pave the way for more portable, fully wireless smart home setups, lower power wearables, and battery-less smart devices. The chips enable Internet of Things devices to communicate with Wi-Fi networks using 5,000 times less power tha ...
MIT’s new concept packs more power in a battery, making it more durable. These new systems could allow a smartphone to last for 3 days without needing to be recharged. (Image Credit: MIT News)   Engineers at MIT have developed a new battery electrode that could lead to more durable batteries that pack a large amount of power per pound. The research is based on MIT’s long-sought goal of utilizing pure-lithium metal as the anode, one of the two electrodes used in batteries. MIT&# ...
Roll Royce’s small modular reactors could provide energy for the UK, replacing traditional nuclear plants by 2029. (Image Credit: Rolls-Royce)   Rolls-Royce is well known around the globe for developing aviation, shipping, automobiles, and land power applications. The company is now leading a consortium to construct and install small modular reactors (SMRs) on former nuclear sites. These SMRs will run on nuclear power and will be 1.5 acres in size in the middle of a 10-acre piece of ...