2023-01-09 - Bill Schweber

Better EV battery packs: Much more than “just” chemistry

The physical construction of individual cells and the tradeoffs made in their design has a major impact on pack and…

2021-06-25 - Thomas Lohrmann and Stefan Volkmann

Designing on-board chargers for EVs

In today's electric vehicles, a high power on-board charger is required to charge the large capacity battery pack in a…

2021-06-24 - Brian Dipert

Computer-themed cases of obsolescence by design

These cases of obsolescence by design are all computer-themed; what real-life examples have you experienced lately?

2021-06-16 - Bill Schweber

The challenge of keeping solar panels free from dust

Keeping the surfaces of photovoltaic solar panels free of unavoidable dust is a multifaceted challenge with no simple solution.

2021-05-19 - Richard Quinnell

Reference designs ease development of IoT energy-harvesting systems

Developers are increasingly able to access reference designs and off-the-shelf systems for IoT energy harvesting.

2021-04-08 - Bill Schweber

Use gravity to store energy and release grid-level power

Power system engineers can use gravity to store energy from intermittent renewable sources and release grid-level power.

2021-03-18 - Kenneth Wyatt

Test batteries for radiated immunity issues

Benchtop troubleshooting of radiated immunity issues can be reduced to a few minutes or hours using this powerful technique.

2021-03-09 - Kevin Scott and Sam Nork

Active battery cell balancing

While both active and passive cell balancing are effective ways to improve system health, active cell balancing redistributes charge during…

2021-03-08 - Bill Schweber

Aircraft industry could go green with hydrogen fuel

Hydrogen is abundant and can be used for combustion and in fuel cells, but there are significant challenges in energy…

2021-03-08 - Richard Quinnell

Analog machine learning helps save power in voice-control systems

Systems that can ignore silence and non-speech sound can save a considerable amount of power compared to always-on wake word…