Energy Efficiency & Technology education day
The Energy Efficiency Technology Conference and Expo, scheduled for May 26 in Santa Clara, Calif., features technical presentations for engineers involved with energy-efficient products and processes. Sessions will cover LED lighting, energy-efficient motors and drives, monitoring, smart-grid applications, power supplies, legislated energy mandates, and related subjects. There will also be a product exhibition and networking opportunities throughout the day. The EET Conference is one of the few venues focusing strictly on technology and innovations related to energy efficiency. Learn more at http://eetweb.com/sponsor/energy-efficiency-technology.
First true SiC MOSFET
Cree demonstrated a new SiC MOSFET at the recent Applied Power Electronics Conference that reportedly holds significant advantages over silicon devices, including higher efficiency and smaller size, weight, and cost. See this and other show highlights involving SiC and GaN technologies at www.engineeringtv.com/pages/energy.
Energy innovation portal
The DOE's Energy Innovation Portal helps link entrepreneurs and investors with cutting-edge, ready-to-commercialize, energy efficiency and renewable-energy technologies. The site contains more than 300 technical summaries and more than 15,000 DOE-funded U.S. patents and patent applications. Learn more at http://techportal.eere.energy.gov.
Social network for photovoltaics
The Festo Engineering Network (http://fen.festo.com) helps photovoltaic specialists exchange ideas about trends and developments in the wafer-based solar industry. It facilitates contacts between leading manufacturers and scientists from Germany's Fraunhofer Institute, and a database provides up-to-date applications, reports, and studies available for free download.
Power-supply design software
Power Integrations' PI Expert Suite design software creates interactive power-supply schematics, optimizes transformer designs, performs thermal calculations, and makes heat-sink and PCB-layout recommendations. Learn more at www.powerint.com/pi-expert.
Basics of electrical measurements
Accurate measurements are central to virtually every engineering discipline. However, for good results one must not only to know the instrument's performance, but also limitations imposed by cabling, connectors, test fixtures, and the material or device under test. Keithley Instruments offers a white paper on building test systems that meets requirements and eliminates unpleasant and expensive surprises. Get it at www.keithley.eu.com/a.php?sid=1drva.18s6kqj.