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STMicroelectronics releases new high-power SiC power modules; increased EV performance and range

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STMicroelectronics has released high-power modules for electric vehicles that boost performance and driving range. ST’s new silicon-carbide (SiC) power modules have been selected for Hyundai’s E-GMP electric-vehicle platform shared by KIA EV6 and several models.

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Microchip Technology introduces new hybrid power drive module solution for electric aviation

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To meet the needs for an integrated and configurable power solution for aviation applications, Microchip Technology Inc. is introducing a new hybrid power drive module. Microchip is a proven supplier of comprehensive power solutions.

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Equinor and RWE to develop hydrogen-fired power plants in Germany, Norway-to-Germany hydrogen pipeline

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The partners aim to replace coal-fired power plants with hydrogen-ready gas-fired power plants in Germany, and to build production of low carbon and renewable hydrogen in Norway that will be exported through pipeline to Germany.

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Amogy presents retrofitted 2018 Freightliner Cascadia powered by ammonia-to-power system

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a developer of ammonia power solutions, announced the successful testing of the first ammonia-powered, zero-emission semi truck. Amogy’s ammonia-to-power system can enable the industry’s transition away from diesel-powered engines and to alternative fuel-to-power technologies.

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Samsung Heavy and Seaborg to develop floating nuclear power plant combined with hydrogen and ammonia plants

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Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Seaborg signed a partnership agreement to develop floating nuclear power plants based on Seaborg’s inherently safe Compact Molten Salt Reactor (CMSR). The floating nuclear power plant comes as a turn-key product, ready to be moored at an industrial harbor.

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Sandia team puts power into local grid with supercritical CO2 closed-loop Brayton-cycle turbine

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Sandia National Laboratories researchers recently delivered electricity produced by a new power-generating system to the Sandia-Kirtland Air Force Base electrical grid. The working fluid being compressed, heated and expanded to produce power is supercritical carbon dioxide.

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Allianz to invest in Finnish green hydrogen and power-to-gas developer Ren-Gas; sector coupling

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Allianz Capital Partners, on behalf of Allianz insurance companies, has signed an agreement to acquire a minority stake in Ren-Gas Oy , a green hydrogen and power-to-gas project developer based in Finland.

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Infineon and Resonac expand cooperation in silicon carbide (SiC) materials for power semiconductors

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SiC power semiconductors reduce power loss and emit less heat than conventional silicon-wafer-based power semiconductors, thereby conserving energy. An SiC power semiconductor’s performance is greatly affected by the quality of SiC epi-wafer.

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DOE awards Core Power and MIT Energy Initiative funding for floating nuclear power research project

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The US Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program ( NEUP ) has awarded research funds to the MIT Energy Initiative, CORE POWER, and the Idaho National Laboratory for a three-year study into the development of offshore floating nuclear power generation in the US.

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Rolls-Royce launches mtu hydrogen solutions for power generation

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Rolls-Royce is further developing its mtu gas engine portfolio for power generation and cogeneration to run on hydrogen as a fuel and thus enable a climate-neutral energy supply. —Perry Kuiper, President Sustainable Power Solutions at Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

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Fusion energy company TAE Technologies launches power management subsidiary TAE Power Solutions

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TAE Technologies , the world’s largest private fusion energy company, has spun-out a new subsidiary, TAE Power Solutions. TAE Power Solutions intends to deliver a novel technology to improve fundamentally the reliability, efficiency, longevity, and affordability of electric-powered products, from vehicles to renewable energy storage. The path to Power Solutions began with TAE solving a power problem for fusion.

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NIO launches its 1,200th NIO Power Swap Station in China

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NIO has launched its 1,200 th NIO Power Swap Station in China at Suzhou New District Jinke Wangfu Hotel. Within a year, the company has deployed 600 new power swap stations have been deployed. NIO plans to build 1,300+ Power Swap stations by the end of 2022 and 4,000+ by 2025.

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European HYFLEXPOWER project to demo first integrated power-to-X-to-power hydrogen gas turbine

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The implementation of this project, the first industrial-scale power-to-X-to-power demonstrator with an advanced hydrogen turbine, will be launched at Smurfit Kappa PRF’s site—a company specialized in manufacturing recycled paper—in Saillat-sur-Vienne, France.

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Nissan introducing Serena with 2nd-generation e-POWER system in Japan

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Sales of gasoline-powered models will start this winter, and e-POWER models are to start in spring. The Serena features the second-generation e-POWER system, now equipped with an all-new, specially developed 1.4 e-Power vehicles do not use grid charging.

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Bosch starting volume production of silicon carbide power semiconductors

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After several years of development, Bosch is now starting volume production of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors to supply automotive manufacturers worldwide. Since the SiC chips also emit significantly less heat, the power electronics require less in the way of costly cooling.

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PG&E and Tesla launch virtual power plant pilot

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have launched a new pilot program that creates a virtual power plant (VPP) to help support electric grid reliability and save customers money. Through this collaboration, Tesla is participating in PG&E’s Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP) pilot by enrolling and combining residential Powerwall home battery systems into a virtual power plant to discharge power back to the grid in California during times of high electricity demand. Virtual Power Plants.

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BMW Group begins production of small-series hydrogen-powered iX5

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Manufacture of the small-series hydrogen-powered vehicle is taking place in the pilot plant at its Munich Research and Innovation Centre (FIZ). The BMW Group is commencing production of its BMW iX5 Hydrogen model.

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Plug Power & Gaussin collaborate on hydrogen-powered logistics vehicles

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Plug Power Inc., a provider of hydrogen engines and fueling solutions, and Gaussin are collaborating to bring a commercial suite of ProGen-powered Gaussin transportation vehicles to market in 2021 as a solution to decarbonize the logistics ecosystem.

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Equipmake-powered electric bus heads for Argentina

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The Equipmake ZED-powered Agrale MT17.0LE, a 12m single deck model capable of carrying 70 passengers, will be operated over the next 12 months by DOTA S.A.,

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Topsoe to build world’s largest SOEC electrolyzer production facility; 500 MW scalable to 5 GW; focusing on Power-to-X

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Topsoe’s ambition is to accelerate rapidly the adoption of green solutions—in particular within Power-to-X. Developing a strong Power-to-X industry in Europe will also enforce the EU’s ambitions of being independent of energy imports from other regions.

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TECO 2030 launches new concept Power Barge; containerized fuel cells

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TECO 2030 has launched a new product concept for its containerized fuel cells, the TECO 2030 Power Barge. The solution comprises TECO 2030 fuel cell modules, batteries, power electronics, safety- and automation systems, hydrogen storage, and a refueling solution.

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Cummins fuel cell technology powers Coradia iLint fleet in Germany

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Cummins is powering the world’s first fleet of hydrogen trains in Bremervörde, Lower Saxony, Germany. They are powered by Cummins fuel cell systems that convert hydrogen fuel into energy and turn existing, non-electrified infrastructure into zero-emission rail lines.

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onsemi SiC power module selected for Kia EV6 GT traction inverter

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onsemi’s EliteSiC family of silicon carbide (SiC) power modules has been selected for Kia Corporation’s EV6 GT model. Within the traction inverter of a high performance EV, the EliteSiC power module enables high-efficiency power conversion from the DC 800 V of the battery to the AC drive for the rear axle. Electric (Battery) Market Background Power Electronics Vehicle Systems

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Wärtsilä Power-to-X project gets €1M in government support

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The technology group Wärtsilä has been granted €1 million in funding by Business Finland, a state-run public agency for funding important research projects, to support research in the field of Power-to-X (P2X) technology. Fuels Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Power-to-Gas Power-to-Liquids

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First Proterra Powered commercial EV battery produced at new Powered 1 battery factory

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Proterra announced that the company produced the first Proterra Powered EV battery at its new Powered 1 battery manufacturing plant located in Greer, South Carolina. Proterra expects to begin deliveries to customers of Proterra Powered battery systems from the new battery factory in the first quarter of 2023.

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NREL modeling power requirements for regional air mobility

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The project includes evaluating how smaller airports could supply clean power to both the aircraft and the region. The scenarios imagine how smaller airports could supply clean power to both the aircraft and the region and how they might impact surrounding mobility.

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BMW Group and Solid Power deepen joint development partnership with R&D license and prototype line

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Under an expanded Joint Development Agreement, BMW Group and Solid Power have added a research and development license as a basis for their common next steps.

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Purdue and Duke Energy to explore potential for SMR nuclear power source for campus

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With interest rising worldwide in new technologies that are reliable and carbon-free, Purdue and Duke Energy intend to study power produced through Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), a move that may be unprecedented for a college campus and a potential fit for Purdue’s energy needs.

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Topsoe receives public funding for scaling up Power-to-X SOEC electrolysis

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million) to a partnership between Topsoe, Denmark’s Technical University (DTU) and Aarhus University (AU) to support innovation activities related to upscaling and globally deploying Topsoe’s Power-to-X SOEC electrolysis technology. The award was part of a larger DKK 255 million (US$36 million) set of awards to 14 projects supporting the development of the Power-to-X and hydrogen area in Denmark. Electrofuels Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Power Generation Power-to-Gas

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BorgWarner receives $4.97M DOE award for SiC-based high power-dense inverter

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million US Department of Energy (DOE) Award for the development of a Scalable Ultra Power-dense Extended Range (SUPER) inverter. Viper inverter power switch ( earlier post ). Electric (Battery) Market Background Power ElectronicsBorgWarner is the recipient of a $4.97

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NIO selects high-efficiency SiC traction power modules from onsemi

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onsemi announced that China-based EV maker NIO chose the latest VE-Trac Direct SiC power modules from onsemi for its next-generation electric vehicles (EVs). The silicon carbide (SiC)-based power modules enable longer range, higher efficiency and faster acceleration for EVs.

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Renault Group, STMicroelectronics enter strategic cooperation on power electronics

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Renault Group and STMicroelectronics announced a strategic cooperation on the design, development, manufacturing, and supply to Renault Group of STMicroelectronics’ products and related packaging solutions for the power electronics systems of battery-operated and hybrid vehicles. As Renault’s key innovation partner, STMicroelectronics will benefit from significant volumes guaranteed for the annual usage of these power modules and transistors from 2026-2030.

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IEA: nuclear power can play a major role in transition to low emissions energy systems; Russia, China leading on new reactor starts

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As the world contends with a global energy crisis, nuclear power has the potential to play a significant role in helping countries to securely transition to energy systems dominated by renewables, according to a new special report by the IEA.

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Toyota showcases experimental hydrogen-powered GR Yaris

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Toyota showcased its experimental hydrogen-powered combustion engine technology in the multiple award-winning GR Yaris. We’ve taken the first step to compete with and develop our hydrogen-powered engine with the mindset of taking on the challenge.

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Renault Group and Vitesco Technologies partner to develop power electronics for electric and hybrid powertrains

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Renault Grou and Vitesco Technologies are entering a strategic partnership for the joint development and the production of power electronics in a “One Box” for electric and hybrid powertrains. Under this agreement, both partners will join their forces, contributing by their know-how and experience jointly to develop a power electronics concept. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Manufacturing Power Electronics

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Rolls-Royce and SOWITEC cooperate on power-to-X projects

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Rolls-Royce Power Systems and SOWITEC, a specialist in renewable energy projects, have agreed to cooperate with the aim of providing power-to-X projects with a total electrolysis capacity of up to 500 megawatts by 2028. The plants will use renewable energy sources to generate electrical power that will be used to produce hydrogen with mtu electrolyzers. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Market Background Power-to-Gas

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NREL thermal management system greatly increases power density of SiC inverters in heavy-duty applications

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A thermal management system developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in collaboration with John Deere promises to increase the power density of silicon carbide (SiC) inverters within heavy-duty EV applications significantly.

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HydroWing, Tocardo partner on production of hydrogen from tidal power

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Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Ports and Marine Power Generation Wave and Tidal

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Transphorm to demonstrate 99% efficiency power switching with a 1200V GaN power transistor at ISPSD 2022

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Transphorm—a pioneer in and global supplier of high-reliability, high-performance gallium nitride (GaN) power conversion products— will demonstrate leading-edge R&D results from its 1200-volt GaN device at the International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs ( ISPSD 2022), an IEEE conference in the power semiconductor industry in May. We see this as an important milestone for the GaN power electronics industry.

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Supreme Court curbs EPA authority to regulate CO2 from power plants

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EPA that the EPA lacks the authority to set emission standards for power plants so strict as to force a shift of power generation from fossil fuels. In devising emissions limits for power plants, EPA first “determines” the “best system of emission reduction” that—taking into account cost, health, and other factors—it finds “has been adequately demonstrated.” Emissions Market Background Power Generation Regulations

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DOE teaming with utilities to support 4 hydrogen demo projects at nuclear power plants

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) are teaming up with utilities to support four hydrogen demonstration projects at nuclear power plants. The four projects include: Nine Mile Point Nuclear Power Station (Oswego, NY). DOE is supporting the construction and installation of a low-temperature electrolysis system at the Nine Mile Point nuclear power plant.

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Rolls-Royce supports power-to-x initiative in Brandenburg; synthetic fuels and chemicals from renewable power

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Power Systems business unit signs letter of intent for the construction of a demonstration plant for the production of synthetic fuels Schell: “We will be electrifying the entire system, including the fuel” Important step towards sector coupling and decarbonising propulsion systems and power generation. As a former coal and chemical region, the Lausitz region has an abundance of expertise available that can be used to set up a power-to-x competence center.

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Fusion Fuel and Ballard Power commission H2Évora, Portugal’s first solar-to-green hydrogen facility

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The facility includes a 200-kilowatt FCwave fuel cell module supplied by Ballard Power Systems, which is used to convert its green hydrogen into electricity, enabling Fusion Fuel to sell power into the electric grid during periods of peak demand.

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