Unlike low frequency ac-dc front ends using
a PFC boost stage and a dc-dc down converter, Vicor Corp.'sPFM VI
BRICK module provides isolation, voltage transformation and PFC regulation
in a single stage using advanced, high-frequency soft switching technology. Its
thin profile liberates system architects from dimensional constraints of bulky power
supplies. Its small size, coupled with secondary-side energy storage at 48V,
allows greater flexibility and creativity to design slim products with
competitive advantages. Its modular, scalable power component functionality
supports efficient, cost-effective power systems with 'N+1' redundancy.
This initial PFM module complements an array of VI BRICK
and V.I Chip converter building blocks that Vicor Corp. says provides unparalleled density, efficiency and connectivity from
the wall plug to the point of load.
Engineers at Fuel Cell Energy have found a way to take advantage of a side reaction, unique to their carbonate fuel cell that has nothing to do with energy production, as a potential, cost-effective solution to capturing carbon from fossil fuel power plants.
To get to a trillion sensors in the IoT that we all look forward to, there are many challenges to commercialization that still remain, including interoperability, the lack of standards, and the issue of security, to name a few.
This is part one of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric car (eCar) and combustible car (cCar). Stay tuned for part two, tomorrow, which will discuss the four unique PCBs used in both the eCar and cCars.
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