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UK's Smarter Network Storage facility to be trialled

UK's Smarter Network Storage facility to be trialled
Amber Rudd MP, Department of Energy and Climate Change, has welcomed the start of trials at the largest electricity storage facility of its type in Europe. After extensive testing of the giant battery, known as the Smarter Network Storage facility in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, it will now be trialled for two years by UK Power Networks, which distributes electricity in South East England.
17th December 2014

Power analyser gets electric bikes on the road

Power analyser gets electric bikes on the road
Test instruments supplied by Yokogawa are playing a key role in the final testing of motors for electric bikes manufactured by Heinzmann in the village of Schönau in Germany’s Black Forest region.  Heinzmann has been developing and manufacturing electric drives for over 30 years. The company’s drives are used in a range of industrial applications as well as in various types of electric vehicles.
17th December 2014

Microsite focuses on motor control applications

Microsite focuses on motor control applications
Designers using motor control techniques can now visit Mouser Electronics’ new Motor Control Applications site. It provides developers with technology resources, and the newest components available from Mouser Electronics for building motor control systems.  The site contains valuable resources for developers interested in expanding their knowledge about motor control systems.
17th December 2014


Sensor-laden PCBs enable data-rich animal tracking

Sensor-laden PCBs enable data-rich animal tracking
Dr Mark Holton and the Swansea Live Animal Monitoring (SLAM) group, led by Professor Rory Wilson at Swansea University, has designed and produced an innovative range of lightweight, robust tracking devices, with the aid of Newbury Electronics, to aid their research into previously unknown animal behaviour.
17th December 2014

UK Intellectual Property Office approves PFC controller

UK Intellectual Property Office approves PFC controller
The UK Intellectual Property Office has approved TDK-Lambda UK’s power supply PFC controller patent application. The requirement for industrial power supplies to limit harmonic currents has existed for many years, and in Europe the standard is defined by EN 61000-3-2.
17th December 2014

Female engineer awarded for work in 3D-printing

Female engineer awarded for work in 3D-printing
  At the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year awards ceremony, Lucy Ackland, who works for Renishaw in Staffordshire, was awarded the Women's Engineering Society (WES) prize for her ground breaking work in 3D-printing.
16th December 2014

First commercial drone operation in The Gambia

First commercial drone operation in The Gambia
Capturing stunning aerial video and stills for five days, UAViate has pioneered the first ever commercial drone operation in The Gambia. The expert team flew out with just two weeks’ notice to film an array of stunning footage for the brand new hotel working with government organisations and celebrities to ensure the country’s first commercial drone operation was a resounding success.
16th December 2014

Refined & practical design techniques

Elsevier has published 'Analog Circuit Design Volume Three: Design Note Collection', the next book in the 'Analog Circuit Design' series, edited by Bob Dobkin and John Hamburger. Co-founder of Linear Technology, Dobkin has been closely involved in the development of high performance linear ICs for more than 30 years and has generated many industry standard circuits. He also holds more than 100 patents pertaining to linear ICs.
16th December 2014

Beam expander chosen for Doppler Wind Lidar system

Beam expander chosen for Doppler Wind Lidar system
Optical Surfaces has been selected by Beijing Metstar Radar (Metstar) to supply a high precision beam expander that will form a key component in their next generation fibre-based pulse Doppler Wind Lidar system. Metstar`s charter is to combine the latest technological advancements in both meteorology and electronics to provide high-class and reliable weather radars and services to the domestic and oversea customers and to branch out into related fields.
15th December 2014

EVEs support the development of intelligent displays

EVEs support the development of intelligent displays
EVE platforms, targeted at the creation of intelligent display systems using capacitive touch, have been released by FTDI Chip. Based on the FT801 EVE chip, the VM801B and VM801P support one to five independent touch points, enabling gestures such as rotations, swipes, pinches and zooms. The devices can source power at 5V via a 2.1mm power jack, USB Micro-B port or SPI master connector. Via a I2C interface, the EVEs can alternatively source power at 3.3V.
15th December 2014


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