Here in reverse order are the top ten Power Management news stories of 2012. If you missed these stories the first time round here is your chance to catch
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At the Beijing Auto Show 2012, BMW showed for the first time a two-seater sports car with hybrid electric drive. The vehicle exhibits rather extreme features and can be regarded as an example for what is possible today with a perfect blend of mechanics, electronics and smart connectivity.
Picosun Oy, a Finnish manufacturer of atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment, reported final results of the European Union 7th Framework Programme funded research project ROD-SOL. The goal of this multinational, inter-European, three year (2009-2011) project, combining the efforts of both scientific and industrial partners, has been to dramatically increase the efficiency of solar cells and reduce the costs of their manufacturing.
Infinite Power Solutions, Inc. (IPS) developed of a new all-solid-state rechargeable battery technology with low manufacturing costs and record energy density.
Texas Instruments Incorporated unveiled a feature-packed MSP430 microcontroller platform with the aim of pushing ultra-low-power limits, bringing consumers one step closer to a battery-free world.
A team from Riga Technical University, Latvia designed a "Human Motion Energy Harvester for Wearable Applications". The design consists of a jacket with an electrical generator. The team's human motion energy harvester is contained within clothing to generate energy from human movement.
Electrochemical capacitors (ECs), also known as supercapacitors or ultracapacitors, differ from regular capacitors that you would find in your TV or computer in that they store sustantially higher