How Solar Inverters Can Stabilize the Grid

Photo: Bernhard Lang/Getty Images Rooftops for Reliability: Germany is using smart inverters to give solar a role in stabilizing the grid. California is following its example. Rooftop solar power systems are picking up a second…

Large-scale renewables driving flexible AC transmission systems

Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS), which mitigate voltage drops on the power grid, have evolved significantly during the past 40 years. With the rapid growth of large-scale renewable energy projects, which often supply intermittent…

For $1M, Google wants you to build a solar inverter that’s ‘the size of a small laptop’

Google’s Little Box challenge, first announced in May, is now open to applications from anyone who thinks they can design and build a very small solar inverter. Google is offering $1 million in prize money. Google…

Smart inverters: The secret to integrating distributed energy onto the grid?

Utilities and research teams are taking distributed energy solutions to the wires. New advanced inverter technology is already proving it will help bring more distributed solar more safely to the grid. Concern with, and sometimes resistance​…

Medal of Honor Goes to Power Semiconductor pioneer Baliga

Life Fellow B. Jayant Baliga is the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Medal of Honor “for the invention, implementation, and commercialization of power semiconductor devices with widespread benefits to society.” While a researcher in the…

The Hidden Dangers of Chop-Shop Electronics

On 17 August 2011, Boeing warned the U.S. Navy that an ice-detection module in the P-8A Poseidon, a new reconnaissance aircraft, contained a “reworked part that should not have been put on the airplane originally…