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February 24, 2011

A New Module for Power Conversion

Blog---100 Hooray for efficiency! Efficiency is one of those under appreciated, but very effective, concepts that's rarely in the headlines. That's why reading this article about a potentially new technological mechanism that enhances power conversion in our products (cuts energy waste by 90 percent) brightens the day.

The idea focuses on a "gallium nitride power conversion module" as opposed to a conventional silicon-based one. What can come out of this are "electric cars that drive farther without recharging, the disappearance of bricklike device chargers and solar panels that generate more electricity." Transphorm,the start-up behind the breakthrough, is financially backed by Google Ventures and others. The minds behind this are enthusiastic. Via NYT's Bits blog: "We will save hundreds of terawatt hours when Transphorm's technology is fully implemented, the equivalent of taking the West Coast off the grid." They say it'll be like shutting down 300 coal plants! Visionary or hyperbolic?

-- Brian Foley

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