[Surgical Theater in New Electronics] VR can be good for your health

In other areas of surgery, VR is being used by surgeons to plan procedures. Stanford Medical Center, the school of medicine at Stanford University, opened its Neurological Simulation Lab in 2017, using a VR system by Surgical Theater. The software creates a 3D model of the brain, compiled using MRIs (magnetic resonance images), CT (computed tomography) scans and angiograms (where dye is injected to show the paths of blood vessels).

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Scale Your Power Electronics Business With Electricity Industry Innovation Leader Iberdrola

Iberdrola operates more than 1.1 million kilometers of electric transmission and distribution power lines, across the United States, Brazil, the UK, and Spain. Their network comprises more than 4.400 high-to-medium voltage substations and more than 1.5 million medium-to-low voltage distribution transformers. Together, Iberdrola provides high-quality and reliable service to a total of 31 million electricity supply points.

Electricity networks are currently experiencing a significant change in the way electricity is generated and consumed due to the increased uptake of low carbon technologies (LCTs). Therefore the need to enhance network flexibility and adaptability is critical, with power electronics proving to be a key enabler in this transition. That is why Iberdrola is launching its new Startup Challenge, seeking power electronics devices.

Navigating Through A Changing Power Electronics Landscape

Despite the recognized benefits of using power electronic devices in medium-to-low voltage networks, there exist several barriers preventing the wider application within the energy network. These barriers include the pace of developing technologies, communications, health and safety, product lifetime, and efficiency.

Iberdrola is a pioneer in the digitization of its networks through the deployment of smart grid technologies, the integration of storage solutions, and the roll-out of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. To push the needle on innovation, Iberdrola utilizes its international startup program, called PERSEO, to seek competitive and innovative solutions.

Some examples of power electronic device innovations include solutions spanning:

  • Medium & Low Voltage DC
  • On-load tap changers
  • Smart transformers
  • LVDC Networks
  • Solutions to avoid and defer conventional reinforcement

How To Apply For The Iberdrola Startup Challenge

This time, the challenge is calling on startups, scaleups, and market-ready power electronics solutions that allow optimization of medium- and low-voltage networks to improve network flexibility under different load scenarios.

The main characteristics that will be taken into consideration are as follows:

  • Solutions that improve the efficiency and reliability of power electronic devices
  • Power electronic devices that are economically competitive in the market
  • Solutions that integrate power electronic devices into new offerings to support a net-zero energy network
  • Power electronic devices that effectively improve the power quality of the distribution network
  • Solutions that enable the control & communications associated with power electronic devices
  • Solutions that achieve tangible savings for the network business

The proposals will be analyzed based on criteria of scalability, replicability, ease of implementation, and direct impact on medium and low voltage networks.

Each participant may submit one or more proposals.

Why Your Startup Should Apply

By applying for the Power Electronics Challenge, you stand a chance to begin your collaboration and pilot project with Iberdrola.

PERSEO and/or any other relevant Iberdrola group company will then:

  • support you throughout the pilot project – technically & financially;
  • provide you with the necessary technical support to test the solution proposed,
  • give access to equipment, appliances, infrastructure, high technology sites, and joint work areas;
  • provide you with a real environment and real data to test your solution.

If the pilot project succeeds, Iberdrola may offer your business the opportunity to scale up the solution by means of commercial agreements. In addition, PERSEO, Iberdrola’s VC arm, may consider investing in your company.

The analysis of the offers will be carried out by experts in the network business of the Iberdrola group. The project will be developed in collaboration with the technical specialists from the Iberdrola Network area after the evaluation process will end in January 2021.

Click here to find out all the details regarding the Iberdrola Startup Challenge & submit your applications by 31.12.2020!

 

 

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[Foretellix in Electronics Industry News] Foretellix Releases ALKS Regulation Verification Package for Automated Driving Systems

Foretellix today announced its new ALKS verification package, the world’s first commercial solution for the newly announced Automatic Lane-Keeping System (ALKS) regulation. The new package includes support of Mobileye Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) following a successful joint demonstration of ALKS safety regulation and compliance flow. The new verification package will help automakers address the regulatory and certification requirements of ALKS automated driving systems.

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Milan-based FLEEP Technologies completes €900K seed round to bring printed electronics to market

FLEEP Technologies, a Milan-based startup hailing from the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), just one year after its establishment, has completed a seed round of €900K, with the investment of “Eureka! Fund I – Technology Transfer” managed by EUREKA! Venture SGR. The new capital will further contribute to the company’s development plans and will be…

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Power electronics and wireless charging startup Eggtronic raises $10M Series A

Eggtronic, the Italy-founded startup developing power electronics, wireless charging and data over power technology and products, has closed around $ 10 million in Series A funding.

Backing the company is Rinkelberg Capital — the investment fund from the founders of TomTom — and funds managed by an unnamed investment bank in Milan. It brings the total raised by Eggtronic since 2012 to $ 17 million.

Eggtronic says the capital will be used to develop a new integrated circuits division at the Eggtronic research laboratories as it continues along its roadmap of more efficient power transformers. Eventually, the company hopes its “capacitive” wireless charging technology will be adopted universally as a new industry standard.

Founded by CEO Igor Spinella out of Italy’s Modena — famous for its balsamic vinegar, opera heritage and Ferrari and Lamborghini sports cars — and now with offices and production facilities in the U.S., Italy and China, Eggtronic is best-known for its sleek laptop charger and stone-shaped wireless chargers.

However, it also makes various power electronics for other brands, and it is B2B, including producing ICs that other manufacturers can use in their own devices, that is the company’s longer-term and “scalable” future.

Spinella tells me that Eggtronic’s consumer and white-labeled products serve as a direct way of signalling to the market what Eggtronic is capable of and brings in revenue that can be reinvested into R&D to get to a better wireless charging future.

“We were not in California, and working in a capital-intensive field almost unknown by Italian investors, we created a pipeline able to validate us as a manufacturing and design company, invest in R&D — [including] being able to create some incredible demos of our most innovating technologies — and scale internationally,” explains Spinella.

Those demos included a capacitive wireless surface able to charge a smartphone in 2015, a TV in 2017 and two laptops connected and charging via data over power in 2020.

“These R&D demos were extremely important milestones to validate our own idea of wireless power and data,” says Spinella. [This includes] total position freedom: You can literally put every device on the desk randomly, charging and connecting them all.”

In addition, the company has been able to demonstrate high-power use-cases, and data over power that it claims can hit the same speed of a USB 3 cable but wirelessly.

“This technology has already some industrial customers, the next steps are the creation of ICs and the first retails products based on these ICs, then we can work on the adoption by a leading company,” adds the Eggtronic founder.

In the interim, the company is applying some of the same capacitive technology to power conversion for existing applications, such as Eggtronic’s laptop chargers and power bricks.

“We filed several patents in this area, starting from our capacitive power converters able to remove the transformer, increasing efficiency and reducing size,” says Spinella. “Today we have several architectures that we invented, able to cover most of the typical applications, from some tens of Watts to kW, with our own resonant architectures (capacitive, inductive and hybrid), with several proprietary control algorithms, our own ‘Power Factor Correction’ circuits, several proprietary ways to shrink the size of the components, to reduce the number of stages in series and so on.”

Meanwhile, Spinella is being advised by consumer electronics veteran Mark Gretton, who is the former CTO of TomTom and helped pioneer mobile computing at Psion. He was introduced to Eggtronic via Rinkelberg Capital, before deciding to invest and join as an advisor.

“I decided to get involved because firstly I liked and respected Igor, but also because unlike so many technology companies that come my way, the Eggtronic proposition was refreshingly simple,” Gretton tells me. “We are going to make something that is an integral part of everyone’s lives better through applying technology. There was no change of behaviour, complex business model, or solution to a problem nobody knew they had. Just designing better power electronics for everyone.”

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With 70 percent boost in battery energy, this Dutch startups’ breakthrough could reform consumer electronics, electric vehicles and more

Modern-day society is made possible by science and technology breakthroughs we’ve had over the years. From compressors that enable refrigeration to air conditioning and the humble electric motor, which serves our numerous needs, there are plenty of technologies at work for us. Storage of electricity is one such scientific marvel, which enables us to carry devices that would otherwise need to be always plugged in. Now, Netherlands based startup LeydenJar Technologies has reached another milestone in the scientific journey. 

Boosting battery energy levels by 70 percent

Current batteries are restricted to using small amounts of silicon in their anodes since they were primarily carbon-based. The Netherlands based startup LeydenJar Technologies has developed a new method to create anodes in lithium-ion batteries, which are made from 100 percent silicon. This breakthrough is said to drastically change the battery industry as it enables the production of batteries with a 70 percent higher energy density (1350 Wh/L) and 62 percent lower CO2 emissions.

Silicon is touted to have ten times the capacity of carbon when used as an anode material. Till now, technical limitations hampered using silicon as the primary material but LeydenJar’s technology makes it possible. The tech is derived from solar cell production technology called plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition, or PECVD. 

The innovation enabling 70 percent higher energy density for batteries is expected to have a notable impact on various sectors such as consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and the storage of renewable energy. This is because the new technology doesn’t drive up the production costs and is a ‘plug-in’ solution to existing battery gigafactories.

Founder and managing director of LaydenJar Technologies, Christian Rood, says, ‘The significance of battery capacity is huge. Electric driving, more intelligent smartphones, electric flying, everything, and everyone is waiting for better batteries. Our solution is smart and easily incorporated without any additional cost. We cordially invite everyone to use and experience the advantages of LeydenJar’s silicon anodes.”

scaling-up production capacity

LaydenJar built its test pouch cells using commercially available battery materials, such as NMC 622 cathodes, and LeydenJar’s silicon anodes. It was able to achieve energy density of 1350 Wh/L at the start of battery life and the new and improved battery cells demonstrated a cycle life of more than 100 cycles. 

LaydenJar Technologies is a Dutch spin-out of the applied research institute TNO which was founded back in April 2016 by co-founders Christian Rood and Gabriël de Scheemaker. The startup has raised a total of €4.3 million in funding till date, mostly in form of grants. The company is now gearing up to scale-up its production capacity in the coming years, which will be the next step in its journey.

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[C2A Security in New Electronics] C2A Security joins automotive platform consortium AUTOSAR

C2A Security, a provider of automotive cybersecurity solutions, has joined with AUTOSAR, a global automotive platform consortium of OEM and Tier 1 companies.

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