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11-03-2010, 06:50 PM
Tallinn Tech University Introduces Unique Converter for Green Energy (http://news.err.ee/sci-tech/e28c28a1-5de4-4d16-9cd8-cb80abd524fb)


Researchers at the Tallinn University of Technology have produced an electrical converter prototype for green energy that is unique in the world and has drawn attention from numerous EU countries.

Most green energy produces electricity. Depending on the source, output voltage can vary significantly, and this is why sustainable energy sources have the same problem. They need to be connected to a common electrical grid that standardizes voltages.

The university’s power engineering researchers Dmitri Vinnikov, Indrek Roasto and Tanel Jalakas have come to a solution, a one-of-a-kind microcircuit converter that is in the process of being patented. The technology it uses has been developed for about five years in about 10 universities around the world. Compared to analogous converters, the university claims to have a simpler, more durable (it’s short-circuit proof) and cheaper product than anything that has been produced so far.

Designed foremost for fuel cells, the technology can suit other renewable energy sources with minor adjustments. The university team will soon complete another prototype with 10-kilowatt capacity.