The Alternative Energy Issue
There are many viable reasons for considering an alternative energy solution to power new designs,
especially for those with ultra-low power requirements. Battery regulations, lower total cost of
ownership, environmental benefits, and ease of implementation are just some of the many benefits that
alternative energy sources can bring.
It is easy to think of all alternative energy as giant wind farms or hydro plants, but many alternative
energy sources can be as simple as a single solar cell powering a remote sensor and wireless transmitter.
As well as solar power, piezoelectric and thermoelectric generators can harvest vibration and thermal
energy to generate enough electricity to power a simple circuit.
For alternative power sources to be viable, efficiency is key. The overall amount of energy generated can
be quite small, and the generation, transformation, storage, conversion and distribution phases of the
circuit need to have as few losses as possible to ensure enough power is available to drive the load.
This journal will look at the design and implementation of these systems, along with the latest power
chain innovations that have opened new applications for alternative energy. We also include some
practical examples of these circuits in operation. The journal will contain articles from both our
industry leading range of suppliers and our in-house technical teams. We also have the regular features
to keep you up to date with the current trends in the industry and the latest news from Premier Farnell
As usual we welcome all feedback. Any comments and suggestions can be sent to
Global Head, Technical Marketing, Premier Farnell