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The Man Who Invented the 20th Century: Why We Love Nikola Tesla, Part 3

Tesla was born in Croatia, on July 10, 1856 during a severe lightning storm. According to the legend, the obstetrician called Nikola a child of darkness, but his mother, Djuka Mandic, replied: “No, of light.” Although Mandic had a lack of education, she was very creative and had an impressive memory, inherited by her son.

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The Importance of Power Electronics

The systems and machines of our world depend on power electronics for the ability to run efficiently and sustainably. Power electronics is the application of solid-state electronics for the control and conversion of electric power. It applies to both the systems and products involved in converting and controlling the flow of electrical energy, allowing the electricity needed for everyday products to be delivered with maximum efficiency in the smallest and lightest package.

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The Power of Direct Current in Industry Today

The comparison between AC power and DC power can be boiled down to another historic rivalry: Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Edison is the inventor supporting DC (direct current) power while Tesla is the engineer behind AC (alternating current) power.

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DC Power Remains Popular in all Industries

Did you know DC (direct current) power was invented by Thomas Edison, and DC power was used in homes in the U.S. in the late 1800s? Much like AC (alternating current) today, DC power “was king” among consumers in 1887, according to sources, and there were 121 Edison power stations delivering DC electricity to customers across the nation back then.

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Will Plasma Chemical Technologies Spur a Nuclear Energy Boom?

In February 2014, the Federal government announced that a $6.5 billion loan would be given toward the construction of a nuclear power plant in Waynesboro, Georgia, marking the first time since 1996 that new nuclear reactors would be built.

This news was received with mixed reviews, as nuclear power is a controversial issue since Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown following the country’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. Since then, nuclear power has raised more concerns than before.

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Mission Critical High Power Equipment

Sometimes when designing or specifying equipment for use in a particular field, the price is the most important factor. Perhaps the application is not very intensive, or use is only occasional, or not a very stringent application. Other times, performance is paramount, in situations of high intensity, where dependability is key, and environments are harsh or demand a high degree of resiliency. It is this latter situation that we’re interested in at PCTI, as we provide several types of high power equipment to the U.S. Military.

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Battery Charging – A Rapidly Changing Technology

Battery charging technology is crucial for energy storage purposes, particularly for renewable technologies being used in mobile and critical backup systems. One of the biggest areas of growth and research in modern charger technology is with the new battery chemistries and the optimized ways to charge them.