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Microgrid Power: Evolving Energy

On August 14, 2003, a huge blackout took hold of the Northeastern United States. Rural areas, suburban towns, and entire dense metropolitan areas were thrown into darkness, eventually reaching more than 50 million people. Once the lights came back on, power operators discovered that the massive event had been caused by a single generator plant in Ohio.

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Staying on the Cutting-Edge of DSP

At PCTI, we have always been dedicated to innovation. This is especially true when it comes to digital signal processing technology, or DSP. The DSP is a technology used in several industries, including power electronics controls; it’s a specialized microprocessor with an architecture optimized for the operational needs of digital signal processing.

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Critical Power: FLEX Strategy

March 2016 was the 5th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. In response to the Fukushima accident, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) developed the Diverse and Flexible Coping Strategies (FLEX) to prepare for beyond-design-events at Nuclear Power Station in the US. To support the FLEX Strategies mandated by the NRC, PCTI has produced a Critical Power Trailer that houses a 400A, 125V 12-Pulse Battery Charger.

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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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Why We Love Nikola Tesla, Part 2

He won the feud with Edison in style.

You may remember the Nikola Tesla-Edison rivalry we touched on in Why We Love Tesla (Part 1) Tesla and Westinghouse with their AC system versus Edison and General Electric with DC. They may have respected one another, but a feud is still a feud.

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The Man Who Invented the 20th Century

Engineer, inventor, mad scientist – Nikola Tesla was undoubtedly one of the biggest influences to modern electricity supply systems, engineering, and electronics. Here are a few reasons why we love this man.

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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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6th Gen Digital Signal Processing

PCTI is pioneering the use of DSP (digital signal processing) in all of our products and is proudly introducing our sixth generation of using DSP control. This new generation uses the Texas Instruments TMS320F28M36, which combines C2000 floating point DSP and Cortex M3 ARM into one single chip.

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The Power of Direct Current 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

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.