Control 16 Relays with your Pi, supplying 12V to 16 DC jacks. All powered from and ATX Power Supply, with sensor support on board. You can find more details on the author’s website. by Rodney Balent @ kickstarter.com:
I started out with the simple goal of wanting to automate a few things around the home starting with my vertical garden using a Raspberry Pi.
With that goal in mind I decided to make a 16 bay relay board so I could control as many devices as possible from a single point. It was then I found how much space this would take up, and how long it would take to wire up and it became impractical.
So the next logical step was to look into making my own PCB. I noticed that virtually all the devices I wanted to control ran on 12V, I also noticed how many spare ATX power supplies I had lying around and the gears in my head started turning.
Clayton G. Hobbs @ hackaday.io published some details of his project, a USB power delivery board. He writes:
USB Power Delivery is a cool standard for getting lots of power—up to 100 W—from a USB Type-C port. Being an open standard for supplying enough power to charge phones, laptops, and just about anything else under the sun, USB PD is poised to greatly reduce the amount of e-waste produced worldwide from obsolete proprietary chargers. Unfortunately, like all USB standards, it’s quite complex, putting it out of reach of the average electronics hobbyist.
PD Buddy Sink – USB Power Delivery for everyone – [Link]
Using ESP8266 makes the building of a customized WiFi power switch more affordable especially if you start with Sonoff Pow WiFi Switch design and you use a special Arduino C firmware called ESPurna developed by Xose (tinkerman) which is an open source firmware for ESP8266 based wireless switches such as Sonoff POW and many others.
After Xose has built the software ــ ESPurna, he decided to build his own smart switch board to meet his special needs. ESPurna-H electronic design is very similar to Sonoff POW’s one; it uses ESP12 module as a controller and as WiFi transceiver.
AC power monitoring is done using HLW8012 IC which is also present in Sonoff POW. This IC monitors both voltage and current of the AC power, and output RMS voltage, current and active power encoded as a 50% duty cycle square wave where the frequency is proportional to the magnitude. I should mention that ESPurna supports interfacing with HLW8012. In addition AC load is enabled/disabled by using a 10A relay.
ESPurna-H uses HLK-PM01 AC-DC step-down power supply module. The 100-240 VAC input range so the board can be used anywhere in the world and the good performance made Xeos select this module.
ESPurna-H has another option to enable/disable the relay using a capacitive touch switch using TTP223module.
Xose designed the board with Eagle CAD and released the schematics, PCB layout and other hardware design files on Github.
pinko @ blog.exrockets.com wanted to regulate the power to a resistive load so he decided to build a PWM power regulator based on PIC18LF2550.
In order to synthesize chlorates and perchlorates in the home lab it is always good to have a way to regulate the current flowing through the electrolyte. Because the load is purely resistive the simplest solution is a small PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) regulator. So I decided to make my own.
The LTC5596 is a high frequency, wideband and high dynamic range RMS power detector that provides accurate, true power measurement of RF and microwave signals independent of modulation and waveforms. The LTC5596 responds in an easy to use log-linear 29mV/dB scale to signal levels from –37dBm to –2dBm, at accuracy better than ±1dB error over the full operating temperature range and RF frequency range, from 200MHz to an unprecedented 30GHz. In addition, the device’s response has ±1dB flatness within this frequency range. A wider frequency range can be used, from 100MHz to 40GHz, however with slightly reduced accuracy at the frequency extremes. Its RF input is internally 50Ω matched from 100MHz to 40GHz, making the device very easy to use at any band within its useful frequency range.
LTC5596 – 100MHz to 40GHz Linear-in-dB RMS Power Detector – [Link]
Audio projects become smaller over time with the rapid advancement of technology. A traditional power supply is still considered large compared to audio projects size constraints and it may not fit such delicate applications that need to deliver a good sound with zero noise.
Jan Didden, audio specialist who is known for his own publications Linear Audio, has came up with a new idea that can help in perfecting audio projects. The SilentSwitcher is a 55 x 31 mm special power supply module designed to supply clean power to high-end analog and digital audio circuits.
“One goal of this power supply that it doesn’t need to connect to the mains, you can use it with a USB charger or with a power bank… All problems with ground loops and mains born noise are not existing”- Jan Didden, the designer of The SilentSwitcher
The SilentSwitcher uses a combination of switching and linear regulators to generate a stable and noise-free supply voltage. The module can be powered from a 5V USB adapter, or from a 5V power bank for complete isolation. It delivers ±150 mA and a choice of 6V, 5V or 3.3V at 0.5 A to benefit most of your applications. The absolute maximum input voltage is 12VDC but in normal operation it is preferable to limit it to 10VDC.
Outputs (analog): +15 and -15 VDC at 150mA* each;
Output (6/5/3.3V): selectable 6, 5 or 3.3 VDC at 0.5A*;
Output noise (6/5/3.3V): less than 1mV broadband
Output impedance (analog): less than 10mΩ (+15V) and 80mΩ (-15V) at 20kHz
Output impedance (6/5/3.3V): less than 3mV drop with 100mA current step.
15V output at 150mA are provided thanks to the very low noise linear regulators of Texas InstrumentsTPS7A47, TPS7A33 that suppress all the noise from the switching regulator by a factor of one thousand even at 1 Megahertz. Such chips have driven zero noise to switcher technology and have shown incredible quiet and low noise performance.
Jan Didden talking about his product
The well designed board will help in keeping all elements quiet and avoiding excess radiation. There are 2- and 3-pin headers on the PCB to connect the load, and a 2-pin header for an On/Off switch. The connection to the 5V source is through a B-type USB connector or a standard 2-pin screw-type connector block. You can mount the PCB on the back of your enclosure with a hole cut out for the USB-B – no further input wiring required.
This power supply will be a great companion for your project! No need to think about wiring or transformers, and you won’t face any issues like mains hum or mains earth loops.
The SilentSwitcher is live on a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and there are only few hours left to go! You can get your own SilentSwitcher for $59 and you will receive a fully assembled and tested board.
Switching technology devices and integrated circuits are growing fast providing solutions that obtain power for different kind of circuits and devices, and they are proposed in different variations. A useful little known kind which is suitable for mixed supply systems is called SEPIC,single-ended primary-inductor converter.
Torpedo is a switched-mode power supply with a SEPIC configuration which is produced by Open Electronics, an open source solutions producer and the brainchild of Futura Group Srl. It supports three different wide-range voltage sources, battery, USB, and external source from 3 to 20 volts with up to 1 A output current and integrated LiPo battery cell charger.
Torpedo comes with these features:
Triple power source, that is to say: the USB, the battery and an external one
Wide range of values as for the input voltage: from 3 to 20 volts
Minimum output current of 500mA, with the possibility to reach 1A and more, via an external source
High efficiency, above 70% and possibly above 80-90%
Single-cell LiPo battery charger incorporated
A transition from battery power to another source that is without interruptions
5 V output with high stability, having a low ripple and when varying the load.
Torpedo’s circuit structure can be functionally divided into three different parts; Input Stage, Battery Charger, and SEPIC Converter.
At first, the Input Stage is composed of two diodes and a MOSFET transistor. This set forms a power source selector by allowing the highest voltage power source to pass through Vin pin and prevent it from going to another input having a lower voltage.
The Battery Charger is based on the MCP73831-2 integrated circuit, that is envisaged for charging single-cell LiPo batteries having a voltage of 4.2 volts. It comes with a red LED indicating the statues of charging, and a two-resistor bridge giving two different output current, 100mA and 500mA.
The SEPIC Converter in general is a DC/DC converter which control its output to be greater than, less than, or equal to that at its input. In Torpedo circuit, the SEPIC integrated circuit contains 1.2Mhz oscillator with variable duty cycle, a low-RDSON MOSFET, and a feedback circuit. This combination provides constant 5V output voltage from variant input voltage between 2.5V to 20V.
Coping with rapid technological advances and finding efficient energy solutions are the keys for development of power electronics of the future. A new research had been done in North Carolina State University about increasing the efficiency of high-power switches.
Silicon Carbide is a compound of silicon and carbon with chemical formula SiC. It is a wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor, that allows devices to operate at much higher voltages, frequencies and temperatures than conventional semiconductor materials.
Researchers came up with a high voltage and high frequency silicon carbide (SiC) power switch that could cost much less than similarly rated SiC power switches. This research may guide to new applications in power converters like medium voltage drives, solid state transformers and high voltage transmissions and circuit breakers.
Semiconductor devices like the 15kV SiC MOSFET can lead to great potential applications in high voltage and high frequency power converters. However, these devices are not commercially available and their high cost displaces them from industry competition with other alternatives like the standard IGBT (Insulated-gate Bipolar Transistors) that are widely used, but in the same time they dissipate a lot of energy while switching on and off.
The new SiC power switch, called FREEDM Super-Cascode Switch, contains a series of 1.2kV SiC power devices to produce a 15 kV and 40 mA output that can transcend the 15 kV SiC MOSFET in ease of adoption and cost – since it costs only one third of the estimated high voltage SiC MOSFETs. In addition, this new switch is capable of operating in a wide range of temperatures and frequencies due to its proficiency in heat dissipation, which is considered an advantage in power devices.
Since there is no high voltage SiC device commercially available at voltage higher than 1.7 kV, as Alex Huang said – Progress Energy Distinguished Professor, he assures that this solution paves the way for power switches to be developed in large quantities with breakdown voltages from 2.4 kV to 15 kV.
The research took place in North Carolina State’s FREEDM Systems Center which is funded by National Science Foundation. This center’s mission is to modernize the electric grid and mold the generation of leaders by providing all the needed software and hardware tools, funds, and partnerships with Industries. This project had also participated in IEEE Energy Conversion Conference & Expo on September 2016 and it was presented by Xiaoqing Song, a Ph.D. candidate at the FREEDM Systems Center under Huang’s supervision.
AEM10940 is a power management IC designed by e-peas to store power from photovoltaics (PVs) cells and thermoelectric generator (TEGs) into rechargeable power sources, such as Li-Ion batteries and thin film batteries. At the same time, it supplies the system with two different regulated voltages, the charging voltage and the system supply voltage.
e-peas is a startup based in Liège, Belgium. It works towards solutions to extend batteries life-time for IoT applications, by increasing the amount of harvested energy and reducing power consumption for each element in the system.
The AEM10940 features are:
Ultra low power start-up, which gives it the ability to operate with just 380 mV input voltages and 1 μW input power.
Ultra-low-power Boost regulator, whit operates with input voltages in a range of 100 mV to 2.5 V.
Integrated Low Drop-Out (LDO) regulator, drives a microcontroller at 1.8 V with up to 10 mA load current at low voltage supply, and drives a radio transceiver at configurable voltage from 2.2 V to 4.2 V with 80 mA load current.
Programmable overcharge and overdischarge protection
Suitable for any type of rechargeable battery or supercapacitor
e-peas introduces AEM10040 as an evaluation board that provides a laboratory-like environment for testing and analysing. It also simplifies the connections with power sources, storage elements, and the different loads. However, the evaluation board is not suitable for end-user applications.
A group of developers in Elektor Labs have modified a high power wireless power transfer project, which originally developed byWürth Elektronik eiSos GmbH & Co. KG, an electronic and electromechanical components manufacturer in Europe, in an attempt to come up with an easy-to-achieve solution for wireless power transfer of more than 100 Watts without using any kind of controller or programmed elements.
The same circuit is used in both transmitter and receiver circuits. It is based on a resonant converter which generates a constant frequency according to the LC parallel resonant circuit. The resonant converter, also known as Zero Voltage Switching (ZVS) oscillator, has no power-loss elements and provide high efficiency response with up to 200 Watts of energy.
In the modified version, the gate driving circuit were replaced with a faster one which uses a separate power supply. Also a protection circuit consists of a PTC resettable fuse was added using a high-side current monitor IC, this will protect the whole circuit from damage by shutting down the converter.
This version delivers up to 50 Watts with 88% efficiency for 12-24 V supply voltage.
More details about this project are available here, including the bill of materials BOM, schematics, and how circuits work.
More information about original circuits are available here.