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Energy 108 – Solar Cells II

September 16, 2010 5:14 am | by Prof. Ken Johnson | Comments

Perhaps you have wanted to do your part to promote the end of fossil fuels and thought about having a photo-voltaic (PV) system installed on your new home. Frankly, that is a dream mostly created in you by very devious, but typical, Ruling Class politicians who are always out there dangling a carrot...

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Would You Consider Driving a Vehicle that Can Run on Biodiesel?

September 16, 2010 4:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

On Monday, Shannon told you about biodiesel, a renewable fuel that can power a vehicle using less fuel and producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions. DOE has an Alternative Fuel Station Locator that can help drivers find the nearest fueling station to fill up their vehicles.

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Avnet and Bourns Celebrate 45 Years of Partnership

September 14, 2010 12:57 pm | by Ed Smith, President, Avnet Electronics (www.avnet.com) | Comments

I’ve been in this industry a long time and while we are all clearly focused on the innovations of tomorrow, it’s nice to see where we’ve come from.

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Harness the Power of the Sun

September 14, 2010 9:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

In the past, when I thought of solar power I would automatically think solar panels or more specifically, solar photovoltaics. However, within the last couple of months I've gained a better understanding of the variety of ways we can harness the sun's abundant energy to help meet our power needs.

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Cellular Usage Around the World

September 14, 2010 7:35 am | Comments

It is fascinating how cellular usage varies around the world, its impact on emerging economies, and how that drives economic growth and improves lives.

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Biodiesel Offers a Renewable Alternative

September 13, 2010 5:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

A few weeks ago, I visited the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in Maryland, eager to view cute barnyard animals and eat fried food. Among the flashing lights and noisy crowd, a colorful sign caught my eye. I was surprised and pleased by its message: all of the thrill rides were...

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New Micro Fuel Cell Developments Featured at DPF 2010

September 10, 2010 6:51 am | by Linnea Brush | Comments

With ongoing interest in micro fuel cell development, what are some of the more promising technologies for portable power applications? Darnell’s Power Forum will highlight a number of trends in the “alternative” energy storage market.

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How Are You Preparing to Save Energy this Fall and Winter?

September 9, 2010 5:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Hard to believe, but summer is almost officially over! Cooler weather is just around the corner, and it's always best to be prepared. As Andrea mentioned on Tuesday, one of the best things you can do to get ready for cool weather is have a home energy assessment to find out where you are...

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Thin-Film Batteries - Emerging Energy Storage at DPF 2010

September 8, 2010 8:03 am | by Linnea Brush | Comments

Power supply technologies are often synergistic, and the success of one can be dependent on the success of another.

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“Grey Eagle” UAS to deploy to Afghanistan

September 8, 2010 7:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Weaponized versions of the MQ-1C “Grey Eagle” Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) will begin deploying to Afghanistan in the fall. Formerly known as the Sky Warrior, Grey Eagle is the Army’s answer to the Predator. In recent tests at the National Training Center, the Grey Eagle’s on-board laser designator performed flawlessly.

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Addressing Through-Hinge Wiring Challenges in Flip-Phone Design

September 8, 2010 7:37 am | Comments

So many people feel they can’t live without their cellular telephones these days, but how do cell phones survive all that use – and abuse – from people?

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Get Ahead of the Heating Season with an Energy Assessment

September 7, 2010 1:21 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

As I walked outside this morning, I noticed something - a chill in the air! I live in Colorado, where the nights get cooler long before the days do. This is the time where it's common to see people walking around with shorts and sweaters in the morning (gotta be prepared).

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What Is Most Important to the Future of Power?

September 7, 2010 7:52 am | by Linnea Brush | Comments

What will be the most important driver for the power electronics industry in the next few years: Architectures? Topologies? Materials? Applications? This is a hotly debated question that has no clear answers...

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Wi-Fi and Femtocells

September 7, 2010 7:47 am | by Rupert Baines, picoChip (www.picochip.com) | Comments

Although it is tempting to portray technology discussions as “battles” with a winner and loser, more often they will co-exist with technologies serving different needs at different times.

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How Low Can You Go with “Low-Power Wireless”?

September 2, 2010 4:49 am | by Ross Sabolcik, Director of Marketing, Wireless Products, Silicon Labs (www.silabs.com) | Comments

One thing I’ve learned over the years in the semiconductor industry is that I really don’t know anything. Or rather, what I think I know is always changing or isn’t quite what I thought it was.

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