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Walking the Walk to a Brighter Energy Future

September 13, 2011 9:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

There are all kinds of ways to get young people excited about saving energy. Recently, on the Energy Savers Blog, we’ve been pointing elementary and high school teachers and students to America’s Home Energy Education Challenge. This nationwide initiative engages students at...

Microinverters & Power Optimizers Grow 500% in 2010, But Still a Long Way to Mainstream

September 13, 2011 4:38 am | News | Comments

Use of disruptive technologies in the PV inverter industry grew strongly in 2010 with shipments of microinverters and power optimizers growing by well over 500%; however, they still accounted for less than 1% PV inverter revenues...

Are Your Kids Learning About Saving Energy?

September 8, 2011 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

We kicked off the new school year by talking about teaching our kids how to save energy at home, followed by more great information about electric vehicles which can save at the gas pump when we’re driving our kids to school events.


Solliance and imec join forces in thin film PV R & D

September 6, 2011 5:09 am | News | Comments

Imec and Solliance have announced that imec will be a full partner of Solliance and will integrate its thin film PV R&D efforts in Solliance. With imec as a partner, Solliance aims to be an R&D cluster bringing thin film solar energy technology to excellence.

Innovative organic solar cell architecture sets new performance level

September 6, 2011 5:04 am | News | Comments

The Belgian research centre imec, together with Plextronics and Solvay, present this week at the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (PVSEC) in Hamburg an organic polymer-based single junction solar cell with 6.9% performance in an innovative inverted device stack.

Driving on "Green" Electrons

September 6, 2011 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

So you’ve decided you want to drive on electricity. You’ve considered your commute, how often you could plug in your car, and whether you want a plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) or all-electric vehicle (EV) . But you have one more decision to make – your electricity...

How Do You Like the Monthly Recaps?

September 2, 2011 5:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

No doubt you’ve noticed them by now, but this year we started a regular column on the Energy Savers blog where we show you what’s new on the website, what we’ve talked about, our weekly questions, and a few posts from the archives.We’d like to know: Do you find the...

This Month on Energy Savers: August 2011

September 1, 2011 11:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

August was the hottest month on record for some of us, while others braced ourselves for the likes of hurricane Irene and earthquakes! Unfortunate power outages aside, saving energy is always a hot topic during the dog days of summer. See what we've been talking about in August:


Back to School!

August 29, 2011 12:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, millions of kids across the United States are heading back to school. Parents are buying school supplies and perhaps heaving a sigh of relief (or shedding a tear). It's a rite of passage.

Molex Interconnects Power UMsolar Car on 1,800 Mile Australian Outback Journey

August 26, 2011 8:48 am | News | Comments

Molex Incorporated has provided support to the University of Michigan Solar Car team (UMsolar) in its bid to win the 2011 World Solar Challenge. The UMsolar team’s car, named Quantum, features several electronic components from Molex, as well as a variety of solderless terminals. 

Onsite Becomes Certified e-Stewards Recycler

August 26, 2011 8:35 am | News | Comments

Onsite Electronics Recycling announced today that it has been certified to the e-Stewards Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment at its company-wide locations. Onsite Electronics Recycling is the

Clean Energy Top Priority, U.N. Chief Tells NREL

August 25, 2011 12:27 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says renewable energy will create jobs, empower women and combat climate change.

Have You Seen Energy Efficiency Improvements in Your Neighborhood?

August 25, 2011 5:29 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, Erin shared the results of a major energy efficiency retrofit at her local library. Efficiency improvements over several years include installing 250 solar panels on the roof, upgrading to energy-efficient lighting, and others. The library has been saving over $57,000 per year...


Energy-Saving Projects in My Community

August 23, 2011 1:28 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Working in the communications office at the Department of Energy, I’m always researching, writing, and talking about our latest initiatives. Topics run the gamut - from student-led solar competitions to engineering breakthroughs in electric vehicle design. I’ve learned that...

Power supplies include input range of 120 to 277 Vac

August 23, 2011 8:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Network Power today announced a new series of high efficiency power supplies for LED lighting, the LDS25 series. The new 25 watt series joins the company's LDS70 series 70 watt products for this fast-growing market.

Oh, the Joys of Energy-Inefficient Smartphone Ownership!

August 22, 2011 10:27 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

So, I recently purchased my first smartphone. For the most part, I love the daylights out of it. But you know what? Its battery life is horrible

The benefits of solid state lighting

August 19, 2011 6:18 am | by Irene Signorino, Director of Marketing, Microsemi Corporation ( | Blogs | Comments

The benefits of LEDs are driving adoption in a wide range of general illumination applications due to the unique characteristics of this novel light source. The reasons for choosing LED are many, but the deciding factor is strongly dependent on where the fixture is used.

Have You Taken Advantage of These Incentives Yet?

August 18, 2011 5:26 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, Andrea showcased the new Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) incentive search widget, which people can use to quickly find rebates and other incentives for purchasing renewable energy or energy-efficient items for their homes and businesses....

Let's Create More Efficient Electronic Systems Together

August 18, 2011 5:17 am | by Eric Persson, Executive Director FAE, International Rectifier ( | Blogs | Comments

IR was founded on the principles of energy efficiency back in 1947, and our founder’s 1912 Baker electric car (which IR modified to become the world’s first solar-powered car in 1958) is still on display at our Temecula wafer Fab.

Low Emission Cars Under NREL's Microscope

August 17, 2011 10:27 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

National laboratory researchers put advanced vehicles through their paces and give consumers a taste of promising technologies.

Molex Innovative Interconnects Power UMsolar Car on 1,800 Mile Outback Journey

August 17, 2011 7:21 am | News | Comments

Molex Incorporated enthusiastically endorses the University of Michigan Solar Car team (UMsolar) in its bid to win the 2011 World Solar Challenge.  Hosted in Australia, the biannual competition takes place October 16-23, 2011.

Saving Money on Your Energy-Saving Upgrades

August 16, 2011 9:25 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Summer is one of the best times of the year to get motivated to make those energy efficiency upgrades on your to-do list, and the Department of Energy can point you to some incentives to make the initial investment more affordable. Energy-saving products will save you considerable money...

New Local Incentive Search Widget: DSIRE

August 15, 2011 8:30 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

The Energy Savers mailbox gets requests for the latest in tax credits, appliance rebates, and other energy efficiency incentives on a regular basis. So when the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) released its new incentive search widget, we were thrilled...

CEVA Leads Israeli Smart Grid Consortium for the Advancement of Smart Grid Technologies

August 15, 2011 5:31 am | News | Comments

CEVA announced that the Israeli Smart Grid (ISG) Consortium which it helped spearhead has received the backing of the Israeli Chief Scientist under its MAGNET R&D Program. The group consists of seven industrial partners and five academic institutions.

Solid state lighting benefits the specialized medical illumination arena

August 11, 2011 6:09 am | by Joel Falcone, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Lighting, Excelitas Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Excelitas Technologies envisions a broad spectrum of promising application areas that will benefit from the integration of solid state lighting but perhaps the most exciting and promising area is in the specialized medical illumination arena.

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