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Affordability Contest Adds New Dimension to Solar Decathlon 2011

September 27, 2011 7:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Originally posted on the Solar Decathlon News Blog on September 26, 2011. View original post

Solar Decathlon 2011: The Visitor’s Perspective

September 26, 2011 10:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This past Sunday morning I boarded a shuttle headed towards West Potomac Park, site of this year’s Solar Decathlon competition. I wanted to experience the event, now in its 5th iteration, from the visitor’s perspective - so I grabbed a map of the Solar Village and joined a...

LED Troffer Replacements Qualified by DesignLights Consortium

September 22, 2011 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree announces its entire family of LED-based troffer replacements, including the latest Cree CR series of troffers, have been qualified by the DesignLights Consortium (DLC), ensuring they meet the highest level of quality standards.


Are You Attending Solar Decathlon This Year?

September 22, 2011 3:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This Friday marks the first day of Solar Decathlon 2011, an annual event that challenges collegiate teams - from the United States and around the world - to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.

Lighting Science Group's LED Bulbs Light Up Over a Quarter of the DOE Solar Decathlon Team Houses

September 21, 2011 9:38 am | News | Comments

Six of the twenty collegiate teams competing in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 will be lighting up their futuristic, energy-efficient solar houses with Lighting Science Group’s (OTCBB: LSCG) high-performance and ultra-efficient LED lighting products.

Solar Decathlon Technology Spotlight: Structural Insulated Panels

September 20, 2011 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Originally posted on the Solar Decathlon News Blog on September 19, 2011. View original post

Boosting smartphone battery life

September 19, 2011 10:46 am | by Michigan College of Engineering | News | Comments

A new "subconscious mode" for smartphones and other WiFi-enabled mobile devices could extend battery life by as much as 54 percent for users on the busiest networks.

See you Friday at the Solar Decathlon?

September 19, 2011 10:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Friday at 10 a.m., the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon opens in West Potomac Park in Washington D.C. The event provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for members of the public to tour homes that save energy and money - and are powered by the sun. Many of my colleagues describe...


Simplifying Total Energy Management

September 16, 2011 5:25 am | by Alan Elbanhawy, Akros Silicon | Articles | Comments

In past years, energy management in electronics equipment has moved from being a “check-box” requirement to a real competitive feature and differentiator. Traditional DC-DC point solutions that optimize single parameter via fine tuning of components are just not sufficient...

Are You Interested in a Clean Energy Career?

September 15, 2011 8:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, Eric talked about several ways for kids and adults to learn more about clean energy and prepare for a career in this sector. From America’s Home Energy Education Challenge to the Industrial Assessment Center program, there are many ways to get excited about a career in...

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.

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