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Lighting Science Group Receives Industry's First Energy Star Label for an LED Bulb

September 28, 2010 6:06 am | News | Comments

Lighting Science Group has received the industry’s first ENERGY STAR label for an LED light bulb. ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol that makes it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products...

Going Green: Traveling in an Environmentally Responsible Manner

September 27, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

My wife and I recently took a trip to Virginia Beach. I wanted to visit a research center there. I spent a lot of time at the center, including attending a 3-hour conference session. So really - a main reason for the trip was not leisure. I do admit, however, that my wife and I couldn't...

Femtocells - The Green Solution?

September 24, 2010 11:08 am | by Rupert Baines, picoChip (www.picochip.com) | Blogs | Comments

Cellular networks use a surprisingly large amount of power: approximately 2% of UK energy - about the same as aviation. Yet while greenhouse emissions of flying are very public/controversial, the wireless energy use is less visible.

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Legislation Could Repeal Incandescent Ban

September 24, 2010 6:54 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Incandescents may be given a stay of execution. Last week, U.S. Reps. Joe Barton (R-Texas), Michael Burgess (R-Texas), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) introduced legislation designed to repeal the incandescent light bulb ban.

Op amp improves system efficiency in power modules

September 23, 2010 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX9622, a precision operational amplifier with high gain bandwidth. This op amp employs a unique autotrimming technique to precisely calibrate the input-offset voltage (Vos) on power-up.

Custom Design Integrates Power Functionality Into a Single IC

September 23, 2010 8:41 am | Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Microsemi announced that its ASIC design services group has developed a device for smart metering applications that integrates all power-management functions into one application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). The device is the first of a planned family of both custom and standard products...

How Has a Ceiling Fan Affected the Way You Heat and Cool Your Home?

September 23, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Chris told you about his new ceiling fan and how it's changed the way he cools his home. In warm weather, ceiling fans cool people (not rooms) by producing a wind-chill effect - which is why you should turn off fans when you leave the room. A ceiling fan allows you to raise the...

General Electric Adopts 'EcoView Residential’ Energy Management System

September 21, 2010 12:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Telemetry (www.AdvancedTelemetry.com), developer of the EcoView smart energy management system for light commercial and residential applications, today announced that General Electric Co. has adopted its “EcoView Residential” solution...

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Light guides enable backlighting touch-enabled display graphics

September 21, 2010 9:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra-thin light guides from Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) utilize the company’s unique LED-based edge-lighting technology to provide an ideal solution for backlighting touch-enabled display graphics in a wide variety of applications.

Fall Is a Great Time for Energy Awareness

September 21, 2010 8:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

A lot of people wait until the first of year to set goals and make life changes, but I think the change of seasons is a good time to think about these things, especially when it comes to energy use and saving strategies. Heating and cooling account for roughly 43% of an average home's...

Turning on the Fan and Turning off the A/C

September 20, 2010 12:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

As part of some recent money- and energy-savings improvements I've been making to my home, a couple of weeks ago I installed a ceiling fan in my main living room. Part of my research led me to understand how ceiling fans are considered the most effective fans compared among table fans,...

Step-down converter supports input voltages of 2 V to 15 V

September 17, 2010 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated today introduced a high-efficiency, ultra-low power step-down converter for energy harvesting and low-power applications. The new TPS62120 achieves 96 percent efficiency, and can generate a 75 mA output current from an input voltage of 2 V to 15 V.

LED lamps offer light transmission of 89 percent

September 16, 2010 10:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Replacing a long-time fixture isn’t easy. But PolyBrite’s Borealis LED (light-emitting diode) lamps featuring Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s Makrolon polycarbonate plastic make it a snap to switch from an energy-sapping incandescent light bulb to energy-efficient, eye-pleasing and impact-resistant LED technology.

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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 | Blogs | 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.

Harness the Power of the Sun

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

Biodiesel Offers a Renewable Alternative

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

Thermal Management of Visible LEDs

September 10, 2010 12:50 pm | by Walter Garcia Brooks, OPTEK | Articles | Comments

LEDs fulfill a growing number of applications. Visible LEDs have a high luminous efficacy as compared to incandescent and fluorescent bulbs – and while incandescent and fluorescent bulbs have already reached near-maximum luminous efficacy...

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

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

Get Ahead of the Heating Season with an Energy Assessment

September 7, 2010 1:21 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | 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).

Imec reports large-area silicon solar cells with high efficiency

September 7, 2010 8:16 am | News | Comments

At the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (Valencia, Spain), imec presents several large-area silicon solar cells with a conversion efficiency above 19%. Two types of cells were realized namely with Ag-screenprinted contacts and plated Cu-contacts.

Climate and Trends in Solar Cell Technologies

September 7, 2010 6:09 am | by Jan-Gustav Werthen, Director of Photovoltaics for JDSU | Articles | Comments

As solar energy systems evolve, there is a tendency amongst investors and industry pundits to look for “the winning technology” that has the highest efficiency and the lowest production cost. However, winning solutions for solar energy are, in fact, as diverse as the earth’s climates.

What 'Little Things' Do You Do to Save Energy?

September 2, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Tuesday, Eric told you about the redesign of the Energy Empowers site. Energy Empowers delivers stories about people like you taking both large and small steps to save energy, advance clean energy technologies, and build a more energy efficient and sustainable energy economy. Eric...

Secretary Chu Announces Two Million Smart Grid Meters Installed Nationwide

September 1, 2010 10:13 am | News | Comments

At an event today at Battelle headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that two million smart grid meters have been installed across the country, helping to reduce energy costs for families and businesses.

Smart Grid Electronics Forum – Program Announced

August 31, 2010 10:18 am | News | Comments

The program has been announced for the first annual Smart Grid Electronics Forum (SGEF ’10) which will be jointly hosted by Darnell Group and Hearst Electronics Group, October 18-20 in San Jose, California. Control, Communications and Security will be three of the major themes of SGEF ’10.

Empowering Actions to Save Energy Across the Country

August 31, 2010 6:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

I think about energy a lot, and I'm always looking to get other people to think more consciously about energy and the ways they use it. I frequently send links to my friends and family to interesting websites and stories about people tackling our energy issues at home and at work. I also...

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