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Power Supply Exceeds Platinum Efficiency Levels

October 5, 2010 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power-One, Inc. announces the availability of its PFE1100 1100W front-end AC-DC power supply. This product provides a 12VDC output with 5V or 3.3V pin-selectable standby. Exceeding CSCI Platinum targets, the new PFE1100 product line has the world’s lowest power dissipation.

Educating a New Generation of Energy Influencers

October 5, 2010 8:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

OK. Sometimes I just want to feel like a kid again. Is that so wrong?

Northwire introduces industry’s first UL 62-approved HFFR power cord

October 5, 2010 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Northwire Technical Cable has introduced EcoPower, an environmentally friendly power cord that is halogen free flame retardant (HFFR) (PVC free) and UL listed. It is the industry’s first HFFR power cord that is UL 62 approved.

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Inverter Reference Design Lowers Cost and Improves Efficiency in Solar Power Systems

October 4, 2010 11:45 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced a fully digitally controlled Grid-Connected Solar Micro Inverter Reference Designwith an advanced, high-efficiency topology.

Celebrate Energy Awareness Month and Get a Tax Credit!

October 4, 2010 11:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, fall is a great time to make energy improvements - not just because of the change in seasons, but because October is Energy Awareness Month. I'm sure you all spent the weekend celebrating and throwing energy-efficient parties, maybe with a nice CFL-shaped cake.

Improved Labs Energize Biomass Research

October 2, 2010 6:21 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Innovative research laboratories get a facelift and infusion of new equipment to help researchers make environment friendly, economic biofuels.

NREL Bridging the Gap for Entrepreneurs and VCs

October 2, 2010 6:21 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Cleantech ventures are sharpening their business plans, polishing their presentations for NREL's 23rd Industry Growth Forum.

Solar System Tops Off Efficient NREL Building

October 2, 2010 6:21 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

A rooftop solar electric system on NREL's new office building embodies the ideals of energy efficiency and renewable energy advocated by the Lab.

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Solar Combiner sports top weight to KW ratio

October 1, 2010 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bentek Solar introduces its new Solar Bi-Polar Array Combiner. The Bi-Polar Array combiner was designed and manufactured specifically for the Schneider Electric Xantrex GT-30 Grid Tie Solar Inverter.

Home Depot Launches New Line of LED Bulbs

September 30, 2010 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The wait is over—starting today Americans can buy a full line of ultra-efficient LED bulbs from The Home Depot that are brighter and longer-lasting at a dramatically lower retail price than similar products on the market.

How Do You Go Green When You Travel?

September 30, 2010 5:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, John told you about green travel and a program in his area that allows lodging facilities to verify that they are practicing green activities. Many of the activities, however, require that travelers take the step to be green. Choices such as less frequent linen service are...

STMicroelectronics Demo of Low-Power Microcontrollers

September 29, 2010 8:56 am | Videos | Comments

This is a demo of STMicroelectronics' low-power microcontrollers using novel power sources, including a pumpkin.

High-Resolution Diagrams Now Available

September 28, 2010 7:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

The newest content now available on Energy Savers is high-resolution diagrams!

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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.

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...

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.

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