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Are Your Transformers Ready for the Smart Grid?

July 22, 2010 6:44 am | by Mike Dickinson, Director, New Business Development, Pacific Crest Transformers | Articles | Comments

National challenges like the aging power grid, increasing energy demands, spiraling cost of generating electricity and its cost on the environment are all pointing towards the need for a grid that can produce and distribute energy more efficiently and reliably.

What Eco-Driving Techniques Do You Use on the Road?

July 22, 2010 5:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Tuesday, you read about eco-driving and how it can improve fuel economy and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. Simple measures such as observing the speed limit, planning your trips, and keeping your tires properly inflated can make a big difference in your savings.

New chip platform increases LED efficiency by 30%

July 21, 2010 5:54 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Developers at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors have succeeded in increasing the efficiency of red thin-film LEDs by 30% – a new record. The latest generation of thin-film chips benefit from an optimized chip platform that has potential for further improvements.

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Eco-Driving: An Everyday Way to Reduce Our Oil Dependence

July 20, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Global warming and oil dependence are on the front burner for good, and for good reason. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill that began on April 20 is now the worst oil disaster in American history. Meanwhile, U.S. transportation is still almost totally dependent on oil and responsible for about...

Smart Grid Electronics Forum – Call for Papers

July 19, 2010 7:37 am | News | Comments

A Call for Papers has been issued 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.

Rebates for ENERGY STAR Appliances: State Stories

July 19, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

As you're probably aware by now, every state and U.S. territory has been given funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to allow eligible consumers to receive rebates for the purchase of new energy-efficient appliances when they replace used appliances.

How Do You Choose the Right Lights for Your Home?

July 15, 2010 4:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Elizabeth told you about new labels for light bulbs that the Federal Trade Commission will be rolling out in 2011. The labels are based on the familiar nutrition labels you see on food packaging and are designed to help you choose the right lighting for your home. Until the...

Hot Time in the City? Keep Cool in Your Home

July 13, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

If you live on or near the East Coast, you know that Summer 2010 is already really, really hot. We've had many days above 90°F and July is plenty toasty too.

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IPVEA and EU PVSEC Organize PV Production Forum 2010

July 12, 2010 7:09 am | News | Comments

The International PV Equipment Association (IPVEA), an independent, non-profit organization of manufacturers and suppliers of photovoltaic (PV) fabrication equipment and related raw materials, announces that it is working with the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition...

Changing How You Choose Light Bulbs

July 12, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission announced that light bulbs will have a brand new style of packaging, starting in 2011.

Integrated LED Driver Improves System Efficiency

July 8, 2010 5:55 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor announced an offline LED driver that integrates power factor correction (PFC) and isolated step-down AC-DC power conversion in a single stage.

What Changes Are You Willing to Make to Save Energy at Work? What Aren't You Willing to Change?

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

On Tuesday, you read about some of the innovative features that make the new Research Support Facility at the National Renewable Energy Lab highly energy efficient. Some of the features require employees to change how they work and collaborate on a daily basis.

New Offices, New Ways of Working, and Abundant Energy Savings

July 6, 2010 11:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

A few weeks ago, our entire communications office was lucky enough to be among the first to move into the new Research Support Facility (RSF) here at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). Moving into a new building may not sound all that exciting, but this was a momentous day for...

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Department of Energy Announces $24 Million for Algal Biofuels Research

July 6, 2010 6:47 am | News | Comments

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced awards totaling more than $76 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support advanced energy-efficient building technology projects and the development of training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators, and energy auditors.

Absopulse Converter Chosen for SRZero Electric Supercar

July 6, 2010 4:05 am | News | Comments

The Absopulse HVI 300-600/14 DC/DC converter/charger was selected by the Racing Green Endurance team of Imperial College London for use on-board their SRZero, a proof-of-concept all-electric supercar.

How Do You Save Energy When Entertaining in the Summer?

July 1, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

The Independence Day holiday weekend is almost here! If you're like many Americans, this is a favorite weekend to gather up family and friends, cook a delicious meal, and enjoy the outdoors. Saving energy during these summer gatherings can be a little trickier in the summer than in the winter.

Bentek Solar Supplies Schneider Electric with Solar Re-combiners

June 29, 2010 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Bentek Solar, a leader in manufacturing and engineering solutions for complex electro-mechanical and power distribution systems for the semiconductor and solar industries, announces that it will provide Schneider Electric with solar re-combiners for a 60MW solar project in Ontario, Canada.

Glitter-Sized Solar Photovoltaics Promise Improved Performance

June 29, 2010 12:34 pm | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories scientists have developed tiny glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected and used.

Save Money and Stay Cool with an Efficient, Well-Maintained Air Conditioner

June 29, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

OK. It's officially summer here in Washington, D.C. I'm seeking the coolest, shadiest places possible as I get ready for the hottest few months of the year. It's already been a hot June in much of the country, and it may end up being one of the hottest Junes on record in DC.

Energy Challenge Four: The Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge

June 28, 2010 6:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

We've already seen over the past three Mondays how cooperation among the public sector, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit private sector firms can produce some real benefits. We've also seen how the success of a project or program can depend on the ability to mobilize the local community.

White Light LED Arrays Deliver 4100K Color Temperature

June 25, 2010 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bridgelux Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of LED lighting technologies and solutions, today announced the commercial availability of its ES and award-winning RS LED Array products in a neutral white color temperature (4100K).

What Steps Do You Take to Be an Energy-Conscious Citizen?

June 24, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Tuesday, Sean discussed consumers' responsibilities to be energy-conscious and contribute to solutions to global and national problems. Tell us:

Regional Photovoltaic Markets Display High Growth in 2010

June 23, 2010 9:43 am | News | Comments

According to the latest photovoltaic (PV) market analysis from Solarbuzz, an international solar energy market research and consulting company, nine countries are forecast to exceed 250 MW in 2010, up from six countries in 2009.

Georgia World Congress Center Achieves 64% Diversion Rate During Microsoft Event

June 23, 2010 9:36 am | News | Comments

The Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) worked with the Microsoft Corporation in April during their Microsoft Dynamics customer conference, Convergence, to divert as much waste as possible from the landfill. Fifty-seven tons of waste were produced during the four-day event.

Sharp Unveils New LED Lamps for U.S. Market

June 22, 2010 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sharp enters the U.S. LED lighting market with the introduction of LED PAR38 and PAR30 lamps for the commercial and industrial markets. The four new PAR38 LED lamps (models DL-L20P3830A and DL-L16P3830A in warm white, and DL-L20P3840A and DL-L16P3840A in cool white)...

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