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Automotive X PRIZE Competitors Advance to Validation Stage

July 29, 2010 8:17 am | News | Comments

The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE announced the Finalist teams who have survived all on-track testing at Michigan International Speedway and now move into a Validation stage before prize money will be awarded this September.

What Kind of Green Jobs Most Interest You?

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

On Monday, Amy told you about some resources to help you learn about and find green jobs. "Green jobs" is a broad term, and there are opportunities for people with all types of skills.

Bringing Better Information to the Energy Savers Crowd

July 27, 2010 5:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

One of the most fun things I get to do in my work in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is go to exciting public events to help get some of our best educational resources into the hands of the public. These outreach events run the gamut from sustainability expos...

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GE Expands Relationship With Smart Grid Company SynapSense

July 26, 2010 11:44 am | News | Comments

SynapSense Corporation, whose technology improves energy efficiency and cuts power and cooling costs in data centers, announced today that it is deepening its relationship with GE by securing an investment and commercial partnership as part of a focus on digital energy services, the Smart Grid and ecomagination.

Greening Your Job: Careers in Energy

July 26, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Recently a friend considering switching careers asked me about job opportunities in renewables and efficiency - often referred to as green jobs. My friend was aware that there was a lot of focus around the country on being green, and that that focus was leading to growth in green jobs....

Solar Inverter yields efficiency grade of 98.7%

July 22, 2010 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

A report jointly issued by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) and Bureau Veritas shows that AEG Power Solutions’ Protect PV.250 solar inverter offers remarkable efficiency. Energy conversion efficiency testing conducted according to European Standard EN 50530 yielded a very high efficiency grade of 98.7%.

The Advantages of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

July 22, 2010 9:40 am | by Joshua Nelke, Siemens Industry, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Hydrogen fuel cells can be used in a wide range of environments such as use in homes, ships, cranes and vehicles. Still, current funding is directed mostly to the transportation sector to be reduce pollution. In this article, we will focus on one of the most exciting uses for fuel cells: a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV).

Digi and GroundedPower Announce Extended Grid Partnership

July 22, 2010 6:52 am | News | Comments

Digi International today announced a partnership with GroundedPower, a leading provider of interactive software for energy efficiency and smart grid solutions. Under the partnership GroundedPower’s Interactive Customer Engagement System (iCES) has been fully integrated with the Digi X-Grid to connect consumers’ home energy devices.

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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.

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.

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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.

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...

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.

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