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NREL Sets the Bar for Office Building Energy Use

December 20, 2009 5:53 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

When NREL decided to build a new office building, the national lab turned to its experts to establish a new energy use benchmark. The lab's researchers knew what they wanted - the request for proposals included 780 pages of specifications. The resulting Research Support Facility sets the...

NREL Works with Truckers to Reduce Fuel Use

December 20, 2009 5:53 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Excessive idling of trucks has been identified as a source of wasted fuel; NREL is working with the trucking industry to find big savings.

New Labs to Concentrate on Solar Thermal Energy

December 20, 2009 5:52 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

DOE funds facilities to advance concentrating solar power technologies; global capacity could reach 20 gigawatts by 2020.

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Acid oceans: the evil twin of climate change

December 18, 2009 4:27 am | News | Comments

Far from Copenhagen's turbulent climate talks, the sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters reposing along the shoreline and kelp forests of this protected marine area stand to gain from any global deal to cut greenhouse gases.

What Kind of Mobile Sites or Applications Would Help with Your Energy Savings?

December 17, 2009 4:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, you read about an application that helps you find E85 fueling stations using popular GPS navigation units. G

Cisco Saves $120,000-Year by Improving Exhaust Recirculation in Data Center

December 16, 2009 5:19 am | News | Comments

Cisco Systems achieved an estimated saving of $120,000 per year in energy costs by simulating a data center using Future Facilities' Virtual Facility (VF) simulation methodology. The simulation results were used to guide the placement of floor grilles and blanking panels that lowered information technology (IT) equipment inlet temperatures...

SHARC DSPs Maximize Windmill Energy Extraction

December 15, 2009 10:48 am | News | Comments

Leveraging ADI SHARC digital signal processors, data converters and other advanced components to ensure high-performance system operation, Northern Power Systems' Northwind 100 delivers 100 kilowatts of rated power for community wind applications such as schools/universities, businesses, farms, and municipalities.

Triple Output LED Driver Offers 3000:1 True Color PWM Dimming

December 15, 2009 9:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT3492, a 2.1MHz DC/DC converter designed to operate as a three-channel constant current LED driver. Each of the LT3492's three channels can drive up to ten 300mA LEDs in series, enabling it to drive up to 30 x 300mA LEDs at efficiencies up to 96%.

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Looking for E85? There's an App for That

December 15, 2009 8:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Want to know where you can buy E85? There's an app for that now. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has launched a new application for Garmin and TomTom GPS units that that ma

Seoul Semiconductor LED chosen for worlds largest Cruise Ship

December 15, 2009 5:34 am | News | Comments

Seoul Semiconductor (CEO Chung Hoon Lee, www.acriche.com) a world leading LED manufacturing, has announced that its LED products were selected for the external balcony lights of ‘Oasis of the Seas', the world’s largest and most innovative cruise liner, which made its inaugural voyage on 5 December 2009.

CIT Relay & Switch DS Series Dual LED Illuminated Pushbutton

December 15, 2009 5:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The versatile DS Series illuminated, momentary pushbutton switch offers four color choices with optional single OR dual LEDs. This PC mount switch offers SPST and DPST switch function. With full actuator illumination or pin LED, the DS Series switch offers design engineers versatility in a small package.

Saving Energy Where It Matters Most: A Hopeful Look at the Big Picture

December 14, 2009 4:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Most of the time, I feel like I'm doing my part to save energy, and I'm getting better all the time. But sometimes I feel like what I do to try to offset the unfathomable amount of energy that's consumed around me, and around the country, is so tiny that my

Solar Inverter Offers 97.5 Percent CEC-Weighted Efficiency Rating (Pending)

December 11, 2009 9:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for utility-scale installations, Advanced Energy Industries’ Solaron 500 kW inverter features a durable, transformerless, grid-tie design, converting raw DC power from solar-cell arrays to high-quality AC-grid electricity.

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Canadian Solar Industries Association names First Light Solar PV Project of the Year

December 11, 2009 4:52 am | News | Comments

The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) has awarded the First Light solar energy park as the "Solar PV (photovoltaic) Project of the Year" during its annual Solar Conference in Toronto on Tuesday. First Light - a joint venture of SkyPower, Canada's leading solar energy developer, and SunEdison - delivers more than 11 million kilowatts of power annually.

Have You Used an Electric Meter to Measure Your Energy Use?

December 10, 2009 9:56 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, you read about using an electric meter to measure and manage your energy use. Using a meter could

"I'd Like to Check Out Two Books, One DVD, and One Electrical Meter, Please."

December 8, 2009 7:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Yesterday I wrote about my experience using a digital electrical meter at home. Today I'll discuss what I'm doing with promoting their use in my home town. According to one popular environmental Web site, there are a number of libraries providing fre

You Can't Manage Energy Use That You Don't Measure

December 7, 2009 5:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

"You can't manage what you don't measure" is a common management adage. It applies well to energy as well. I think I do a decent job at restricting my energy usage at home. After all, I'm supposed to be an energy expert. But who would have thought th

Energy Metering ICs Deliver Highest Accuracy for Billing and Power Quality Monitoring Applications

December 7, 2009 4:03 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, today introduced four energy metering ICs (integrated circuits) designed to improve the accuracy and performance of commercial, industrial, and residential smart meters.

High-Performance Chip and R & D Package Combine for Record-Setting Efficacy

December 7, 2009 4:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree, Inc. (Nasdaq: CREE), a market leader in LED lighting, announces it has achieved industry-best reported R&D results of 186 lumens per watt for a white power LED. This result demonstrates Cree's continued focus on pushing the performance of its LEDs. Cree's tests confirmed that the LED produced 197 lumens of light output and achieved 186 lumens per watt efficacy at a correlated color temperature of 4577K.

Program Launched to Boost Clean Energy Job Growth

December 7, 2009 3:48 am | News | Comments

The Apollo Alliance released a clean energy investment plan today that will create up to 1.2 million domestic jobs while increasing U.S. energy security and climate stability. The release of Apollo’s 5-point plan coincides with today’s urgent White House jobs summit and amid intensified talk by Congressional leaders of an emergency jobs bill.

Have You Used LED Light Strings?

December 3, 2009 9:53 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, you read about LED holiday light strings, which can use 90% less energy than regular incandescent light s

Save Money with LED Holiday Light Strings

December 1, 2009 8:55 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

It's hard to believe, but the holidays are in full swing and many of you are starting to decorate your homes. Those of you who started around Halloween are probably feeling pretty smart because you got your decorating done while the weather was nice.

20 mV Step-Up Converter for Energy Harvesting Applications

December 1, 2009 6:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology announces the LTC3108, a highly integrated step-up DC/DC converter designed to start-up and run from extremely low input voltage sources such as thermoelectric generators (TEGs), thermopiles and small solar cells. Its self-resonant topology steps up from input voltages as low as 20mV.

Magnalight.com Adds 20 Watt LED Spreader Light for Boats

December 1, 2009 4:31 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ magnalight.com announced the addition of the LED10W-4RT-F http://www.magnalight.com/pc-46771-274-40-watt-led-light--3600-lumen--9-32vdc--adjustable-surface-mount--flood-beam.aspx [40 watt led spreader light] for boats, vehicles and equipment.

Cree and Liaoyuan Lighting Demonstrate 98.3 Lumen per Watt LED Streetlight

December 1, 2009 4:10 am | News | Comments

Cree, Inc (Nasdaq: CREE), a market leader in LED lighting, and Ningbo Liaoyuan Lighting Co., hosted the 2009 LED Lighting Fixture Promotion Conference last week in Guangzhou, China. The conference featured government officials and leaders from city street lamp management offices.

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