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Post-Sandy legislation: Backup generators would prevent long gas lines

March 28, 2013 4:12 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Five months have passed since Superstorm Sandy, and legislators are nipping around the edges of bolstering the fuel distribution system so more gas can get to the consumer in the case of a widespread power outage or other state of emergency.

Solar-powered everything!

March 25, 2013 3:14 pm | by Chris Rendall, Mechanical Engineer, PCDworks | Blogs | Comments

I’ve heard for years that “soon we’ll have solar panels on everything.” To be honest, I’ve never paid much attention to the hype because these magical solar panels that can fit on and inside everything never seemed to materialize commercially, or if they did they were always way too expensive for the everyday consumer, or maybe just for me.

Nuclear power: The future of human civilization

March 25, 2013 10:23 am | by Tom Ligon, Technical Contributor | Blogs | Comments

This is not an article about the environment. This is not an article about oil. This is an article about the long-term future of human civilization. Are you with me so far? Are you in favor of human civilization having a future, not just for another hundred years, but for thousands ... tens of thousands?

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Obama wants research to wean vehicles off oil

March 15, 2013 1:21 pm | by Matthew Daly and Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is pushing the U.S. Congress to authorize $2 billion over 10 years for federally funded research into clean energy technologies that can wean automobiles off oil. Obama proposed the idea of an energy security trust last month in his State of the Union address....

Green energy pirates

March 15, 2013 9:26 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Blogs | Comments

I got an e-mail from a friend recently railing against what he called (loosely translated by me) "Green Energy Pirates". Let me quote one sentence from his e-mail. "There is a whole slew of companies that move from subsidy to subsidy globally and then abandon 'green projects' when the subsidies dry up."

Practicalities of owning and driving an electric vehicle

March 14, 2013 9:12 am | Videos | Comments

The IET interviews Andrew Bissell an owner and driver of a Tesla, filmed at the University of Newcastle, UK, 3 May, 2012. This interview covers range anxiety, charging the car, why people should buy an electric vehicle and an owner's perspective on the drivers needed for mass adoption.

On-site electric current measurement to improve Smart Grid design

March 12, 2013 9:26 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New and improved technology for measuring power quality in smart grids could save 839k tonnes of carbon and bring £250 million annual GVA in economic benefit. The technology has been developed by scientists at the Centre for Carbon Measurement, part of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute.

Nuclear plant inspections need to improve: report

March 11, 2013 9:23 am | News | Comments

More than one-third of U.S. nuclear power plants suffered safety-related incidents over the past three years, and nuclear regulators and plant operators need to improve inspections to prevent such events, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) said in a report on Thursday.

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Focus on climate change in the Arctic could yield environmental and financial dividends, panel concludes

March 6, 2013 9:36 am | News | Comments

Climate change in the far north is occurring far more rapidly than elsewhere around the planet, but common-sense efforts to mitigate key emissions and protect the fragile Arctic environment could slow this trend and benefit communities, the environment, and companies.

Hydrogen fuel cells get a lift

February 27, 2013 9:16 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Blogs | Comments

I was reading one of the logistics magazines I regularly get and found out something amazing. By about 2020, roughly 80 percent of the lift trucks in America will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The fuel cell advantage is constant voltage output and longer continuous run time.

What is the Real Smart Home?

February 15, 2013 12:17 pm | by Elly Schietse, General Manager, GreenPeak Belgium | Articles | Comments

You are ready and packed to leave on a holiday trip and for the first time, you agreed that your teenage son can stay home alone. The control freak in you is already making long lists of daily and weekly tasks and to-do’s to keep the pets and plants alive, and the calamity predictor in you wants to anticipate for flooded bathrooms and burning fryers.

Insulated-gate bipolar transistors optimized for uninterruptible power supplies, solar, induction heating, industrial motor, and welding applications

February 11, 2013 3:00 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (IR) announced the expansion of its family of 600V insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) with the introduction of the IRGP4640D, IRGP4650D and IRGP4660D. The new rugged, reliable devices are optimized for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), solar, induction heating, industrial motor and welding applications.

Will 12V solar disappear in 2013?

February 5, 2013 3:08 pm | by Jon Gabay, Mouser Electronics | Mouser Electronics | Blogs | Comments

The established solar architecture based on 12V photovoltaic panels, batteries, charge controllers, and inverters will continue to give way to grid-tied inverter architectures. This approach to harvesting solar energy brings with it a lot of key benefits.

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Short-range wireless module operates on the 868MHz European ISM license-free frequency

January 24, 2013 3:14 pm | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced the market introduction of the LE70-868 point-to-point, star-topology, short-range wireless module for the European multi-kilometer range wired-to-wireless network migration market in application areas such as solar/wind farms and agricultural automation.

Interference filter designed for use on the DC side of the inverter in photovoltaic and other DC systems

January 21, 2013 4:01 pm | Schurter Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER presents its new 2300 A FMER SOL interference filter. In addition, the series is now offered without ground capacitors to safely prevent any leakage of current to ground. The series is designed for use on the DC side of the inverter in photovoltaic and other DC systems.

Are we running out of wind?

January 15, 2013 8:53 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Blogs | Comments

The first mate gave me a heads-up about about the state of wind energy locally. Gamesa USA is pulling out of a proposed wind farm development in Ogle County, Illinois. saukvalley.com reports....

Stepper designed for energy-efficient, environmentally conscious devices

December 18, 2012 10:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Canon U.S.A. recently launched sales of the new FPA-3030i5+ i-line stepper.  The FPA-3030i5+ is designed to provide a long-term manufacturing solution for manufacturers of energy-efficient, environmentally conscious devices including Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs),MicroElectroMechanical Systems  (MEMS) and power semiconductors.

LCD TVs get dimmer to lower backlight costs

December 3, 2012 1:59 pm | by Jimmy Kim, NPD DisplaySearch | Articles | Comments

Historically, TVs have had brightness higher than 400 nits, as they are often placed in the center of a large, bright, room and viewed from large distances and viewing angles. In some cases, however it is placed in sunlight, close to a window. On the other hand, display brightness of less than 300 nits is typically sufficient for an IT device....

Highly-integrated front end module intended for smart metering/smart energy and ISM band applications

November 26, 2012 11:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

RF Micro Devices announced the availability of the RFFM6903 front end module (FEM). RFMD's highly-integrated RFFM6903 FEM meets or exceeds the system requirements for AMI/AMR smart meter applications operating in the 868MHz–960MHz frequency band.

Falling prices to dampen record PV inverter shipments

October 11, 2012 1:35 pm | News | Comments

Following a decline in the third quarter of 2012, global photovoltaic (PV) inverter shipments are forecast to reach a record of  8.6 gigawatts (GW), according to the latest report from IMS Research. An 18 percent year-on-year rise in global shipments will make the fourth quarter of 2012...

Energy harvesting kit includes solar cell and a thermo-generator

October 8, 2012 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro, Linear Technology and Würth Elektronik present the development platform Energy Harvesting Solution To Go. The Energy Harvesting Solution To Go-Kit provides a very easy access to energy harvesting technologies which helps developers to apply them in future battery less products.

ASU researchers will explore feasibility of large-scale deployment of perennial biomass energy crops

October 2, 2012 12:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Arizona State University (ASU) researchers will embark on a novel renewable energy project with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Water Sustainability and Climate program (WSC). NSF is providing $1.5 million to ASU to identify suitable locations across the United States where perennial biomass energy crops (e.g., miscanthus and switchgrass) could be grown sustainably.

Solar cell consisting of a single molecule

October 2, 2012 12:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of scientists, led by Joachim Reichert, Johannes Barth, and Alexander Holleitner (Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Clusters of Excellence MAP and NIM), and Itai Carmeli (Tel Aviv University) developed a method to measure photocurrents of a single functionalized photosynthetic protein system.

A flywheel in the ointment

October 1, 2012 8:51 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

I have been big on flywheels for electrical energy storage for quite some time. So it was quite a disappointment to me to hear that high tech flywheel company Beacon Power did a Solyndra and reneged on a government loan because it could not finance its debts from income.

China solar groups reject illegal subsidy complaint

September 26, 2012 1:01 pm | News | Comments

Yingli Green Energy and Trina Solar, two of China's largest solar equipment makers, rejected on Wednesday allegations by a group of European solar panel companies that Chinese rivals are benefiting from illegal subsidies. In a complaint to the European Commission on Tuesday, the EU ProSun group said Chinese solar companies benefited from very low interest rates thanks to government policy.

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