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Have You Seen Our Energy 101 Videos?

October 14, 2011 9:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, Eric talked about the many clean energy videos that the U.S. Department of Energy provides to the public.

Study Finds 95 Percent of Americans Say Energy Efficiency Is An Important Issue

October 13, 2011 10:57 am | News | Comments

Rexel announced the findings from an international study which cited that 95% of American consumers consider energy efficiency an important issue. The study further noted that while 89% of American respondents pay attention to their energy consumption, far less have taken steps to become more energy efficient when compared with their counterparts in France, Germany and Great Britain. 

More Than a Million Cree LEDs Illuminate China’s First Major Highway LED Lighting Project

October 13, 2011 6:32 am | News | Comments

Helping to further drive the LED lighting revolution, China recently completed its largest highway lighting upgrade with more than 10,000 street lights featuring more than a million Cree XLamp XP-G and XP-E High Efficiency White (HEW) LEDs.

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ST Collaborates with Enel for Smart, Energy Saving Appliances

October 12, 2011 2:04 pm | News | Comments

STMicroelectronics announced that Enel has selected ST to be its key semiconductor partner in the Energy@Home consortium

Videos on Clean Energy That Give You the Basics and More

October 11, 2011 3:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

One of the most exciting things about the work that I do is having the opportunity to get out of the office and talk with the public about energy efficiency and renewable energy. Last month, we held the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 here in Washington, D.C. at the...

What Do You Think About Solar Decathlon?

October 7, 2011 11:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Solar Decathlon 2011 ran from Sept. 23 - Oct. 2, and the event was a great success! This week we highlighted a story from the Solar Decathlon News Blog, which announced Appalachian State University as the winner of the People's Choice award. Drew gave us a thoughtful recap of the event...

Thoughts on a Two-Year Race

October 5, 2011 6:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

If you were in Washington, D.C. this past week, you probably heard about or even attended our biannual Solar Decathlon. This event started in 2002 - one month after I started working at the Department of Energy, as a matter of fact - and has just completed its fifth iteration. What began...

Cobham Technical Services supplies electromagnetic design software to Siemens Wind Power

October 4, 2011 6:54 am | News | Comments

Cobham Technical Services has been awarded a contract for its powerful Opera electromagnetic design tool by Siemens Wind Power, a leading supplier of wind turbines for onshore, offshore and coastal sites.

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Solar Decathlon: Appalachian State Wins People’s Choice Award

October 3, 2011 7:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Originally posted on the Solar Decathlon News Blog on October 1, 2011. See original post

Alliance Formed to Drive Communications Standard for Smart-Grid

September 30, 2011 5:19 am | News | Comments

The new Power Line Communications (PLC) technology transmits digital information through electrical power lines using OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) and is widely acknowledged to be the most reliable, secure and cost effective mode of communication for the smart grid today.

This Month on Energy Savers: September 2011

September 30, 2011 3:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

September is a month full of changes: it marks the switch from summer to fall, and from vacation to school. But it also means something really exciting - the DOE Solar Decathlon! We've been tracking the event and showing you what's going on over the past couple of weeks. See what's...

PV Module Revenues to Decline in 2011 and 2012

September 29, 2011 4:17 am | News | Comments

Rapidly declining PV module prices will result in the global industry revenues contracting in 2011 and 2012 according to the latest quarterly report from IMS Research. A huge oversupply of PV modules and fierce competition has led to module prices falling quickly throughout 2011...

What Do You Wish You Knew About Home Solar Energy?

September 28, 2011 11:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Solar Decathlon 2011 is in full swing, and the Energy Savers blog is all about home solar energy during the event! If you aren’t familiar with it, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are...

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Analog front end combines a typical signal-to-noise and distortion of 91 dB

September 28, 2011 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MCP3903 AFE combines a typical signal-to-noise and distortion (SINAD) of 91 dB and total harmonic distortion (THD) of -104 dB to give you industry-leading accuracy for smart metering and power monitoring applications.

Affordability Contest Adds New Dimension to Solar Decathlon 2011

September 27, 2011 7:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Originally posted on the Solar Decathlon News Blog on September 26, 2011. View original post

Solar Decathlon 2011: The Visitor’s Perspective

September 26, 2011 10:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This past Sunday morning I boarded a shuttle headed towards West Potomac Park, site of this year’s Solar Decathlon competition. I wanted to experience the event, now in its 5th iteration, from the visitor’s perspective - so I grabbed a map of the Solar Village and joined a...

LED Troffer Replacements Qualified by DesignLights Consortium

September 22, 2011 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree announces its entire family of LED-based troffer replacements, including the latest Cree CR series of troffers, have been qualified by the DesignLights Consortium (DLC), ensuring they meet the highest level of quality standards.

Are You Attending Solar Decathlon This Year?

September 22, 2011 3:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This Friday marks the first day of Solar Decathlon 2011, an annual event that challenges collegiate teams - from the United States and around the world - to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.

Lighting Science Group's LED Bulbs Light Up Over a Quarter of the DOE Solar Decathlon Team Houses

September 21, 2011 9:38 am | News | Comments

Six of the twenty collegiate teams competing in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 will be lighting up their futuristic, energy-efficient solar houses with Lighting Science Group’s (OTCBB: LSCG) high-performance and ultra-efficient LED lighting products.

Solar Decathlon Technology Spotlight: Structural Insulated Panels

September 20, 2011 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Originally posted on the Solar Decathlon News Blog on September 19, 2011. View original post

Boosting smartphone battery life

September 19, 2011 10:46 am | by Michigan College of Engineering | News | Comments

A new "subconscious mode" for smartphones and other WiFi-enabled mobile devices could extend battery life by as much as 54 percent for users on the busiest networks.

See you Friday at the Solar Decathlon?

September 19, 2011 10:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Friday at 10 a.m., the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon opens in West Potomac Park in Washington D.C. The event provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for members of the public to tour homes that save energy and money - and are powered by the sun. Many of my colleagues describe...

Simplifying Total Energy Management

September 16, 2011 5:25 am | by Alan Elbanhawy, Akros Silicon | Articles | Comments

In past years, energy management in electronics equipment has moved from being a “check-box” requirement to a real competitive feature and differentiator. Traditional DC-DC point solutions that optimize single parameter via fine tuning of components are just not sufficient...

Are You Interested in a Clean Energy Career?

September 15, 2011 8:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, Eric talked about several ways for kids and adults to learn more about clean energy and prepare for a career in this sector. From America’s Home Energy Education Challenge to the Industrial Assessment Center program, there are many ways to get excited about a career in...

Walking the Walk to a Brighter Energy Future

September 13, 2011 9:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

There are all kinds of ways to get young people excited about saving energy. Recently, on the Energy Savers Blog, we’ve been pointing elementary and high school teachers and students to America’s Home Energy Education Challenge. This nationwide initiative engages students at...

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