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Climate Savers Computing Releases Guidelines for Network Energy Efficiency

November 2, 2011 8:23 am | News | Comments

Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI), the 700-member consortium focused on reducing the energy consumption and carbon footprint of information and communications technologies (ICT), today announced the release of the white paper Considerations for Selecting Power Supplies...

Zinc Oxide Microwires Improve Performance of Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) Through the Piezo-phototronic Effect

October 31, 2011 6:02 am | News | Comments

Researchers have used zinc oxide microwires to significantly improve the efficiency at which gallium nitride light-emitting diodes (LED) convert electricity to ultraviolet light. The devices are believed to be the first LEDs whose performance has been enhanced...

Power capacitors intended for wind power plants

October 28, 2011 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-EPC has developed EPCOS power capacitors with high rated voltage, long operating life and high current handling capability, making them ideal for renewable energy generation applications, such as AC output filters in offshore wind turbines.

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European collaboration towards efficient, low-cost tandem organic solar cells

October 28, 2011 5:48 am | News | Comments

Imec and its 16 project partners have announced that they have launched the European FP7 project X10D, a project aimed at developing tandem organic solar cells with an increased conversion efficiency and lifetime, and a decreased production cost.

Saft to deliver containerized Li-ion energy storage to Hawaii

October 28, 2011 5:34 am | News | Comments

Saft announces that its advanced Li-ion energy storage system (ESS) has been selected to support a new energy storage project on the Big Island of Hawaii. Saft will provide an ESS comprised of two Intensium Max 20E containers.

Saft selected by SOLON to supply Li-ion battery for Arizona energy storage solutions project

October 27, 2011 9:08 am | News | Comments

Saft was chosen by SOLON Corporation to provide a Li-ion battery for their Energy Storage Management Research and Testing (SMRT) site. The design and construction of the site will be managed by SOLON, in conjunction with Tucson Electric Power (TEP)...

Design Talk Live! Episode 001

October 26, 2011 10:54 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this inaugural edition of Design Talk Live!, Technical Editor Jason Lomberg chats with Justin Ashton of XL Hybrids about the company's customer pilot tests with GM vehicles. They also discuss the general commercial viability of hybrid cars...

TE Connectivity and Juice Technologies Deliver EV Smart Charging

October 25, 2011 11:13 am | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) and Juice Technologies, doing business as Plug Smart, announced today their teaming arrangement to provide smart Electric Vehicle (EV) charging solutions enabling customers to meter their EV’s electricity consumption and communicate data via an innovative smart charging cord and socket. TE and Juice have a license agreement to bring this 120 volt (Level 1) charging solution to market. 

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Eseye opens US office to support Smart Metering customers in the Americas

October 25, 2011 6:46 am | News | Comments

Eseye have today announced the opening of their office in Connecticut, New York, complementing the staff in the UK and European offices. During the year Eseye have seen rapid growth in their Smart Metering business in the US.

ESC Boston: Microchip Smart Home demo

October 24, 2011 9:18 am | Videos | Comments

Sean Cappy of Microchip demoes their Smart Home technology at ESC Boston.

Combine High Power SMUs to Extend Component Testing to 100 A

October 22, 2011 8:03 am | by Dave Wyban, Keithley Instruments, Inc., www.keithley.com | Articles | Comments

The latest generation of high power SMUs is capable of sourcing up to 50 A pulsed and measuring down to picoamps or microvolts. For applications that require even higher power levels, two of these instruments can be combined to extend their operating range.

ARM Introduces Its Most Energy Efficient Processor Ever

October 20, 2011 12:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ARM today announced the ARM Cortex-A7 MPCore processor - the most energy-efficient application class processor ARM has ever developed, and big.LITTLE processing - a flexible approach that redefines the traditional power and performance relationship.

VIA Honored with Seven First Ever Taiwan Green Classics Awards

October 18, 2011 2:41 pm | News | Comments

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that the company has been honored with seven "Taiwan Green Classics Awards" from the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Taiwan Green Classics Awards were created to recognize

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Fall: Energy Saving Changes with the Season

October 18, 2011 3:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

I'm sure you've noticed the change in seasons by now. Fall brings cooler weather, and with it my thoughts turn to warm things like putting blankets on the couch, enjoying my fireplace, and adjusting my thermostat (as little as possible, of course).

Renewable Energy: A Centuries-old Tradition

October 17, 2011 11:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

One of the benefits of living in the Nation’s capital is direct access to so many great museums. From outdoor works of art at the Sculpture Garden to live butterflies at the National History museum - there’s something out there to spark your interest and feed your curiosity.

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.

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.

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.

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