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Will China Take Over the Inverter Market?

August 8, 2011 6:28 am | News | Comments

Sungrow. It’s not a name you hear all the time at solar conferences at the moment, but give it a few years. The Hefei, China-based company is the first of what could become a wave of inverter makers from China using that time-tested formula...

Have You Seen Our New Interactive Facebook Promotions?

August 4, 2011 3:27 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

If you haven't seen the Energy Savers Facebook page in a while, you'll want to check it out.

TI Achieves Certification of ZigBee Alliance’s Smart Energy 1.1 Profile Implementation

August 3, 2011 11:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated announced that it achieved ZigBee Certified status for its ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1 standard implementation, recently introduced by the ZigBee Alliance. TI is pleased to announce the availability of its new Z-Stack 2.5.0 with support for ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1, geared towards home area networks (HAN).

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Power supplies deliver up to 89% efficiency

August 3, 2011 4:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 80 watt GRN series power supplies from IPD are the first in a family of products that provide high efficiency over the complete load curve. Providing one to four outputs for industrial and medical applications, the GRN-80 series delivers up to 89% efficiency at full load...

IMS Research Raises PV Demand Forecast for 2011 to Over 22GW

August 2, 2011 6:06 am | News | Comments

Despite a very weak start to the year, IMS Research has recently increased its forecast for the full year by more than 1 GW and predicts more than 22 GW of new PV capacity will be added in 2011.

Prototype LED Lamp Delivers More Than1,300 Lumens at 152 Lumens per Watt

August 1, 2011 6:02 am | News | Comments

Cree, Inc. (unveiled a concept LED light bulb from its lighting research and development team. Redefining what is possible with high-performance LED lighting, the lamp delivers more than 1,300 lumens at 152 lumens per watt (LPW) using Cree TrueWhite Technology. Cree's prototype LED light bulb exceeds

“Saving Money by Saving Energy” Goes National

August 1, 2011 4:28 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

A couple of weeks ago the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Ad Council launched a national education campaign to help consumers save money on utility bills. Videos, tips, an “energy savings IQ” quiz, and a photo gallery on Facebook - as well as videos posted on You Tube...

This Month on Energy Savers: July 2011

July 31, 2011 4:27 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Independence Day was a blast, and summer is in full swing with vacations and day camps and whatever else we fill our spare time with when it's warm and sunny. This week, I noticed that the cicadas (kind of like grasshoppers but louder) started singing in the trees – a sign that the...

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A Better Way to Connect Solar, Wind to the Grid

July 29, 2011 6:25 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

NREL and Semikron's new power block is poised to make connecting renewable energy to the electricity grid less expensive, more reliable.

How Will You Shop for Your Next Vehicle?

July 28, 2011 8:28 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Shannon talked about how she's been using the online tools from the Advanced Technology Vehicle Data Center (AFDC) to help her decide what type of highly efficient vehicle may be best for her household. The AFDC provides excellent information such as a Light Duty Vehicle...

First Solar Sets Record for CdTe Solar PV Efficiency

July 27, 2011 8:46 am | News | Comments

First Solar, Inc. announced it set a new world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) solar cell efficiency, reaching 17.3 percent with a test cell constructed using commercial-scale manufacturing equipment and materials. The test cell’s performance, confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), far surpassed the previous record of

‘Smart’ PV Inverter Shipments to Grow to 27 GW by 2015

July 26, 2011 9:18 am | News | Comments

‘Smart’ PV inverter shipments are forecast to grow to 27 GW in 2015, accounting for almost 60% of the market compared to just 20% in 2010 according to the latest report from IMS Research.

LED driver operates between 10 and 32 volts

July 26, 2011 6:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

LUXdrive is pleased to announce the full release of the A009 BuckBlock LED driver. This device is a high output, constant current power module ideal for driving all types of high-brightness, high-power LEDs...

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Find the Right Solution for You with Tools from the AFDC

July 25, 2011 10:25 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

All-electric vehicle. Credit: Margaret Smith, DOE

Pressure Sensors Ensure Accuracy of Windmills

July 25, 2011 9:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wind energy offers an environmental friendly fuel alternative to fossil fuel-generated electricity. Windmills are required to convert this “green” energy of the wind into electricity. Because of the remote location of many windmills, sensors serve as critical components in their operation, maintenance and safety.

National Instruments Technology Helps Virginia Tech Win EcoCAR Competition

July 25, 2011 6:57 am | News | Comments

Virginia Tech recently was named the overall winner of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge, a three-year collegiate vehicle engineering competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors (GM).

Strong 2010 European PV Market Growth of 169% Set to Give Way to 14% Contraction in 2011

July 21, 2011 7:18 am | News | Comments

Rapidly falling prices in 1H’11 have been unable to stimulate the faltering European PV market, according to the latest Solarbuzz European PV Markets Report. Signs of a strengthening market in June 2011 were hit by cancellation of the anticipated mid-year incentive tariff reductions in Germany.

How Are You Keeping Your Home Cool This Summer?

July 21, 2011 6:29 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, Allison shared her experience of adding insulation to her attic. The result? A better-insulated home with less use of her air conditioning system. It's one of several things she's doing to keep her home cool during the summer (though insulation is effective year round)....

Incandescent ban steamrolls past legislative efforts

July 19, 2011 12:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The Better Use of Light Bulbs Act (BULB) has been defeated in the House of Representatives. BULB would have amended the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, thereby staying the incandescent ban. But it was not to be. With no further challenges, the Edison Lightbulb faces mandatory retirement in January 2012.

Gross Profit Feels the Pinch in PV Price War

July 19, 2011 7:29 am | News | Comments

A period of highly competitive pricing from PV module suppliers has led to gross margins declining by over 25% in the last six months, according to the latest analysis from IMS Research.

Look Up to See Your Bills Go Down: Making Your Attic More Efficient

July 18, 2011 2:26 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This year at my house, we have been on a quest to make our attic more energy efficient. I think we realized just how much this unseen area contributes to our overall comfort - not to mention what we pay to heat and cool the house.

Turning Warehouses into Solar Powerhouses

July 18, 2011 11:24 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

NREL energy execs graduate spearheads the largest solar installation project in U.S. history on Prologis rooftops.

Driver IC Intended for Retrofit LED lamps

July 18, 2011 10:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

ZMD AG has announced availability of the ZLED7320, a new member of its high current ZLED7x20 family of 40V LED-Driver-ICs. The ZLED7320, which operates at up to 98% efficiency and is available in a small-footprint DFN-5 package...

Simple solution to design, build and replace luminaires

July 18, 2011 9:41 am | Videos | Comments

element14 Connect presents the Helieon lighting system - the first plug-and-play sustainable solid state lighting module to integrate high-efficiency precision lighting with an easy-to-use socketed solution. Check out what this could mean to fixture and lamp manufacturers.

Energy and Cost Savings from LED-Backlit LCD TVs Not Communicated to Consumers

July 18, 2011 6:30 am | News | Comments

According to an analysis in the DisplaySearch Q2’11 Quarterly TV Design and Features Report, brands are missing an opportunity to market LED-backlit LCD TVs based on cost savings.

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