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Weatherization Assistance for the Hottest Days

July 11, 2011 10:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

The spring-to-summer transition in Colorado can be anywhere from unnoticeable to shocking. Case in point: the last few weeks we've had afternoon showers, mellow temperatures in the 60s and 70s, and overnight low temperatures in the 50s (read: good sleeping weather). Not anymore. Suddenly...

Lighting Science Group CEO Asks Congress Not to Roll Back Light Bulb Energy Efficiency Standards

July 11, 2011 8:06 am | News | Comments

Lighting Science Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Haworth issued the following statement regarding the movement to pass the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, H.R. 2417...

Brainstorm: Power

July 11, 2011 4:55 am | Articles | Comments

What business or developmental opportunities do you see in your space for the smart grid?


Have You Seen Renewable Energy Projects While Traveling?

July 7, 2011 6:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Since we blog about energy efficiency and renewable energy, it seems fitting that we would notice it even when we're not at work. This past Tuesday, Chris shared his first-hand views of Hawaii's renewable energy efforts while on vacation, including wind and solar, and did some...

Power Supplies Feature Efficiencies up to 90% at 115 VAC

July 6, 2011 12:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ICCNexergy, Inc. ( today announced an expansion of its high efficiency, high reliability Elpac brand 100 Watt external power supply series with the release of its new FWC100 series. The new FWC100 is a level V upgrade of ICCNexergy’s popular Elpac FWB100 series...

Positronic’s Blue Connectors are Green

July 6, 2011 10:40 am | by Gino Nanninga, VP of Sales, Positronic Industries, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Energy is essential to everyone. Often we do not give thought to where energy comes from or how much we consume until energy is not readily available. Energy has become an area of focus for governments, private industry, and citizens.

LPRS Unveils IQRF Wireless Networking Components at UK Wireless Forum

July 6, 2011 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

LPRS is using their appearance at the UK Wireless Fortronic Forum to demonstrate the IQRF range of simple to implement, reliable wireless networks for smart metering, home and building automation, intelligent street lighting and environmental monitoring.

PV Inverter Market to Fall Below $6bn in 2011, But Exceed $10bn by 2015

July 6, 2011 5:22 am | News | Comments

Following 2010’s massive increase, the global PV inverter market is predicted to decline below $6bn in 2011, a fall of more than 10% according to a new report from IMS Research. Despite the analyst firm predicting global installations to grow this year...


Hawaii is a Renewable Energy Lover’s Paradise

July 5, 2011 9:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Nearly six weeks ago I visited for the first time the paradise of Hawaii. While it’s easy for visitors to appreciate its sun-kissed beaches and warm ocean breezes, you may not realize Hawaii also is a renewable energy lover’s paradise. Sunshine and wind, especially, are in...

How Will You Save Energy Over the Fourth of July Weekend?

June 30, 2011 3:24 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

The Fourth of July is coming up and many people are planning to entertain. Though the Fourth is a the perfect holiday to spend outdoors, entertaining can still mean that many people are going in and out of the house. All those people and doors opening and closing can mean extra heat...

Rapid PV Module Price Declines To Drive Strong Recovery In Second Half of 2011

June 30, 2011 6:32 am | News | Comments

After declining for two consecutive quarters, PV module shipments are set to recover strongly in the second half of 2011, according to the latest report from IMS Research.

Lighting Science Group Sponsors Solar Decathlon Teams

June 30, 2011 6:19 am | News | Comments

Four U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 entrants announced today that they will rely on lighting solutions offered by Lighting Science Group,  as they prepare to submit their solar home prototypes for final testing and judgment this fall.

Green pays off

June 30, 2011 5:48 am | News | Comments

trans data elektronik is one of the first German suppliers of passive data centre infrastructure that matches the code of conduct of the European Commission for energy-efficient data centres. tde’s cabling systems for data centres have always been tested for energy-saving potentials.


Finding Sharing Information about Energy Efficiency

June 29, 2011 9:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Vacation time should be relaxing, but it’s often just a different kind of work. Doesn’t mean it isn’t fun but I seem to come home from vacation more tired than when I left.

Nordic nRF2460 Audio Streamer IC Delivers Power Optimization for Mono Wireless Audio App at Low Cost

June 28, 2011 5:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra low power RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA announces the immediate availability of the new Nordic nRF2460 audio streamer IC that offers unique, class-leading power optimization and performance specifically for cost-sensitive battery-powered mono wireless audio applications such as microphones, subwoofers, musical instruments, and gaming.

NREL Invention Speeds Solar Cell Quality Tests

June 23, 2011 9:22 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Award-winning Flash QE, licensed and improved by Tau Science, could help manufacturers make less expensive, more efficient solar cells.

Energy Efficiency and Fitness – A Complementary Pair

June 23, 2011 1:21 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

I recently read about a study on fidgeting or as researchers refer to it—incidental physical activity. The study shows that the small collection of movements we often find inconsequential—like drumming your fingers, tapping your foot, or running after the bus—have significant health and...

European Solar Incentive Cuts Initiate Global Photovoltaic Market Shift

June 22, 2011 6:33 am | News | Comments

Continued government policy adjustments are causing major shifts in the sizes, growth rates and customer segment mix of photovoltaic (PV) markets in 2011, according to the conclusions of three new Regional Downstream PV Market reports issued by Solarbuzz today.

Prestigious Cherry Award Goes to NREL Scientist

June 20, 2011 2:25 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Jerry Olson's idea for a multi-junction solar cell now powers spacecraft and is the basis of today's photovoltaic concentrator industry.

New Magazine Highlights Clean Energy Innovations

June 16, 2011 10:22 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Continuum Magazine showcases researchers and facilities at the forefront of renewable energy and energy efficiency discovery and deployment.

How Do You Use Daylighting While Reducing Excess Heat from Windows?

June 16, 2011 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Elizabeth discussed her south-facing windows and her difficulties balancing the nice daylighting advantages with the excess heat that can come through these windows in the summer.

Solar Oven, Take One: FAIL

June 15, 2011 8:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

The first time I ever saw solar cookers was on the news in the summer of 2009 (though that would make it their winter, as I was living in Chile at the time), as part of a development project in the north, which is mostly desert. I had no idea solar cookers were so markedly simple in all...

TI Concerto Real-time Control Microcontroller Demo

June 14, 2011 5:24 am | Videos | Comments

Keith Ogboenyiya of Texas Instruments recently stopped by the ECN offices to demonstrate the company's new C2000 Concerto dual-core microcontroller (MCU) series.

Fighting with South-Facing Windows

June 13, 2011 1:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

You know, back when it was cold out (and, this being Colorado, that was last month), my south-facing windows were awesome. They let in tons of light and kept the entire place snug and warm. I barely even needed to break out the blankets!

Nextreme Wireless Power Generator Kit at Sensors Expo 2011

June 13, 2011 8:02 am | Videos | Comments

Karl von Gunten, Director of Marketing at Nextreme Thermal Solutions spends some time with ECN at Sensors Expo 2011 to demonstrate the Thermobility Wireless Power Generator and its evaluation kit with onboard energy storage

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