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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)....

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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...

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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.

Have You Added Value to Your Home with Energy Saving Upgrades?

July 15, 2011 12:28 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, Eric shared his thoughts on Building Value with Energy-Saving Upgrades in Homes and Businesses. He also mentioned the U.S. Department of Energy's Commercial Building Initiative, which is a partnership between the department and industry representatives to encourage the...

At NREL, Even the Ones and Zeros Are Green

July 15, 2011 4:25 am | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

NREL's data center redefines world class in energy savings with strategies and techniques that can serve as a model for others.

The benefits of the Smart Grid

July 14, 2011 5:31 am | by Walter Garcia-Brooks, Market Development Engineer Manger, TT Electronics / Optek Technology | Blogs | Comments

The benefits of the Smart Grid in the Unites States are endless, but among the most important benefits is the ability for the electricity supplier to adjust in real time to the user’s demand and in the future to perhaps influence demand.

Amplifier enables current measurement in green energy applications

July 13, 2011 11:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced an isolated amplifier and a delta-sigma modulator that enable best-in-class shunt-based current measurement in motor control and green energy applications. The AMC1200 isolated amplifier and AMC1204 delta-sigma modulator...

Energy Companies Gather with GE for European Conference on Software Innovation

July 13, 2011 9:32 am | News | Comments

SmartSignal Corporation held its first User Group meeting since being acquired by GE Intelligent Platforms in January 2011. More than 20 oil and gas super majors and power generation giants from Europe and the Middle East gathered at the SSE...

Microcontroller family includes Flash memory from 8 to 128 KB

July 12, 2011 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro has announced availability of its EFM32 Gecko and Tiny Gecko product lines in a QFP64 package. The new 64-pin devices are particularly popular in the growing smart metering market...

Italy's Largest Photovoltaic Panel Plant Opens its Doors

July 12, 2011 9:10 am | News | Comments

An innovative photovoltaic panels factory run by 3Sun, the equal share joint venture between Enel Green Power, Sharp and STMicroelectronics, was inaugurated today in Catania. In attendance were the President of the Sicily Region, Raffaele Lombardo, the President of the Catania Province, Giuseppe Castiglione, and the Mayor of Catania, Raffaele Stancanelli.

Building Value with Energy-Saving Upgrades in Homes and Businesses

July 12, 2011 7:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

When I’m at a dinner party or going to a baseball game with friends, the conversation sometimes turns to what people are doing to improve their homes. As many of our readers have discovered on their own, improving the energy performance of your home can also make it more comfortable...

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...

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