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Phihong Develops Smallest Low-Cost European Charger

August 13, 2010 7:51 am | Phihong | Product Releases | Comments

Phihong, a global leader in power solutions, has developed the smallest, low-cost 2.75W USB charger available. Measuring 42 x 43 x 21mm with a weight of 80 grams, the PSM03E is compliant with the new ENERGY STAR EPS version 2.0 as well as the European Union's Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC...

Would You Consider Installing a Cool Roof?

August 12, 2010 4:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Erin discussed cool roof technologies and how they can improve the comfort of buildings while reducing energy costs.

Smart Grid Wireless Connectivity Center

August 10, 2010 6:41 am | News | Comments

Lockard & White, a diversified telecommunications engineering and integration firm, and Full Spectrum Inc., a manufacturer of specialized fourth generation software defined radios, announced today the launch of the Smart Grid Wireless Connectivity Center...

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Cool Roofs: An Introduction

August 9, 2010 1:23 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Lately, I've been hearing a lot about cool roof technologies, so I welcomed the chance to learn more at a recent seminar. Cool roofs, also referred to as white roofs, have special coatings that reflect sunlight and emit heat more efficiently than traditional roofs, keeping them cooler in the sun.

EU Project Cuts Power Consumption of Telecoms Networks

August 9, 2010 9:06 am | News | Comments

A Europe-wide consortium has taken up the challenge of making a significant impact on the power consumption of telecommunications and data networks, which are estimated to consume as much as 3% of European electricity.

Creating the “Smart” Consumer

August 9, 2010 7:23 am | by Lauren DeStefano, Assistant Editor | Articles | Comments

Indesit’s Smart Washer uses Freescale’s ZigBee node to reduce energy by considering green power availability and energy cost in its operation.

NREL Scholarship Gives Columbine Grads a Boost

August 7, 2010 4:24 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Ten years ago, in the wake of tragedy, NREL set up a fund to help students at Columbine High School. The investment still pays dividends.

NREL Solar Technology Will Warm Air at 'Home'

August 7, 2010 4:24 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Transpired solar collector technology developed at NREL boosts the efficiency of the new Research Support Facility on the Lab's campus.

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Renewable Energy at Work in War Zones

August 7, 2010 4:23 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | News | Comments

Participant in NREL's executive leadership class aims to bring solar and wind energy to Afghan farms; researchers advise military on powering bases.

Which LED Lighting Products Would You Consider Trying?

August 5, 2010 5:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Chris discussed his upcoming project to replace the lighting in his kitchen and family room. Chris is considering LED (light-emitting diode) lighting, especially for his kitchen, where they can be installed under the cabinets. LEDs can also be used for other applications,...

Thermostat Wars

August 3, 2010 5:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

The other day, I was visiting a friend's office and noticed something you may have noticed yourself: his building had a variety of micro-climates, ranging from the furnace hot to the freezing cold. The offices with windows that faced south and west were hottest, while offices with windows...

Seeing the Light: LED Under-Cabinet and Recessed Downlights

August 2, 2010 7:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

I moved into my apartment about four years ago. Little by little, I've continued to make improvements that help me save money on my energy bills. I've:

Automotive X PRIZE Competitors Advance to Validation Stage

July 29, 2010 8:17 am | News | Comments

The Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE announced the Finalist teams who have survived all on-track testing at Michigan International Speedway and now move into a Validation stage before prize money will be awarded this September.

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What Kind of Green Jobs Most Interest You?

July 29, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, Amy told you about some resources to help you learn about and find green jobs. "Green jobs" is a broad term, and there are opportunities for people with all types of skills.

Bringing Better Information to the Energy Savers Crowd

July 27, 2010 5:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

One of the most fun things I get to do in my work in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is go to exciting public events to help get some of our best educational resources into the hands of the public. These outreach events run the gamut from sustainability expos...

GE Expands Relationship With Smart Grid Company SynapSense

July 26, 2010 11:44 am | News | Comments

SynapSense Corporation, whose technology improves energy efficiency and cuts power and cooling costs in data centers, announced today that it is deepening its relationship with GE by securing an investment and commercial partnership as part of a focus on digital energy services, the Smart Grid and ecomagination.

Greening Your Job: Careers in Energy

July 26, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Recently a friend considering switching careers asked me about job opportunities in renewables and efficiency - often referred to as green jobs. My friend was aware that there was a lot of focus around the country on being green, and that that focus was leading to growth in green jobs....

Solar Inverter yields efficiency grade of 98.7%

July 22, 2010 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

A report jointly issued by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) and Bureau Veritas shows that AEG Power Solutions’ Protect PV.250 solar inverter offers remarkable efficiency. Energy conversion efficiency testing conducted according to European Standard EN 50530 yielded a very high efficiency grade of 98.7%.

The Advantages of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

July 22, 2010 9:40 am | by Joshua Nelke, Siemens Industry, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Hydrogen fuel cells can be used in a wide range of environments such as use in homes, ships, cranes and vehicles. Still, current funding is directed mostly to the transportation sector to be reduce pollution. In this article, we will focus on one of the most exciting uses for fuel cells: a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV).

Digi and GroundedPower Announce Extended Grid Partnership

July 22, 2010 6:52 am | News | Comments

Digi International today announced a partnership with GroundedPower, a leading provider of interactive software for energy efficiency and smart grid solutions. Under the partnership GroundedPower’s Interactive Customer Engagement System (iCES) has been fully integrated with the Digi X-Grid to connect consumers’ home energy devices.

Are Your Transformers Ready for the Smart Grid?

July 22, 2010 6:44 am | by Mike Dickinson, Director, New Business Development, Pacific Crest Transformers | Articles | Comments

National challenges like the aging power grid, increasing energy demands, spiraling cost of generating electricity and its cost on the environment are all pointing towards the need for a grid that can produce and distribute energy more efficiently and reliably.

What Eco-Driving Techniques Do You Use on the Road?

July 22, 2010 5:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Tuesday, you read about eco-driving and how it can improve fuel economy and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. Simple measures such as observing the speed limit, planning your trips, and keeping your tires properly inflated can make a big difference in your savings.

New chip platform increases LED efficiency by 30%

July 21, 2010 5:54 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Developers at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors have succeeded in increasing the efficiency of red thin-film LEDs by 30% – a new record. The latest generation of thin-film chips benefit from an optimized chip platform that has potential for further improvements.

Eco-Driving: An Everyday Way to Reduce Our Oil Dependence

July 20, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Global warming and oil dependence are on the front burner for good, and for good reason. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill that began on April 20 is now the worst oil disaster in American history. Meanwhile, U.S. transportation is still almost totally dependent on oil and responsible for about...

Smart Grid Electronics Forum – Call for Papers

July 19, 2010 7:37 am | News | Comments

A Call for Papers has been issued for the first annual Smart Grid Electronics Forum (SGEF ’10) which will be jointly hosted by Darnell Group and Hearst Electronics Group, October 18-20 in San Jose, California. Control, Communications and Security will be three of the major themes of SGEF ’10.

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