As demand for longer battery life in portable devices increases, engineers are continually challenged to design highly efficient point-of-load (POL) converters while maintaining or reducing board space. Adding to the challenge is the fact that many portable devices like laptop computers have wide input voltage variation.
NREL launches a new Internet site to allow organizations around the world to both post their own energy data and download data, for free.
Thanks to a partnership with DOE and NREL, companies are getting the cash and expertise needed to jumpstart biofuels production scale-up.
On Monday, Amy told you how her dog, Matilda, revealed that they were losing a lot of heated air from ducts damaged by
Most of us love saving money from anywhere we can pinch it. You can do it the hard way, by writing up a budget and finding all the fun, little things you spend money on that you don't really need. For me, I'm thinking about that double dip at the Sunday movi
Our Australian Shepherd, Matilda, is not the fiercest of protectors. In fact, she's a total coward. She flees in horror from strangers and is terrorized by the vacuum cleaner; even a pair of shoes left in an unaccustomed place can strike fear in her heart. B
Energy harvesting applications are finding their way into many remote monitoring applications where utility power is not available.
This week, Elizabeth discussed how saving energy could be contagious. There are various reasons people are energy consci
Both of my childhood homes featured fireplaces. If you've had one, you know how terrific they can be—great places to bask on cold winter nights, an easy opportunity to toast marshmallows, picturesque, undeniably a pleasure in the house that has one.
I was wondering the other day if saving energy might be, you know, contagious. And yes, that's an awfully dorky thing to think. But I found myself wondering that because I really was being a bit of a dork. You see, before I started working at the Nat
This week, Chris told you about his plans to maintain his furnace to keep it running efficiently. Pr
For the past few weeks, my forced-air gas furnace has been on the fritz. I blame this on the fact that I haven't been as diligent as
My June 16, 2009 blog gave tips on purchasing high-quality LED lights. Now there's another arsenal in the toolbox to help c
This week, you read about Chris' experience with frozen pipes, and how he saved money with a si
This week, you read about Amy's war with her dishwasher and how she plans to take advantage of her
Black Friday sales have never been enough to entice me to brave the crowds after Thanksgiving. I'm just not that dedicated to shopping. After-Christmas sales, however, are another story. Sometimes those sales are just too good to pass up. If you're p
Earlier this month, just one day after Denver's first cold snap of the season, I woke up and saw a new text message from my downstairs neighbor. She was writing to let me know no one in our small, six-unit condo building had water. Immediately I fear
OSU has earned top honors at the 2009 finals of the Year One EcoCar competition. The OSU stable bested 16 other teams with their “Extended Range Electric Vehicle” design.
Winter officially hit this week, and those of you on the east coast found out in a big way. Many of you are still shoveling out while trying to take care of those last-minute holiday preparations. (I'm actually kind of jealous. I love shoveling snow. I just
My dishwasher and I have been locked in mortal combat for almost a month now, ever since it decided to quit working at nearly the same moment I decided to start washing the Thanksgiving dinner dishes. Over the past week it has started to look as if the dishw
When NREL decided to build a new office building, the national lab turned to its experts to establish a new energy use benchmark. The lab's researchers knew what they wanted - the request for proposals included 780 pages of specifications. The resulting Research Support Facility sets the...
Excessive idling of trucks has been identified as a source of wasted fuel; NREL is working with the trucking industry to find big savings.
DOE funds facilities to advance concentrating solar power technologies; global capacity could reach 20 gigawatts by 2020.
Far from Copenhagen's turbulent climate talks, the sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters reposing along the shoreline and kelp forests of this protected marine area stand to gain from any global deal to cut greenhouse gases.
This week, you read about an application that helps you find E85 fueling stations using popular GPS navigation units. G