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Imec, Polyera and Solvay set 8.3% efficiency record for organic solar cell with inverted device architecture

December 15, 2011 6:23 am | News | Comments

Imec, Polyera and international chemical group Solvay have achieved a new world-record efficiency of 8.3% for polymer-based single junction organic solar cells in an inverted device stack.

Consumers benefit from smart grid implementation

December 15, 2011 6:09 am | by Bill Kutsche, business development manager, Murata Electronics North America | Articles | Comments

As we look forward to a new year, the Smart Grid and the technologies that enable energy efficiency within the grid will become a part of our daily lexicon as consumers begin to benefit from the grid’s implementation.

Designing Smart Gas and Water Meters for the Utmost in Energy Efficiency

December 13, 2011 12:59 pm | by Keith Odland, Director of Marketing, Microcontrollers, Silicon Labs, www.silabs.com; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

Electronic water and gas meters represent vexing low-power design challenges for embedded control systems requiring RF connectivity. The nature of these applications requires them to be battery powered (i.e., electricity is rarely provided at the point of service for gas or water utilities). The expected battery life for these metering systems is often

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Brainstorm: Smart Grid & Alternative Energy

December 13, 2011 9:13 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

What impact is the build-out of the smart grid having on the electronics industry?

Energy Harvesting Enables Ultra-Low Power Applications

December 12, 2011 4:59 am | by Brian Lum-Shue-Chan and Karthik Kadirvel, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

There are a variety of systems and applications that could benefit from energy harvesting (EH). Energy harvesting refers to the technology by which ambient sources of energy such as light, thermal gradient, and vibration can be harvested and stored then applied later for doing useful work.

2.5A CurrentPath Charger IC Enables Safe, Ultrafast Charging in Smartphones and Tablets

December 8, 2011 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Summit Microelectronics has expanded its fourth-generation family of programmable Li-Ion battery charger integrated circuits (ICs) with the introduction of two new products. The SMB346 and SMB347 deliver up to 2.5A charge/system current...

Imec presents MEMS energy harvester suitable for shock-induced energy harvesting in car tires

December 7, 2011 7:14 am | News | Comments

At today’s 2011 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) Imec and Holst Centre announced that they have made a micromachined harvester for vibration energy with a record output power of 489µW.

Stormy sun could knock out power grids: report

December 5, 2011 7:25 am | by Ethan Bilby, Reuters | News | Comments

An upcoming cycle of stormy solar activity risks causing damage to electrical transformers and threatening vulnerable energy infrastructure around the globe, a report by an insurance group says.

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Heliatek Organic Solar Cells Achieve a Record 9.8 Percent Efficiency

December 5, 2011 7:22 am | News | Comments

Heliatek GmbH has set a new world record for organic solar cells after Fraunhofer ISE CalLab certified a cell efficiency of 9.8% for a 1.1 cm² tandem cell manufactured with a low temperature deposition process. This new record makes the third time in a row that Heliatek has set a world record for efficiency in the field of organic photovoltaic and demonstrates its continuous technology leadership in organic solar. 

U.S. power grid needs cybersecurity protection: panel

December 5, 2011 7:19 am | News | Comments

The threat of cyberattacks on the U.S. power grid should be dealt with by a single federal agency, not the welter of groups now charged with the electric system's security, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported on Monday.

Optimize MCU Code for Low Energy Operation

December 2, 2011 3:55 am | by Rasmus Christian Larsen, Energy Micro, www.energymicro.com | Articles | Comments

Once you’ve selected the right low power microcontroller, how important is your application code in achieving energy saving and efficiency goals? And how do you go about optimizing it for ultra low power operation? Answering such questions has always been difficult, since correlating current consumption with software code has traditionally been a somewhat inexact and cumbersome task. 

Making Power Protection Smarter and Greener

December 1, 2011 10:16 am | by Frank DeLattre, President, VYCON (www.vyconenergy.com) | Articles | Comments

Clean, uninterrupted power is the goal of every facility, data center manager and executive overseeing continuous business operations and processes. With brownouts and blackouts occurring more often than ever, businesses need critical power protection.

Imec interdigitated Si solar cells exceed 23 percent efficiency

December 1, 2011 9:18 am | News | Comments

Imec together with its silicon photovoltaic industrial affiliation program partners Schott Solar, Total, Photovoltech, GDF-SUEZ, Solland Solar, Kaneka and Dow Corning, have demonstrated an excellent conversion efficiency of 23.3% on interdigitated back-contact (IBC) silicon solar cells.

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Eight Tips for Alternate-Energy Users

November 23, 2011 9:57 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

When you evaluate alternate-energy sources look at your entire system to find ways to reduce power use.

Recycling saves Keesler hospital $62,000

November 23, 2011 5:36 am | News | Comments

The Keesler Hospital's operating room is once again "going green." In 2004, Capt. Wendy Wilkins, an 81st Surgical Operations Squadron operating room nurse, began reprocessing the Flowtron compression hoses used in the operating rooms.

ROAL Electronics Announces 94% Efficient Medical Power Supplies

November 16, 2011 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

ROAL Electronics announced a new family of very efficient and compact Medical power supplies. The MDP400 series has several package options including open frame, U-chassis, enclosed chassis, and environmentally sealed IP65 rated versions.

Exclusive: Orbital solar power plants touted for energy needs

November 14, 2011 9:33 am | by Jim Wolf, Reuters | News | Comments

The sun's abundant energy, if harvested in space, could provide a cost-effective way to meet global power needs in as little as 30 years with seed money from governments, according to a study by an international scientific group.

Smart Grid Security?

November 14, 2011 3:57 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

Can some one please tell me the point of making our electrical grid more hackable than it already is? And please. Don't tell me about "security". Security is only a delaying tactic. Some one who wants to can figure out how to defeat it.

PV Manufacturing Equipment Revenues to More Than Halve in 2012

November 10, 2011 8:06 am | News | Comments

The market for PV manufacturing equipment will more than halve in 2012 according to the latest quarterly-updated report from IMS Research. Significant decreases in the “new” manufacturing capacity required and limited demand for upgrade...

Control LED Temperature Rise with Thermal Feedback

November 10, 2011 5:52 am | by John Betten, Application Engineer, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Illuminating an LED at high brightness requires driving it with as high a current as allowed by the manufacturer, but the life expectancy of LEDs is heavily dependent on operating temperature. An increase of only 10°C can cut its useful life in half.

DC:DC Converters Offer Efficiency up to 92%

November 10, 2011 4:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

GAIA Converter has released a new family of high input voltage DC/DC Converters targeting Avionic, Aerospace, Military and Missile applications. The MGDS-75-S series have an input voltage range of 155-480V...

Renault electric and ICE cars connected through Telenor Connexion

November 9, 2011 7:44 am | News | Comments

Following the success with Nissan LEAF, ”European Car of the Year 2011”, the Renault Nissan Alliance has selected Telenor Connexion as its European supplier of connectivity for Renault’s new electric and internal combustion car models as well.

Future Electronics Launches the Industry’s First Standalone Energy Specific Website

November 8, 2011 5:14 am | News | Comments

Future Energy Solutions is pleased to announce the launch of the first comprehensive energy specific website, connecting the rapidly growing alternative energy market with innovative electronics component solutions – www.FutureEnergySolutions.com.

IEEE GreenCom'11 Highlights Latest Energy-Efficient Communications & Green Technologies

November 4, 2011 10:39 am | News | Comments

The IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) recently held its first fully-virtual, online event with professionals worldwide participating in 12 separate sessions dedicated to the latest advances in energy-efficient communications and green technologies.

HP Shapes the Future of Extreme Low-energy Server Technology

November 3, 2011 7:39 am | News | Comments

HP announced a new industry program comprising a new server development platform, customer discovery lab and partner ecosystem to help customers significantly reduce complexity, energy use and costs. 

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