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Engineering Update #89: The newest solar power plant

December 11, 2014 10:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The tulip concentrating solar power plant is officially opening its first commercial site in Ethiopia. This will be the third tulip site to be created. There is one in Israel and one in Spain, but the previous operations have been focused on research and ...

Maximizing solar power on electrical grids

December 10, 2014 3:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered...

Could prettier, quieter wind turbines make it in the city?

December 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Despite many complaints about noise, size, and appearance, wind turbines are one of the most...

Matched 'hybrid' systems may enable wider use of renewable energy

December 1, 2014 1:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The use of renewable energy in the United States could take a significant leap forward with...

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How can students learn efficient materials concepts for solar cells?

November 25, 2014 10:26 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

How can students be efficiently introduced to materials concepts for solar cells? To date there is mainly basic literature about the physics of solar cells and there are specialized articles and books about certain types or classes of solar cell materials....

Agency proposes fee for electric cars

November 19, 2014 8:46 am | by Scott Bauer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on owners of electric vehicles, in an attempt to help make up for revenue drivers of those fuel-efficient cars aren't paying in gas taxes, under a road-funding proposal put forward by ...

Power supplies comply with latest level VI energy efficiency standard

November 13, 2014 2:22 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) announced what it believes to be one of the first 5 Watt plug top power supplies to comply with the new Energy Star level VI energy efficiency standard. A requirement for all such external power supplies in use from February 2016 ...

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Engineering Update #84: A solar and wind-powered car

November 6, 2014 3:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

G-code is just a concept car created from a vehicle study, but it’s still got some great ideas. The design is pretty futuristic, with a display on the grill that changes depending on if the car is parked or driving in sports, eco or drive mode. It also has ...

Why solar power is the future

November 3, 2014 7:11 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of the main issues with solar and wind power is price. Oftentimes, fossil fuels have a much more attractive price tag and since the infrastructure is mostly already in place, solar and wind is a tough sell. It’s possible to make wind more attractive....

Clean diesel cars among finalists for “Green Car of the Year” award

October 22, 2014 11:12 am | News | Comments

Clean diesel cars were included among the five finalist positions for 2015 “Green Car of the Year” award with the Audi A3 TDI clean diesel car and the Volkswagen Golf, which offers a new 2.0 liter TDI clean diesel, gasoline and electric engines, being named as finalists....

Recouping energy for electric vehicles

October 15, 2014 8:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A limiting factor for the driving range of electric vehicles is the amount of energy supplied by the batteries. To recoup as much braking energy as possible, engineers at the Gear Research Centre (FZG) at the TU München have developed a light-weight ...

Photos of the Day: Lamborghini's new hybrid supercar

October 8, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

European carmakers were hoping to impress with new models at last week's Paris Motor Show to prove they have come out stronger from years of economic trouble and cost-cutting. Lamborghini's Asterion LPI 910-4 concept was one of the most hotly anticipated ...

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Major Asian markets set to lead growth over next five years

September 16, 2014 11:32 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

With legacy European markets continuing to decline, global solar PV demand is now being driven by Asian markets. Three of the Major Asia-Pacific countries are set to see annual demand double in 2014. The outliers in this trend are the UK and Australia....

Energy-efficient solutions for the industry and consumers at electronica 2014

September 3, 2014 4:24 pm | News | Comments

Machines account for two-thirds of all electricity consumed by the industrial sector. According to the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association, 10–15 percent of all energy used in Germany's industrial sector could be saved through the use of intelligent automation systems alone....

NanoMarkets report projects next-gen solar PV materials to become a $2 billion market by 2021

August 27, 2014 5:27 pm | News | Comments

The total market value of emerging PV technologies -- advanced crystalline silicon cell architectures, thin films, organic and dye-sensitized technologies, and various nanomaterials -- will surge to $262 million in 2017 and nearly $2.1 billion by 2021, up from just $20 million today....

UTSA researcher awarded $38K+ to evaluate energy efficiency options for historic homes

August 19, 2014 3:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of UTSA researchers has been awarded a nearly $40,000 grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), an office of the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Department of the Interior. The grant will fund a one-year study of the energy efficiency....

Energy: Magic or science?

August 18, 2014 9:08 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Energy: It is all around us; we use it every day. But let’s stick with electrical energy. We have many ways of generating this needed labor-saving device. You may question that, but think about it: Everything that we use every day is some type of labor-saving device, and it runs on some form of energy....

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System efficiency as applied to motor-driven rotating equipment

August 6, 2014 2:15 pm | by William Livoti, Power Generation Business Development Manager, WEG Electric Corporation | Articles | Comments

Energy efficiency has become a major focus for our government, municipalities as well as power utilities and the industrial sector. Each entity has a specific area where they focus their attention.  In every case attention was directed to components, i.e. motors, pumps....

PV connector meets the three highest certification standards on the market

August 4, 2014 2:33 pm | Amphenol | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol Industrial Products Group (Sidney, NY) now offers a PV connector that meets all three of the highest certification standards on the market, allowing this one connector to be used globally.  The new H4 UTX meets IEC50521 TUV 1500V- Class A (All Access)....

Photos of the Day: eVe — Australia's record-breaking solar-powered car

August 4, 2014 8:31 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The eVe, from the Sunswift project, a group of students from the University of New South Wales, Australia, has officially broken the world speed record for an electric vehicle. The Sunswift vehicle averaged 62 mph over 311 miles at the Australian Automotive research Center in Victoria....

5100 W DC power supplies designed for high voltage and solar array applications

July 23, 2014 1:10 pm | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision (Yorba Linda, CA) introduced three new models of high power programmable DC power supplies, models PVS10005, PVS60085, and PVS60085MR. The new PVS Series delivers output power up to 5.1 kW with excellent regulation, low noise, and fast transient response times....

Any way the wind blows....

July 21, 2014 9:14 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

When I hear or read the phrase wind power, I immediately imagine tall-towered machines with tri-blade impellers tracing out huge arcing sweeps against partly cloudy skies. Your imagery may vary. Globally, wind generation capacity climbed to 318 GW in 2013 and has increased, year-over-year, an average of 37 MW since 2008....

Deployable renewable energy systems power critical equipment on the battlefield

July 14, 2014 4:31 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is the largest consumer of energy in the United States. Much of that energy is consumed in harsh environments to power tanks, armored vehicles, fighter jets, generators, small hospitals, command outposts and operations centers out in the field. All of these applications are critical....

NREL and General Motors announce R&D partnership to reduce cost of automotive fuel cells

July 2, 2014 12:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and General Motors (GM) are partnering on a multiyear, multimillion dollar joint effort to accelerate the reduction of automotive fuel cell stack costs through fuel cell material and manufacturing research and development (R&D)....

Engineering Update #65: A shark-detecting buoy

July 2, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at an Australian tech firm have recently come up with a potential solution called the Clever buoy, designed to emit sonar signals from a buoy anchored to the seabed by a box. The buoy uses a processor to analyze the returning sonar signals. The crazy part is that researchers have designed the technology....

The 'Elf' gets 1,800 MPG

July 1, 2014 4:04 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An unusual hybrid bike being developed in Durham, North Carolina could be the future of urban transportation, according to its creators. Rob Cotter of Organic Transit says his machine, called the "Elf", brings a new level of efficiency that equates to nearly 1,800 miles-per-gallon....

Up in flames: Evidence confirms combustion theory

July 1, 2014 1:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) and the University of Hawaii have uncovered the first step in the process that transforms gas-phase molecules into solid particles like soot and other carbon-based compounds....

Finland to lead the way in developing the storage of solar and wind energy

July 1, 2014 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has joined forces with Lappeenranta University of Technology and the Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku in the launch of an extensive development project for a brand new energy system and its associated business sector in Finland....

Are electric cars ready?

July 1, 2014 12:43 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring? Longwood, Florida, isn’t the most exciting, upmarket suburb of Orlando. Yet, every day, people drive for miles to visit a tiny showroom on 17/92....

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