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Lumiotec and Universal Display Announce Technology License Agreement for OLED Lighting

January 10, 2012 1:29 pm | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

Lumiotec Inc., founded by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Rohm Co., Ltd., Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in 2008 to develop, manufacture and sell OLED lighting panels, and Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: PANL), enabling energy-efficient displays and lighting with its UniversalPHOLED technology and materials, today announced that the companies have

Nordic Semiconductor Demos Bluetooth Low Energy-Smart Advanced Navigation Remote Control

January 10, 2012 5:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA (OSE: NOD) today demonstrates the world's first Bluetooth low energy (or Bluetooth Smart as Bluetooth low energy devices and sensors will now be marketed to consumers) smart navigation remote for the latest connected TVs and set-top boxes.

Chinese Tier 2 PV Module Utilization Fell To Record Low in Q4 of 2011

January 10, 2012 4:59 am | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

The average production capacity utilization rate of Chinese Tier 2 crystalline PV module manufacturers fell to just 35 percent in Q4'11 according to the latest quarterly report from IMS Research and is forecast to fall even lower in Q1'12. As a result of high inventory levels and a weak outlook for demand in 2012, many suppliers closed down production lines, or suspended production entirely, resulting in

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GSE of Italy Approves TUV Rheinland PTL to Perform Design Qualification Testing of PV Products

January 9, 2012 12:27 pm | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

TÃœV Rheinland PTL, North America's largest solar and photovoltaic (PV) testing company, is approved by Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE) of Italy to perform design qualification and type approval testing of PV modules and systems. Specifically, the company will test crystalline silicon flat-plate PV modules according to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61215 standard; thin-film flat-plate PV modules according to

Industry Leaders Aim to Redefine Power as Smart and Wireless, Form Power Matters Alliance

January 9, 2012 12:00 pm | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

IEEE, the world's largest professional association for advancing technology for humanity, today announced a community of global industry leaders are joining forces with the intention to form the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) under the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Industry Connections Program. The PMA is dedicated to remaking consumers' daily interaction with power as wireless, environmentally sound, and smart. 

Wireless Monitoring and Control System Targets Solar Panel Installations

January 5, 2012 6:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies announced a wireless monitoring and control system solution for solar panel installations that will allow individual panel parameter tracking and control.

EcoCAR 2 Competition Electrifies University of Washington Team

December 21, 2011 7:26 am | by Tyler Rose, Outreach Coordinator, UW EcoCAR 2 Team; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

Over the next three years, the University of Washington team will compete amongst 15 Universities from the United States and Canada to develop a plug-in hybrid vehicle power train for a donated 2013 Chevrolet Malibu; build a showroom quality vehicle; acquire local sponsors; and launch an exhaustive outreach program intended to educate consumers on green vehicle technology.

Push-pull Solenoids Offer High Force Using Low Power

December 14, 2011 3:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for remote or renewable energy applications where rechargeable or standard batteries or capacitors are used, the new Geeplus range of small Push-Pull solenoids is presented as a robust solution for a number of applications requiring

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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. 

Hydrogen Pressure Sensor is Certified for Use on Fuel-Cell Vehicles

December 2, 2011 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

American Sensor Technologies has developed the AST 2000H2 Hydrogen ASIC Pressure Sensor for use on hydrogen-powered vehicles and in other emerging hydrogen applications. The sensors are already certified for use by European and Asian automobile manufacturers as

Partnership Offers Solar Panels in Any Shape or Size

December 2, 2011 5:57 am | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

Future Energy Solutions, a division of Future Electronics dedicated to smart and clean energy, has partnered with Enhanced Solar Power to offer design services as well as shaped solar panels to customers integrating solar into their product design.

Grounding Component for Solar Installations is UL 2703 Certified

December 1, 2011 12:31 pm | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

Amphenol Industrial introduced the HelioLug, the first grounding lug that meets the solar industry's specific UL 2703 certification. The new lug is used by solar integrators, installers and EPC firms for grounding solar modules in residential, commercial and utility solar projects. 

South Africa's first CPV Solar Plant Powers UN Conference

November 28, 2011 9:22 am | News | Comments

Soitec (Euronext) has built a concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) power plant next to Durban, South Africa, as the flagship project for the 17th annual Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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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.

Plug-and-Play Junction Box Provides Versatility, Modularity

November 22, 2011 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol Industrial introduced the ModLink junction box. This modular plug-and-play system allows manufacturers, distributors, installers and owners/operators to insert 'smart' modules as needed at any time onto

600-V IGBTs Suit UPS, Solar, Industrial Motor and Welding Apps

November 10, 2011 12:47 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier announced the expansion of its portfolio of 600-V Trench Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs) with the introduction of the IRGP4067DPbF and IRGP4066DPbF devices for uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), solar, industrial motor and

Photovoltaic Installations in China to Reach Same Level as the US in 2011

November 7, 2011 3:53 am | News | Comments

Falling module and balance of system prices have significantly improved photovoltaic project internal rates of return and led to an explosion in project development activities in China.

TE Connectivity and Juice Technologies Deliver EV Smart Charging

October 25, 2011 11:13 am | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) and Juice Technologies, doing business as Plug Smart, announced today their teaming arrangement to provide smart Electric Vehicle (EV) charging solutions enabling customers to meter their EV’s electricity consumption and communicate data via an innovative smart charging cord and socket. TE and Juice have a license agreement to bring this 120 volt (Level 1) charging solution to market. 

Ultracapacitor Modules for Alternative Energy Apps Feature Ready-to-Use Package

October 24, 2011 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ioxus announced the unveiling of its first 16V/58F iMOD series of ultracapacitor modules featuring a ready-to-use package at what is said to be the lowest cost in the industry. With the increase in adoption of hybrid drives and clean technologies, there is a high demand for

Combine High Power SMUs to Extend Component Testing to 100 A

October 22, 2011 8:03 am | by Dave Wyban, Keithley Instruments, Inc., www.keithley.com | Articles | Comments

The latest generation of high power SMUs is capable of sourcing up to 50 A pulsed and measuring down to picoamps or microvolts. For applications that require even higher power levels, two of these instruments can be combined to extend their operating range.

VIA Honored with Seven First Ever Taiwan Green Classics Awards

October 18, 2011 2:41 pm | News | Comments

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that the company has been honored with seven "Taiwan Green Classics Awards" from the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Taiwan Green Classics Awards were created to recognize

Study Finds 95 Percent of Americans Say Energy Efficiency Is An Important Issue

October 13, 2011 10:57 am | News | Comments

Rexel announced the findings from an international study which cited that 95% of American consumers consider energy efficiency an important issue. The study further noted that while 89% of American respondents pay attention to their energy consumption, far less have taken steps to become more energy efficient when compared with their counterparts in France, Germany and Great Britain. 

Multicore MCU Touts Exponential Increase in Performance to Enable Cleaner, More Fuel-Efficient Engines

October 13, 2011 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor announced the first of several multicore automotive MCUs that help make it easier for automotive designers to improve engine efficiency and reduce exhaust pollution. The new multicore Qorivva 32-bit MPC5676R MCU provides

ST Collaborates with Enel for Smart, Energy Saving Appliances

October 12, 2011 2:04 pm | News | Comments

STMicroelectronics announced that Enel has selected ST to be its key semiconductor partner in the Energy@Home consortium

Planar Transformers Tout High Performance From Space-Saving Designs

October 6, 2011 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Standex Electronics introduced a full lineup of planar transformers which are asserted to deliver high-performance from compact, low-profile designs. The planar transformers provide low leakage inductance and repeatable capacitance. Available in

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