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Alliance Formed to Drive Communications Standard for Smart-Grid

September 30, 2011 5:19 am | News | Comments

The new Power Line Communications (PLC) technology transmits digital information through electrical power lines using OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) and is widely acknowledged to be the most reliable, secure and cost effective mode of communication for the smart grid today.

Organic PV: Huge Potential, But Industrial Line-up Needed

September 28, 2011 12:07 pm | by Philip Pieters, business development director Energy at imec, www.imec.be. Posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

Little by little, organic PV seems to be taking off. Evidence are the many startups popping up worldwide: SolarPress, Eight19, Heliatek etc. These startup companies are often backed up by large (chemical) companies. So clearly there is a belief that

TÜV Rheinland Forms Partnership with Chinese Solar Products Certification Provider

September 21, 2011 8:38 am | News | Comments

TÜV Rheinland has partnered with China General Certification Center (CGC) to provide testing and certification services for solar product manufacturers seeking to gain access to the Chinese market. The arrangement with CGC includes

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The Future of Concentrator PV

September 20, 2011 2:23 pm | Blogs | Comments

Some of you may know the spectacular sight of solar farms in desert areas with hundreds of specialized PV panels that turn to the sun just like sunflowers do. These are concentrator PV panels: high-efficiency solar panels consisting of

New IEEE Standard Addresses Smart Grid Work Around the World

September 20, 2011 12:27 pm | News | Comments

IEEE announced that IEEE 2030 – IEEE Guide for Smart Grid Interoperability of Energy Technology and Information Technology Operation with the Electric Power System (EPS), End-Use Applications, and Loads – has been approved and published. IEEE 2030 establishes

Chinese PV Module Suppliers on Top in Q2 as Consolidation Continues

August 31, 2011 7:33 am | News | Comments

The three largest suppliers of PV modules in Q2’11 were all Chinese according to the latest industry report from IMS Research. Suntech, Yingli and Trina Solar collectively grew their shipments by almost 20% over the previous quarter despite difficult market conditions, increasing their market share and

Molex Interconnects Power UMsolar Car on 1,800 Mile Australian Outback Journey

August 26, 2011 8:48 am | News | Comments

Molex Incorporated has provided support to the University of Michigan Solar Car team (UMsolar) in its bid to win the 2011 World Solar Challenge. The UMsolar team’s car, named Quantum, features several electronic components from Molex, as well as a variety of solderless terminals. 

GaN, SiC, Digital Power, PwrSiP, Wireless Charging and More at DPF '11

August 26, 2011 6:30 am | News | Comments

The Plenary Session at the 2011 Darnell Power Forum will feature senior executives from Efficient Power Conversion, Electric Power Research Institute, IBM, Qualcomm, SemiSouth Laboratories, Petra Solar, Transphorm and Cree. Plenary session topics will include

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IPVEA Finalizes 2011 Photovoltaic Production Forum Program

August 24, 2011 4:42 am | News | Comments

The International PV Equipment Association announced that it will co-organize the PV Production Forum 2011 with the EU PVSEC during the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference & Exhibition (EU PVSEC) in Hamburg, Germany.

Cable Clips Tout Double Compression Design for Solar Wires

August 16, 2011 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Heyco Products, Inc. has announced availability of its HEYClip SunRunner(TM) Cable Clips. Designed to provide a better method for PV module wire management, the clip fits

Price Collapse Stimulates US PV Market Growth in 2H’11, says Solarbuzz

August 9, 2011 7:55 am | News | Comments

Despite a struggling domestic economy, the US solar photovoltaic (PV) market will double in 2011, according to the latest Solarbuzz United States PV Market Report. 2011 growth rates vary significantly by market segment, an outcome of the vast movements in incentives and policies at the federal, state and local government level over the past 12 months.

Windlift Kite-Based Power Generation Technology at NIWeek 2011

August 8, 2011 9:39 am | Videos | Comments

Windlift is a company with a novel power-generation system using a deployable release-and-recover kite to harvest wind energy in places where traditional power technologies are not available.

TI Achieves Certification of ZigBee Alliance’s Smart Energy 1.1 Profile Implementation

August 3, 2011 11:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated announced that it achieved ZigBee Certified status for its ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1 standard implementation, recently introduced by the ZigBee Alliance. TI is pleased to announce the availability of its new Z-Stack 2.5.0 with support for ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1, geared towards home area networks (HAN).

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Ambient Corporation Announces Listing on NASDAQ

August 2, 2011 11:05 am | News | Comments

Ambient Corporation announced that its common stock has been approved for listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market. The Company expects its common stock to commence trading on

IMS Research Raises PV Demand Forecast for 2011 to Over 22 GW

August 2, 2011 8:17 am | News | Comments

Despite a very weak start to the year, IMS Research has recently increased its forecast for the full year by more than 1 GW and predicts more than 22 GW of new PV capacity will be added in 2011.

Mobile Measurement Technologies Support High-Voltage Onboard EHV Testing

August 1, 2011 12:53 pm | by Dipl.-Ing.(FH) Harry Störzer, IPETRONIK GmbH & Co.KG, www.ipetronik.com | Articles | Comments

To ensure optimal EHV performance, numerous tests must be conducted during the new vehicle development process. Suitable mobile vehicle data acquisition systems are vital for ensuring system competency, functionality and efficiency.

Spire Expands its Solar PV Advanced Technology Center

July 28, 2011 11:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spire Corporation announced that it has begun the expansion of its Advanced Technology Center (ATC) Lab at its corporate headquarters.

First Solar Sets Record for CdTe Solar PV Efficiency

July 27, 2011 8:46 am | News | Comments

First Solar, Inc. announced it set a new world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) solar cell efficiency, reaching 17.3 percent with a test cell constructed using commercial-scale manufacturing equipment and materials. The test cell’s performance, confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), far surpassed the previous record of

New Labels Meet NEC and ESA Specs for US and Canadian Solar Installers

July 20, 2011 1:02 pm | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE), formerly Tyco Electronics, extends its line of warning and rating labels with new RoHS-compliant solar identification labels that offer an affordable, simple identification solution for solar installers. This new product extension includes

RF Energy Harvesting Perpetually Powers Wireless Sensors

July 18, 2011 1:18 pm | by Harry Ostaffe, Powercast Corporation, www.powercastco.com | Articles | Comments

While the power from RF energy is typically very low, RF energy is unique among energy-harvesting options because it can either be harvested from ambient energy or intentionally broadcasted to provide more reliable power-over-distance using very little energy from the electric grid.

Solar Engineering & Manufacturing Association Holds Informative July Meeting

July 18, 2011 7:07 am | News | Comments

The Solar Engineering & Manufacturing Association (SEMA) announces that it held a standing room only meeting on July 14 at the Palomar Hotel in San Francisco in conjunction with the recent Intersolar NA/SEMICON West expos. A wide range of

Energy and Cost Savings from LED-Backlit LCD TVs Not Communicated to Consumers

July 18, 2011 6:30 am | News | Comments

According to an analysis in the DisplaySearch Q2’11 Quarterly TV Design and Features Report, brands are missing an opportunity to market LED-backlit LCD TVs based on cost savings.

Achieving Higher Reliability and Uptime with Flywheels

July 14, 2011 10:27 am | by Erik Brumbaugh, VYCON (www.vyconenergy.com) | Blogs | Comments

Virtualization, cloud computing, advanced server technology, mobile apps and the like all have one thing in common: they need to be highly available and the foundation of this availability is power.

The Roundtable - What does 'Green' Mean to You?

July 14, 2011 7:33 am | Articles | Comments

This month's question is: Everyone talks about “Green” technology, but it means a great many things to a great many people. What does “green” technology mean to your company?

Trends in Smart Grid and Alternate Energy

July 13, 2011 12:59 pm | by Nagarajan Sridhar, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Articles | Comments

With global prosperity on the rise, the demand for energy is increasing and is approximately expected to double by 2030. In parallel, there is a concern of energy supply issues on the long run. This has resulted in an increasing activity and proliferation of employing sustainable/alternate energy sources and improved energy transmission methods over the last decade from all fronts

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