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