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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

Amplifier enables current measurement in green energy applications

July 13, 2011 11:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced an isolated amplifier and a delta-sigma modulator that enable best-in-class shunt-based current measurement in motor control and green energy applications. The AMC1200 isolated amplifier and AMC1204 delta-sigma modulator...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Ross Bannatyne of Silicon Labs on Wireless Energy Harvesting

July 13, 2011 11:51 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode we talk to Ross Bannatyne from Silicon Labs on wireless energy harvesting, wireless "smart dust" sensor networks, and the power electronics to manage energy drawn from the ambient.

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Air Power: New Device Captures Ambient Electromagnetic Energy to Drive Small Electronic Devices

July 12, 2011 5:29 am | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a way to capture and harness energy transmitted by such sources as radio and television transmitters, cell phone networks and satellite communications systems.

Sakor Technologies Delivers Alternative Fuels Research Dynamometer Test Cell

July 11, 2011 8:17 am | News | Comments

SAKOR Technologies, Inc. announced that it has delivered a single-cylinder research engine test cell to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The advanced dynamometer test cell will enable NREL to investigate fuel effects on advanced combustion engine strategies. The test cell is comprised of 

Lighting Science Group CEO Asks Congress Not to Roll Back Light Bulb Energy Efficiency Standards

July 11, 2011 8:06 am | News | Comments

Lighting Science Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Haworth issued the following statement regarding the movement to pass the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, H.R. 2417...

Flywheel Systems Offer a Green Alternative to Power Protection

July 8, 2011 9:33 am | by by Dann McKeraghan, VYCON (www.vyconenergy.com) | Blogs | Comments

When disaster strikes from harsh weather environments, power surges, or rolling blackouts, mission critical computing systems and manufacturing processes are at the highest risk of going down.

Ribbon Attach Conductive Adhesive Touts Desirable Conductivity for Silicon Solar Modules

July 7, 2011 8:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Engineered Conductive Materials, LLC, a leading global supplier of conductive interconnect materials for photovoltaic applications, introduced the DB-1541-S3 Conductive Stringer Attach Adhesive for use in thin-film, organic and thinned silicon solar modules. This material formulation has

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DC Connectors and Terminals Are IP67-sealed with Internal Locking Mechanism

July 6, 2011 2:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Molex is expanding its range of SolarSpec products with the development of pin (male) and socket (female) panel-mount DC connectors. The IP67-sealed, SolarSpec panel-mount DC connectors, with internal locking and touch-proof design for

Michigan Researchers Create 'Optical Battery'

June 16, 2011 4:29 am | News | Comments

A dramatic and surprising magnetic effect of light discovered by University of Michigan researchers could lead to solar power without traditional semiconductor-based solar cells.

TI Concerto Real-time Control Microcontroller Demo

June 14, 2011 5:24 am | Videos | Comments

Keith Ogboenyiya of Texas Instruments recently stopped by the ECN offices to demonstrate the company's new C2000 Concerto dual-core microcontroller (MCU) series.

A Mentor’s Perspective on EcoCAR

June 11, 2011 10:07 am | by Pete Maloney, Mathworks, www.mathworks.com | Blogs | Comments

The stated mission of EcoCar is to find new ways to reduce the environmental impact of motor vehicles and prepare future engineering leaders for that task by providing

Battery Charging IC Improves Device Efficiency

June 6, 2011 4:40 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

The small strips of solar cells seen in the front panels of today’s small portable consumer, healthcare and security devices are set to become a more valuable source of free energy with help from a new battery charging IC from STMicroelectronics.

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Smart Parking Sensor Platform Saves Motorists Time and Fuel

June 1, 2011 6:06 am | News | Comments

Libelium announced the launch of its Waspmote-based Smart Parking platform, designed to be buried in parking spaces and to detect the arrival and departure of vehicles.

EasyStreet Selects VYCON's Clean Energy Storage Flywheel Systems to Protect its Green Data Center

June 1, 2011 4:58 am | News | Comments

VYCON announced that cloud, managed services, and colocation provider EasyStreet Online Services has chosen to protect its state-of-the-art data center with its clean backup power systems.

Getting Ready for the Finals

May 31, 2011 7:42 am | by John Kruckenberg | Blogs | Comments

The Ohio State University EcoCAR team is making last tuning and aesthetic changes before the final EcoCAR competition, to be held June 6-16 at General Motors’ Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan and in Washington, D.C. After March emissions testing and tuning at the EPA, the main concerns for finishing the vehicle relate to

Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers Allow Back-Office Integration

May 31, 2011 5:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Epyon Power, the leading European supplier of intelligent fast-charging solutions for electric vehicles, today announced compatibility with the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) and said that it will also embrace other commonly used standards for back-office integration.

Junction Box Houses IP68 Photovoltaic Modules

May 23, 2011 7:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yamaichi Electronics has developed a photovoltaic junction box for crystalline solar modules for the Y-Sol product family. The Eco-Si J-Box is designed for photovoltaic modules with an IP protection class of IP68. This permits

Paying Tribute to the Legacy of Earth Day

April 27, 2011 1:26 pm | by Paul Smith, MathWorks, and Tyler Joswick, The Ohio State University | Blogs | Comments

This past Friday marked the 41st Earth Day. The past 40 years have demonstrated the growing global green movement, reinforced each year by Earth Day to celebrate and spread awareness of environmental protection and sustainability. Earth Day’s goals of environmental protection and sustainability are echoed by the EcoCAR Challenge, its organizers, participating student teams, and sponsors.

Position Sensors Enhance Solar Energy Output

April 14, 2011 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL's Optocode (OCD) rotary encoders and Accelens (ACS) inclinometers, when used in tracking systems of advanced solar power installations, provide the controller with

Silicon Carbide Schottky Diodes Tout Low Forward Voltage, Fast Recovery Time

April 12, 2011 2:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Rohm Semiconductor announced the availability of the SCS1xxAGC Series of high-performance silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky barrier diodes (SBD). According to the company, this new class of SiC diodes offers

Today's Broadband ICs Address European Power Efficiency Requirements

April 6, 2011 10:55 am | by Scott Broughton, Analog Devices, Inc., www.analog.com | Blogs | Comments

Two important factors driving future technology developments in the broadband chip industry revolve around government regulations and market forces. The "EU Code of Conduct on Energy Efficiency of Broadband Equipment" was written to

Terminal Blocks Are Rated at 1000 VDC for PV Apps

April 1, 2011 6:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Automation Systems Interconnect Inc. (ASI) announced the release of a new line of DIN rail mounted IEC terminal blocks, EZ Jump Terminal Blocks that are rated at 1000V DC for PV applications. The entire range of EZ Jump terminal blocks has

Ohio State University EcoCAR Improves Emissions Controls - The EcoCAR Spring Workshop

March 30, 2011 12:14 pm | by Eric Schacht | Blogs | Comments

The Ohio State University EcoCAR team is one of 16 teams competing to build the best hybrid vehicle in the EcoCAR Challenge Competition. However, the EcoCAR Competition is not a simple “build the car and compete” type of competition. Each EcoCAR vehicle must

Eval Kit Uses All Methods of Harnessing Ambient Energy

March 1, 2011 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cymbet Corporation announced the availability of its EnerChip EP CBC-EVAL-09 Universal Energy Harvesting evaluation kit. The EVAL-09 is said to be the first kit to support all types of ambient energy harvesting from light and vibration, to thermal gradients and flow/motion. The kit features the EnerChip Energy Processor (EP) CBC915-ACA, a universal energy harvesting power management unit for ultra-low power energy systems.

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