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Powell Industries Acquires Thermal Monitoring Technology

October 21, 2010 12:21 pm | by | News | Comments

Powell Industries, Inc. announced the completion of an Asset Purchase Agreement with ThermaBrite Technologies Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia. With this agreement, Powell acquires the patent-pending technology for real-time optical fiber based thermal...

Designing for the Smart Grid at the Smart Grid Electronics Forum

October 21, 2010 12:21 pm | by | News | Comments

Communications, protection from lightning, accurate power measurements, security considerations and designing for tomorrow’s smart home were among the many topics discussed in detail at the Smart Grid Electronics Forum. Speakers represented a broad array...

New standard is Enabling Technology for Smart Grid, Transportation and LAN Applications

October 21, 2010 12:21 pm | by | News | Comments

The IEEE announced the ratification of the IEEE 1901TM Broadband over Power Line (BPL) standard. Sponsored by the IEEE Communications Society, this globally recognized BPL standard will be a key enabling technology for a...


Power Schottky Diodes include Industry’s Highest Current part

October 21, 2010 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

SemiSouth Laboratories, Inc. announced a wide range of SiC power Schottky diodes including the 30A rated SDP30S120 - industry’s highest current 1200V part to be commercially available in a TO-247 package. The full 1200V, ROHS-compliant product range spans 5-30A with lower current (5 and 10A) diodes packaged as T0-220 parts...

Comverge Unveils Vision for Intelligent Energy Management

October 20, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Comverge, Inc. unveiled its vision for Intelligent Energy Management, the next-generation of software, hardware, and services that help electric utilities, commercial and industrial (C+I) organizations and consumers optimize energy usage. According to the company,...

Hitachi and Johnson Controls Announce Plans to Collaborate on Advanced Energy Storage

October 20, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Hitachi, Ltd. and Johnson Controls, Inc. announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on several fronts in the field of advanced energy storage. The collaboration agreement between the two...

Design software generates full system schematics

October 20, 2010 5:38 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations today introduced PI Expert Suite Version 8, the latest upgrade to its immensely popular power supply design software. The newly released update further improves the productivity of power supply design teams by greatly reducing the time to first prototype...

Emerge Alliance Advances DC Power Distribution Platform at Smart Grid Electronics Forum; to Focus on Energy Efficient Data Centers

October 19, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

The EMerge Alliance– an open industry association leading the rapid adoption of safe direct-current (dc) power distribution standards for commercial buildings – today announced during the Smart Grid Electronics Forum in San Jose, California,...


SoloPower Receives IEC Certification

October 19, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

SoloPower, Inc. announced that it has become the first solar company to obtain certification to both IEC (61646 and 61730) standards and UL 1703 standards for flexible, thin film CIGS modules. This pacesetting accomplishment...

SunHydro and Proton Energy Systems Open Solar-Powered Hydrogen Fueling Station in Connecticut

October 19, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Proton Energy Systems and SunHydro announced the opening of the first solar station at 10 Technology Drive in Wallingford, Connecticut., the companies’ headquarters. Proton Energy Systems and SunHydro are sister companies and the station...

Solar panels achieve conversion rate of 16.5%

October 19, 2010 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sharp is expanding its portfolio of energy-harvesting components with new monocrystalline solar panels for portable applications. Compared to their predecessors, the new solar panels of the models LR0GC11 and LR0GC13 achieve a one-third better efficiency and a conversion rate of 16.5%.

Power MOSFETs deliver minimal parasitic inductance for heavy load applications

October 19, 2010 7:41 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier announced the expansion of its family of automotive DirectFET2 power MOSFETs that deliver exceptional power density, dual-sided cooling and minimal parasitic inductance and resistance for heavy load applications, including Electric Power Steering (EPS)...

Power IC Market makes a full recovery in 2010

October 19, 2010 7:34 am | News | Comments

Following a decline of over 14% in 2009, the world market for power management and driver ICs is forecast to recover fully in 2010, growing by 20% to over $12 billion. Strong annual growth is projected for the next four years.


Tyndall Workshop Redefines PwrSoC and Moves Toward Commercialization

October 18, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

By redefining the meaning of a PwrSoC from "Power Supply on Chip" to "Power System on Chip," and extending the definition of the "chip" itself, the Second International Workshop on Power Supply on...

UTC Offers To Acquire Remaining Interest in Clipper Windpower

October 18, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

United Technologies Corp. has reached agreement with the management and independent members of the board of directors of Clipper Windpower Plc (CWPL) on the terms of a cash offer by UTC to acquire all...

TDK-Lambda Joins PMBus Alliance

October 18, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

TDK-Lambda has joined the PMBus™ Alliance. The PMBus protocol is a standard way to communicate with power converters and other devices in a power system. Owned by the System Management Interface Forum, or...

Panasonic Preparing Launch of New Series of EVERLEDS Lighting Products for FY 2011

October 15, 2010 12:21 pm | by | News | Comments

Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as PEW) will start releasing a series of additional "EVERLEDST™" LED lighting products for FY 2011 (ending March 2011) from this spring. The lineup of LED lighting...

Texas Instruments Opens Semiconductor Manufacturing Plant in China

October 15, 2010 12:21 pm | by | News | Comments

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced its first wafer fabrication facility, or "fab," in China. This milestone puts manufacturing close to the company’s growing customer base there. Located in the Chengdu High-tech Zone (CDHT),...

Sunlogics Announces Deal With GM to Provide Solar Photovoltaic Canopy and Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

October 15, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Sunlogics Inc. announced that it was selected by General Motors to build Solar Photovoltaic Canopy and electric vehicle charging stations for the company’s U.S. facilities, development centers and Chevrolet dealerships. The renewable energy systems...

Viridity Launches Software for Energy Efficiency Health Check for Data Centers

October 14, 2010 2:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Viridity Software, a provider of data center energy resource management (ERM) software, announced the general availability of its EnergyCheck™ energy efficiency health check application. The new software provides a fast and easy...

Energy Metering Chip Provides 32-bit ARM-based Solution

October 14, 2010 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXP unveiled the EM773 energy metering IC – presented as the world’s first 32-bit ARM-based solution designed specifically for non-billing electricity metering applications.

Eaton's Energy Saver Rectifier Verified by Independent Testing Laboratory

October 13, 2010 12:21 pm | by | News | Comments

Eaton Corp. announced that Underwriters Laboratories (UL) confirmed the Eaton Energy Saver Rectifier (APR48-ES) to be 96.4% efficient. Compared to existing technology, the Energy Saver Rectifier is intended to reduce customers’ network dc...

3Sun Appoints Chairman and CEO

October 13, 2010 12:21 pm | by | News | Comments

Enel Green Power, Sharp and STMicroelectronics (ST) announced the appointment of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of their new joint venture company 3Sun by its Board of Directors, constituted at the end of July...

Southern California Edison Selects LG Chem for Home Battery Pilot Program

October 13, 2010 12:20 pm | by | News | Comments

LG Chem announced that it has been selected by Southern California Edison (SCE) to provide lithium-ion battery packs for a pilot program involving energy storage systems for residential and small commercial applications. An LG Chem...

DOE Releases Comprehensive Report on Offshore Wind Power in the United States

October 12, 2010 1:21 pm | by | News | Comments

The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) issued an analysis of the key factors impacting the deployment of offshore wind power in the U.S. The report, "Large-Scale Offshore Wind Power in the...

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