Englert Environmental unveiled an integrated metal roofing system that can deliver much of the energy, heating and water needs of the average American home without tapping into local utility resources. The new rooftop system provides electric power, hot water heat and water for outdoor and indoor uses all in a single package. Englert’s UltraCOOL Energy […]
Microchip Technology Inc. announced two hands-on workshop series that provide participants hands-on experience with the latest motor-control solutions and Microchip’s tools. One workshop series is focused on sensorless Brushless DC (BLDC) motors, while the other is on sensorless Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSMs). "We are pleased to offer this opportunity for hands-on motor control training, […]
The Alliance for Universal Power Supplies (AUPS), an umbrella organization dedicated to fostering industry-wide standards for universal ac to dc power, backed the GSM Association’s recent move to standardize mobile phone chargers, calling it "a major step toward smart, environmentally responsible consumer electronics manufacturing." At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week, 17 wireless […]
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) announced plans for a five-year program to develop up to 500MW of clean solar photovoltaic (PV) power in its northern and central California service area, said to bee one of the largest undertakings of its kind in the country. The proposed program consists of up to 250MW of utility-owned […]
The city of Los Angeles’ 140,000 streetlight fixtures will be replaced with LED units over the next five years with help from the Clinton Climate Initiative in what is being described the most extensive municipal green lighting retrofit thus far. Former president Bill Clinton announced the project this week in Los Angeles, where the city’s […]
The just-released First Edition of "Vehicle Electrification: Worldwide Forecasts" from the Darnell Group provides a detailed roadmap of the successive application segments...
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. announced that it has improved what it describes as its world’s highest conversion efficiency rate for a 150 x 150mm practical-size multi-crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) cell by 0.3 points from 18.6% to achieve a new world record of 18.9%. In addition to the technology already developed by Mitsubishi Electric to improve the […]
Micropelt GmbH, a specialist in thin film thermoelectrics, announced immediate commercial availability of what it describes as the world’s first thermo-powered wireless sensor system, the TE-Power NODE. Micropelt’s built-in chip thermogenerator takes a few degrees of temperature differential and harvests that thermal energy to operate the wireless sensor node, enabling what is described as unlimited […]
MicroGen Systems, LLC has been awarded a $300,000 contract for its "Piezoelectric Vibrational Energy Harvester" project by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The program budget is $619,000 with $319,000 in matching funds coming from The University of Vermont (UVM) Innovations Fund, ITC’s Army Research Laboratory funds, and MicroGen itself. MicroGen […]
As the power electronics industry gathers in Washington D.C. for the 2009 Applied Power Electronics Conference, Murata Power Solutions, Infineon Technologies AG,...
The US Congress has finally come to an agreement on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, known as the economic "stimulus bill." Although the agreement cut the total value of the bill to $789 billion, many observers think it will be a boon for the renewable energy industry. Overall, there is $50 billion for energy […]
American Superconductor Corp. announced that it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Department of Energy’s...
Eaton Corp. announced that its ePDUs® have been tested and approved to support IBM® Systems Director Active Energy Manager™ V4.1. These enclosure-based power distribution units allow users to measure power usage and temperature within the data center at the system, chassis or rack level. The latest Active Energy Manager release, version 4.1, offers power-trending support […]
STMicroelectronics (ST) is introducing silicon carbide (SiC) diodes – the STPSC806D and STPSC1006D SiC Schottky diodes – which are described as being...
The Green Grid announced the launch of new programs, tools and metrics and reporting guidelines designed to help data center managers worldwide improve the efficiency of their facilities and operations. "As IT and Facilities budgets receive increased scrutiny, efficiency becomes a more business critical issue for data center managers globally," said Tom Brey, a Director […]