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Novel Laser System Mimics Sunlight to Test Solar Cell Efficiency

May 31, 2014 11:23 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed a laser-based instrument that generates artificial sunlight to help test solar cell properties and find ways to boost their efficiency. The novel NIST system simulates sunlight...

Obama's Boldest Move on Carbon Comes with Perils

May 31, 2014 11:15 pm | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

The new pollution rule the Obama administration announces Monday will be a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's environmental legacy and arguably the most significant U.S. environmental regulation in decades. But it's not one the White House wanted...  

Scientists Develop New Hybrid Energy Transfer System

May 27, 2014 3:13 pm | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of Southampton, in collaboration with the Universities of Sheffield and Crete, have developed a new hybrid energy transfer system, which mimics the processes responsible for photosynthesis. From photosynthesis to respiration, the processes of light absorption and its transfer into energy...

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Meaghan's Minute: Battery Harnesses Heat Waste

May 23, 2014 9:44 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, researchers at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a new alternative for low-temperature waste-heat conversion into electricity – that is...                

Planting the 'SEEDS' of Solar Technology in the Home

May 20, 2014 7:47 pm | by DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

In an effort to better understand what persuades people to buy photovoltaic systems for their homes, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are gathering data on consumer motivations that can feed sophisticated computer models and thus lead to greater use of solar energy...

Great Improvements Made for Nanogenerator Power Efficiency

May 15, 2014 1:56 pm | by Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | News | Comments

The energy efficiency of KAIST's piezoelectric nanogenerator has increased by almost 40 times, one step closer toward the commercialization of flexible energy harvesters that can supply power infinitely to wearable, implantable electronic devices...

Advance Brings 'Hyperbolic Metamaterials' Closer to Reality

May 14, 2014 8:18 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have taken a step toward practical applications for "hyperbolic metamaterials," ultra-thin crystalline films that could bring optical advances including powerful microscopes, quantum computers and high-performance solar cells...

At Wal-Mart, Obama Praises Steps on Solar Power

May 12, 2014 10:35 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Flanked by bargain-priced displays of women's wear and patio lighting, President Barack Obama came to a Wal-Mart store in Silicon Valley on Friday to praise new steps by businesses and communities to deploy solar energy, showcasing efforts to combat climate change that don't rely on a disinclined Congress...

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Photos of the Day: Solar Car Reaches 93mph

May 8, 2014 11:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clouds may still linger over relations between Washington and Tehran, but that's not stopping a group of Iranian students and their teachers from gearing up for a summer road trip through the American heartland. Fueled by the sun and their hopes to shine in a first for the Islamic Republic...

Iran Students Gear Up Solar Car for US Challenge

May 8, 2014 10:53 am | by Nasser Karimi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Clouds may still linger over relations between Washington and Tehran, but that's not stopping a group of Iranian students and their teachers from gearing up for a summer road trip through the American heartland. Fueled by the sun and their hopes to shine in a first for the Islamic Republic...

Discovery Offers New Possibilities for Clean Energy Research

May 7, 2014 1:26 pm | by University of Houston | News | Comments

University of Houston physicists have discovered a new thermoelectric material offering high performance at temperatures ranging from room temperature up to 300 degrees Celsius, or about 573 degrees Fahrenheit. "This new material is better than the traditional material..."

Trees Go High-tech: Process Turns Cellulose into Energy Storage Devices

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by David Stauth, Oregon State University | News | Comments

Based on a fundamental chemical discovery by scientists at Oregon State University, it appears that trees may soon play a major role in making high-tech energy storage devices. OSU chemists have found that cellulose – the most abundant organic polymer on Earth and a key component of trees – can be heated in a furnace in the presence of ammonia, and turned into the building blocks for supercapacitors...

Nordic Semiconductor & Digi-Key Have Inked a Global Agreement

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Anne Strand, Nordic Semiconductor | News | Comments

Nordic Semiconductor ASA has announced that it has signed a global distribution agreement covering its entire range of ULP products, including its Bluetooth low energy solutions, with distribution giant Digi-Key Corporation. Nordic's Bluetooth low energy solutions include the multi-award winning Nordic nRF51822 System-on-Chip (SoC...

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Power-One's New 3,000 W Platinum Front End Power Supply

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Power-One has introduced the PFE3000, a 3000W front-end AC-DC power supply. This product provides a 12 VDC output with a stand-by output of 12 V. With the lowest direct and indirect...

Teseq’s100 A, 3-Phase Burst Pulse CDN for EFT Testing

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq has introduced a 100 A, 3-Phase burst pulse coupling/decoupling network designed for electrical fast transient or burst testing. The new manual CDN 3083-B100...

Vishay Intertechnology Announces HML, New Miniature Axial-Leaded Thick Film Resistor

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology has introduced a new miniature axial-leaded thick film resistor designed for hearing aids and high-frequency probe tips for testing in industrial applications. Encapsulated in a robust plastic housing, the Vishay Techno HML combines an ultra-compact 1.85 mm by 0.91 mm case size with high-temperature performance...

Fairchild Launches a New Brand, Symbolizing a Major Company Transformation

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Fairchild Semiconductor | News | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor has engaged in a major transformation that focuses all of the company’s resources on the development of products and services that help engineers around the world shorten time-to-market for new mobile devices, wearable technologies, and all other products where energy management is a priority...

Farsens Unveils the Pyros, A Battery-Free RFID Temperature Sensor Tag

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Farsens has introduced the Pyros-TGT2-DWB, a battery free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated temperature measurement data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery...

CDM Electronics Expands Audio & Mid-Range Power Connector Inventory

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

CDM Electronics has announced a significant expansion of their MIL-DTL-55116 (part #M55116) audio frequency connectors and MIL-DTL-55181 (part #M55181) mid-range power connectors.  The MIL-Spec parts are field proven in a wide range of Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System, Joint Tactical Radio System radios...

Unavoidable Disorder Used to Build Nanolaser

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Gertie Skaarup, University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute | News | Comments

Researchers the world round are working to develop optical chips, where light can be controlled with nanostructures. These could be used for future circuits based on light (photons) instead of electron - that is photonics instead of electronics. But it has proved to be impossible to achieve perfect photonic nanostructures: they are inevitably a little bit imperfect...

The EnOcean Alliance Welcomes Contemporary Controls as a New Member

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Contemporary Controls & EnOcean Alliance | News | Comments

Contemporary Controls and the EnOcean Alliance have announced they have joined at Light+Building show in Frankfurt/Main, the world's biggest trade fair for lighting and building. Becoming a member of the EnOcean ecosystem for sustainable buildings...

FCI Introduces its Latest Mini-SAS HD Active Optical Cables

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

FCI has introduced its mini-SAS HD Active Optical Cable (MSHD AOC) assembly, the latest addition to its portfolio of optical and electrical cabling solutions. The MSHD AOC solution is a four-channel cable that features...

Richardson RFPD Introduces New Low Noise Amplifier from Wavelex

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD has announced immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new 0.2-1.0 GHz, N-connectorized low noise amplifier (LNA) from Wavelex. The WLA0210N LNA...

Cornell Dubilier Announces Purchase of Axial Film Capacitor Lines from SB Electronics

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Cornell Dubilier | News | Comments

Cornell Dubilier Electronics has announced that it has acquired the axial film capacitor product lines from capacitor maker, SB Electronics. The acquisition will expand the company’s film capabilities by adding a 125 °C rated series and higher voltage ratings up to 5000 volts DC...

SCHURTER’s New Compact Fuse for 3-Phase Systems

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER has announced the new series SHF 6.3x32 compact fuse. The series provides overcurrent protection up to 500 VAC. The highbreaking capacity of 1,500 A at rated voltage...

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