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Rare Chemical Phenomenon for Harvesting Solar Energy

June 2, 2014 5:34 pm | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

A team of international scientists has successfully unraveled the chemical reaction responsible for propelling microscopic crystals to leap distances up to hundreds of times their own size when they are exposed to ultraviolet light. This popping effect...

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...  

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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...

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...

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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...

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..."

WattStopper Joins the EnOcean Alliance

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Angelika Dester , EnOcean Alliance | News | Comments

The EnOcean Alliance has welcomed WattStopper, which has released its self-powered EnOcean-based wireless line of occupancy sensors, switches, and switch receivers targeting market requirements for flexible, easy-to-install, and maintenance-free solutions, particularly for building retrofits...

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EnOcean Self-Powers 2.4 GHz Radio with Kinetic Energy

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

Enocean has presented the world’s first energy harvesting wireless switch module communicating in the 2.4 GHz ISM band. The new module is suited for consumer applications such as the control of LED lighting systems...

New LED Light Guides from GLT Emit

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

Global Lighting Technologies has introduced a new light guide that produces distinct customized emission patterns of light from the top and bottom surface. This enables lighting fixtures...

Fabricating Nanostructures with Silk Could Make Clean Rooms Green Rooms

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Kim Thurler, Tufts University | News | Comments

Tufts University engineers have demonstrated that it is possible to generate nanostructures from silk in an environmentally friendly process that uses water as a developing agent and standard fabrication techniques. This approach provides a green alternative to the toxic materials commonly used in nanofabrication...

Rogers Celebrates Innovation Center Grand Opening in Partnership with Northeastern

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Rogers Corporation | News | Comments

Rogers Corporation has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the company’s new Innovation Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. More than 125 government officials, community leaders, technology company representatives, and other guests were on hand to celebrate and tour the Center located in Northeastern University’s George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security...

Cornell Dubilier's Hybrid Polymer-Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors

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

Cornell Dubilier Electronics has announced the release of type HZA Hybrid Polymer-Aluminum electrolytic capacitors. Combining the advantages of each technology, type HZA has...

New Rigol M300 Data Acquisition & Datalogging System

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

Rigol Technologies USA has announced their newest product category with the M300 Data Acquisition System, which integrates Rigol’s 6.5 digit DMM technology into a robust and versatile system mainframe with...

Advanced Power Electronics New Current Mode Step-Up Converter

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

Advanced Power Electronics has introduced a new current mode step up converter for small, low power applications. The input voltage of the APE1913-3 converter can range from 2.6 to 5.5 V...

AVX to Deliver a Session at the 2014 CARTS International Conference

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Callie Baldwin, AVX | News | Comments

AVX has announced that it will deliver eight technical presentations and chair a technical session at the 2014 CARTS International Conference, which will take place March 31–April 3, 2014 at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Clara, Calif. and will focus on the use of electronic components in embedded systems with an emphasis on automotive, aerospace, and energy exploration...

Amphenol’s Circular Thermoplastic Connectors

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

Amphenol Industrial Global Operations has enhanced its AT Circular (ATC) thermoplastic connectors by incorporating Amphenol’s AT contact technology.  These upgraded connectors mate with a positive reverse bayonet...

Scientists Discover Potential Way to Make Graphene Superconducting

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Andy Freeberg, Standford University | News | Comments

Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have discovered a potential way to make graphene superconducting, a state in which it would carry electricity with 100 percent efficiency...

Nordson ASYMTEK’S Quantum System

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

Nordson ASYMTEK has introduced the Quantum Q-6800 high-performance, large-format dispensing system for SMT, PCB packaging, and microelectronics assembly applications...

New Double-ridged Horn Antenna from PMM

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

Teseq has introduced a double-ridged horn antenna from PPM that has a frequency range of 6 to 18 GHz.  The new PMM DR-01 is designed for radiated emissions and immunity applications, featuring an antenna factor of 36 to 41 dB/m and excellent sensitivity for emissions measurements...

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