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October 2014
After falling by about 50 percent from 2009 through 2014, pricing for solar glass is set to commence a rebound starting next year, as anti-dumping duties levied by the European Union go into effect on Chinese suppliers. Average global pricing for glass used in photovoltaic (PV) solar is expected to fall to $4.60
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10/31/2014
Due in part to the Energy Department’s long-term investments and partnerships with private industry, academia, and DOE National Laboratories, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels now cost 50 percent of what they did three years ago. To accelerate the development of next generation PV technologies that will further
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10/31/2014
Mouser Electronics, Inc. has entered into a global distribution agreement with Delta Electronics Power, one of the world’s leading suppliers of switching power supplies and major source of power management solutions. The Delta Electronics Power product solutions available from Mouser Electronics include the
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10/31/2014

Delegates from over 42 countries will converge at Printed Electronics USA 2014, the world's leading event on the topic, which brings together end users with suppliers. The event, held on November 19 - 20 in Santa Clara, features end users across multiple verticals presenting and attending to meet with the eco-system
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10/31/2014
Be there when the international community of power electronics comes together within the scope of PCIM Europe 2015 to discuss the industry’s exciting trends and developments, as well as the most current solutions to problems. Take your chance - present yourself at the internationally leading meeting-point
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10/28/2014
The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) today announced nine topics and 26 new subtopics under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) programs that will help small businesses develop and deliver market-driven clean energy technologies. This
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10/28/2014
Structural electronics (SE) is one of the most important emerging technologies this century. It is all about multi-functionality; dumb structural components that traditionally provided mechanical stability are now bestowed with electronic and electric functionality – aircraft fuselage, car body, even plastic
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10/27/2014
At the first of SPS Automation India, many German companies are expected to showcase their products. Well-known names like Baumer, Endress+Hauser, Pepperl+Fuchs, Pilz, Lenze and SICK have already confirmed their participation from 5 – 7 February in Gandhinagar. "We are quite pleased about the
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10/27/2014
Europe has a rich heritage in the space and aerospace industries, with organisations such as Marconi Space and Science Lab (MSSL), IKI RAN and Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) known all over the world. Many factors exist for the on-going success of firms such as these, but a key one is undoubtedly the
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10/26/2014
Maxwell Technologies announced a joint development agreement with Corning, with the goal of advancing the state of capacitive energy storage technology by addressing the challenges frequently cited by ultracapacitor customers, including energy density, lifetime, operating environment, form factor and cost. The
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10/24/2014
Mona Phaff joins Logic PD as VP of Design and Engineering

Mona Phaff

Logic PD, a product innovation and lifecycle management company for connected devices, announced the hiring of Mona Phaff as its vice president of design and engineering. Reporting to President and CEO Bruce DeWitt, the 30-year industry veteran has overall responsibility for the engineering and industrial design
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10/24/2014
PEARL certifies first Electrical Reconditioning Technician

Adam Tappe of National Switchgear

The Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League’s (PEARL) Technician Certification program helped to make the industrial and commercial electrical markets safer and more reliable in October when it certified Adam Tappe, a 22-year veteran at National Switchgear (Lewisville, Texas), as its first Level
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10/24/2014
Three leading power supply manufacturers announced the formation of a new power industry consortium, the Architects of Modern Power (AMP). The founding members are CUI, Ericsson Power Modules and Murata – all global players developing advanced power conversion technology for distributed power architectures. The
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10/23/2014
IAR Systems, a leading provider of development tools for embedded systems, will host a pre-conference seminar in Kista, Stockholm on November 3, 2014. The seminar will cover topics such as efficient programming, safety traps in embedded programming, debugging and runtime analysis. Seminar attendees are also
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10/23/2014
Automation technology suppliers from all over the world will meet in Nuremberg from 25 – 27 November to exchange ideas and experiences about products, innovations and trends in their sector of industry. This year they will be joined for the first time by VACUUMSCHMELZE. The company will present its complete
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10/22/2014
Governors and lawmakers in state capitals across the nation continue to take major steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money by increasing their states’ energy efficiency, according to the findings of the 8th edition of the State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released today by the
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10/22/2014
Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12% to 19% nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In addition,
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10/21/2014
Dramatically decreasing capital costs for solar and wind technologies present the prospect of an unprecedented boost for Texas companies. Sweetening the deal is the fact that "fuel" from the sun and the wind is free. Forever. No long-term contracts to negotiate and pay out
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10/21/2014
Envelope Tracking (ET) adoption rates will soar, according to a recent forecast analysis published by  Nujira. The company’s research predicts that the total market for ET will exceed 4 billion units a year by 2018, representing a $3 billion market opportunity over the next five years as ET becomes ubiquitous
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10/21/2014
Tollgrade Communications, an industry leader in redefining the standard for reliability at the largest electric utilities and telecommunications providers, announced that is actively engaged in Ofgem funded projects with Western Power Distribution (WPD), Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD)
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10/21/2014
CEMS-Global is pleased to once again present the `13th POWER Bangladesh 2014 International Expo', set to once again be Bangladesh's premier International exhibition on Power Generation & Transmission, PV Power, Energy and Renewable Energy, which will bring together specialists engaging in the Power Engineering
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10/20/2014
Visio.M consortium presents new electric car at the eCarTec 2014 in Munich

Visio.M electric car

With the intent to provide an attractive, safe, and comfortable electric vehicle at an affordable price along with a reasonable driving range, the Visio.M project from researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) in collaboration with specialists from industry is now visible to the public. More
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10/20/2014
AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has expanded its partnership with Modelithics, a leading RF/Microwave simulation model provider, with the addition of 45 new Modelithics substrate scalable equivalent circuit models. Designed to speed up design decisions and circuit
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10/16/2014
Altium, a leader in Smart System Design Automation, 3D PCB design (Altium Designer) and embedded software development (TASKING), announced that it has signed on as a three year sponsor of the Association of Cleantech Incubators of New England (ACTION), a leading network of cleantech incubators dedicated to accelerating
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10/16/2014
Alphabet Energy claims the world’s most powerful thermoelectric generator

The E1 generates up to 25 kWe per 1,000 kWe engine

Alphabet Energy introduced the world’s most powerful thermoelectric generator, which captures exhaust heat and converts it into electricity. The company’s first product, called the E1, attaches to an exhaust stack and uses Alphabet’s patented thermoelectric materials to convert waste heat into electricity.
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10/16/2014
Electronics technologies have become indispensable in medicine and the healthcare sector. From diagnostics to treatment and prevention, medical-electronics solutions are used everywhere. At electronica 2014, which takes place at the Messe München trade-fair center from November 11–14, several exhibitors will
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10/16/2014
AITEX developing intelligent autonomous clothing with Farsens chips

AITEX is working on a new family of intelligent clothes that will feature embedded autonomous sensors

Spanish non-profit association AITEX (Textile Industry Research Association) is working on a new family of intelligent clothes that will feature embedded autonomous sensors. The association is researching flexible antennas built into textiles that will harvest energy to power up devices embedded in clothes.
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10/16/2014
Is Texas' electricity grid the 21st century superhighway needed to transport electrons "harvested" on rural wind farms to growing urban markets? What are the grid impacts of rooftop solar installations that add electrons at sunny times but not at night? Can the grid
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10/15/2014
Qualcomm announced that it has reached agreement with CSR regarding the terms of a recommended cash acquisition through which the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of CSR will be acquired by Qualcomm Global Trading, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm. The acquisition
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10/15/2014
Qualcomm announced the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars, a four-month mentorship-driven startup program aimed to accelerate the development of the next generation of robotics and intelligent machines. Approximately 10 companies will be selected to participate in the program and will be based
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10/15/2014
Optimism is fast returning to the entire photovoltaic industry despite some still having approximately 20% over-capacity. The sales are up and the estimates for shipments in 2014 range from 41 to 49 GW, up from 30 GW in 2012. This is welcome news as the industry experienced several difficult years characterised
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10/15/2014
TE Connectivity, a leader in connectivity, announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Measurement Specialties. Measurement Specialties, a leading global designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems, offers a broad portfolio of sensor technologies including pressure,
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10/14/2014
ERHC Energy Chad has commenced an airborne gravity/magnetic survey of BDS 2008 in Southern Chad. ERHC has 100 percent of the interest in BDS 2008. Bridgeporth is flying 4,720 line kilometers, focusing on two main areas identified by ERHC's technical team: -- North of
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10/14/2014
EPC publishes Gallium Nitride textbook

GaN Transistors for Efficient Power Conversion

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation announced the publication of the second edition of “GaN Transistors for Efficient Power Conversion,” a textbook written by four EPC gallium nitride experts and published by John Wiley and Sons. This textbook is designed to provide power system design engineering
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10/14/2014
From the 14th to the 15th October top class speakers from science and industry will present the most recent trends, solutions and applications within power electronics at PCIM South America in São Paulo. International delegates and visitors will be exchanging ideas and extending their knowledge in numerous
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10/14/2014
Lenze hosts students on first Massachusetts Manufacturing Day

A Lenze employee shows area students a surface-mount technology board from the production line

Lenze Americas welcomed 40 high school students from the Blackstone Valley area in celebration of the inaugural Massachusetts Manufacturing Day. Hosted by the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation and the National Park Service, the Massachusetts
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10/09/2014
The Energy Department announced the 2014 winners of the National Geothermal Student Competition and the Geothermal Case Study Challenge last week at an industry gathering in Portland, Oregon. These competitions challenged college and university students to develop professional business solutions for public outreach
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10/09/2014
Leading engineering consultancy and driveline solutions provider, Romax Technology, has won the Grand Prix prize at the 2014 British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs), held today in London. Now in their sixth year, the BEEAs promote the quality of engineering design in the UK and celebrate those
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10/09/2014
One of the greatest challenges to creating higher performing, lower cost batteries is moving emerging technologies from the lab to commercial status. The Lithium Battery Power: Driving Breakthrough Energy Technologies from Lab to Market conference addresses critical issues facing the industry, presents innovative
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10/08/2014
Cree, a leader in gallium nitride (GaN) RF devices, has achieved a major production milestone with its recent accreditation as a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Category 1A Trusted Foundry for its 100mm RF GaN facility in Durham, NC. Granted through the Trusted Access Program Office (TAPO) and the Defense Microelectronics
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10/07/2014
Mouser Electronics, a leading engineering resource and distributor of semiconductors and electronic components, announced the launch of a PCB design integration tool MultiSIM BLUE, designed in collaboration with National Instruments. The powerful tool is available free online, and is offered in English and German
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10/07/2014
American Vanadium announced that Newfound Energies has signed a purchase order, subject to financing, for two 30KW-130KWh CellCube vanadium flow energy storage systems for integration into a remote microgrid fuel and logistics center. This is the first purchase order American Vanadium has received as the North
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10/06/2014
Farsens announced that it will be exhibiting products from its product portfolio at Electronica 2014 and Euro ID 2014 trade fairs. Our sales team will be showing the newest innovations in battery-free RFID sensor solutions in our booths. Electronica 2014 will be held November 11-14
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10/06/2014
Cadonix, a Cloud-based automotive harness CAD specialist, announced that Riversimple has adopted its Arcadia cloud based tools to develop the first road-going version of its innovative hydrogen fuel cell powered car. David Rothera, Vehicle Electronic Engineer at Riversimple, said, “We’re designing
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10/06/2014
IDTechEx forecasts electric vehicle sales in 37 categories, the variety increasing each year as new sectors become substantial. Some sectors such as golf cars are mature and not growing. In other sectors, including electric motorcycles, cars, buses and yes, unmanned electric aircraft, the news comes thick and
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10/06/2014
Now in its 20th year, DesignCon is a premier educational conference and technology exhibition for electronic design engineers in the high speed communications and semiconductor communities. Taking place annually in Silicon Valley, DesignCon was created by engineers for engineers and remains the largest
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10/03/2014
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) has awarded a contract to LTEC Corporation for a Special Project titled, “Current Developments in 3-D Power Packaging with Focus on Embedded Substrate Technologies.” The work is being sponsored and overseen by the PSMA Packaging Committee as a follow-on
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10/02/2014
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) unveiled five cutting-edge technologies that will significantly impact the CE industry during the opening session “Five Disruptive Techs to Watch” at CEA’s Innovate! Conference being held this week in Phoenix, AZ. The session, moderated by CEA Senior Vice President
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10/02/2014
Energy Storage North America (ESNA), an influential gathering of policy, technology and market leaders in energy storage, opened to record attendance, a sold-out exhibition floor, and recognition of the 2014 ESNA Innovation Award winners. With more than 1,300 pre-registered attendees from 26 countries, 50 exhibitors,
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10/02/2014
 Tollgrade Communications, an industry leader in redefining the global standard for reliability at the world’s largest electric utilities and telecommunications providers, announced that it has been named a finalist in the Platts Global Energy Awards, an annual program recognizing exemplary industry leadership.
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10/02/2014
Demonstrating its commitment to the wearables market, Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) will preview its Wellness Platform at electronica 2014. The Wellness Platform is a suite of design hardware and software, including the WASP/MAX32600 microcontroller unit (MCU), for wearable medical applications.
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10/01/2014
Cree, a leader in gallium nitride (GaN) RF devices, has earned the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) manufacturing readiness level eight (MRL 8) designation. Awarded for its production of GaN monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), this designation verifies Cree’s ability to provide assured, affordable
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10/01/2014
Schneider Electric now has five manufacturing facilities certified in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Superior Energy Performance (SEP) program and ISO 50001. Two Platinum level facilities—Smyrna, Tennessee, and Seneca, South Carolina—improved their energy performance by more than 15%. Three Silver
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10/01/2014
Smart energy innovator for developing countries joins IAR Systems’ green tech program

IAR Green Innovation Program

IAR Systems announced that Local Energy Appliances, a startup company specializing on smart systems and solutions for electrical grids in developing countries, joins the sponsor program IAR Green Innovation Program. IAR Green Innovation Program supports innovative development projects in eco-friendly technology.
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10/01/2014

 



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