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December 2014
The Department of Energy has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking regarding clarification for fluorescent lamp ballasts (December 29, 2014).   All notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents associated with this
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12/30/2014
Satellites may soon carry Raytheon’s Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology into Earth orbit. Raytheon has successfully validated its GaN Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuit (MMIC) technology for use in space-bound equipment. Raytheon GaN MMICs, fabricated at its Andover, Massachusetts foundry, demonstrated
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12/29/2014
EnerKnol's latest report covers EPA’s Clean Power Plan, regional programs, and continued solar installation growth aim to improve state-level resource reliability. Impact The proposed Clean Power Plan and regional reliability programs will continue to influence an energy
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12/29/2014

Up to 2014, there was only limited interest in thermoelectric energy harvesting in general and its use in automotive applications in particular. For instance, BMW had worked on it for 20 years without bringing anything to market. The theoretical maximum attainable efficiency was known to be one half of that
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12/29/2014
Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq:ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Armstrong Aerospace ("Armstrong") for approximately $51 million.
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12/24/2014
Building on a history of environmental consciousness and reduction of energy costs for businesses, Progea has created Pro.Energy, a software platform that allows users to acquire, view and manage energy information, improving their environmental sustainability as well as their competitiveness. Progea’s energy
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12/23/2014
A complete failure can become a resounding success with slight adjustment. A failed disposable bra became a big earner for 3M when reconfigured into a face mask that has seen high demand during severe outbreaks of flu. This is called two degree marketing. It is now being applied to failed mainstream pure-electric
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12/22/2014
2014 trends lay groundwork for IoT

The Intel Edison is part of a Wearables campaign by Intel.

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to construct a digital shadow of the physical world, and this presents opportunities that are tremendous in scope and profound in their implications. At the same time, realizing this vision of a massively interconnected life requires both the push of a critical mass of smart
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12/19/2014
AEG Power Solutions presents reference energy storage station with Tecnalia and Iberdrola

SAGER (Sistema de Almacenamiento de Energía a Gran escala para la Red Eléctrica)

AEG Power Solutions, a global provider of power electronic systems and solutions for industrial power supplies and renewable energy applications, has jointly with Iberdrola, a leading Spanish utility, and Tecnalia, a major innovation foundation, developed the prototype of a new battery energy storage station.
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12/18/2014
Daetwyler Clean Energy (DCE), announced the designation of Class A fire rating for their Eco-Top rooftop solar racking system. The company voluntarily submitted their assembly for testing through Underwriters Laboratory (UL) fire testing as part of the firm's proactive approach
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12/18/2014
Mouser launches motor control app site

Mouser Motor Control Applications site

Mouser Electronics announced the introduction of their new Motor Control Applications site. Mouser’s applications site provides developers with the resources they need to learn about the latest advances in motor control, and the newest components available from Mouser Electronics for building motor control
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12/16/2014
GaN Systems, a leading developer of gallium nitride power switching semiconductors, has released a new Application Note for design engineers that sets out thermal design guidelines and PCB layout choices for its enhancement mode power switching transistors, which are supplied in its proprietary GaNPX™ device
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12/16/2014
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is accepting applications for its 2015 Executive Energy Leadership Academy. NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Academy, also known as Energy Execs, is a program which enables decision-makers throughout the country to learn about renewable energy
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12/15/2014
The semiconductor manufacturer Infineon Technologies and United Microelectronics (UMC), a leading semiconductor foundry, announced the extension of their manufacturing partnership into power semiconductors for automotive applications. Prior to this expanded partnership, the foundry had been producing Infineon’s
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12/15/2014
Doble Engineering will host its 13th annual Life of a Transformer Seminar, February 9-13, 2015 in San Antonio, TX. The seminar is the world’s leading training experience on the critical aspects of power transformers, and will be led by more than 50 global industry experts covering topics including: transformer
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12/12/2014
Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have used statistical analyses and detailed case studies to better understand why solar market policies in certain states are more successful. Their findings indicate that while no standard formula for solar implementation exists,
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12/12/2014
2-DTech & Dyesol cooperate to develop graphene-enhanced photovoltaics

2-DTech will carry out research relating to graphene being integrated into solid state dye-sensitised solar cells

Helping industry unlock graphene’s potential, 2-DTech has been awarded a grant worth £98,000 from InnovateUK to carry out research relating to graphene being integrated into solid state dye-sensitised solar cells. As a result, the company is linking up with solar technology specialist Dyesol in order to undertake
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12/11/2014
Registration for the

Race to Zero competition

Registration closes December 15, 2014, for the 2015 DOE Race to Zero Student Design Competition! Don’t miss the chance to showcase your university team’s skill and commitment to designing market-ready zero energy homes. New this year, Carl Franklin Homes in Dallas, Texas, will build one or more
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12/10/2014
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is providing critical support to two new microgrid projects coordinated by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and General Electric Company (GE). The Energy Department recently announced its award of more than $8 million
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12/10/2014
Heard of structural electronics?

Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

Structural electronics is one of the most important developments this century yet most people have never heard of it. Strange - there are over 37 million items on Google. Two years ago, IEEE published,"3D Printing for Rapid Prototyping of Structural Electronics". Drayson revealed the "structural
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12/10/2014
Delta-Q Technologies, a leader in battery charging solutions for electric drive vehicles and industrial machines, today revealed new insights into its tailored approach to charging lead acid batteries in machines such as golf cars, lift trucks, aerial work platforms and floor cleaning machines. The company's
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12/10/2014
Infineon launches advanced high-power-module platform with royalty-free license of package design

Royalty-Free License of Package Design for Industry Use

Infineon Technologies announced the launch of two new power module platforms designed to improve the performance of high-voltage IGBTs in voltage classes from 1200V up to 6.5kV. To make the benefits of the new module broadly available, Infineon is offering a royalty-free license of the design to all providers
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12/10/2014
California leads the nation in the adoption of electric vehicles

In California about 5 out of every 1,000 registered vehicles are PEVs

In 2013, there were about 70,000 battery electric vehicles (EVs) and 104,000 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)—small numbers compared to around 226 million registered vehicles in the United States. Total U.S. sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have increased in recent years, but still represent
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12/10/2014
  The Energy Department recognized 25 winners across the federal government as recipients of the 2014 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. These annual awards highlight exceptional federal agency efforts for improving the nation’s energy, water, aviation and vehicle fleets. Each winner
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12/09/2014
ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, has successfully commissioned the upgraded 42-year-old Eel River HVDC back-to-back station in New Brunswick, Canada. This upgraded link, which was handed over to customer NB Power, secures a reliable power exchange between the New Brunswick and Hydro Quebec
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12/09/2014
TTI, a leading specialist distributors of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components, is seeing significant growth among customers implementing Industry 4.0 or ‘Smart Factory’, and, according to Norbert Piefer, European Director Industry Marketing – Industrial at TTI, Inc., the company
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12/05/2014
The joint sponsors of the Applied Power Electronics Conference have announced the continuation of the popular travel support program of $40,000 for students planning to attend APEC 2015 in Charlotte, NC, March 17-21, 2015. Now in its tenth year, the program will subsidize a portion of the travel and conference
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12/05/2014
BC SOLAR completes biggest PV rooftop installation in Poland

A 237 kilowatts peak (kWp) solar energy plant in the Polish city of Łódź

IBC SOLAR, a leader in photovoltaic systems, has completed the construction of a 237 kilowatts peak (kWp) solar energy plant in the Polish city of Łódź. Installed on the roof of a hospital, the project marks a milestone as the biggest PV rooftop installation to date in Poland. IBC SOLAR’s Czech subsidiary,
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12/03/2014
The Qt Company has announced that six leading designers and suppliers of embedded chipsets have joined the Qt Partner Program. The program aims to create value for the whole Qt ecosystem with members integrating technologies with Qt so that users benefit from a seamless, integrated experience. The
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12/02/2014
Mouser empowers â€Next Great Thing’ with development tools center

Engineering Development Tools Center on Mouser.com

Mouser Electronics announced the launch of its new Engineering Development Tools Center on Mouser.com. This time-saving microsite allows developers to select from a variety of development tools for products such as microcontrollers, analog and digital ICs, LED lighting, optoelectronics, wireless, and more. The
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12/02/2014
Freescale Semiconductor has acquired Zenverge, a fabless semiconductor company and a leading developer of advanced HD content processing ICs. Zenverge’s market-leading transcoding technology enables the conversion of one media stream into multiple streams, each individually formatted and optimised
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12/02/2014
Wind River, a leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems, announced its achievement as the continued real-time operating system (RTOS) and embedded Linux market leader according to the latest findings from VDC Research. VDC’s study of the Embedded/Real-Time Operating Systems segment covers
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12/02/2014
Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced that the FAW Group is the first Chinese automaker to join the MOST Cooperation. Microchip is also a leading provider of the technology behind MOST infotainment systems, and supplies the network
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12/02/2014
Supporting the Obama Administration’s effort to make solar energy more affordable and accessible for all Americans, the Energy Department today announced more than $9 million in funding for breakthrough research and development projects that will advance the reliability and durability of solar photovoltaic
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12/02/2014
TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity, today announced the official opening of its TE Wearables Lab in Menlo Park, California. Exclusively focused on wearable technologies across consumer, medical, industrial and defense businesses, the lab serves as a collaboration center for TE's team of engineers,
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12/02/2014
The Energy Department announced a total of $4.4 million for two projects in Michigan and Pennsylvania to support the use of advanced materials and manufacturing techniques in the development of new “low-head” hydropower technologies. The United States has major opportunities across the country to add new
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12/01/2014
Some 4.9 billion connected “things” will be in use in 2015, up 30% from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020, according to recent research from industry analyst Gartner. Designers from embedded electronics specialist, ByteSnap Design, are behind a range of M2M devices, from a Head-Up Display for motorcyclists,
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12/01/2014
Conrad Business Supplies has become a stockist of Rohde & Schwarz measurement instruments as a result of the decision by the leading manufacturer to market products from its subsidiary HAMEG Instruments GmbH under the Rohde & Schwarz name. Munich-based Rohde & Schwarz acquired HAMEG in
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12/01/2014
Supercapacitor market leader Maxwell Technologies has faltered temporarily due to phasing of demand for supercapacitors on Chinese hybrid buses. One of the most formidable innovators it now sells large stacks for grid management and for energy harvesting in large construction vehicles. The recent IDTechEx Supercapacitors
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12/01/2014

 



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