Energy

Evolution of the Solid-State Lighting Connector

Keeping pace with emerging solid-state lighting (SSL) applications can be difficult for design engineers, not only from an end-product standpoint, but at the component level as well. Design engineers are challenged to combine their optical expertise with thermal management, power, electronic, and mechanical packaging properties.

Posted in: Features, GDM, Articles, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Lighting, Connectors and terminals, Light emitting diodes (LEDs), Connectors and terminals, Light emitting diodes (LEDs)
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New Alloys Key to Efficient Solar Energy and Lighting

A recent advance by Arizona State University researchers in developing nanowires could lead to more efficient photovoltaic cells as well as better LEDs. ASU electrical engineers are working to improve quaternary alloy semiconductor nanowire materials.

Posted in: GDM, News, News, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Solar Power, Lighting
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Why All The Talk About High-Power LED Technology?

It is in the headlines worldwide. Cities, states, and countries around the globe are transitioning away from traditional lighting and towards newer technologies such as high-power LEDs for traffic, street, and other public lighting applications.

Posted in: Features, GDM, Articles, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Government, Lighting, Exterior lighting, Light emitting diodes (LEDs), Light emitting diodes (LEDs), Instrument panels, Interior lighting, Instrument panels, Interior lighting
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Revolution in Fasteners Helps Bridge the Gap 
to Greener Vehicles

With auto sales down as much as 40 percent, it can feel to some like the industry is coming apart. But a "revolution in fasteners" may soon help bridge the gap to greener vehicles, while increasing sales and lowering recall and warranty rates.

Posted in: Features, GDM, Articles, Batteries, Electronics & Computers, Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Transportation, Emissions control, Diesel fuels, Maintenance, Repair and Service Operations, Maintenance, repair, and service operations, Fasteners
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Power Conversion for Reduced Cost, Volume, and Weight - and Increased Efficiency

Industry and consumers are increasingly aware of the benefits of efficacious use of metered power, as costs and cost trends increase. Making the right choices for power converter design can produce rapid investment payback in applications such as for LED illumination and automotive electric vehicles, and can be optimized for low total cost of ownership (TCO).

Posted in: Features, GDM, Articles, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Lighting, Transportation, Optimization, Light emitting diodes (LEDs), Light emitting diodes (LEDs), Electric power, Electric vehicles
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Keep Lighting Green from Start to Finish With Proper Packaging and Disposal of Used Fluorescent Lamps

Fluorescent lamps are a popular lighting option for businesses and consumers that are looking for ways to conserve energy and cut down on wastes. Since mercury - a very useful but very toxic element - is used to conduct the charge in fluorescent lamps, these benefits can come at a significant environmental and health risk.

Posted in: Features, GDM, Articles, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Government, Green Design & Manufacturing, Recycling Technologies, Lighting, Exterior lighting, Environmental protection, Interior lighting, Interior lighting, Regulations, Packaging, Waste disposal, Hazardous materials
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Development of Advanced LED Phosphors by Spray-based Processes for Solid-State Lighting

Improving the efficiency of the phosphor improves the efficiency of the LED

Luminescent materials were developed using aerosol processes, for making improved LED devices for solid-state lighting. In essence this means improving white light emitting phosphor-based LEDs by improvement of the phosphor and phosphor layer.

Posted in: Briefs, GDM, Briefs, TSP, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Lighting
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Sliding Mode Pulsed Current Averaging IC Drivers for High-Brightness Light Emitting Diodes

Fewer external components and high power efficiency

Light Emitting Diode (LED) driver ICs associated with specific (uniquely operated) switching power supplies that optimize performance for High Brightness LEDs (HB-LEDs) have been developed. The LED drivers feature fewer external components and high power efficiency.

Posted in: Briefs, GDM, Briefs, TSP, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases, Lighting
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Intelligent Energy Management

Smart meters – intelligent devices to measure consumption – make it possible to read and control power consumption, even of private households, while away from the property. New software shadows the electricity meter and that ensures energy consumption is adjusted accordingly.

Posted in: GDM, News, News, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage
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Process Yields High-Energy-Density Plant-Based Transportation Fuel

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has developed a highly efficient, environmentally friendly process that selectively converts gamma-valerolactone - a biomass derivative - into the chemical equivalent of jet fuel. The process preserves about 95 percent of the energy from the original biomass.

Posted in: GDM, News, News, Alternative Fuels, Biomass, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases
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