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Echoflex solutions releases $149 EnOcean Evaluation Kit

Echoflex solutions releases $149 EnOcean Evaluation Kit

Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 26, 2010
World first from Arveni

World first from Arveni

Arveni, based in France, claim to have developed the world's first batteryless device powering a bidirectional radio. This has been developed to power an infrared remote control. The device uses a powerful piezoelectric microgenerator, which delivers up to 90mW (for the first transmission in infrared).
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 25, 2010
An interview with EnOcean

An interview with EnOcean

IDTechEx CEO Raghu Das recently interviewed Graham Martin, the Chairman and CEO of EnOcean Alliance.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 24, 2010
Power-harvesting prosthetic foot

Power-harvesting prosthetic foot

An artificial foot that recycles energy otherwise wasted in between steps could make it easier for amputees to walk, its developers say.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 23, 2010
Photovoltaic pavement

Photovoltaic pavement

Onyx Solar has collaborated with Butech, tiling specialist Porcelanosa's subsidiary focused on materials and constructive systems development, in the creation of the first photovoltaic pavement which is expected to come out into the market by the end of the year.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 22, 2010
Thermoelectrics in inaccessible places

Thermoelectrics in inaccessible places

Anantha Chandrakasan, MIT's Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering and director of the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories, and Yogesh Ramadass (PhD '09) believe they have figured out how to avoid doctors getting beneath a patient's skin to replace batteries for implanted biomedical monitoring or treatment systems.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 19, 2010
Two wheel electric vehicles - a bright future

Two wheel electric vehicles - a bright future

With electric cars increasingly employing energy harvesting in shock absorbers, regenerative braking, thermoelectrics on hybrid engine and exhaust and photovoltaics on the roof, attention is turning to two wheel electric vehicles, starting with regenerative braking in electric motorcycles.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 18, 2010
Energy harvesting in the dirt

Energy harvesting in the dirt

Trophos Energy is successfully harvesting energy from soil, sediment and wastewater and, with the use of innovative power management electronics, is converting dirt into a useful source of clean reliable power.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 17, 2010
IBM claims world record by creating high-efficiency solar cell

IBM claims world record by creating high-efficiency solar cell

IBM announced it has built a solar cell - where the key layer that absorbs most of the light for conversion into electricity, is made entirely of readily-available elements - that set a new world record for efficiency and holds potential for enabling solar cell technology to produce more energy at a lower cost.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 16, 2010
Fiber nanogenerators could lead to electric clothing

Fiber nanogenerators could lead to electric clothing

In research that gives literal meaning to the term "power suit," University of California, Berkeley, engineers have created energy-scavenging nanofibers that could one day be woven into clothing and textiles.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 15, 2010
Millimeter-scale, energy-harvesting sensor system developed

Millimeter-scale, energy-harvesting sensor system developed

A 9-cubic millimeter solar-powered sensor system developed at the University of Michigan is the smallest that can harvest energy from its surroundings to operate nearly perpetually. The U-M system's processor, solar cells, and battery are all contained in its tiny frame, which measures 2.5 by 3.5 by 1 millimeters. It is 1,000 times smaller than comparable commercial counterparts.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 12, 2010
EnOcean sponsors Olympian Catherine Raney-Norman

EnOcean sponsors Olympian Catherine Raney-Norman

EnOcean is sponsoring US speed skater and four-time Olympian, Catherine Raney-Norman. The sponsorship celebrates the achievements of a US speed skating record holder and contributes to her continued success in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
External Company Press Release
Imec, Renesas and M4S report wireless transceiver in 40nm CMOS

Imec, Renesas and M4S report wireless transceiver in 40nm CMOS

At this week's International Solid State Circuit Conference, imec and its research partners Renesas Technology Corp. and M4S presented a complete transceiver with RF, baseband and data converter circuits in 40nm low-power CMOS.
External Company Press Release
Imec, Holst Centre present ADC suited for low energy radios

Imec, Holst Centre present ADC suited for low energy radios

At yesterday's International Solid State Circuit Conference, Imec and Holst Centre reported an ultra-low power 8 bit analog to digital convertor (ADC) consuming only 30fJ energy per conversion step.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 11, 2010
Power kites to harvest wind energy

Power kites to harvest wind energy

Experts say that the energy in winds miles above the earth is sufficient to provide the world's energy needs. One company working towards harnessing this energy is Kite Gen Research, based in Italy.
External Company Press Release
Imec and Holst Centre achieve breakthrough in battery-less radios

Imec and Holst Centre achieve breakthrough in battery-less radios

At yesterday's International Solid State Circuit Conference, imec and Holst Centre reported a 2.4GHz/915MHz wake-up receiver which consumes only 51µW power.
External Company Press Release
Record performance of dual-gate organic TFT-based RFID circuit

Record performance of dual-gate organic TFT-based RFID circuit

At yesterday's International Solid State Circuit Conference (ISSCC), Holst Centre, Imec and TNO presented a dual-gate-based organic RFID chip with record data rate and lowest reported operating voltage.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 10, 2010
Tobacco plants could produce solar cells

Tobacco plants could produce solar cells

Researchers at UC Berkeley have infected tobacco plants with a genetically engineered virus to produce artificial photovoltaic and photochemical cells, chromophores, which they claim can be extracted and dissolved into a solution to create spray on solar cells.
External Company Press Release
Imec and Holst Centre at International Solid State Circuit Conference

Imec and Holst Centre at International Solid State Circuit Conference

At this week's International Solid State Circuit Conference, Imec and Holst Centre present their newest breakthroughs in ultra-low power design for wireless communications and wireless sensor networks, 3D design and inorganic electronics with an impressive number of contributions including 10 reviewed publications and 6 contributions to tutorials and workshops.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 9, 2010
Development of energy efficient computer chips

Development of energy efficient computer chips

Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science has been awarded $2.8 million from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop energy-efficient computer chips.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 26, 2010
World first from Arveni

World first from Arveni

Arveni, based in France, claim to have developed the world's first batteryless device powering a bidirectional radio. This has been developed to power an infrared remote control. The device uses a powerful piezoelectric microgenerator, which delivers up to 90mW (for the first transmission in infrared).
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 24, 2010
Power-harvesting prosthetic foot

Power-harvesting prosthetic foot

An artificial foot that recycles energy otherwise wasted in between steps could make it easier for amputees to walk, its developers say.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 22, 2010
Thermoelectrics in inaccessible places

Thermoelectrics in inaccessible places

Anantha Chandrakasan, MIT's Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering and director of the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories, and Yogesh Ramadass (PhD '09) believe they have figured out how to avoid doctors getting beneath a patient's skin to replace batteries for implanted biomedical monitoring or treatment systems.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 18, 2010
Energy harvesting in the dirt

Energy harvesting in the dirt

Trophos Energy is successfully harvesting energy from soil, sediment and wastewater and, with the use of innovative power management electronics, is converting dirt into a useful source of clean reliable power.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 16, 2010
Fiber nanogenerators could lead to electric clothing

Fiber nanogenerators could lead to electric clothing

In research that gives literal meaning to the term "power suit," University of California, Berkeley, engineers have created energy-scavenging nanofibers that could one day be woven into clothing and textiles.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 12, 2010
EnOcean sponsors Olympian Catherine Raney-Norman

EnOcean sponsors Olympian Catherine Raney-Norman

EnOcean is sponsoring US speed skater and four-time Olympian, Catherine Raney-Norman. The sponsorship celebrates the achievements of a US speed skating record holder and contributes to her continued success in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
External Company Press Release
Imec, Holst Centre present ADC suited for low energy radios

Imec, Holst Centre present ADC suited for low energy radios

At yesterday's International Solid State Circuit Conference, Imec and Holst Centre reported an ultra-low power 8 bit analog to digital convertor (ADC) consuming only 30fJ energy per conversion step.
External Company Press Release
Imec and Holst Centre achieve breakthrough in battery-less radios

Imec and Holst Centre achieve breakthrough in battery-less radios

At yesterday's International Solid State Circuit Conference, imec and Holst Centre reported a 2.4GHz/915MHz wake-up receiver which consumes only 51µW power.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 10, 2010
Tobacco plants could produce solar cells

Tobacco plants could produce solar cells

Researchers at UC Berkeley have infected tobacco plants with a genetically engineered virus to produce artificial photovoltaic and photochemical cells, chromophores, which they claim can be extracted and dissolved into a solution to create spray on solar cells.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 9, 2010
Development of energy efficient computer chips

Development of energy efficient computer chips

Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science has been awarded $2.8 million from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop energy-efficient computer chips.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 25, 2010
An interview with EnOcean

An interview with EnOcean

IDTechEx CEO Raghu Das recently interviewed Graham Martin, the Chairman and CEO of EnOcean Alliance.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 23, 2010
Photovoltaic pavement

Photovoltaic pavement

Onyx Solar has collaborated with Butech, tiling specialist Porcelanosa's subsidiary focused on materials and constructive systems development, in the creation of the first photovoltaic pavement which is expected to come out into the market by the end of the year.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 19, 2010
Two wheel electric vehicles - a bright future

Two wheel electric vehicles - a bright future

With electric cars increasingly employing energy harvesting in shock absorbers, regenerative braking, thermoelectrics on hybrid engine and exhaust and photovoltaics on the roof, attention is turning to two wheel electric vehicles, starting with regenerative braking in electric motorcycles.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 17, 2010
IBM claims world record by creating high-efficiency solar cell

IBM claims world record by creating high-efficiency solar cell

IBM announced it has built a solar cell - where the key layer that absorbs most of the light for conversion into electricity, is made entirely of readily-available elements - that set a new world record for efficiency and holds potential for enabling solar cell technology to produce more energy at a lower cost.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 15, 2010
Millimeter-scale, energy-harvesting sensor system developed

Millimeter-scale, energy-harvesting sensor system developed

A 9-cubic millimeter solar-powered sensor system developed at the University of Michigan is the smallest that can harvest energy from its surroundings to operate nearly perpetually. The U-M system's processor, solar cells, and battery are all contained in its tiny frame, which measures 2.5 by 3.5 by 1 millimeters. It is 1,000 times smaller than comparable commercial counterparts.
External Company Press Release
Imec, Renesas and M4S report wireless transceiver in 40nm CMOS

Imec, Renesas and M4S report wireless transceiver in 40nm CMOS

At this week's International Solid State Circuit Conference, imec and its research partners Renesas Technology Corp. and M4S presented a complete transceiver with RF, baseband and data converter circuits in 40nm low-power CMOS.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Feb 11, 2010
Power kites to harvest wind energy

Power kites to harvest wind energy

Experts say that the energy in winds miles above the earth is sufficient to provide the world's energy needs. One company working towards harnessing this energy is Kite Gen Research, based in Italy.
External Company Press Release
Record performance of dual-gate organic TFT-based RFID circuit

Record performance of dual-gate organic TFT-based RFID circuit

At yesterday's International Solid State Circuit Conference (ISSCC), Holst Centre, Imec and TNO presented a dual-gate-based organic RFID chip with record data rate and lowest reported operating voltage.
External Company Press Release
Imec and Holst Centre at International Solid State Circuit Conference

Imec and Holst Centre at International Solid State Circuit Conference

At this week's International Solid State Circuit Conference, Imec and Holst Centre present their newest breakthroughs in ultra-low power design for wireless communications and wireless sensor networks, 3D design and inorganic electronics with an impressive number of contributions including 10 reviewed publications and 6 contributions to tutorials and workshops.
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