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Shrink Solar unveils 5th generation solar concentrator

Shrink Solar unveils 5th generation solar concentrator

Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 28, 2010
Vibration harvesting

Vibration harvesting

SolarBotanic Ltd, based in the United Kingdom, is introducing artificial trees that make use of renewable energy from both the sun and wind; they are an efficient, clean and environmentally sound means of collecting solar radiation and wind energy to provide a renewable source of electricity.
External Company Press Release
Roofs could technically generate up to 40% of EU's electricity demand

Roofs could technically generate up to 40% of EU's electricity demand

With a total ground floor area over 22,000 km2, 40% of all building roofs and 15% of all facades in EU 27 are suited for PV applications. This means that over 1,500 GWp of PV could technically be installed in Europe which would generate annually about 1,400TWh, representing 40% of the total electricity demand by 2020.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 25, 2010
Carbon nanotubes produce powerful waves

Carbon nanotubes produce powerful waves

A team of scientists at MIT have discovered a previously unknown phenomenon that can cause powerful waves of energy to shoot through minuscule wires known as carbon nanotubes. The discovery could lead to a new way of producing electricity, the researchers say.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 24, 2010
Energy harvesting and the smart grid

Energy harvesting and the smart grid

The term Smart Grid has been used for decades to mean anything from "a ring main for a country" to the far more responsive, interactive and intrusive electricity distribution systems of the future. These will become fractal in nature because they will seamlessly incorporate home networks, smart meters, electricity generation on your house and maybe even personal generation and use of electricity as reported in Energy Harvesting Journal.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 23, 2010
Amazon rainforest, electro-active papers using piezoelectric cellulose

Amazon rainforest, electro-active papers using piezoelectric cellulose

The biggest challenge of the XXI Century is probably the sustainable use of biomass. In this sense, Amazon Rainforest appears as a great source of technological possibilities, especially in Materials Science, where this reality is very clear due, mainly, to the various Cellulose applications.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 22, 2010
Major new advances in energy harvesting

Major new advances in energy harvesting

There have been concerns about the limitations of the various energy harvesting technologies which might explain the modest success of energy harvesting in electronics beyond the widespread use of photovoltaics.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 21, 2010
Active RFID applications using IEEE 802.15.4

Active RFID applications using IEEE 802.15.4

At the recent IDTechEx conference Wireless Sensor Networks and RTLS Europe in Munich, Colin Faulkner of the UK fabless semiconductor company Jennic spoke on Active RFID Applications Using IEEE 802.15.4.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 18, 2010
Spire matches world record for solar cell efficiency

Spire matches world record for solar cell efficiency

Spire Corporation, an American global solar company providing capital equipment and turnkey production lines to manufacture photovoltaic (PV) modules and cells, has announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Spire Semiconductor, LLC, has matched the current efficiency record for a concentrator solar cell.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 17, 2010
World's first universal energy harvesting power management unit

World's first universal energy harvesting power management unit

Cymbet Corporation has launched the EnerChip™ Energy Processor, a universal energy harvesting power management unit for ultra-low power energy harvesting-based systems.
External Company Press Release
EnOcean, Texas Instruments to expand energy harvesting cooperation

EnOcean, Texas Instruments to expand energy harvesting cooperation

EnOcean and Texas Instruments have announced the expansion of their cooperation to provide innovative wireless solutions for building automation. Through this agreement, the companies will jointly create solutions enabling self-powered wireless sensor networks.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 16, 2010
ZigBee wireless temperature sensor energized by a thermo generator

ZigBee wireless temperature sensor energized by a thermo generator

At the recent IDTechEx Energy Harvesting and Storage conference Europe in Munich, an excellent presentation was given by the $20 billion Schneider Electric on a ZigBee Wireless Temperature Sensor Energized by a Thermo Generator.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 15, 2010
Powered by a heartbeat

Powered by a heartbeat

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered a method that could lead to medical devices that are powered by a patient's heartbeat.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 14, 2010
The race for plug and play vibration harvesting

The race for plug and play vibration harvesting

The market for vibration harvesters will increase perhaps one hundred fold when they are broad band so they can be fitted without tuning - or with auto tuning - to the vibration encountered. Ideally they should be made to standard battery sizes and sold as a non polluting, long life battery replacement.
External Company Press Release
Enecsys launches solar PV micro-inverter for Europe and North America

Enecsys launches solar PV micro-inverter for Europe and North America

Patented technology improves energy harvest by up to 20% and achieves high-reliability and product life expectancy of at least 25 years.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 11, 2010
Standards will speed energy harvesting adoption

Standards will speed energy harvesting adoption

At the recent IDTechEx conference Energy Harvesting and Storage Europe in Munich, Roy Freeland, of the ISA100.18 Power Sources Working Group, spoke on how standards with hasten the adoption of energy harvesting, not least in Wireless Sensor Networks WSN.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 10, 2010
Harvesting by a thread

Harvesting by a thread

Researchers at Cetemmsa, outside Barcelona, are taking materials science to the textile sector. They've developed conducting threads that heat up or become illuminated in response to a charge; these might be used in sports applications.
External Company Press Release
Imec reduces cost of germanium-based thermophotovoltaic cells

Imec reduces cost of germanium-based thermophotovoltaic cells

Imec presents an improved processing technique for germanium-based thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cells resulting in significant reduction of cell cost, an essential step to develop a market for thermophotovoltaic applications.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 9, 2010
Nokia launches bicycle cellphone charger

Nokia launches bicycle cellphone charger

Nokia has recently launched a kit that enables mobile phones to be charged from a kit which uses the kinetic energy of a bicycle.
External Company Press Release
Imec and Holst Centre gas sensor chip leading to autonomous e-nose

Imec and Holst Centre gas sensor chip leading to autonomous e-nose

Imec and Holst Centre have developed very sensitive integrated sensing elements for gas detection. The polymer-coated microbridges in high-density arrays can detect ppm-level concentrations of vapors using on-chip integrated read-out techniques.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 28, 2010
Vibration harvesting

Vibration harvesting

SolarBotanic Ltd, based in the United Kingdom, is introducing artificial trees that make use of renewable energy from both the sun and wind; they are an efficient, clean and environmentally sound means of collecting solar radiation and wind energy to provide a renewable source of electricity.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 25, 2010
Carbon nanotubes produce powerful waves

Carbon nanotubes produce powerful waves

A team of scientists at MIT have discovered a previously unknown phenomenon that can cause powerful waves of energy to shoot through minuscule wires known as carbon nanotubes. The discovery could lead to a new way of producing electricity, the researchers say.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 23, 2010
Amazon rainforest, electro-active papers using piezoelectric cellulose

Amazon rainforest, electro-active papers using piezoelectric cellulose

The biggest challenge of the XXI Century is probably the sustainable use of biomass. In this sense, Amazon Rainforest appears as a great source of technological possibilities, especially in Materials Science, where this reality is very clear due, mainly, to the various Cellulose applications.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 21, 2010
Active RFID applications using IEEE 802.15.4

Active RFID applications using IEEE 802.15.4

At the recent IDTechEx conference Wireless Sensor Networks and RTLS Europe in Munich, Colin Faulkner of the UK fabless semiconductor company Jennic spoke on Active RFID Applications Using IEEE 802.15.4.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 17, 2010
World's first universal energy harvesting power management unit

World's first universal energy harvesting power management unit

Cymbet Corporation has launched the EnerChip™ Energy Processor, a universal energy harvesting power management unit for ultra-low power energy harvesting-based systems.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 16, 2010
ZigBee wireless temperature sensor energized by a thermo generator

ZigBee wireless temperature sensor energized by a thermo generator

At the recent IDTechEx Energy Harvesting and Storage conference Europe in Munich, an excellent presentation was given by the $20 billion Schneider Electric on a ZigBee Wireless Temperature Sensor Energized by a Thermo Generator.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 14, 2010
The race for plug and play vibration harvesting

The race for plug and play vibration harvesting

The market for vibration harvesters will increase perhaps one hundred fold when they are broad band so they can be fitted without tuning - or with auto tuning - to the vibration encountered. Ideally they should be made to standard battery sizes and sold as a non polluting, long life battery replacement.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 11, 2010
Standards will speed energy harvesting adoption

Standards will speed energy harvesting adoption

At the recent IDTechEx conference Energy Harvesting and Storage Europe in Munich, Roy Freeland, of the ISA100.18 Power Sources Working Group, spoke on how standards with hasten the adoption of energy harvesting, not least in Wireless Sensor Networks WSN.
External Company Press Release
Imec reduces cost of germanium-based thermophotovoltaic cells

Imec reduces cost of germanium-based thermophotovoltaic cells

Imec presents an improved processing technique for germanium-based thermophotovoltaic (TPV) cells resulting in significant reduction of cell cost, an essential step to develop a market for thermophotovoltaic applications.
External Company Press Release
Imec and Holst Centre gas sensor chip leading to autonomous e-nose

Imec and Holst Centre gas sensor chip leading to autonomous e-nose

Imec and Holst Centre have developed very sensitive integrated sensing elements for gas detection. The polymer-coated microbridges in high-density arrays can detect ppm-level concentrations of vapors using on-chip integrated read-out techniques.
External Company Press Release
Roofs could technically generate up to 40% of EU's electricity demand

Roofs could technically generate up to 40% of EU's electricity demand

With a total ground floor area over 22,000 km2, 40% of all building roofs and 15% of all facades in EU 27 are suited for PV applications. This means that over 1,500 GWp of PV could technically be installed in Europe which would generate annually about 1,400TWh, representing 40% of the total electricity demand by 2020.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 24, 2010
Energy harvesting and the smart grid

Energy harvesting and the smart grid

The term Smart Grid has been used for decades to mean anything from "a ring main for a country" to the far more responsive, interactive and intrusive electricity distribution systems of the future. These will become fractal in nature because they will seamlessly incorporate home networks, smart meters, electricity generation on your house and maybe even personal generation and use of electricity as reported in Energy Harvesting Journal.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 22, 2010
Major new advances in energy harvesting

Major new advances in energy harvesting

There have been concerns about the limitations of the various energy harvesting technologies which might explain the modest success of energy harvesting in electronics beyond the widespread use of photovoltaics.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 18, 2010
Spire matches world record for solar cell efficiency

Spire matches world record for solar cell efficiency

Spire Corporation, an American global solar company providing capital equipment and turnkey production lines to manufacture photovoltaic (PV) modules and cells, has announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Spire Semiconductor, LLC, has matched the current efficiency record for a concentrator solar cell.
External Company Press Release
EnOcean, Texas Instruments to expand energy harvesting cooperation

EnOcean, Texas Instruments to expand energy harvesting cooperation

EnOcean and Texas Instruments have announced the expansion of their cooperation to provide innovative wireless solutions for building automation. Through this agreement, the companies will jointly create solutions enabling self-powered wireless sensor networks.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 15, 2010
Powered by a heartbeat

Powered by a heartbeat

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered a method that could lead to medical devices that are powered by a patient's heartbeat.
External Company Press Release
Enecsys launches solar PV micro-inverter for Europe and North America

Enecsys launches solar PV micro-inverter for Europe and North America

Patented technology improves energy harvest by up to 20% and achieves high-reliability and product life expectancy of at least 25 years.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 10, 2010
Harvesting by a thread

Harvesting by a thread

Researchers at Cetemmsa, outside Barcelona, are taking materials science to the textile sector. They've developed conducting threads that heat up or become illuminated in response to a charge; these might be used in sports applications.
Off Grid Energy Independence
Jun 9, 2010
Nokia launches bicycle cellphone charger

Nokia launches bicycle cellphone charger

Nokia has recently launched a kit that enables mobile phones to be charged from a kit which uses the kinetic energy of a bicycle.
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