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2011-04-29 Virus harnessing boosts solar cell efficiency
MIT researchers have concluded that harnessing a virus could boost the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells from under 8 percent to over 10.6 percent
2011-06-24 Universities to help drive energy savings innovations
Universities are endorsing student competitions to promote green technologies and deliver promising innovations in energy savings
2013-06-20 TSMC Solar's champion module hits 15.7% efficiency mark
TSMC Solar's new champion module improves on the previous 15.1 per cent world record they set in January this year.
2010-06-08 Trina Solar, SERIS team on high-efficiency solar cells
Trina Solar has entered into a research agreement with the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) to develop an all-back-contact high-efficiency silicon wafer solar cells.
2007-07-05 Transistors address power efficiency in portable apps
ON Semiconductor has expanded its low Vce(sat) bipolar junction transistors (BJTs) portfolio to include PNP and NPN devices that incorporate advanced silicon technology.
2014-06-05 Transistor squeezing approach improves power efficiency
The approach involves the application of a piezoelectric material, which expands upon voltage contact and compresses the silicon in the transistor with a pressure of about 10,000 atmospheres.
2008-06-12 Toyota's upgrades fuel cell vehicle efficiency
Toyota recently announced that it has developed a fuel cell hybrid vehicle equipped with the newly designed high-performance Toyota FC Stack.
2013-11-20 TI's low-power ICs to enable energy harvest design apps
The devices claim to maintain the lowest levels of active quiescent current and enable battery-free operation to wireless sensor networks, wearable medical devices and mobile accessories, among others.
2002-11-26 TI dc/dc converter feature 95 percent efficiency
The company's TPS61107 synchronous step-up dc/dc converter features an LDO linear regulator, which extends battery life significantly.
2016-04-26 Thermoelectric device enhances energy conversion by 10x
NEC, NEC TOKIN and Tohoku University develops a Spin Seebeck thermoelectric device with conversion efficiency more than 10 times higher than existing methods
2009-02-04 The role of semiconductors in energy conservation
The most interesting thing is that underlying all of those technologies (and many others) are the semiconductors that provide the computational engines, the sensing and signal conditioning as well as the power conversion.
2011-09-01 Taking advantage of ambient energy
Know how to convert ambient energy sources into electrical energy by utilizing an appropriate transducer, such as thermoelectric generator for heat, a piezoelectric element for vibration, or a photovoltaic cell for sunlight
2010-10-21 Switch increases solar cell efficiency
The integrated low-loss power switch and precision controller from STMicroelectronics replaces bypass diodes, thus protecting the energy that would have been lost in each diode
2010-06-29 SunPower solar cell touts 24.2% efficiency
SunPower Corp. has produced a full-scale solar cell with sunlight to electricity conversion efficiency of 24.2 percent at its manufacturing plant in the Philippines
2013-07-04 ST, Great Wall Motor push for new energy car tech
The joint lab will focus on advanced R&D of cutting-edge solutions in powertrain, chassis, safety, car body, car infotainment, as well as new-energy technologies and other automotive applications
2013-06-13 ST intros energy-efficient power devices
The products claim to reduce the environmental impact of equipment such as telecom or computing systems, solar inverters, industrial automation and automotive applications.
2008-12-30 Spotlight on energy harvesting
While it would be convenient to say energy harvesting's rise is tied directly to the "green" movement, it really results from a confluence of factors: Device output voltage is increasing, power-management circuits have lower losses and higher efficiency, and ICs that actually do the intelligent work and data transmission are operating at ever-decreasing voltage and power levels.
2010-01-19 South Korea bets on renewable energy
New renewable energy will help the Korea government's 'Low Carbon, Green Growth' vision to achieve new employment and economic growth, and enable security of green energy supply and energy export resources
2008-07-18 Solar thermal tech soars as alternative energy
Solar thermal technology that attempts to harness the efficient phase change from water to steam is emerging as the preferred alternative energy technology in the race to replace fossil fuels with sustainable energy sources
2008-09-19 Solar power: The next major energy source
Photovoltaic technology offers a secure domestic power source. Here's a look at the technology that is free from the leash of the oil industry, low in maintenance, high in modularity and scalability, and the only technology capable of meeting the world's long-term energy needs without emitting greenhouse gases
2010-03-02 Solar panels boast 8.58% conversion efficiency
Anwell's thin-film solar panels have been certified to have a conversion efficiency of 8.58 percent by the Quality Supervision & Testing Center of Chemical & Physical Power Sources of the Ministry of Information Industry of China (Testing Center
2009-10-30 Solar panel achieves 20.4% total area efficiency
SunPower has produced a full-sized solar panel with a 20.4 percent total area efficiency
2008-01-21 Solar inverters get efficiency boost from SiC transistors
The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Germany claims it has achieved record efficiency for its inverter designed for PV generators using SiC power transistors from U.S. vendor Cree.
2014-04-03 Solar Frontier notches up 20.9% conversion efficiency
The record achievement resulted from a CIS cell cut from a 30cmx30cm substrate produced using a sputtering-selenisation formation method.
2016-03-10 Solar energy powers total solar eclipse live broadcast
Panasonic broadcasted the total solar eclipse as it happened live from Ternate, Indonesia, using solar energy captured by a Power Supply Container
2011-06-13 Solar charger IC touts up to 95% efficiency
STMicroelectronics has unveiled a battery charging IC featuring an input-voltage range of 0.3C5.5V and integrated low-loss synchronous rectifier and power switch.
2011-09-07 Solar cell technology achieves new levels of efficiency
Imec, in collaboration with Plextronics and Solvay, created an organic solar cell architecture, which was able to achieve 6.9 percent record-breaking performance efficiency
2011-04-19 Solar cell maker claims new efficiency record
Solar Junction uses its proprietary adjustable spectrum lattice-matched technology in its cells in order to optimally partition the solar spectrum for maximum efficiency and reliability
2007-08-06 Solar cell hits world-record efficiency of 42.8 percent
A consortium that includes the University of Delaware and DuPont reported a solar cell with an efficiency of 42.8 percent, said to be the world's highest
2013-06-18 Solar cell claims 44.4% conversion efficiency
The concentrator triple-junction compound solar cells from Sharp are used in a lens-based concentrator system that focuses sunlight on the cells to generate electricity.
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