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March 7, 2012
Manufacturer of batteries for EVs opens plant in Oregon
Ford goes all-in on LEDs for Ford Fusion
NREL & UCLA certify world record for polymer solar cell efficiency
College students win green awards from DOE
Grainger getting really green
Abound Solar cuts production at Colorado facility
LED downlight for retrofit applications
Pendant powered by LEDs
New LED platform
Green Events
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Manufacturer of batteries for EVs opens plant in Oregon

Last month the Department of Energy (DOE) recognized EnerG2 of Albany, Ore., which recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new manufacturing facility for electric vehicle battery components. Supported in part by $21.3 million in funding from the DOE through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this facility will produce nano-engineered carbon materials for batteries and other energy storage devices that can be used in electric drive vehicles.

According to a company press release EnerG2 is one of 30 advanced battery and electric drive manufacturing facilities supported by the Recovery Act. At full scale, these factories will have the capacity to supply batteries and components to more than 500,000 electric drive vehicles. This support for both manufacturing and research and development is contributing to the revitalization of America's auto industry, and will help to meet the President's goal of reducing oil imports by one-third by 2025. Details

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Cree LRP38-10L LED Lamp: 1000Lm, 85% Energy Savings, Beautiful Color

Cree's LRP38-10L high-output LED PAR lamp combines the color quality of halogen with the efficacy and longevity you expect from LEDs, ideal for architectural and retail accent lighting. At 74 LPW, it saves energy and replaces 90W PAR 38s with 13.5W and lasts 50,000 hours. Click here.


Ford goes all-in on LEDs for Ford Fusion

A report at www.dailytech.com says Ford told attendees at a recent event on the "lightscaping" of its newest models that the 2013 Fusion will use LEDs for all interior lighting, in addition to the LEDs that have become commonplace for headlights and tail-lights. The report said Osram Sylvania is providing the LEDs for the Fusion's interior lighting.

NREL & UCLA certify world record for polymer solar cell efficiency

The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colo., recently reported that scientists from UCLA boosted the significance of tandem polymer solar cells by successfully testing cells with low-bandgap polymers that achieved certified conversion efficiencies of 8.62 ± 0.3% with respect to standard terrestrial reporting conditions.
That’s the highest independently measured efficiency for a polymer solar cell, say researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and UCLA, who co-authored a report in the Feb. 12 issue of Nature Photonics. The UCLA group recently improved on this result by incorporating a new infrared-absorbing polymer from Sumitomo Chemical in Japan. NREL measured the power conversion efficiency at 10.6+/-0.3% under standard terrestrial reporting conditions. Details

College students win green awards from DOE

DOE Secretary Steven Chu recently announced the winners of a competition that challenges collegiate students to develop and present real-world solutions to boost the energy efficiency of buildings across the country. Secretary Chu recognized the winners of the Better Buildings Case Competition, part of the Energy Department's Better Buildings Challenge, at an event at the White House last week and congratulated them for their efforts to tackle some of the most common and stubborn barriers to improving energy efficiency. The winners included Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, George Washington University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley, University of Colorado Denver and University of Southern California. This competition provides the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and policymakers with skills and experience to start careers in clean energy and generates creative solutions to real-world problems to be used as models by businesses and other organizations across the marketplace.Details

Grainger getting really green

Interesting article posted this week at www.sustainableplanet.com about how W.W. Grainger Inc., is going really green, not only with the thousands of products it sells, but by intergrating sustainable business practices in its own internal operations. The article said 14,000 of the 400,000 products that Grainger sells are certified by third-party criteria as “green.”

Abound Solar cuts production at Colorado facility

Abound Solar, Loveland, Colo., a manufacturer of thin-film cadmium telluride photovoltaic modules, said it will cease production of its first-generation solar module to accelerate the manufacturing process and equipment changes needed for the production launch of its next generation high-efficiency module. The suspension of this production will result in the temporary reduction of approximately 180 permanent jobs from its Colorado facilities. Once manufacturing equipment has been modified and performance tested, Abound Solar expects to resume mass production with a 12.5% to 13% efficiency module by the end of 2012.

Craig Witsoe, president and CEO of Abound Solar, said in a press release, “While this is a difficult move with regards to temporarily reducing our workforce, we know that accelerating the introduction of our next generation module will bring significant benefits to our customers and allow us to create even more jobs in the future. Current market conditions are challenging for all U.S. solar manufacturers, but the long-term winners will be manufacturers of the lowest cost per watt, most reliable systems. By focusing our resources to accelerate scale-up of our next generation high efficiency technology, we will sustainably lower total system costs for our customers, increase our own profitability and grow U.S. jobs and energy security.” Details

LED downlight for retrofit applications

Available in both a 4-inch and 6-inch form, the Glimpse's low profile form adopts to most 4-inch, 5-inch and 6-inch recessed downlight cans, and transforms them into high-performance LED fixtures enabling a reduction of energy usage of up to 80% and a life up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent and halogen sources. To enable complete control and greater energy savings, Glimpse is dimmable down to 5%. A special feature of the Glimpse is its unique ability to be surface mounted as a light fixture, making it ideal for commercial retrofit or new construction applications as well as making it compliant with California's Title 24 Residential Code. Lighting Science Group

Pendant powered by LEDs

The Orillion Pendant melds old-world European craftsmanship with a contemporary color and classic profile into this mouth-blown Italian Opaline glass pendant defined by a subtle spiral pattern of sparkling dimples. Designed for residential, retail and hospitality applications, Orillion is a Quick Connect Pendant that includes a shade, socket set adapter and lamp. Using a LEDme Quick Connect Adapter, Orillion uses a 5W LED with a color temperature of 3,500K and illuminates effectively with Solorail (single-circuit low voltage rail system), Duorail (two-circuit low voltage rail system) or a Quick Adjust canopy constructed with cable that can be lowered to meet exact specifications. WAC Lighting

New LED platform

Cree Inc., Durham, N.C., says its XLamp XT-E White LED delivers twice the lumens-per-dollar of other LEDs and features the highest performance and efficacy in the industry. Based on a new silicon carbide technology platform, Cree says the XT-E LED and the recently released XB-D LED represent a dramatic transformation in LED price-performance. The XT-E White LED delivers up to 148 lumens and 148 lumens per watt in cool white (6,000 K) or up to 114 lumens and 114 lumens per watt in warm white (3,000 K), both at 350 mA, 85°C. Cree

Green Events

March 4-8, 2012
Electric Vehicle Conference (IEVC) 2012 Greenville, S.C., IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference (IEVC); Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); Details

March 19-21, 2012
PV America West San Jose, Calif., Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA); Details

March 21, 2012
LEDucation 6 New York, Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY); info@dlfny.org, www.dlfny.com

April 25-27
Distributed Solar East Somerset, N.J., Information Forecast Inc.; mail@infocastinc.com, Distributed Solar East; 818-888-4444

May 9-11, 2012
LightFair 2012 Las Vegas, Lightfair International;(404)220-2218; info@lightfair.com, www.lightfair.com

June 3-6, 2012
WindPower 2012 Atlanta, American Wind Energy Association (AWEA); 202-383-2500, windmail@awea.org, www.windpowerexpo.org

Sept. 10-13, 2012
SolarPower 2012 Orlando, Solar Energy Industries Association); (202) 682-0556, swatson@seia.org, www.seia.org

          
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