Tag Archives: Clean energy

More than MEMS

The fact that I spend too much time focusing on consumer electronics was brought home to me vividly last week by a visit to the Sensors Expo 2011 in Chicago. Far from the niche show that I expected, it was … Continue reading

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How Will Consumers Benefit from the Smart Grid?

George Arnold from NIST gave a talk with that title over lunch today at the Smart Energy Summit in Austin. The benefits of the Smart Grid may be obvious at NIST but they’re a lot less so to consumers. In … Continue reading

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Ultra Low Power Electronics in the Next Decade

As a TI Fellow and director of TI’s Kilby Research Labs, Ajith Amerasekera’s job is to predict the future and plot a roadmap to it. His keynote at day two of the low-power electronics show (ISLPED) in Austin—“Ultra Low Power … Continue reading

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Vampires on a Diet

In its current Technology Quarterly the Economist has a sidebar article on the impact of increased efficiency in power converters for portable electronics (aka “wall warts” or “energy vampires”). This is a drum we’ve been beating for years and a … Continue reading

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Status of Photovoltaic Technology

Last Friday I attended a very informative solar technology workshop put on by the IEEE at Freescale in Austin. It brought together experts in both microelectronics and solar technology who provided a wealth of information about both fields and the … Continue reading

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Clean Energy Jobs Take Off

The Pew Charitable Trusts have released a study of clean energy jobs, the first hard count of that market. The Pew study shows that job sector grew by 9.1% between 1998 and 2007 compared to overall job growth of 3.7% … Continue reading

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