Power Electronics

Phihong Offers Compliance with ECOC Initiative Ahead of Schedule

Phihong is now providing OEMs of portable electronic equipment early compliance with the European Commission Code of Conduct (ECOC) on Efficiency of External Power Supplies. Two models of the R-Series power adapter have already been converted, and testing has confirmed that the technology is transferable to all other Phihong adapter products.

¡°We are very proud to contribute so significantly to the efforts in reducing air pollution and energy waste by being one of the first companies shipping fully compliant products, to 2005 requirements,¡± said Keith Hopwood, Phihong¡¯s vice president of marketing. ¡°Billions of dollars in global energy costs are lost annually to products that consumers believe to be turned off. These ¡®energy vampires¡¯ can be slain and energy waste can be drastically reduced through efficient power supply design.¡±

According to the European Commission, it is estimated that standby power accounts for approximately 10% of the electricity consumed in homes and offices in the EU member states. Studies have indicated that annual standby and no-load energy losses total more than 8 TWh in Europe, with an annual total contribution to CO2 emissions of 68 million tons. This is the equivalent of the annual emissions of 24 million European-type cars. Reductions of 5 TWh of energy losses annually are projected under the Code of Conduct with estimated annual savings in energy costs of 500M Euro by 2010.

Under the Code of Conduct, signatories pledged to reduce no-load power consumption of their manufactured devices in three phases between Jan. 1, 2001, and Jan. 1, 2005. As of Jan. 1, 2003, products with a rated input power of ¡Ý 0.3 W and <15 W must reduce consumption to 0.75 W. Phihong products deliver compliance at the 2005 phase three level of 0.30 W.

For more information, visit www.phihong.com.

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