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EE&T News: April 12, 2010

EE&T News: April 12, 2010

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April 12, 2011 Issue:

• The changing landscape of Energy Star
• World's fastest electric bike: 190.6 mph
• How much power does your browser use?
• New chip to make appliances "grid-friendly"
• Make way for another hub-motor EV
• Energy shorts
• LED headlights for the masses

The changing landscape of Energy Star

To get an Energy Star rating, products now must undergo testing from a third-party testing organization. That's one of topics at EE&T's upcoming annual Tech Day on May 26 in Santa Clara, Calif. Keynote speaker Terry Drew from the international testing organization CSA, which is certified to handle Energy Star testing, will talk about what happens when products go through the testing regime. Check out the conference at And send your energy efficiency news to us at [email protected]. - Leland Teschler, Editor


World's fastest electric bike: 190.6 mph

The Pro Racing Electric Superbike piloted by driver Chip Yates hit 190.6 mph in a one-mile, standing-start run at the professionally organized Mojave Mile Shootout event in the California desert. The previous top speeds by electric motorcycles at various events are in the 170mph range. READ MORE


Rugged Speed and Temperature Sensor
Electro-Sensor's TT420 Temperature Transmitters and ST420 Shaft Tachometers are pre-calibrated, proven solutions that install fast and perform anywhere, providing rugged and reliable monitoring solutions for your toughest machine environments. The TT420 combines a temperature sensor, signal conditioning, and 2-wire loop-powered 4-20mA transmitter into one compact package. The ST420 detects magnetic pulses from a rotating shaft-mounted magnetic pulser target (disc or wrap) and outputs a smooth, continuous 4-20mA analog signal in direct proportion to the pulse frequency (rotating shaft speed).

How much power does your browser use?

Most of us probably don't give our Web browser a second thought when it comes to the amount of power our computers dissipate. But the folks at Microsoft certainly ponder this stuff. An example of their thinking about the power dissipation of IE9 recently emerged on the IEblog that Microsoft maintains. There developers talked about how they measure power consumption and share the results from recent engineering tests comparing browser power requirements. READ MORE


Boker's Free 2011 Washer Catalog
Boker's complimentary 2011 Washer Catalog offers a selection of more than 25,000 non-standard flat washer sizes available with no tooling charges. With outside diameters ranging from 0.080" to 5.140", a wide variety of inside diameters and thicknesses and over 2,000 material options available, Boker's provides endless washer and spacer possibilities. Materials include low-carbon sheet steel, various spring steels, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, copper, nickel silver and non-metallics. ISO 9001:2008 Registered

New chip to make appliances "grid-friendly"

The Battelle Memorial Institute that runs the Dept. of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has granted a non-exclusive license for a technology that will further the goals of the smart grid by temporarily shifting when smart appliances use power. READ MORE

Make way for another hub-motor EV

A Japanese firm called SIM-Drive Corp. has developed an electric vehicle called the SIM-LEI, (for Leading Efficiency In-Wheel. The EV's claim to fame is the hub motors it carries in all four wheels. Details about the car's technology is sparse, but its lithium-ion batteries come from Toyota, and one might speculate the in-wheel motors could be Toyota technology as well. READ MORE

Energy shorts

For fast charging, make the battery in 3D
A maintenance-free bearing for solar work
Talk to your thermostat
Saving more energy with UPS efficiency
A fast charge for EVs
EPA updates Energy Star standards for lighting
Latest hybrid, this one's a bulb: halogen-CFL


LED headlights for the masses

LED-based headlights have pretty much been features found only on such luxury cars as the Audi A8 and R8, Lexus LS 600h and top-line Toyota Prius. But that could be changing. A new universal light source could make it practical to put LED headlamps in even mid-priced vehicles, supplier Osram Sylvania says. Osram's Joule-branded line of single-source LED lighting is designed to be as interchangeable from one vehicle to another as a conventional headlamp or taillight wedge bulb. READ MORE


TE Connectivity's IDC SSL Connector Series Designed for Tool-less Termination
TE Connectivity's IDC SSL connector series are insulation displacement (IDC) SMT and through-hole wire-to-board connectors designed for quick, tool-less termination of discrete wires onto LED printed circuit boards. The product terminates 18 through 24 AWG solid and stranded wire utilizing insulation displacement technologies to eliminate the labor-intensive task of pre-stripping wires and soldering. These connectors use Tyco Electronics' proven insulation displacement technology to provide robust, stable electrical and mechanical power connections to single or multiple printed circuit boards.


Thomas Division
Thomas provides OEM pump and compressor innovations for environmental applications with oil-less technology offerings including WOB-L® and articulated piston, diaphragm, rotary, linear, and liquid pumps.

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