EE&T News: July 12, 2010

EE&T News: July 12, 2010

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July 12, 2010 Issue:

• A waste of energy
• A magnetic fridge? Maybe someday
• A better stove for Ethiopians
• More efficient heat pumps?
• Navigating international efficiency mandates
• Energy Shorts
• Industrial designers like LEDs
• High-brightness LEDs come to light tubes
• Brushless 8-mm motor
• High-efficiency power adapters
• EE&T Magazine is using Twitter and LinkedIn

A waste of energy

Among the features most recently added to the EE&T Web site is our blog area. ( In there you will find a couple of noteworthy statistics: Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is about 166,000, lower than it was before the first PC, the MITS Altair 2800, was assembled in 1975. And for every Apple worker in the U.S. there are 10 people in China working on iMacs, iPods, and iPhones.
Meanwhile, send your energy efficiency news to us: [email protected]
Leland Teschler, Editor Read More


A magnetic fridge? Maybe someday

If you use a strong magnetic field to control the entropy of a special kind of material, you could make yourself a magnetic fridge. The stronger the magnetic field, the lower the entropy and the heat capacity of the material. When the magnetic field is subsequently switched off, the heat capacity of the material rises. Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab say a magnetic fridge using such material would consume less electricity than today’s fridges, which account for 8% of a family’s utility bill. READ MORE Read More


New High Performance Flow Controller at OEM Price
Sierra Instruments introduces their new economical OEM digital high-performance mass flow controller the Smart-Trak® 50 today. Whether you're a machine builder, systems integrator or end-user, Sierra's technical development team designed the Smart-Trak® 50 for you! Sharing the same advanced core sensor, valve and bypass technology as their award-winning Smart- Trak® 100, the Smart-Trak® 50 is available at nearly half the price, with expedited off-the-shelf delivery at no extra charge. OEM's that buy in volume will enjoy deep price reductions.

A better stove for Ethiopians

Berkeley Lab researchers have redesigned an efficient cookstove initially devised for displaced people in Darfur so that it works equally well for Ethiopians. Each Berkeley-Darfur Stove uses two to three times less wood than traditional stoves. One twist: Instead of financing the scale-up of stove dissemination through charities, project sponsor World Vision intends for the pilot project to take advantage of the world carbon market. A stove that costs less than $25 to produce can generate $140 in income this way. READ MORE Read More


Boker's Free 2010 Washer Catalog
Boker's complimentary 2010 Washer Catalog features more than 24,000 non-standard flat washer sizes available with no tooling charges. Outside diameters of 0.080" to 5.140", a broad range of IDs and thicknesses, as well as 2,000 material options provide endless possibilities. Materials include low-carbon sheet steel, various spring steels, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, copper, nickel silver and non-metallics. ISO 9001:2008 Registered

More efficient heat pumps?

New technology coming out of Purdue University may end up maintaining the efficiency of heat pumps in cold weather, making them economical alternatives in northern climes. The new technology works by modifying the conventional vapor-compression cycle behind standard air conditioning and refrigeration and could be realized through relatively simple modification to existing heat pumps, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, researchers say. READ MORE Read More

Navigating international efficiency mandates

Whether you are talking about power supplies, white goods, motorized equipment, or TV sets, there is a whole host of mandates that, one way or another, specify minimum power efficiencies. But there is no such thing as a global efficiency standard. Each region of the world tends to tailor its efficiency mandates in ways reflecting its ecopolitical environment and the lifestyle of its population. So designers who build systems for worldwide markets must navigate a variety of region-specific dictates. READ MORE Read More

Energy Shorts

An offline LED driver integrates power factor correction (PFC) and isolated step-down ac-dc power conversion in a single stage

Opportunity knocks - on a keyboard

Diffusers get better at handling LEDs

A better way to harvest minuscule amounts of power

Hybrid powertrains get isolated for safety
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Industrial designers like LEDs

The IDEA 2010 awards took a shine to LED light bulbs this year. An LED bulb called EverLED took gold honors in the competition, the top award. The LED, developed by Panasonic, uses special heat dissipation technology and features a cylinder-shaped compact design in which the LED package sits close to an aluminum chassis to improve the luminance efficiency. READ MORE Read More


High-brightness LEDs come to light tubes

LED tubes are often used to light instrumentation or diagnostic equipment and to add highlighting. Now light tubes come with HB LEDs and a special aluminum body for thermo-management. The tubes are available in four standard lengths and in various colors. HB Light Tube modules can be combined with rigid or flexible light guides in various lengths. READ MORE Read More


Brushless 8-mm motor

The new brushless 8-mm dc motor offers continuous current up to 0.95 mNm, speeds to 80,000 rpm, and a 70% efficiency rating. Available with or without Hall sensors and with 6, 12, and 24-V windings, the motor can be combined with a GP 8A planetary gearhead. Two 1-quadrant amplifiers are available to serve as controllers: the DEC 24/1– directly connected via flexprint, and the DEC Module 24/2, a miniature plug-in module.
maxon precision motors Read More

High-efficiency power adapters

The V-Infinity line of high-efficiency external power adapters includes 12 and 24-W wall adapters and a 12-W desktop adapter. The devices meet Level V efficiency standards, are Energy Star version 2.0 certified, and exceed the U.S. EISA 2007 efficiency regulations.
The EPSA and ETSA Series operate off a universal input (90 to 264 Vac). Output voltages include 5, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, and 24 V (12-W desktop); 5, 6, 9, and 12 V (12-W wall); and 12, 15, and 24 V (24-W wall). Short-circuit and overvoltage protection is included. The adapter’s typical efficiency is above 82% and no-load power consumption is <0.3 W.
CUI Inc. Read More


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