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PI Sponsored Concept Car Reaches Milestone Leading Up to Competition(New!)

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 22:55 -- PI-SL

Sponsored by Power Integrations, Team UP Dagisik from University of Philippines Diliman recently achieved the most important milestone leading to the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2019. The team’s newly built battery-powered concept car passed official technical inspection prior to shipment to the Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur, where the competition will be held from April 29 to May 2.

Team UP Dagisik: Friends, Teammates and Fellow PI Interns(New!)

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 13:31 -- PI-SL

After six month of welding, cutting, sanding and sleeping on the old couch in the lab, Team UP Dagisik from University of Philippines Electrical & Electronics Engineering Institute will travel to Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur, along with its newly built battery-powered concept car, for the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2019 from April 29 to May 2. Contending for its first championship since 2015, the team sees its strength in great chemistry among teammates built through years of close collaboration in academic work, as well as their internship with Power Integrations last summer.

PI Sponsors Team of Former Interns in Major Energy-Efficiency Competition(New!)

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 11:38 -- PI-SL

Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2019, the Asian leg of Shell’s global competition for science and engineering students to build ultra-efficient cars, will be held at Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur from April 29 to May 2. Objective of the race is to navigate the circuit using the least amount of energy.  In jeopardy of missing the competition just 9 months ago, Team UP Dagisik from University of Philippines Electrical & Electronics Engineering Institute recently finished a successful test run of its newly built battery-power concept vehicle.

California Energy Savings Roadmap for Electronic Devices in Low Power Modes(New!)

Fri, 03/08/2019 - 13:48 -- MrGreen

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is in the early stages of establishing an energy savings roadmap for electronic devices in standby, idle, or general low power modes (LPM). Although the standby power consumption in a device may seem small relative to the active power, the proliferation of such devices in California residences and the long durations of those devices spent idling have resulted in a significant total in energy waste, providing no utility to users. On January 24, 2019, the CEC held a webinar to provide an overview of the LPM roadmap, cover the proposed scope, review stakeholder comments received, and summarize the next steps.

EU Policies to Promote Smart Appliances and Buildings(New!)

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 13:37 -- MrGreen

On November 29, 2018, the Electronic Devices and Networks Annex (EDNA) of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Technology Collaboration Program on Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment (4E) held a workshop in Stockholm in conjunction with the Swedish Energy Agency to discuss how connected devices can help to realize the potential of demand response.

California Title 20: Past, Present, and Future

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:39 -- MrGreen

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is California’s primary energy policy and planning agency.  To understand why efficiency standards have been such a focus for the agency, one can rewind to 1972, when California faced an energy emergency.  According to the California Resources Agency at the time, energy usage was doubling every 8-10 years.  At that rate, the state would need to build a large number of power plants, based on projections of the new capacity required.  Those power plants, moreover, would require a source of water for cooling, so the state looked toward

California Energy Efficiency Regulations for Notebook Computers

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 10:04 -- MrGreen

The California Energy Commission (CEC) continues its energy efficiency mission by updating Title 20 regulations for computers and insuring relevance to emerging product types. As part of a broader series of webinars in September and October on computers, the Appliances and Outreach & Education Office reviewed notebook efficiency regulations effective on January 1, 2019. While notebooks include mobile thin clients, portable all-in-ones, and two-in-one notebooks, tablets are not in the scope.

Emerging Technologies for Plug Load Energy Reduction

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 11:00 -- MrGreen

The California Energy Commission held a webinar on August 15 about Emerging Technologies: Mobile Efficiency for Plug Load Devices. In this webinar, Vojin Zivojnovic and Davorin Mista from Aggios presented research on using mobile design practices in combination with hardware and energy management software to decrease energy consumption of plug load devices such as set top boxes, televisions, computers, and game consoles.

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2019 Proposal

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 15:01 -- MrGreen

As part of the annual review of criteria, representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy gathered and held a webinar on September 11 to go over proposals for the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2019 product categories. The Most Efficient label recognizes the “best of the best” across fourteen ENERGY STAR product categories, with ~3000 models represented across 155 partners.