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Month: February 2011

The Death of U.S. Manufacturing Was Greatly Exaggerated

The Death of U.S. Manufacturing Was Greatly Exaggerated

It has become almost an accepted truth that the U.S. is no longer a major global player when it comes to manufacturing activity. Well guess what: this represents more rumor than fact as Mark Perry illustrates in an op-ed appearing in today’s Wall Street Journal. While the U.S. economy has certainly experienced a great deal of structural change over the past several decades (shift from goods production to services), innovations and other forms of technological progress have allowed the nation’s Read more [...]
Standards key to widespread applications for graphene

Standards key to widespread applications for graphene

Graphene, a super-thin sheet of carbon atoms, could transform the functioning of a wide array of electrotechnical products including flexible displays, solar cells and batteries. Groundbreaking experimentation with graphene was the centerpiece for the 2010 Nobel prize for physics. Due to graphene's ability to conduct electricity with relatively low losses, it could be used, for example, to make conductive flexible plastics for touch screens. The technology does not yet exist for reliably Read more [...]
The president “has no clothes?”

The president “has no clothes?”

We all remember Hans Christian Andersen’s story about the emperor and his new clothes, right? He was swindled by two weavers into believing that his new suit is made of fabric that is invisible to those who are stupid. And so the emperor, wearing this new suit, goes out among his subjects, until one young boy cries out that he has no clothes. Well, isn’t that what is happening in the current debate about renewable energy? The president correctly advocates the production of renewable Read more [...]
Jersey Shore and Electric Vehicles? We Have a Situation!

Jersey Shore and Electric Vehicles? We Have a Situation!

While New Jersey has been in the headlines recently for MTV's hit reality show "Jersey Shore," that's not all the buzz these days. New Jersey plans to be a leader in the electric vehicle roll out over the next five years. "The intention is to move New Jersey to the forefront of electric car use," said Assemblyman Joe Cryan, D-Union, a sponsor of several of the bills. "That in turn helps the environment." Some proposed legislation would lead to installation Read more [...]
Toyota Report Reassuring News for Electrical Industry

Toyota Report Reassuring News for Electrical Industry

 The NTHSA-NASA report vindicating the electronic systems of Toyota vehicles for sudden acceleration is good news for the wider electrical industry that relies on similar electronic control systems.  NASA was asked to examine the software code of Toyota vehicles and could not produce a fault that could lead to the sudden acceleration reported by owners.  When the vehicle’s electronic system detects a problem it will switch to one of five fail-safe modes: which range from reducing Read more [...]
Abililty to "light up" cancer cells looks promising

Abililty to "light up" cancer cells looks promising

This article on Cornell Medical College's work to develop quantum dots (luminescent nano-sized particles) that work as reporting markers to light up cancer cells suggests that some very promising advances in cancer diagnosis are just ahead.  The technology used to precisely control the conductive properties of these nanomaterials will need to rely on international standard measurements to enable the user to evaluate the performance of different materials using apples-to-apples comparisons. Read more [...]
NEMA Announces Smart Grid Interoperable & Conformant Product Strategy

NEMA Announces Smart Grid Interoperable & Conformant Product Strategy

To further promote the development and deployment of the Smart Grid, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announces the Smart Grid Interoperable & Conformant™ (SGIC™) testing scheme to promote testing for products and devices based on the Smart Grid standards identified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, the NEMA program provides benefits Read more [...]
Performance Makes a Comeback with New Light Bulb Labeling System

Performance Makes a Comeback with New Light Bulb Labeling System

Ever thought about what you should consider when buying a light bulb?  Any clue what a lumen is? Chances are if you’re heading out to your local supermarket or hardware store to pick up some light bulbs, you’ll find a store attendant and ask what aisle the 100W (or 75W, 60W, etc.) light bulbs are in and pick up a package. Now, say you head to the car dealership looking to purchase a new ride.  You’ll walk around the lot as a salesperson shows you vehicle after Read more [...]
Seeing the Light Ahead

Seeing the Light Ahead

Greetings from San Diego, California, the (not frozen) site of the U.S. Department of Energy's workshop on R&D in Solid State Lighting. Following a morning meeting today of the NEMA-housed Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance (NGLIA), three NEMA and NGLIA member companies lead off the 3-day DOE event by challenging participants to "think outside the bulb". Leading off, Greg Merritt of Cree, Inc., challenged a packed house of over 400 participants to debate whether DOE's Read more [...]