SOURCE: Industrial Technology Research Institute

Industrial Technology Research Institute

October 16, 2012 08:30 ET

ITRI Introduces Three New Green Technologies That Reduce Energy Bills

Award-Winning LED Light Bulb, Solar Panel Design, and Clamp-On Household Appliance Energy Meter Reduce Energy Consumption

HSINCHU, TAIWAN--(Marketwire - Oct 16, 2012) - ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute), Taiwan's largest and one of the world's leading high-tech research and development institutions, introduces three new award-winning green technologies Light&Light™, SideLighter™ and AVA-Clamp™ to help consumers reduce energy consumption, reach grid parity and save money on energy bills.

  • Light&Light™ is the first A19 all-plastic LED light bulb technology with an illumination angle of 330°. It is break-resistant and weighs less than 100 grams -- half of the competing LED light bulb. It uses less than 10 watts to produce the same light as other 60-watt incandescent light bulbs. Its price is 10-20 percent the cost of competing LED light bulbs. Light&Light™ can save 85 percent on light bulb power consumption.

  • SideLighter™ is the first low-cost, high-performance, transparent, concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar panel to be used for dual purposes -- for energy generation and as a structural panel or window. The compact physical size of the solar cells costs 93 percent less to produce than current photovoltaic cells, contributing to a 46 percent reduction in building CPV solar panels. Its increased effectiveness will also help to achieve grid parity more quickly.

  • AVA-Clamp™ is a low-cost easy-to-use clamp-on voltage and current meter technology measuring the amount of power used by a typical household or commercial appliance such as a microwave, television or industrial machine. This micro-electromechanical system (MEMS)-based metering technology is a convenient way to monitor and manage energy. Users can save up to 10 percent of their energy by just learning the energy consumption of their devices.

The greenhouse effect continues to be a serious issue. The only way to curb this trend is to actively reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions. As the leading research institute in Taiwan, ITRI is committed to developing technologies that are environmentally sustainable across all phases of development -- innovation, design, function and manufacturing processes. ITRI's ��three new energy-saving technologies offer individual solutions for energy efficiency (Light&Light™), renewable energy/a path to grid parity (SideLighter™) and energy management (AVA-Clamp™).

ITRI's Light&Light™, SideLighter™ and AVA-Clamp™ technologies will each receive a 2012 R&D 100 Award in November for these breakthrough technologies.

ITRI has applied for 14 patents for Light&Light™, 13 for SideLighter™ and 11 for AVA-Clamp™. ITRI is in the process of licensing these technologies in Taiwan. Interested companies can contact ITRI at 1-408-428-9988 or 0800@itri.org.tw for more information.

Recognition for Outstanding Technology Innovation
ITRI has received numerous awards for consecutive years since 2008. For example, in 2011, the institute has received six prestigious international awards: The Excellent Organization, Solar Industry Awards in the UK for Solar Radome, two R&D 100 Awards and The Wall Street Journal's Technology Innovation Awards for i2R e-Paper and HyTAC, and the Silver Award for The Society for Information Display's (SID) Display of the Year Awards for ITRI's Flexible Substrate for Displays. In 2010, the institute received five prestigious international awards: The Overall Gold Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for its FlexUPD technology, runner-up in the Semiconductor category for its MDPS (Micro-Deformable Piezoresistive Sensor Technology) and three R&D 100 Awards for FlexUPD, i2/3DW and Reddex.

About ITRI
ITRI is an international applied technology research organization, a breakthrough pioneer helping Taiwan's manufacturing industry to create value and also contributing to Taiwan's overall economic success. Founded in 1973, ITRI has nurtured more than 70 CEOs, accumulated more than 17,659 patents, and 174 innovative companies, including numerous well-known global semiconductor leaders such as TSMC and UMC.

ITRI focuses on the fields of Information and Communications; Electronics and Optoelectronics; Material Chemical and Nanotechnology; Medical Device and Biomedical; Mechanical and Systems; and Green Energy and Environment. ITRI will move forward together with the industry, heading towards a sustainable future! For more information on ITRI, please visit www.itri.org.tw/eng

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