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DoE Invests in Lowering Solar Costs

Over the next five years, the US Department of Energy is investing up to $30 million on developing new modules and materials to lower the cost of solar power via their SunShot Initiative. The new partnership between the DoE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is called the Durable Module Materials (DuraMat) National Lab Consortium. It is the latest consortium created as part of the DoE’s Energy Materials Network, providing support to US clean energy manufacturers and entrepreneurs.

solar technologyThe primary goal of DuraMat is to reduce the cost of solar energy. The consortium proposes to achieve this goal by developing new module technologies to make producing solar energy more cost-effective, fostering collaboration among professionals, academics and US labs to create and test the modules, and bringing the most promising materials and technologies to market without delay. It will provide the solar industry access to national DoE labs’ knowledge and research.

“DuraMat provides easily accessible capabilities that bring the national lab and university research infrastructure together with the PV (photovoltaic) and supply-chain industries,” Teresa Barnes, director for DuraMat, said of the consortium.

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The Importance of RoHS Compliance

What is RoHS Compliance?

rohsRoHS is the acronym for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. RoHS, also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, originated in the European Union and restricts the use of specific hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products. All applicable products in the EU market after July 1, 2006 must pass RoHS compliance.

Any business that sells applicable electronic products, sub-assemblies or components directly to EU countries, or sells to resellers, distributors or integrators that in turn sell products to EU countries, is impacted if they utilize any of the restricted materials.

The proposed changes to the original RoHS Directive in RoHS2 are minor. No additional substances have been added to the six currently restricted. Inclusion of RoHS categories 8 (medical devices) and 9 (control and monitoring instruments) products in RoHS is now proposed, with the proposed dates for inclusion being 2016 or later.

What materials are restricted?

The substances banned under RoHS are lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (CrVI), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), and four different phthalates (DEHP, BBP, BBP, DIBP).

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TSS Partners with Bailout Systems

We’re excited to let you know that we have officially partnered with Bailout Systems to manufacture Bailout and bring it to life. With more than 30 years of manufacturing experience and a massive team of engineers and industry leaders, TSS is the perfect partner for Bailout.

Bailout Systems is a company built on passion, community, and the belief that the end-user comes first. Always. After a discussion with a close friend and local firefighter, we learned about Black Sunday. With only a brief amount of research, it was clear what the issue was: current bailout kits aren’t effective. We were quick to realize that the firefighting industry has yet to see true innovation within self-rescue. As we’ve developed our product and perfected our technology, we’ve gained support on a national and global level. Now, we’re ready to change the firefighting industry forever. Introducing the future of self-rescue.