Future Energy Solutions Launches Video on How to Install Off-Grid Keypad Entry Locks

Montreal, Canada – May 9, 2013 – Future Energy Solutions, a division of Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, has created a fun and helpful video on how to install off-grid keypad entry locks, by demonstrating the process on an ice fishing shack.

The video shows how easy it is to install solar powered locks, using the Future Energy Solutions Energy Harvesting Platform. Viewers will also learn how to test their designs to ensure their set-up will work. The video can be seen at: http://youtu.be/aqA4kh-bEvQ.

Parts used in the ice shack’s off grid keyless entry system include solar panels from IXYS, Renesas RL78 MPPT, Panasonic’s super caps, and a memory display from Sharp. All of these products are available through Future Energy Solutions. In addition, engineers and designers can request to borrow Future Energy Solutions’ Energy Harvesting Platform by visiting: http://www.futureenergysolutions.com/en/Pages/energy-harvesting-platform.aspx.

For additional information about energy harvesting, off grid keyless entry, solar powered locks, along with access to the world’s largest available-to-sell inventory, please visit www.FutureElectronics.com.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a world class leader and innovator in the distribution and marketing of electronic components. Having served the electronics industry for over 40 years, Future Electronics is uniquely positioned as the only truly global distributor of electronic components supporting customers of all sizes. Future Electronics currently operates in 169 locations in 42 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, with its corporate headquarters in Montreal, Canada. www.FutureElectronics.com

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Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
FUTURE ELECTRONICS
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514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)
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martin.gordon@FutureElectronics.com

Future Electronics Named Finalist for EE Times/EDN ACE Awards

Montreal, Canada – April 4, 2013 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, has been named as a finalist for the EE Times and EDN ACE Awards, in the Energy Technology category.

The Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards ceremony is held on April 23, 2013 as part of UBM Tech’s DESIGN West and ESC Silicon Valley Conference, celebrating the creators of technology who demonstrate leadership and innovation in the industry.

The competition recognizes the best products brought to market over the prior year, and Future Electronics has been nominated in recognition of its Energy Harvesting Platform featuring the Renesas RL78 microcontroller. The modular development tool enables designers to accurately evaluate energy harvesting use in their systems.

“Our Energy Harvesting Platform reduces time to market and design costs for companies working to develop renewable energy designs,” explained Todd Baker, Regional Technical Director at Future Electronics. “It is our hope that this tool will spur the market for energy harvesting designs and expand the number of applications utilizing this technology.”

“The 2013 finalists represent the execution of forward-thinking technologies and creativity that captures the imagination of consumers, illustrating the influence that electronics and embedded design professionals have on today’s culture,” said Patrick Mannion, EDN’s Brand Director.

More information about Future Electronics and the company’s Energy Harvesting Platform can be found at www.FutureElectronics.com.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a world class leader and innovator in the distribution and marketing of electronic components. Having served the electronics industry for over 40 years, Future Electronics is uniquely positioned as the only truly global distributor of electronic components supporting customers of all sizes. Future Electronics currently operates in 169 locations in 42 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, with its corporate headquarters in Montreal, Canada. www.FutureElectronics.com

Media Contact
Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
FUTURE ELECTRONICS
www.FutureElectronics.com
514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)
Fax: 514-630-2671
martin.gordon@FutureElectronics.com

How to Save Money on Home Energy Bills by Avoiding Vampire Currents: New Future Electronics Video

Montreal, Canada – December 7, 2012 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, has produced a new video on how to save money on home energy bills by avoiding vampire currents. When electronic items such as televisions, gaming devices, and satellite receivers are plugged in, they are actually in “standby” mode and still drawing electricity even when they are turned off. This type of power usage, called “vampire current,” contributes to higher electricity bills.

The video features the Smart Plug Meter, developed by Future Energy Solutions (a division of Future Electronics), which embeds energy management and control so consumers can configure their home appliances to turn on and off, in order to save money on their home energy costs.

Home energy measurement, power consumption measurements, load measurements, wireless house automation and load control in smart homes and smart buildings are becoming increasingly important steps toward saving energy and reducing costs, and are all made easy by using the Smart Plug Meter.

Richard Ankcorn, Strategic Business Manager for Future Energy Solutions at Future Electronics, explains, “Vampire currents consume a lot of energy, and serious measurements must be taken to save on the unnecessary daily loss of energy in our homes. This video shows how the Smart Plug Meter can help people saving money on their home energy bills by eliminating vampire currents.”

The Video, “How to save money on home energy bills? Protect yourself from Vampire currents!” can be seen at: http://youtu.be/PzzS9PZ1uoQ.

Many helpful videos have been recently introduced and more will be launched in coming weeks. For more information about the Smart Plug Meter, vampire current, standby power, electricity consumption of appliances, computer standby power consumed, electricity consumption of appliance in standby mode, standby power usage, home energy measurement, smart home, Home Area Network, load measurement, load control, home automation, power measurement, wireless home automation, the Smart Grid, Future Energy Solutions, Future Electronics’ how-to video series, as well as access to the world’s largest available-to-sell inventory, visit Future Electronics YouTube channel.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, ranking 3rd in component sales worldwide. Founded in 1968, the company has established itself as one of the most innovative organizations in the industry today, with 5,000 employees in 169 offices in 42 countries around the world. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with one worldwide IT infrastructure providing real-time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of its operations, sales and marketing worldwide. Offering the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities and technical solutions through all stages of the design-production cycle, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future’s mission is always to Delight the Customer.

For further information, please contact:

Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
FUTURE ELECTRONICS
www.FutureElectronics.com.
514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)
Fax: 514-630-2671
martin.gordon@FutureElectronics.com

Future Energy Solutions’ Energy Harvesting Platform runs key pad with Renesas’ RL78 Microcontroller

Montreal, Canada – November 5, 2012 – Future Energy Solutions (FES), a leading provider of components and engineering solutions for energy harvesting and alternative energy, is pleased to announce the addition of the Renesas RL78 microcontroller to the Energy Harvesting Platform.

The two keys to success for any energy harvesting system are not only low application power, but also maximum efficiency of energy conversion and storage.

The Future Energy Solutions Energy Harvesting Platform (EHP) showcases how the Renesas RL78 microcontroller family excels in both of these areas.

The EHP is a modular energy harvesting development tool that allows for evaluation of typical renewable energy sources. The Renesas configuration demonstrates the RL78/I1A being used to control a Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) circuit to optimize the efficiency of a solar panel charging an array of super capacitors for energy storage. The super capacitor array powers an ultra low power application module using an RL78/I1A to drive a Smart Pixel Memory Display and keypad. All of the power generation and consumption on the board is monitored and controlled in real-time by an RL78/G14, which calculates and then displays the power levels using a Future designed PC based GUI tool. Control and monitoring of the system with this tool, allows us to easily view the amazing effectiveness of the Renesas RL78 MCUs throughout the system.

“The Renesas RL78 is a fantastic addition to the Energy Harvesting Platform” explained Richard Ankcorn, Strategic Business Manager for Future Energy Solutions.

Richard continued, “Applications using energy harvesting need to use as little power as possible and with the RL78 you have a low power, 16-bit micro controlling an LCD enabling human interfaces in applications such as security or building control. The Energy Harvesting Platform is a great tool for those interested in low power designs running autonomously”

More information about Renesas RL78 and other solar components can be found at www.FutureEnergySolutions.com

To request a demo or to borrow one of our Energy Harvesting Platforms visit www.FutureEnergySolutions.com/EnergyHarvestingPlatform

About Renesas Electronics
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world’s number one supplier of microcontrollers, is a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions and a broad range of analog and power devices. Business operations began as Renesas Electronics in April 2010 through the integration of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723) and Renesas Technology Corp., with operations spanning research, development, design and manufacturing for a wide range of applications. Headquartered in Japan, Renesas Electronics has subsidiaries in 20 countries worldwide. More information can be found at www.renesas.com.

About Future Energy Solutions
Future Energy Solutions is a division of Future Electronics, the third largest electronic components distributor in the world. Both companies operate in 169 locations in 42 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Each region offers a state-of-art distribution center for component supply chain logistics as well as System Design Centers for custom designs and turnkey requirements.

Future Energy Solutions is a leading provider of components and engineering solutions vital to companies in the energy sector. We provide engineering resources, component and board-level design support along with supply chain logistics to promote and support the implementation of energy efficiency and alternative energy. FutureEnergySolutions.com

For further information, please contact:
Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
FUTURE ELECTRONICS
www.FutureElectronics.com
Tel.: 514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)
Fax: 514-630-2671
E-mail: martin.gordon@FutureElectronics.com

Energy Harvesting Fundamentals Course Presented by Future Energy Solutions & EE Times

Montreal, Quebec (April 4th,2012) – Future Energy Solutions, a leader in smart and clean energy solutions, in partnership with EE Times has released a Fundamentals of Electronics course on energy harvesting.

Energy harvesting is the process of converting energy from the environment into a usable power form for a device and then storing it for later use. In this Fundamentals of Energy Harvesting course, Steve Taranovich, Contributing Editor for EE Times, provides a comprehensive overview of Energy Harvesting, covering these important areas: Energy Harvesting Sources, Transducers, Power Processing Interface, Electrical Energy Storage, Voltage Regulation, Computational Load, Maximizing Efficiency and Applications.

Future Energy Solutions is focused on smart and clean energy. As semiconductors become more efficient, devices are able to harvest energy to extend battery life or eliminate the need for charging or changing batteries altogether. Alternative energy sources such as solar, RF harvesting, kinetic or heat differential are examples of methods to provide power to a device, and the application possibilities are endless.

The course can be viewed at:

http://www.eetimes.com/electrical-engineers/education-training/courses/4370021/Fundamentals-of-Energy-Harvesting

About Future Energy Solutions

Future Energy Solutions is a leading provider of components, engineering solutions and system solutions vital to companies engaged in Green Tech product development and production.

The drive for the business is the global need to reduce carbon emissions and become more energy efficient. Future Energy Solutions applies its engineering knowledge, global position, supply chain expertise and financial strength to help the world reduce energy consumption, embrace renewable energy generation and build a more sustainable future.

Media Contact

Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
FUTURE ELECTRONICS
www.FutureElectronics.com
514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)
Fax: 514-630-2671
martin.gordon@FutureElectronics.com

EnOcean Energy Harvesting Starter Kit Released by Future Energy Solutions

[Boston/Salt Lake City – April 03, 2012] To kick off their partnership, EnOcean and Future Energy Solutions (FES) are jointly launching the ESK 300C starter kit in the North American market. The kit offers OEMs a quick and cost-effective method to evaluate energy harvesting wireless solutions for their applications, and includes a variety of energy converters and modules. Using the kit, EnOcean’s OEM partners can apply energy harvesting technology to markets ranging from building automation through smart homes, smart metering and to industry and logistics. FES is offering the ESK 300C starter kit beginning on April 2, 2012.

The kit consists of a switch module (PTM 200) for building services, components for different switch applications (PTM 330, ECO 200), a temperature sensor module (STM 330), a USB gateway (USB 300), PC software for visualization (DolphinView Basic) and a sample case for industrial switching solutions.

Varied, fast and flexible

This complete set enables virtually all application variations of energy harvesting wireless technology. Using the ESK 300C components, users can implement switches and interior temperature sensors plus a variety of industrial switches, such as wireless position switches, solutions to control gates or for condition monitoring. Additionally, the USB 300 opens the door to smart home and smart metering solutions for software developers.

About Future Energy Solutions

Future Energy Solutions is a leading provider of components, engineering solutions and system solutions vital to companies engaged in Green Tech product development and production.

The drive for the business is the global need to reduce carbon emissions and become more energy efficient. Future Energy Solutions applies its engineering knowledge, global position, supply chain expertise and financial strength to help the world reduce energy consumption, embrace renewable energy generation and build a more sustainable future.

About EnOcean

EnOcean is the originator of patented self-powered wireless technology. The company manufactures and markets energy harvesting wireless modules for use in building and industrial automation. EnOcean technology combines miniaturized energy converters with ultra-low-power electronics and robust RF communications. Self-powered wireless technology from EnOcean has been successfully deployed in more than 200,000 buildings worldwide. EnOcean is a promoter of the EnOcean Alliance, a consortium of leading companies from the world’s building sector that facilitates the creation of innovative solutions for sustainable buildings. The company currently employs 60 people in Germany and the USA.

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EnOcean
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FUTURE ELECTRONICS
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Fax: 514-630-2671
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