The topics that seemed to capture the most interest this year all seemed to revolve around different ways of using applied physics or chemistry to develop energy efficient solutions.
So in reverse order here are the top ten news stories of 2011. If you missed these stories the first time round here is your chance to catch up with the rest of EE Times Europe Power Management's readers.
This story reported that Solar Junction, a developer of multi-junction cells for the concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) market, claimed to have set a world-record for 43.5 percent efficiency on a commercial-ready production cell.
Solar Junction's cells incorporate the company's proprietary adjustable spectrum lattice-matched, A-SLAM technology, which enables the company to more optimally partition the solar spectrum for maximum efficiency and greater reliability.
At Mobile World Congress, Umeox launched the Apollo, a solar-powered Android phone. The Chinese manufacturer showcased its MTK6516 model which will work in Europe and much of Asia.
Seems like there are a lot of motor racing fans in EE Times Europe Power Management's readership because this story seemed a clear contender being about Saft developing state-of-the-art lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries to provide a boost to five of the twelve Formula 1 teams competing in the Formula 1 grand prix series this season.
The teams being supported by Saft included Ferrari and Lotus Renault GP.
Saft's Li-ion batteries are at the heart of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) which has been deployed by the five teams in response to the FIA regulations that encourage the development of energy-saving technology.
This story focused on Maxim Integrated Products decision to enter into the emerging digital power market.
Maxim rolled out its first chips in the