Enphase Energy Raises $15M for Distributed Solar Inverters

The solar industry is just starting to understand the benefits of distributed solar inverters — the devices that convert direct current (DC) to grid-usable alternating current (AC). While most solar panels use a centralized inverter, inverter-maker Enphase Energy says slapping a cell phone-sized distributed inverter on the back of every solar panel can help harvest 5 to 25 percent more energy. Investors are getting it too, and this morning Enphase says it has raised $15 million in new funding led by RockPort Capital Partners, and including Third Point Ventures and Applied Ventures (VC arm of Applied Materials).

Enphase CEO Paul Nahi says the company plans to use the money to keep growing to meet what it says is “tremendous demand.” Nahi says the company has sold about 1,000 inverter systems, half for residential systems and half to commercial installations; Enphase sells its systems through the traditional inverter channel of solar installers.
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MobileTechReviews looks at the Fujitsu T4010 Tablet PC

T4010_2Lisa Gade of MobileTechReviews has taken a long hands-on look at the Fujitsu Lifebook T4010 Tablet PC and has published a thorough review of the convertible.  The T4010 has a fast processor, big hard drive and a 12.1" screen.  How does the Fujitsu stand up?

Internal optical drive, strong performance, decent battery life, modular media bay, WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth, card reader and FireWire. Digitizer is accurate, responsive and pressure sensitive. Standard configuration offers a speedy Dothan processor and ample RAM. Dual array mic improves voice recognition. SmartCard slot and BIOS security for the security-conscious.

Check out the complete review for the whole story.