Issue #11                                                                                               February 25, 2011


Spotlight on Sustainability

Check out These Energy Saving Finalists



In the field of nominations for the 2011 Edison Awards Best New Product Awards(TM), by far the biggest category of entries has been in the "Energy & Sustainability" category.  Here are just a few of the Finalists who'll be anxiously awaiting to hear whether they've won Gold, Silver or Bronze awards on April 5th:




Lutron CL DimmerLutron has developed a new line of energy-saving C-L Dimmers, the industry's first UL-listed dimmers designed to work with dimmable CFL, LED, Halogen and incandescent light bulbs.  This product is a Finalist in the Energy & Sustainability Award category.




 Chevy Volt

The Chevy Volt is an innovative battery-powered car that reverts to gasoline-power when its electric batteries are depleted.  When the Volt's battery is depleted, its 1.4 Liter gasoline-powered engine creates sufficient energy to power the vehicle an additional 344 miles on a full tank.



Solar Bridge

The SolarBridge AC Module System by SolarBridge Technology is a dramatically simpler and more cost-effective way to go solar.  Its uniquely designed solar modules cut installation costs by 20% and harvest 25% more energy than conventional systems, which rely on a central inverter.  It offers a simple way for home and small business owners to "go solar."  This product is a Finalist in the Energy & Sustainability Award category.

Someone You Should Know

Paul B. Israel, Ph.D.


 Paul Israel

Dr. Paul B. Israel is the Director and Editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University, and is considered the world's foremost authority on Thomas Edison.  He has been with the Edison Papers since 1980 and became director in 2002 after serving as managing editor of the book edition.  In addition to authoring several books about Edison and his accomplishments, Paul has delivered numerous professional papers and given public presentations and interviews on Edison's career and on the subjects of invention and innovation.


Last year Johns Hopkins University Press published a revised edition of Dr. Israel's book (co-authored with Robert Friedel), "Edison's Electric Light:  The Art of Invention".  The book is considered the definitive work on Edison's invention of the electric light and also of the system that brought it into practical use. 


In addition to his work at Rutgers, Dr. Israel is a member of the Edison Awards Steering Committee, and will be one of the featured speakers at the 2011 Edison Awards


Attendees at this year's Edison Awards event have a unique opportunity to participate in a private tour of Thomas Edison's laboratories, led by Dr. Israel himself.  The tour is being held on April 4, 2011 and due to the size of the facilities, is extremely limited in attendance.  Click here for more information.

The Edison Papers


The Thomas A. Edison Papers Project is one of the most ambitious editing projects ever undertaken by an American university. For decades, the 5 million pages of documents that chronicle the extraordinary life and achievements of Thomas Alva Edison remained hidden and inaccessible to members of the general public.


Rutgers logoSince the massive project began in 1978, a team of editors/scholars led by Dr. Israel has been turning this incomparable trove of Edisonia into a premier educational resource.  Dr. Israel and his team have made Edison accessible-and comprehensible-to countless numbers of young and lifetime learners. In the process, the Edison Papers team has produced a series of richly interactive publications.


The Thomas A. Edison Papers is a unique resource for understanding the unbounded themes, variations, and processes of invention and innovation because it combines the major research capabilities of Rutgers University with a team of diversely interested specialists.


There is still more to learn from one of the most brilliant inventors and entrepreneurs of modern times, a man who shaped not only industrial America, but also mass entertainment and contemporary culture with his breakthroughs in sound recordings and motion pictures.  Learn more by visiting  


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About the Edison Awards

The Edison Awards™ recognize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison and his tremendous legacy. Be sure to visit our website for more information, including award categories, nomination criteria, a nomination form, and a list of past winners.

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Ever wonder where Edison invented?  What did his desk look like?  Join us for an exclusive tour of Edison's West Orange Labs, hosted by Dr. Paul Israel, the world's leading historian on Edison.  The private afternoon tour will include Edison's famous library and the lab complex, followed by a reception and an informal Q&A session with Dr. Israel. 


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