Protecting the Environment

More and more customers are asking us about efficiency and energy consumption. In summary we are focused on developing products that are smaller, produce less waste, consume less physical material and avoid hazardous substances.

Our goal is to become the leader in our industry on environmental issues.

  • Board level Environmental Committee focused on minimizing our environmental impact.
  • Environmental concerns and legislation drive demand for energy efficient products
  • Full membership of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)
  • ISO14001 certified environmental management system

Energy efficiency for external power supplies (EPS)

Controlling the power consumed by external power supplies, whether when they are supplying power or when disconnected from the load, is important for continuity of the energy supply and reduction of environmental impacts. Legislation and targets are set for external power supplies because of proliferation, lack of on/off control and because they are commonly left connected to the mains supply when not in use.

Many areas around the world have introduced legislation for no load power consumption and active mode efficiency for external power supplies.

In the USA there are a number of bodies legislating on energy efficiency; the California Energy Commission (CEC), US Congress with its Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) and recently the United States Department of Energy (DoE). There is also Energy Star which sets limits for electrical and electronic equipment.

In Europe there is the Energy related Products (ErP) Directive formerly known as the Energy Using Products (EuP) directive, which is mandatory. There is also the EU Code of Conduct for external power supplies which is voluntary.

In Canada there is Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and in Australia the Minimum Energy Performance Standard (MEPS).

These are a just a few examples of mandatory requirements written into legislation.

In recent times both the US DoE and the EU CoC have set new, more demanding, standards for both energy efficiency and no load power consumption. The EU CoC has also introduced a 10% load efficiency requirement reflecting applications which spend a large proportion of time using minimal power from the external power supply and has two tiers to drive future development.

The DoE and EU CoC were both introduced in early 2014 with both the DoE and EU CoC tier 2 requirements coming into force in 2016. These new requirements mean both increased active mode efficiency and reduced no load power consumption. The tables (listed in Efficiency Legislation for EPS below) outline the differences between the level IV and level V limits previously invoked, the new DoE level VI limits and the EU CoC tier 1 & tier 2 limits with implementation dates. Notably the DoE limits now incorporate external power supplies with an output power greater than 250W. Devices that require Federal approval as a medical device are exempt from the new DoE legislation.

Efficiency Legislation for EPS

XP Power Products - Energy efficiency levels

Energy efficiency level IV and compliance with CEC2008, EISA2007 & ErP Step 1
Energy efficiency level V and compliance with CEC2008, EISA2007 and ErP Step 2
Energy efficiency level VI
Energy efficiency level VI and CoC Tier 2

Power (W) Format Series Name 3V3 5V 9V 12V 15V 18V 19V 24V 30V 36V 48V
5 Plugtop VEL05                
5 Plugtop VER05                
8 Plugtop VEP08              
10 Plugtop VEB10          
10 Plugtop VEB10L6        
12 Plugtop VEL12                
12 Plugtop VER12                
15 Plugtop VEB15          
15 Plugtop VEB15L6        
15 Plugtop VEP15          
18 Plugtop VEL18            
18 Plugtop VER18            
24 Plugtop VEL24              
24 Plugtop VEP24            
24 Plugtop VER24              
36 Plugtop VEL36              
36 Plugtop VER36              
15 Desktop AEL15  
15 Desktop AEL15L6  
20 Desktop AEL20          
20 Desktop AEL20L6          
20 Desktop VEH20          
20 Desktop VEH20L6          
30 Desktop AFM30            
40 Desktop AEL40      
40 Desktop AEL40L6      
40 Desktop VEC40              
40 Desktop VEH40          
40 Desktop VEH40L6          
45 Desktop AFM45              
50 Desktop VEC50              
50 Desktop VEF50              
60 Desktop AEL60        
60 Desktop AEL60L6        
60 Desktop AFM60              
65 Desktop VEC65              
65 Desktop ALM65            
65 Desktop VEF65              
80 Desktop AEL80        
80 Desktop AEL80L6        
85 Desktop AHM85            
90 Desktop AJM90              
90 Desktop VEH90                
90 Desktop VES90                
100 Desktop AHM100            
120 Desktop VEH120                
120 Desktop VES120                
150 Desktop AHM150            
150 Desktop VEH150                
180 Desktop AHM180            
220 Desktop AHE220                
250 Desktop AHM250            

Green Power – A definition

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With the withdrawal of the external power supplies category by Energy Star, we are no longer permitted to use the Energy Star logo. We have accelerated the rate of ‘green’ product introductions in the last two years and have created our own 'green power' logo to highlight these particular products to our customers. This logo will be used for the appropriate products on datasheets and other marketing material.

Below is what we mean by ‘green power’. This definition includes the no load power limits and average efficiency limits of our 'green power' products for both our external power supply range and component power supplies.

Green Power - More info


AEL

12-80 Watts

AEB

36-100 Watts

AFM30-60

30-60 Watts

AFM120

120 Watts

AJM90

90 Watts

ASB110

110 Watts

CCB200

200 Watts

CCB250

250 Watts

CCL400

400 Watts

CLC125

125 Watts

CHD250

250 Watts

ECE05-10

5-10 Watts

ECE20-40

20-40 Watts

ECE60

60 Watts

ECL05-30

5-30 Watts

ECP40

40 Watts

ECP60

60 Watts

ECP130

130 Watts

ECP150

150 Watts

ECP180

180 Watts

ECP225

225 Watts

ECP225-A

225 Watts

ECS65-130

65-130 Watts

EME05

5 Watts

EML15

15 Watts

EML30

30 Watts

GCS

150-350 Watts

GSP500

650 Watts

VCS

50-100 Watts

VEC40

40 Watts

VEC50

50 Watts

VEC65

65 Watts

VEL05

5 Watts

VEL12

12 Watts

VEP08-24

8-24 Watts

VES90

90 Watts

ECP20

20 Watts

AHE220

120-220 Watts

VER05

5 Watts

ECS25-60

25-60 Watts

VES120

120 Watts

AEJ36

20-36 Watts

AEJ50

50 Watts

AEJ70

70 Watts

AEJ100

100 Watts

VEL18

18 Watts

VER18

18 Watts

VER24

24 Watts

VEL36

36 Watts

VER36

36 Watts

ECF40

40 Watts

AHM

85-250 Watts

VCE05

5 Watts

UCP225

225 Watts

ECE80

80 Watts

VEL24

24 Watts

VET24

24 Watts

VET30

30 Watts

VET36

36 Watts