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The power needs of data centers will continue to rise in the future, with cloud storage and data flow speed as the main contributors to this rise. This and more to be discussed at the PIC International conference.
Date: 01/28/2016
Type: Report
Technologies: Photonics
In December, President Obama extended a solar tax credit, just a few days after the Public Utilities Commission issued their proposed ruling to continue net metering, ensuring California homeowners are compensated for excess solar power generation.
Date: 01/26/2016
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Elon Musk's proposed "Hyperloop," which aims to propel passengers through an evacuated tube near the speed of sound, is being put to the test by students and researchers, and may break ground in the coming years.
Date: 01/22/2016
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
Florida State University researchers are striving to make solar cells more effective at trapping and using light.
Date: 12/02/2015
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The Institute's executive director David Auston has been honored with the Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership in Presidential Initiatives for his efforts to achieve carbon neutrality within the University of California system. David Auston is one of ten UC faculty members to receive the award.
Date: 11/20/2015
Type: Article
Britain has become the first country to set a shut-down date for coal plants in an effort to reduce their carbon emissions, with huge economic and social impacts.
Date: 11/18/2015
Type: News
Technologies: General Information
Work done at the University of California, Berkeley, shows how it may be possible to store natural gas more efficiently in cars using a porous, absorbent material.
Date: 11/13/2015
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials
Computer Science Professor Chandra Krintz recently gave a TEDx talk about how the same data analysis and prediction techniques used by tech companies such as Amazon and Google for targeted advertisement and marketing could be used to make farmers and ranchers more productive.
Date: 11/09/2015
Type: News
President Obama announced that he had rejected the request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ending a seven-year review that had become a flash point in the debate over his climate policies.
Date: 11/06/2015
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change
Solar thermal energy has long been undermined by cheaper natural gas and conventional photovoltaics in the United States. Outside the U.S., however, the power source is being embraced, with new solar thermal plants in the works in China, Africa, and the Middle East.
Date: 11/04/2015
Type: Article
Technologies: Thermoelectrics

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