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Videos from UCSB Summit on Energy Efficiency, May 1-2, 2013  

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Clean Car Calculator
Andrew Revkin talks about our online tool for gauging the relative value of efficient cars
Date: 05/11/2012
Type: News
With new research into ultra-light lithium-air batteries, IBM hopes to achieve 500 miles on a single charge. The key breakthrough was an atomic level computer model that helped stabilize the battery's chemistry to increase its lifespan.
Date: 01/17/2012
Type: News
An EV battery housing made from fiber composite is 25% lighter than a traditional metal casing, paving the way for more efficient electric cars.
Date: 10/20/2011
Type: News
The ambitious Austin, TX-based Pecan Street project is piloting a number of green neighborhood technologies, but the real challenge will be getting these systems to talk to each other to reduce energy consumption and peak loads.
Date: 10/11/2011
Type: News
Battery prototype. Credit: Yet-Ming Chiang
A startup hopes to commercialize a novel battery design that features fluid electrodes and will hopefully make electric vehicles go farther and cost less.
Date: 05/26/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
Charge Car
Illah Nourbakhsh presents ChargeCar, a new CREATE Lab project to increase electric vehicle efficiency.
Date: 03/11/2011
Type: Slides, Video
Technologies: Transportation
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle diagram.
Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center has developed a new printing technology that promises to pack more energy into batteries for electric vehicles: the technology could increase battery storage capacity by 10 to 30 percent.
Date: 03/02/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
Smart Transformer: A prototype of a smart solid-state transformer
New solid-state power-management devices will charge cars fast and make the power grid more flexible and efficient.
Date: 12/22/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
A test battery is connected to leads to measure its ability to store charge.
The DOE has funded a factory to produce activated carbon materials that could improve ultracapacitors for batteries and energy-storage devices, but it's not clear that battery manufacturers and automakers will have much use for the material in the next few years.
Date: 10/12/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Ford Focus Electric.
The Ford Focus Electric, due out next year in the U.S., will contain a lithium-ion battery pack with a liquid-based thermal management system that Ford claims will maximize the battery's efficiency and range, as well as elongate overall battery life.
Date: 09/02/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation

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