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A new report from the Center for American Progress and Energy Resource Management explores energy efficiency policy at the state level. The study found that state policies have driven private investment into energy efficiency projects, created new jobs and cut energy costs for homes and businesses.
Date: 09/21/2010
Type: Report
China plans to spend billions on research and on building nuclear and renewable energy plants as part of a plan to have clean energy account for 15 percent of total consumption.
Date: 03/02/2010
Type: News
Schematic of quantum dot LED
A recent report from Lux Research (”Nanotech’s Answer Key to the Energy Problem”) suggests that six different nanotechnologies could project energy efficiency savings and energy consumption reductions that are the equivalent of shutting off all the coal-fired power plants in the United States.
Date: 11/03/2010
Type: Blog, Report
A recent report predicted the price of solar electricity to drop by 50% this year due to a combination of government backing and market stabilization.
Date: 11/23/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
By the end of the year, China’s electric grid will become the largest in the world in terms of both installed generation capacity and electricity produced. Additionally, China is expected to have one of the largest energy storage capacities by 2016.
Date: 10/08/2012
Type: Article
Video from the Santa Barbara Summit on Energy Efficiency on the latest advances in energy efficiency research at UCSB, featuring new work on silicon photonics, battery storage, and solid-state lighting.
Date: 05/24/2011
Type: Video
Berkeley Lab researchers approach theoretical efficiency for a solar cell by designing gallium arsenide panels that emit photons to increase voltage, a reversal of conventional industry wisdom.
Date: 11/07/2011
Type: News
Researchers use nanotechnology to make a three dimensional foldable photovoltaic system.
Date: 11/01/2009
Type: News
Researchers at UC Santa Barbara are developing a new method of harvesting the Sun's energy. "It is the first radically new and potentially workable alternative to semiconductor-based solar conversion devices to be developed in the past 70 years or so."
Date: 02/27/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Discovery by a UCSD professor and graduate student may lead to smaller batteries with more power and run time.
Date: 11/22/2009
Type: News

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