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

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Silicon carbide inverters are replacing silicon-based systems on trains. Silicon carbide systems are lighter and smaller than conventional systems and provide many other material advantages. Users report roughly 40% energy savings compared to a conventional system.
Date: 04/11/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Transportation
The mayor of Lancaster has required all new homes in the city to either come equipped with solar panels or be in subdivisions that produce one kilowatt of solar energy per house, part of his plant to make Lancaster the solar capital of the universe.
Date: 04/10/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Developing countries are more vulnerable to changes in climate and often face greater consequences than developed countries. This AlertNet article looks at the growing food insecurity and troubles with power generation in Sri Lanka as climate becomes more unstable.
Date: 04/08/2013
Type: Article
The Obama administration finalized U.S. standards that will nearly double the average fuel mileage of cars and trucks by 2025. This IEEE article looks at 10 cars that show that there are many ways to wring more miles from a gallon of fuel.
Date: 04/05/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
Many American companies are relocating their factories back on American soil, citing increasing domestic labor productivity and rising wages in China. What does this mean for US energy intensity?
Date: 04/03/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Economic Impact
New data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that coal-fired electricity generation and its associated greenhouse gases were on the raise at the end of 2012.
Date: 04/02/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
Researchers have shown that nanowires have some very interesting properties that could help create solar panels that are more efficient than was previously thought possible.
Date: 04/01/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials
A recent paper argues that planetary stability must be integrated with United Nations targets to fight poverty and secure human well-being, because the planet is being transformed in ways that could undermine development gains.
Date: 03/28/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change
Scientists have shown that it is possible for bacteria to lie directly on the surface of a metal or mineral and transfer electrical charge through their cell membranes - bringing them a step closer to creating 'bio-batteries'.
Date: 03/26/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
A recent EIA report shows that although home weatherization has lowered energy use from heating and cooling by 10 percent, these gains were completely offset by a 10.6 percent increase in electronics.
Date: 03/25/2013
Type: Article

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