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

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Even an energy-efficient computer computer server consumes 50 percent of its peak power when idle. By implementing energy-proportional computing, a large amount of energy could be saved and carbon displaced from producing that energy.
Date: 10/14/2009
Type: Blog
As data centers are becoming significant consumers of electricity, seeking data center efficiency is becoming a big deal.
Date: 10/11/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Data Centers
Dutch start-up Lemnis Lighting announced it is going to begin selling it's residential 5-watt LED light bulb, that produces the equivalent light of a 60-watt incandescent bulb and saves an estimated $280 over it's 25 year lifespan.
Date: 10/02/2009
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Due to the variance in many renewable power generation methods, many utilities are looking into energy storage technologies that would store excess solar energy for peak demand times.
Date: 10/02/2009
Type: Blog, Video
Technologies: Energy Storage, Utilities
Venture capital dollar spending seems to point to lithium-ion batteries coupled with ultracapacitors being the major technologies for energy storage applications.
Date: 09/29/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
The U.S. Department of Energy is investing heavily in green building as an energy saving and job creating economic stimulus. The DOE recently announced $106 million in stimulus funding for energy efficiency and conservation activities, aimed at state-level green building priorities.
Date: 09/29/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Buildings, Modeling
Exelon is the latest utility to leave the US Chamber of Commerce over opposition to the Chamber's negative stance on the Waxman-Markey climate change bill.
Date: 09/29/2009
Type: Blog, News
RoseStreet Labs Energy announced the development of a new double-layered nitride/silicon solar cell with a practical efficiency of 25 to 30 percent. The company plans to produce the cells commercially in the fourth quarter of next year.
Date: 09/28/2009
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Frustrated with the lack of recent breakthroughs in solar thermal technology, Google has decided to devote research resources to the area. The company is aiming to lower the production costs by a factor of at least two, but may have underestimated the technology's complexity.
Date: 09/28/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
A new report shows implementing energy efficiency practices on a utility scale has become less expensive.
Date: 09/23/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Economic Impact, Utilities

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