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

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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
The Institute for Energy Efficiency is being featured in the winter edition of LoaLiving Magazine. The coverage recognizes the solution-driven research and innovation carried out at the Institute.
Date: 03/27/2013
Type: News
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
An interdisciplinary team of UCSB students has taken a top prize at the 2013 Better Building Case Competition, part of President Obama's Better Buildings Initiative. Several Institute faculty and graduate students were involved with this team.
Date: 03/22/2013
Type: News
"Better [power] conversion means the same work gets done with fewer power lines and power plants, and less environmental impact." An article by the Ventura County Reporter details the energy-saving work done by Institute Faculty Umesh Mishra's company, Transphorm.
Date: 03/20/2013
The New York Times summarizes the energy and climate change chapter from the Economic Report of the President in seven key points. The report stresses the importance of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Date: 03/19/2013
Type: Article
In this episode of Lighting the World featured on UCTV, John Bowers of the Institute for Energy Efficiency describes how they are using the highly efficient white LED, discovered by Shuji Nakamura, to address the lack of reliable, economical light sources in many parts of the world.
Date: 03/15/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
A German vanadium flow battery innovator has teamed up with an American vanadium electrolyte producer in a strategic alliance to prove that the VRB-ESS can yield revenue and improve grid performance.
Date: 03/14/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
Six Californian cities are noted on Energy Star's list of top 25 cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings.
Date: 03/12/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings

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