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

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Startups and established companies are working to make computers and data centers more energy-efficient through seven main avenues: (1) architecture and design, (2) cooling, (3) DC power, (4) monitoring and management, (5) servers and processors, (6) storage and memory, and (7) lights and sensors.
Date: 04/13/2011
Type: Article
The grating filters different colors of light.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed an optical film that promises to boost the efficiency of liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) by up to 400 percent.
Date: 08/30/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Startup General Compression has been awarded a DOE grant for their compressed air energy storage project.
Date: 07/20/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
The start-up SoloPower recently opened a manufacturing facility, which raised concerns from media and solar observers. SoloPower is entering into the niche market of thin-film panels using CIGS-based panels. The same niche and technology of Solyndra, a solar company that went bankrupt last year.
Date: 09/27/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Concentrating solar photovoltaic technology has the potential to be low cost and efficient, but production must be scaled up through proven performance in order to bring costs down.
Date: 11/17/2009
Type: Article
“Le Hive,” the Paris headquarters of Schneider Electric.
French company Schneider Electric has built a campus of interconnected buildings as a test bed and proving ground for advanced sensor, measurement, analysis, and control technologies that promise to improve building energy efficiency by an average of 30 percent.
Date: 01/19/2011
Type: Article
Alphabet Energy has designed a generator that uses no fuel. Instead, it uses racks of thermoelectric modules to convert the waste heat from industrial machines into electricity.
Date: 10/22/2014
Type: Article
Technologies: Thermoelectrics
Stion Solar Panel
Stion has funding through a White House initiative to develop a new type of low-cost, high-efficiency solar panel. The panels combine two types of solar cells, which will allow them to efficiently convert a wide range of the solar spectrum into electricity.
Date: 02/15/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
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
The Obama Administration is moving forward with limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants by enacting the first federal carbon limits on the nation's power companies.
Date: 09/19/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities

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