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By replacing expensive silver with ubiquitous copper for electroplating, researchers have developed a silicon solar cell with higher efficiency and lower fabrication costs.
Date: 12/01/2011
Type: News
Greentech Media features the Santa Barbara area's leadership in energy efficiency technology, mentioning Institute faculty members Shuji Nakamura and Umesh Mishra: Nakamura for his LED research and Umesh Mishtra for his startup company Transphorm.
Date: 01/06/2012
Type: News
Scientists in India have developed a cheap phase change material that could drastically reduce the need for heating in homes.
Date: 01/20/2012
Type: News
Transphorm, the Santa Barbara startup founded by Institute faculty member Umesh Mishra, is working to boost the electric grid's efficiency using gallium nitride in the power conversion process.
Date: 01/30/2012
Type: News
Using specialized pellets with highly porous surfaces, researchers have discovered a method for efficient and lost-lasting storage of thermal energy.
Date: 06/06/2012
Type: News
Transphorm is a Goleta-based energy efficiency company co-founded by Institute faculty member, Umesh Mishra. The firm makes electronic components that significantly reduce the amount of waste heat in most devices. Transphorm has passed the 100-employee mark and continues to grow.
Date: 06/11/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Electronics
Thermoelectric materials can be used to generate electrical current from waste heat. Researchers have made a new thermoelectric material using lead telluride. This new material produces about 20 percent more electricity from heat than previous thermoelectric materials.
Date: 09/20/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Thermoelectrics
Designing for tomorrow: computer chips for electronics are becoming smaller, cheaper, and more flexible. This opens doors for the next generation of electronics.
Date: 02/28/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Electronics
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
High-performance thermoelectric materials that convert waste heat to electricity could one day be a source of more sustainable power. A University of Michigan researcher has taken a step toward that goal.
Date: 05/30/2013
Type: Article

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