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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
Two coalitions of companies are now making tiny, lightweight sensors that could make lithium-ion batteries smaller, cheaper, and safer. These sensors can be integrated into batteries and can help detect how much charge is left.
Date: 09/17/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
Roland Geyer, Assistant Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UCSB, and faculty member of the IEE Economics & Policy Solutions Group discusses the importance of a life cycle approach to quantify the environmental impacts of different automotive materials.
Date: 10/14/2009
Type: Slides, Video
Planar Energy has developed a printing method for solid-state lithium-ion batteries that could improve the stability and lifetime of batteries used in electric vehicles.
Date: 07/20/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
Schematic of quantum dot LED
A recent report from Lux Research (”Nanotech’s Answer Key to the Energy Problem”) suggests that six different nanotechnologies could project energy efficiency savings and energy consumption reductions that are the equivalent of shutting off all the coal-fired power plants in the United States.
Date: 11/03/2010
Type: Blog, Report
Subway
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority won a grant to install an energy storage system to capture regenerative braking energy when the subway approaches a station. Some excess energy will be stored and made available to the wholesale power market for grid services.
Date: 11/01/2010
Type: Article
A new book recently published by the National Academy of Sciences describes how existing energy efficiency technologies can help the US use less energy while maintaining economic growth.
Date: 01/05/2010
Type: Article
Quallion is asking for DOE grant money to produce lithium-ion batteries to power commercial trucks while idling. The company hopes to use this product base to break into the rest of the electric vehicle market.
Date: 07/08/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries, Transportation
What does the future hold for cars and our commuting world? Industry leaders weigh in with their predictions on electric and hybrid cars, batteries, and the transportation industry.
Date: 10/25/2012
Type: Article
The coming wave of battery-powered vehicles has utilities, oil companies and startups preparing for a significant shift. But the push toward an "electrification tipping point" also presents new challenges.
Date: 05/19/2010
Type: News

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