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

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Filament made of carbon nanotubes.
Using carbon nanotubes (hollow tubes of carbon atoms), MIT chemical engineers have found a way to concentrate solar energy 100 times more than a regular photovoltaic cell.
Date: 09/12/2010
Charging station.
By 2020, annual sales of EVs will reach 2 million. But even as these shiny new vehicles take to the road, serious questions remain about the infrastructure--or rather, the lack of infrastructure--to charge them.
Date: 09/11/2010
Intelligent battery.
Researchers have delivered an Intelligent Battery system that gives users unprecedented real time information on the health and charge level of their batteries.
Date: 09/09/2010
Type: Article, News
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
Westarkade tower in Frankfurt, Germany.
A sensor-tuned facade lets fresh air in without throwing energy out.
Date: 09/09/2010
Electricity lines.
This opinion piece lays out the importance of consumer education in creating smart grid policy.
Date: 09/08/2010
Type: Article, Blog
Solar VC.
The top ten venture capital investors in the solar technology industry are revealed.
Date: 09/08/2010
Type: Article, Blog
Hemp home.
Dubbed “hempcrete”, the innovative building material is said to act as a “built-in air filter”, which actually helps improve air quality and does not contain any toxic substances. Not to mention, is inexpensive and more efficient than conventional building alternatives.
Date: 09/07/2010
Technologies: Buildings, Materials
Solar cells.
A new technique may one day lead to solar cells that bring themselves together like a molecular flash mob and repair damage they sustain during the rough business of turning light into electricity.
Date: 09/05/2010
A silver wafer reflects the face of NREL research scientist Hao-Chih Yuan
A new breakthrough etching technique developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can put a trillion holes in a silicon wafer the size of a compact disc. This technology may lead to more efficient, lower-cost solar cells.
Date: 09/02/2010
LED street lights.
The New York Times reports on the potential for energy efficiency improvements to reduce power consumption and combat climate change.
Date: 09/01/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: General Information

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