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

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Smart-grid lines.
Smart grid investments are costly and may not always always pay for themselves through utilities' operational cost savings alone. It is of great importance to factor in the benefits to consumers and society at large and to make sure consumers understand these benefits.
Date: 09/20/2010
Type: Article
Amprius' silicon nanowire battery.
Battery startup Amprius plans to bring to market in 2012 a battery that uses nanostructured silicon electrodes to store twice as much energy as anything on the market today.
Date: 09/17/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries, Energy Storage
Telephone pole.
Echelon has announced two products that would allow for energy distribution and demand management beyond utility sub-stations improving efficiency at the neighborhood scale.
Date: 09/15/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
Caveats lighting control.
Compression algorithm technology used in MP3s and online video may help reduce power consumption and improve energy efficiency in commercial fluorescent lighting.
Date: 09/14/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
LED bulb.
Westinghouse Solar CEO Barry Cinnamon looks at the numbers behind efficiency measures and evaluates energy conservation policy.
Date: 09/13/2010
Type: Article
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

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