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

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Refridgerator
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a 25% increase in efficiency standards for most new refrigerators as of 2014.
Date: 09/29/2010
Type: Blog, News
windmill
A new $2 million study will examine the use of nanoengineered ceramic materials in capacitors to store energy, particularly from wind turbines and solar arrays.
Date: 09/29/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Storage
Harry Atwater
Harry Atwater says that plasmonics is the key to overcoming the efficiency and cost challenges of thin-film solar.
Date: 09/28/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
CFL
New labels for light bulb packaging will arrive in 2011 with the emphasis on Lumens instead of Watts as the measure of brightness. The effort will help in the marketing and comparison of CFLs and LEDs to the old incandescent bulbs that are being phased out.
Date: 09/28/2010
Type: Blog
CFL
In partnership with the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Office of Naval Research Global has developed a device for harvesting residual magnetic power from electrical currents. The technology could reduce the energy used for lighting by up to 39 percent.
Date: 09/26/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
2010 Chevrolet Volt
Given the potential longevity of the car batteries for Chevrolet's Volt, GM is researching ways to reuse the batteries after the car is out of commission. One possibility is to help with energy storage from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
Date: 09/22/2010
Type: Blog
Power adapter.
The EPA has announced that external power adapters will no longer be eligible for the Energy Star Label because the adapters have become much more efficient since they were first covered under the program.
Date: 09/21/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Electronics
Power management.
According to Microsoft, the need for third-party application developers to accommodate power management modes has become acute.
Date: 09/15/2010
Type: Blog
Granola badge.
A new power management software from MiserWare called Granola works with both Linux and Windows operating systems to reduce power consumption on desktop computers.
Date: 09/14/2010
Type: Blog
Opower energy savings
Utilities and energy efficiency service companies that automatically enroll customers in efficiency programs with an option to "opt-out" see much higher participation rates (and hence, greater efficiency savings) than companies that require consumers to "opt-in."
Date: 09/14/2010
Type: Blog

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