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

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The Department of Transportation recently gave funding for initial research into embedding solar cells into the nation's highways. The plan would turn roadways into an energy and information infrastructure.
Date: 08/28/2009
Type: Blog, News, Video
Technologies: Transportation
In this first installment of a three part video blog series from SunPower, Dr. Richard Swanson discusses solar cell efficiency and explains how higher efficiency solar panels benefit home owners.
Date: 07/09/2010
Type: Blog, Video
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The solar industry will grow faster than expected in the next few years as American utilities drive demand with large solar farms.
Date: 06/23/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Installing solar panels.
Solar energy monitoring systems can increase energy production up to 10% in solar electricity systems.
Date: 09/02/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The solar economy has potential for job creation, but not as much potential as similar industry in developing countries. US solar manufacturers will employ more automated machinery in factory processes due to high labor costs in the US.
Date: 07/20/2009
Type: Blog
Raven Window
A new nanomaterial coating from RavenBrick Windows allows windows to regulate the solar energy passing through them in response to outdoor temperatures.
Date: 04/13/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Buildings, Materials
Technology for a "smart" electrical grid has been developed. Consumers just have to wait for this research to graduate into products and services.
Date: 07/06/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid
The smart grid will give utilities data to help them plan for usage and give customers awareness that could incentivize more efficient usage patterns.
Date: 12/17/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid
Utilities across the country are pulling together proposals for grants for smart grid systems. $4 billion in stimulus funding is reserved for building the smart grid infrastructure.
Date: 08/31/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid
Utilities will be hesitant to implement the smart grid since it is an expensive technology and it will reduce their ability to sell their core product, electricity.
Date: 08/11/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities

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