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

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Battery breakthroughs could lower costs and improve performance for electric vehicles and renewable energy storage, but commercializing these new technologies will be challenging.
Date: 06/29/2010
Technologies: Batteries
Texas startup Illumitex has devised a square LED bulb that directs light in a straight line, as opposed to a circular pattern. The company claims this development will reduce the cost, as well as improve the quantity and quality, of light from solid-state fixtures.
Date: 06/29/2010
Type: Article, Video
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Eucalyptus Systems, a private cloud software vendor founded by Institute faculty member Rich Wolski, recently received $20 million in venture funding. CEO Marten Mickos discusses the influx of funding and the company's two year roadmap.
Date: 07/06/2010
Type: Article
Venture capitalists invest over $17 million in McPhy Energy, which is working to commercialize solid-state hydrogen storage technology.
Date: 07/06/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
The Department of Energy's new Research Support Facility on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory campus is now the nation's largest zero-energy office building.
Date: 07/06/2010
Green Economy blogger Jeremy Gross discusses current smart grid trends.
Date: 07/07/2010
Type: Article, Blog
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
In response to a report from the GAO that revealed some major flaws in the EPA's Energy Star certification process, the EPA and DOE are developing a product-testing system to validate Energy Star ratings.
Date: 07/10/2010
Type: Article
As a rebuttal to federal mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s argument that PACE programs pose difficult risk management challenges, an article in Grist Magazine reveals that energy-efficient homes have significantly lower default and delinquency rates than typical homes.
Date: 07/12/2010
Type: Article
In an effort to reduce their overall fuel consumption and carbon emissions, Nissan Motors has introduced a collection of new, energy-efficient, fuel-saving technologies, to be used in upcoming vehicle models.
Date: 07/12/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
Low PV costs and a shaky economy have slowed the development of large-scale concentrating solar power plants, but CSP producers are fighting back.
Date: 07/15/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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