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By the end of the year, China’s electric grid will become the largest in the world in terms of both installed generation capacity and electricity produced. Additionally, China is expected to have one of the largest energy storage capacities by 2016.
Date: 10/08/2012
Type: Article
Video from the Santa Barbara Summit on Energy Efficiency on the latest advances in energy efficiency research at UCSB, featuring new work on silicon photonics, battery storage, and solid-state lighting.
Date: 05/24/2011
Type: Video
Berkeley Lab researchers approach theoretical efficiency for a solar cell by designing gallium arsenide panels that emit photons to increase voltage, a reversal of conventional industry wisdom.
Date: 11/07/2011
Type: News
Researchers use nanotechnology to make a three dimensional foldable photovoltaic system.
Date: 11/01/2009
Type: News
Researchers at UC Santa Barbara are developing a new method of harvesting the Sun's energy. "It is the first radically new and potentially workable alternative to semiconductor-based solar conversion devices to be developed in the past 70 years or so."
Date: 02/27/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Discovery by a UCSD professor and graduate student may lead to smaller batteries with more power and run time.
Date: 11/22/2009
Type: News
Researchers at Purdue have demonstrated a nano-laser that may be able to pave the way for highly efficient photonic computers using light instead of electrons to process information.
Date: 08/18/2009
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Photonics
Scientists have shown that it is possible for bacteria to lie directly on the surface of a metal or mineral and transfer electrical charge through their cell membranes - bringing them a step closer to creating 'bio-batteries'.
Date: 03/26/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
LED droop
Institute faculty members' research featured on DOE energy blog.
Date: 05/16/2011
Type: Blog
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
wind turbines
Potential improvements to wind turbine efficiency include (1) using computers to measure the airflow over blade surfaces and adjust the blade angles in real time and (2) adding micro-grooves into the blade surface to reduce the the resistance of blades to incoming airflow.
Date: 11/23/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Conversion

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