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80% of the cars in the US auto fleet drive less than 40 miles a day, which is the capacity of current in-vehicle battery technology. Converting some of these cars to plug-in electric vehicles is a big step towards energy independence.
Date: 12/01/2008
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Crumpled sheets of graphene.
New graphene ultracapacitors have five times the energy density of current commercial devices, thanks to the increased surface area of the "crumpled" graphene nanomaterial.
Date: 12/08/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Energy Storage
Researchers at the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory have designed a new air conditioner that uses both evaporative cooling and a liquid desiccant to remove moisture. Engineers believe it could use up to 90% less energy than conventional air conditioners in humid areas.
Date: 06/17/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: HVAC
Check out these charts and stats showing how energy efficiency has positively impacted almost every aspect of our lives and the US economy.
Date: 10/08/2013
Type: Article
A New Mexico electric utility is the second major utility to leave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with Pacific Gas and Electric, due to the Chamber's hard-line stance against climate change regulation.
Date: 09/25/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Climate Change, Utilities
The total United States wind capacity climbed to 60 gigawatts at the end of 2012. United States passed China and Germany as the global leader in wind capacity.
Date: 08/14/2013
Type: Article
Apple is building a new data center in Nevada that will be powered by a large, new solar array built in partnership with Nevada Energy. Apple is making efforts to power its U.S. facilities with renewable energy. The company states that all of its data centers use 100% renewable energy.
Date: 07/02/2013
Type: Blog
We are pleased to announce the selection of architectural firm KieranTimberlake to design a new home for the Institute. The building will be named Henley Hall in honor of Jeff and Judy Henley's lead gift, and will be a symbol of the Institute and UC Santa Barbara's commitment to energy efficiency.
Date: 08/09/2012
Type: News
A new paper from the World Resources Institute finds that 1199 coal plants are currently proposed in 59 countries. What would our world with 1200 new coal-fired power plants look like?
Date: 11/27/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Climate Change
Philips LED bulb
Energy-efficient LED bulbs have been improving in terms of brightness, color and price, but do the efficiency savings pay for themselves? This blog post provides an analysis of the costs and benefits.
Date: 11/19/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Lighting & Displays

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