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The International Energy Agency announced that China consumed more energy than the U.S. last year, giving it the top spot as the world's number one energy consumer.
Date: 07/21/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: General Information
GM announced that its expected plug-in hybrid vehicle can get 230 miles per gallon in city driving, much more efficient than traditional non-plug-in hybrids.
Date: 08/11/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Transportation
What will happen to the old, expensive batteries from our electric cars when their useful life ends? A team of researchers from GM, Duke Energy, and grid hardware giant ABB are studying useful ways these batteries can be incorporated into the grid.
Date: 11/15/2012
Type: Article
Fred Wudl
UC Santa Barbara’s Fred Wudl, a research professor in chemistry and materials engineering, has received the 2014 Spiers Memorial Award for his many innovative developments in the field of organic electroactive materials and plastic electronics.
Date: 05/06/2014
Type: News
A British company is testing new chemistry that could boost the performance of batteries.
Date: 01/04/2010
Type: News
A silver wafer reflects the face of NREL research scientist Hao-Chih Yuan
A new breakthrough etching technique developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can put a trillion holes in a silicon wafer the size of a compact disc. This technology may lead to more efficient, lower-cost solar cells.
Date: 09/02/2010
LEDs are significantly more energy efficient and last longer than incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescents, but LEDs' upfront cost deters many buyers. A leading LED maker, Osram Opto Semiconductors, says it can significantly reduce the cost of LEDs.
Date: 08/01/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Suntech Power's process for making solar cells leverages 20 year old technology to increase silicon solar cell efficiency by up to 20 percent.
Date: 06/27/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
NREL presents a new and potentially cheaper method for making electrochromic windows which can help reduce the energy use of buildings.
Date: 12/03/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Buildings
LED lamps embedded within a flexible, printed solar panel could potentially replace the kerosene lamps still used around the developing world.
Date: 11/03/2009
Type: News
Tags: LED, solar pv

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