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

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China and the US have begun preliminary negotiations about greenhouse gas regulations to avoid any issues which could breakdown the global climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December.
Date: 08/23/2009
Type: News
Chinese currency
China currently does not have demand response as we know it, but--partly as a result of recent regulations--a subsidiary of China's State Grid Corporation has selected Honeywell to participate in a project to study demand management and advanced energy management in buildings.
Date: 02/28/2011
Type: Article
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
Chemists at UCLA have discovered a way to store energy from sunlight for up to several weeks, instead of the microseconds found in today's rooftop solar panels.
Date: 06/23/2015
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
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

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