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

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By designing buildings to be super energy efficient and then generating any energy they need through rooftop solar, net-zero energy buildings are possible.
Date: 07/27/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Modeling
The Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) may have developed a way to run air conditioners on sound waves, which if widely deployed could reduce US energy consumption by 13 percent.
Date: 03/01/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Energy Conversion
2010 Chevrolet Volt
Given the potential longevity of the car batteries for Chevrolet's Volt, GM is researching ways to reuse the batteries after the car is out of commission. One possibility is to help with energy storage from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
Date: 09/22/2010
Type: Blog
DuPont is developing a prototype that will allow solar cells and OLED displays to protected by thin layers of ceramin and polymer material rather than glass.
Date: 02/18/2010
Type: Blog
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
China announced last week that its Export-Import Bank has signed a $2.9 billion deal to finance clean energy exports, while the U.S. Ex-Im Bank previously announced the investment of $250 million.
Date: 11/30/2009
Type: Blog
Cisco Systems introduced a new home energy management system with a countertop touch-screen display that allows users to monitor and program home energy use. The system will undergo a year-long pilot test with customers of Duke Energy.
Date: 06/29/2010
Type: Blog, News
By investing in energy efficient appliances and systems, a building owner can save money and make their property more appealing to tenants.
Date: 08/13/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Modeling
Rep. Ed Markey discusses the Cash for Clunkers program, which aims to create economic stimulus by having consumers trade in gas guzzlers for more energy efficient models.
Date: 07/31/2009
Type: Blog
Thermoelectrics can convert waste heat into electricity, presenting an enormous potential for energy efficiency improvements as nearly half the energy cosumed by the US is dissipated as waste heat.
Date: 03/01/2010
Type: Blog

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