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Steven DenBaars, a research scientist at UC Santa Barbara, has been working on LED lights for 20 years. In his lab, DenBaars is already onto the next big thing: Replacing a substantial portion of indoor lights, and the archaic bulb and socket infrastructure on which they depend, with lasers.
Date: 11/13/2013
Type: Article, News
Ford and General Electric are joining forces to push electric vehicle adoption. Their collaboration supports electric vehicles and charging stations and funds research projects to better understand driving habits of EV drivers.
Date: 11/21/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
Steven Chu, US Secretary of Energy, discusses the economic benefits of increasing the energy efficiency of household appliances. He wants to pass more aggressive minimum standards on appliances, which could make a significant dent in electricity consumption.
Date: 06/18/2012
Type: Article
The Department of Energy's new Research Support Facility on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory campus is now the nation's largest zero-energy office building.
Date: 07/06/2010
NREL researchers have built flexible solar cells from Corning's Willow glass. These type of cells could be used in place of roof shingles; the cells are strong and durable and could last decades. Solar costs could be lowered by combining the costs of roof and solar installations.
Date: 07/05/2013
Type: Article
Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have been developing a thin-film, bendable, lithium-ion battery that can be used in a variety of applications. Imagine flexible gadgets that can be powered by bending them.
Date: 08/14/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Professor Ceder's battery lab is testing a magnesium atom.
The government's new Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) invests in high-risk high-rewards energy projects such as carbon nanotubes to store electricity or a "materials genome" for better battery fabrication.
Date: 08/22/2010
Type: Article
Unite to Light demo in classroom
A solar-powered LED light developed at UC Santa Barbara does more than reduce energy consumption.
Date: 05/19/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) chairman Jon Wellinghoff speaks on energy efficiency in relation to utility companies and the Smart Grid
Date: 10/16/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid, Utilities
Falling LED prices are yielding an unexpected bonanza for system developers: a “virtual” gain in device efficiency, which can be as much as 50 percent, or even more in some cases.
Date: 09/26/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays

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