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A look at how solar trackers are exploiting motion control and automation technology to boost energy production
Date: 02/08/2010
Type: Article
To track the installed costs of solar photovoltaic systems, Lawrence Berkeley Lab studied cost data from more than 52,000 residential and non-residential PV systems.
Date: 10/22/2009
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Investment in new transmission lines would eliminate electricity congestion that costs the US billions per year, promote clean energy generation, and create thousands of jobs.
Date: 01/25/2010
Type: Article
Transphorm is a Goleta-based energy efficiency company co-founded by Institute faculty member, Umesh Mishra. The firm makes electronic components that significantly reduce the amount of waste heat in most devices. Transphorm has passed the 100-employee mark and continues to grow.
Date: 06/11/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Electronics
An array of optical filters
Researchers at Caltech have discovered a way to tune optical filters to dynamically control which wavelengths of infrared light they respond to. One potential application of these tunable metamaterials could be thermal photovoltaics that maintain high efficiency regardless of the weather.
Date: 10/08/2010
Type: Article
The tech industry is pushing toward more resource-efficient computing architectures in two ways: integrated systems and modular data centers.
Date: 04/26/2012
Type: Article
In response to a report from the GAO that revealed some major flaws in the EPA's Energy Star certification process, the EPA and DOE are developing a product-testing system to validate Energy Star ratings.
Date: 07/10/2010
Type: Article
A new study by the NRDC shows that our greatest energy resource over the past 40 years has been energy efficiency.
Date: 10/10/2013
Type: Article
Chevy Volt
Automakers will now be required to nearly double the average fuel economy of new cars and trucks by 2025 (from 29 mpg to 54.5 mpg). The new standards will save Americans $1.7 trillion in fuel costs.
Date: 08/29/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation
Researchers at UCLA have found a way to improve computer performance, memory, and make computers 10 to 1000 times more energy efficient by using electric voltage instead of flowing current.
Date: 01/15/2013
Type: Article

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