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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
Purpose-Built Solar Reading Light designed at UC Santa Barbara
UCSB's Institute for Energy Efficiency has designed high-efficiency solar-powered LED lamps for schoolchildren in developing countries.
Date: 12/21/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
In the latest rankings by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden University, UC Santa Barbara has placed second on the annual list of the top 500 major universities in the world in terms of impact in the field of the sciences.
Date: 04/19/2013
Type: Article
In the latest rankings by Leiden University in the Netherlands, UCSB ranked 2nd on the annual list of the top 500 major universities in the world in terms of impact in the field of the sciences. This represents a jump of five places from last year's annual ranking of the top 500.
Date: 04/17/2013
Type: Article
UCSB researchers, including Institute faculty Dan Morse, have discovered the mechanism behind squids and octopuses' ability to change colors. Aside from the possible applications in synthetic camouflage, this finding can have applications for increased energy efficiency in telecommunications.
Date: 07/25/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Communication

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