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

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The Navy base in Oxnard, California has saved thousands of dollars in energy bills by installing 300 smart meters pinpointing energy waste on the base.
Date: 06/17/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
California had its first sale of greenhouse gas permits under the state’s new cap-and-trade system. Supporters of the cap-and-trade system believe it will reduce emissions and serve as a blueprint for other states.
Date: 11/20/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Economic Impact
Korean battery maker LG Chem is developing "cable batteries." Flexible batteries have been made before in the form of sheets, but these cable batteries are bendable in three dimensions. They could be integrated into headphones and woven into jewelry or textiles.
Date: 08/24/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Batteries
Researchers at Stanford have developed a method for to apply nanoscale texturing over large areas. The technique could result in improved efficiencies in thin-film solar cells, without increasing the cost or the process complexity.
Date: 07/22/2010
Type: Article
Given their unobtrusive nature, building-integrated photovoltaics were once touted as the next big thing in solar power. They are now facing a tough challenge in the market, however, due to their higher costs and lower efficiency compared to competing products.
Date: 08/11/2010
Type: Article, News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute studied how to make the semiconductor germanium emit laser light. This could be the basis for new computer chips in which information will be transferred partially in the form of light. This technology can improve the performance of our electronics.
Date: 09/10/2012
Type: Article
The smart grid, though a large upfront investment, would promote the adoption of green technologies like solar and wind power and plug-in vehicles.
Date: 06/04/2009
Type: Article
Technologies: Smart Grid
US building owners are scaling back the pace of energy efficiency upgrades, according to Jones Lang LaSalle. Building owners not only need financing, but convincing that the improvements will increase the bottom line.
Date: 11/08/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings
A group of researchers at UC Santa Barbara is leading research efforts into integrated building design, in which active control of indoor airflows could greatly improve the ventilation and efficiency of heating and cooling in buildings.
Date: 03/01/2008
Type: Article
Technologies: Control Systems
SPICE geoengineering scheme
Researchers will soon attempt to pump water a kilometer into the air to test a geoengineering technique for offsetting the warming effects of greenhouse gases.
Date: 09/14/2011
Type: Article

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