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Energy Star label
The Department of Energy plans to roll out a new "Most Efficient" Energy Star rating for products in the top of their categories. The initial product categories to receive the labels will likely be water heaters, TVs, and appliances.
Date: 11/09/2010
Type: News
EnerNOC
Demand response company EnerNOC has launched EfficiencySMART, a line of business software designed to help companies better control their spending on energy. EnerNOC’s move comes as part of a general shift among demand response aggregators into the broader fields of energy efficiency and management.
Date: 11/17/2010
Type: News
UC Santa Barbara researchers set efficiency records through a new method of producing organic solar cell materials. Two faculty members in the Institute's Production & Storage Solutions Group, Guillermo Bazan and Alan Heeger, explained their breakthrough in a recent paper in Nature Materials
Date: 03/12/2012
Type: News
Institute for Energy Efficiency faculty member Dan Morse leads the development of a high-power, nanostructured battery with extraordinary capabilities.
Date: 02/28/2012
Type: News
Technologies: Batteries
A simple chemical treatment could replace expensive antireflective solar cell coatings, bringing down the cost of crystalline silicon panels.
Date: 04/02/2010
Type: News
Bloom Energy's new fuel cell system can run on a variety of fuels and is said to cut carbon dioxide emissions in half compared to conventional power sources.
Date: 02/25/2010
Type: News
Tags: fuel cell
Bloomberg talks about Jeff and Judy Henley's $50 million donation to the Institute for Energy Efficiency and the College of Engineering amid state budget cuts. Their donation is the largest in UC Santa Barbara's history.
Date: 05/14/2012
Type: News
Researchers at Cornell University are using dye molecules found in blue jeans to assemble a covalent organic framework (COF) to produce cheaper and more flexible solar cells. The molecules can also absorb almost the entire solar spectrum, potentially resulting in better solar cell efficiency.
Date: 07/01/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Boeing solar cell efficiency
Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab's solar panels supply power to over 60% of orbiting satellites, but the company may soon be known for another achievement: their new "terrestrial" solar cells beat the old record for solar conversion efficiency by 15%.
Date: 11/22/2010
Type: News
Department of Energy's ARPA-E selects 37 projects to pursue breakthroughs that could fundamentally change the way we use and produce energy.
Date: 10/26/2009
Type: News

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