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

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Solar start-up HighFlex is building and shipping lightweight and flexible solar panels. Car companies have expressed interest in covering car roofs and hoods with the technology.
Date: 06/02/2010
Type: Blog, News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
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
Using thin film technology, flexible solar panels could be made into small panels, then applied to a roof like shingles.
Date: 06/08/2009
Type: News
asphalt road
Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have identified a number of ways to harvest waste heat from asphalt roads, including embedding water filled pipes or thermoelectric semiconductors in or under the roadways.
Date: 11/15/2010
Type: Blog
Fred Wudl, professor of Chemistry and Materials and Co-Director of the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids (CPOS) at UCSB, discusses the design and synthesis of organic molecules and polymers for applications in organic light emitting diodes and organic photovoltaics.
Date: 11/04/2009
Type: Slides, Video
DuPont is expanding its solar business, from ramping up production capacity to the recent release of a new substrate material for thin films.
Date: 02/14/2010
Type: Blog
Filament made of carbon nanotubes.
Using carbon nanotubes (hollow tubes of carbon atoms), MIT chemical engineers have found a way to concentrate solar energy 100 times more than a regular photovoltaic cell.
Date: 09/12/2010
GE's new 530 megawatt power plant integrates wind, solar and natural gas.
Date: 06/07/2011
Type: Article
With a feed-in tariff solar energy policy, Germany has become the global leader in the implementation of solar energy. The country, which does does not have a climate ideally suited for solar power, has shown that what matters more than the solar climate is the government's energy policy.
Date: 12/12/2009
Type: Article
California's utilities need to produce 20,000-plus megawatts of energy from renewable sources by 2020. Governor Brown wants at least 12,000 megawatts to be decentralized generation. Rooftop and ground-mounted solar will be one of the main technologies used to accomplish this goal.
Date: 06/11/2012
Type: Article

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