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

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Work done at the University of California, Berkeley, shows how it may be possible to store natural gas more efficiently in cars using a porous, absorbent material.
Date: 11/13/2015
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials
As more and more silicon transistors are needed for increasingly complex and efficient computer chips, manufacturers look for alternatives. Carbon nanotubes have promising electrical properties, but haven't been commercially viable up until now.
Date: 10/21/2015
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials
CRDF Global is seeking female researchers in the U.S. to attend an event in Doha, Qatar, where they will meet with female Qatari graduate students in the natural sciences/engineering. The event is co-sponsored by the Qatar National Research Foundation.
Date: 08/24/2015
Type: News
Technologies: Materials
Shape plays a fundamental role in the properties of a new high tech material developed by UCSB materials scientist Jonathan Berger.
Date: 04/10/2015
Type: News
Technologies: Materials
Philips has teamed up with Desso, a leading carpet and flooring company, to create "light transmissive carpets."
Date: 11/20/2013
Type: News
Conventional batteries take so long to charge that they cannot efficiently store braking energy. Graphene supercapacitors store almost as much but charge in just 16 seconds.
Date: 11/18/2013
Type: News
In most facilities, changing a light bulb is a pretty simple task. However, in a hospital, even minor tasks can be complicated.
Date: 11/07/2013
Type: Article
Researchers at Penn State University have developed a thin, flexible glass that can be used to store energy at high temperature and high power applications, such as electric vehicle power electronics and wind turbine generators.
Date: 08/07/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Energy Storage
Institute Faculty Umesh Mishra is featured in a Pacific Standard article discussing Mishra's work on power conversion. “When gallium-nitride technology manifests itself to its full potential, the savings could equal taking the West Coast off the grid."
Date: 05/24/2013
Type: Article
Silicon carbide inverters are replacing silicon-based systems on trains. Silicon carbide systems are lighter and smaller than conventional systems and provide many other material advantages. Users report roughly 40% energy savings compared to a conventional system.
Date: 04/11/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials, Transportation

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