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

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A silver wafer reflects the face of NREL research scientist Hao-Chih Yuan
A new breakthrough etching technique developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory can put a trillion holes in a silicon wafer the size of a compact disc. This technology may lead to more efficient, lower-cost solar cells.
Date: 09/02/2010
Westarkade tower in Frankfurt, Germany.
A sensor-tuned facade lets fresh air in without throwing energy out.
Date: 09/09/2010
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
A podcast on Intel's new 50 Gb per second silicon photonics link features Institute Director John Bowers who collaborated with Intel on the development of the high-speed optical data link.
Date: 08/02/2010
Type: Audio, Photos
Technologies: Photonics
Solar cells.
A new technique may one day lead to solar cells that bring themselves together like a molecular flash mob and repair damage they sustain during the rough business of turning light into electricity.
Date: 09/05/2010
Charging station.
By 2020, annual sales of EVs will reach 2 million. But even as these shiny new vehicles take to the road, serious questions remain about the infrastructure--or rather, the lack of infrastructure--to charge them.
Date: 09/11/2010
Dust clouds.
Deserts are one of the best places for solar panels. But deserts are also dusty, which means the panels have to be washed frequently so the dust doesn't stop them from capturing sunlight. New technology could provide a solution--by letting solar panels clean themselves.
Date: 08/26/2010
Dave Auston
The Institute's Acting Executive Director Dave Auston was recently featured in a two-part interview on The Daily Energy Report.
Date: 09/12/2010
Type: Audio, Photos
Technologies: General Information
The Pacific Coast Building Conference (PCBC) in San Francisco earlier this month featured several energy efficient products.
Date: 06/30/2010
Type: Blog, Photos
GE's new charging station.
Technology Review's latest list of cool new products includes an electric vehicle charger for the smart grid and low-cost solar.
Date: 09/02/2010
Type: Blog, Photos

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