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  • Sep 27
    2019
    The Institute for Energy Efficiency announced this year’s Excellence in Research fellow and this year's Szilagyi Energy Breakthrough fellow. The IEE Excellence in Research Graduate Fellowship is awarded to one PhD candidate in recognition of their cutting-edge research in sustainability and/or energy efficiency. The Szilagyi Energy Breakthrough Fellowship is made possible... read more »
  • Sep 26
    2019
    Innovative approaches to make the world more energy efficient, proposed by UC Santa Barbara faculty, have received a significant boost from the Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE). The IEE is an interdisciplinary research institute committed to improving energy efficiency across three key themes: smart societal infrastructure, computing and communications, and the food-... read more »
  • Sep 25
    2019
    The Institute for Energy Efficiency announced this year’s Peter J. Frenkel Foundation fellows. This award is made possible through the generous support of The Peter J. Frenkel Foundation and is granted to two advanced doctoral candidates in recognition of their outstanding research contributions to the field of energy efficiency. Click here to learn more about the Peter J... read more »
  • Sep 23
    2019
    "The University of California has joined forces with more than 7,000 colleges and universities around the globe to declare a climate emergency and commit to urgent action to address the crisis."
  • Sep 19
    2019
    Training artificial intelligence (AI), an activity that involves processing vast amounts of data, is an energy-intensive process. One recent estimate by a researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst suggested that training a single AI creates a carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint of 626,000 pounds, or five times the lifetime emissions of the average American car.... read more »
  • Sep 19
    2019
    Last week, the city of Los Angeles inked a deal for a solar-plus-storage system at a record-low price. The 400-MW Eland solar power project will be capable of storing 1,200 megawatt-hours of energy in lithium-ion batteries to meet demand at night. The project is a part of the city's climate commitment to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.
  • Sep 16
    2019
    People tend to only think about energy storage when their laptop or cellphone batteries are running out of juice. However, energy storage is a key concept for utility companies, who are constantly managing the supply and demand of energy on the electrical grid. The more variability that exists in supply and demand, the more difficult it is to stabilize the electrical grid... read more »
  • Sep 13
    2019
    A bacterial disease, HLB, which is spread by the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) has reduced Florida’s citrus production by 50 percent from 2003-2017, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. HLB has no known cure and pesticides have had only minimal impact on ACP. Recently, the ACP was detected in Southern California, along the ground freight corridors that... read more »
  • Sep 12
    2019
    UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE) will announce the inaugural recipients of its Research Seed Funding Program in the coming days. A committee of IEE leaders evaluated proposals and selected four of them, each will receive up to $50,000 in research funding. The IEE is an interdisciplinary research institute committed to improving energy efficiency... read more »
  • Aug 21
    2019
    The Institute for Energy Efficiency at UCSB is interested in making anything electronic and/or with electronics inside more energy efficient and therefore reducing the carbon footprint of these devices and systems. There are a number of great innovations from the tech industry that have become ubiquitous in our homes and have made our lives easier in many ways. For... read more »
  • Aug 19
    2019
    The Institute for Energy Efficiency's faculty member Roland Geyer discusses recycling, plastic bans, and other efforts to reduce plastic waste and what we can do to lessen our plastic footprint.
  • Aug 16
    2019
    This New York Times article is a timely reminder that lack of access to clean healthy water is an issue in many parts of the world and is a growing problem.  At the UCSB Institute for Energy Efficiency, researchers in one of our core research themes, the Food-Energy-Water Nexus, attack some aspects of this complex problem arena. In particular, the researchers in our Food... read more »
  • Aug 2
    2019
    Olivier Jerphagnon, the founder and CEO of PowWow, and an Industry Partner to the Institute for Energy Efficiency, was interviewed by the VINE. They discussed Olivier’s connection with UC Santa Barbara, and his experience and innovation in water management and AgTech. “He explained that forging collaborations and connections between the public and private sector was... read more »
  • Aug 1
    2019
    "Solar energy projects could replace some of the jobs and tax revenues that may be lost as constrained water supplies force California’s agriculture industry to scale back. In the San Joaquin Valley alone, farmers may need to take more than half a million acres out of production to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which will ultimately put... read more »
  • Jul 31
    2019
    One of IEE's 2018-2019 Peter J. Frenkel Fellows, Nevena Golubovic, received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE ICIOT 2019 conference! Her paper entitled, "Improving the Accuracy of Outdoor Temperature Prediction by IoT Devices Nevena Golubovic, Rich Wolski, Chandra Krintz and Markus Mock” looks at new ways to do environmental sensing using “The Internet of Things” that... read more »
  • Jun 12
    2019
    UCSB Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Thuc-Quyen Nguyen receives national recognition for her contributions in the development of organic electronics and her recent publication titled "Solution-Processed Semitransparent Organic Photovoltaics: From Molecular Design to Device Performance" co-authored by UCSB Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Materials, Guillermo... read more »