UCSB gets stimulus funds for energy center
The University of California, Santa Barbara, has won $19 million in federal stimulus money for a new energy research center.
The money will come in payments of about $3.8 million a year over the next five years and could begin flowing as early as late August, university officials said. The funding will help UCSB researchers improve technologies in capturing solar energy, LED lighting and turning heat into electricity.
The $19 million came through the U.S. Department of Energy, which established 45 similar centers across the country.
Part of the money’s mission is to generate jobs, and UCSB officials said the funding will create dozens of paying research positions for graduate and post-doctoral students along with several support jobs. As part of the new center, UCSB will collaborate with other universities and several government laboratories, such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.