Five companies received 260-megawatts’ worth of energy storage deals, with the other 2000-megawatts worth of contracts allocated toward energy efficiency, demand response, behind-the-meter renewables and gas-fired generation, with natural being the biggest winner.
If continuing research can change the amount of energy we expect our consumer electronics to consume as much as Nakamura’s LEDs have changed the way we think of light bulbs, the university will more than recover Munger’s donation money in patent licensing and added prestige.
Goleta-based Transphorm, an energy-efficiency company spun out of UC Santa Barbara, said it has been granted two patents that it believes could cover as much as 60 percent of its target market in power-conversion electronics.
Unite to Light has developed a solar-powered cell-phone charger that lets people the world over power their phones with the sun.
Transphorm, the Goleta-based energy efficiency chipmaker spun out of UC Santa Barbara that has raised $110 million in venture capital, is partnering with Tokyo electronics giant and one-time rival Fujitsu Ltd. to create a new company in Japan.
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $5 million to semiconductor and lighting companies in the region.
UC Santa Barbara, Buellton-based SixPoint Materials and Soraa were the recipients of money from the department.
In his first speech since stepping down as U.S. Secretary of Energy in late April, Steven Chu said American needs to actually produce the things it invents or risk losing competitiveness on the global stage. Speaking at the 2013 Summit on Energy Efficiency in Santa Barbara, he pressed scientists from UC Santa Barbara and elsewhere Read More →