News Releases from 2015

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October 15, 2015

UC San Diego joins California energy storage initiative

The University of California, San Diego is a new member of CalCharge, the pioneering public-private partnership designed to accelerate breakthrough energy storage technologies in California. As part of the state’s push to significantly expand its renewable energy goals and clean-energy storage capacity, CalCharge announced today at the Energy Storage North America conference that it has expanded its network of innovators to include UC San Diego and Southern California Edison.

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June 18, 2015

X-ray imaging reveals secrets in battery materials

In a new study, researchers explain why one particular cathode material works well at high voltages, while most other cathodes do not. The insights, published in the 19 June issue of the journal Science, could help battery developers design rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that operate at higher voltages. 

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June 1, 2015

Engineers win grant to make smart clothes for personalized cooling and heating

Imagine a fabric that will keep your body at a comfortable temperature—regardless of how hot or cold it actually is. That’s the goal of an engineering project at the University of California, San Diego, funded with a $2.6M grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). Wearing this smart fabric could potentially reduce heating and air conditioning bills for buildings and homes.

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May 21, 2015

Power to the Batteries

Better solar panels and wind turbines are important to helping ensure a low-carbon future. But they are not enough. The energy from these intermittent sources must be stored, managed, converted and accessed when it’s needed most. And the cost of the battery systems that do this work needs to drop.This is where the new Sustainable Power and Energy Center at UC San Diego comes in. NanoEngineering professor Shirley Meng is the inaugural director of the center.

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January 29, 2015

Frontiers of Innovation Program Seeds Seven Multidisciplinary Projects on Campus

The “Frontiers of Innovation” program is a campus-wide effort to support the primary research initiatives of the UC San Diego Strategic Plan.One component provides fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars. The other component provides funding to support teams of UC San Diego scholars from across campus in their efforts to launch large-scale, multidisciplinary research-center applications.

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