UC Davis Energy News – April 2021

The monthly UC Davis Energy newsletter covers the university's energy-related research, education and events. You can read current and past newsletters below or subscribe to have it sent to your inbox.

Thank You to Our Give Day Donors

This UC Davis Give Day, over $38,000 was raised for our energy and transportation programs! Thank you to all the donors who helped us reach and surpass our goal. We are so grateful for your support and generosity. The top priority of these gifts are our extraordinary students. If you missed Give Day but would still like to contribute, gifts can be made here.

Million LED Challenge Expands to Include Linear LEDs

The Million LED Challenge Program has expanded to include high-quality linear LED lamps, retrofit kits and luminaires! LED A-lamps, PAR-lamps and downlights are also available. Launched in 2018, the Program is encouraging widespread adoption of LED light sources in California to help reduce our carbon footprint and energy use. [Learn More]

New Study Published on Lithium-Ion Battery Material Circularity

Two Energy Graduate Group students, along with UC Davis faculty, published an article on lithium-ion battery material circularity in Environmental Science & Technology. Through a dynamic global material flow analysis, their research explores the potential for future material demand of Electric Vehicle batteries to be met by materials from retired supplies. This circular economy would reduce the social and environmental impacts of batteries on the clean energy transition. [Read Article]

Webinar on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Residential Heating Technologies

A growing number of policymakers are considering electrification as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions that result from natural gas combustion and leakage. Although electric heat pumps do not have on-site combustion, there are emissions associated with the electricity that powers them as well as with refrigerant leaks. On April 20, we hosted a webinar on our recent study that examined GHG emissions impacts of installing and operating a heat pump or gas furnace for 15-years across all U.S. regions and climates, including emissions from electricity generation, combustion, and from methane and refrigerant leaks. [Watch Now] 

Upcoming Events

Energy Bites Seminar Series
Every Friday this spring from 12pm to 1pm PST
UCANR Webinar
Utilites of the 21st Century with Kevin Short
UCANR Webinar
Modo Co-operative: A Platform for Carsharing with Patrick Nangle
Energy Audit Bootcamp
June 28 & 29, 2021


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