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UC Davis Energy News – August 2022

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ABC7 News Features Western Cooling Efficiency Center Research
With intense hot weather in many places around the state, abc7 News visited the Western Cooling Efficiency Center to learn about some of the innovative technologies that we are developing and testing to address climate change and energy consumption during peak use periods. [Watch Now]
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Applications Open–Environmental Justice Leaders in Residence Program

We invite community organizers, advocates, and practitioners from across the country to apply to the UC Davis Environmental Justice Leaders in Residence Program. EJ leaders from across the country will work on a project of benefit to their community in partnership with researchers. Participants will network with elected officials, policymakers, and industry leaders. Apply by September 9th. [Learn More]
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Vinod Narayan Awarded UC Davis Science Translation and Innovation Research Grant

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor and Director of the Western Cooling Efficiency Center Vinod Narayan received a UC Davis Science Translation and Innovative Research grant for his team’s research on High-Efficiency Polymer Heat Exchangers for a Low Carbon Built Environment. The grant will fund the implementation of improvements on their proof-of-concept model for a heat exchange system capable of reducing electricity consumption and carbon emissions related to the cooling and heating of buildings. [Learn More]
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Student Wins Scholarship & Researchers Present at Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Three Western Cooling Efficiency Center researchers presented their work at the 2022 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings hosted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Additionally, Energy Graduate Group student Ashley DePew received the Linda Latham scholarship. [Learn More]
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UC Davis and Denmark Energy Leaders Renew Partnership

Denmark and California are recognized world leaders in renewable energy production, electrification, and sustainability. Energy Graduate Group student Brianna Dooley and UC Davis’ Program for International Energy Technologies/D-Lab director Kurt Kornbluth visited Danish partners to reignite the pre-pandemic faculty and student renewable energy-focused exchange, with hopes to leverage the synergies of top institutions in both regions to address global climate and energy challenges.
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Jeremy Munday Awarded Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Grant

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Jeremy Munday received a $2.2 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for his research in understanding–and possibly manipulating–the quantum-level forces that affect microtechnology and nanotechnology. The project may have implications for further developments in devices like smartphones, computers, lasers, and even vehicle airbags by advancing new forms of energy harnessed at the quantum level. [Read Article]
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Article Explores Feasibility of Recycled Content Standards for EV Lithium-Ion Batteries in the U.S

Lithium-ion battery recycling can reduce the life cycle environmental impacts of electric vehicles and mitigate domestic supply chain shortages. In an article published in Resources, Conservation & Recycling, Energy Graduate Group professor Alissa Kendall and Ph.D students Jessica Dunn and Meg Slattery conducted a feasibility analysis for battery recycled content standards in the US, which has the world’s third largest EV market but no policies for recycling of batteries at their end-of-life. [Read Article]

Upcoming Events

Fall Energy Seminar Series
Subin DeVar, Sustainable Economies Law Center
Friday, September 23 at 10:30 am PST
 
Fall Energy Seminar Series
Francesca Toma, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Friday, September 30 at 10:30 am PST
 
Global Energy Managers Workshop
Thursday, November 3
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Opportunities

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Student Research Engineer
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